Delaware Political Weekly: June 15-21, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on June 22, 2018

1. Will Wilmington House Delegation Suck Even More Next Year? All signs point to yes. Rep. J. J. Johnson, who doesn’t live in Wilmington, but represents a small portion of the city, is retiring. Regardless of who succeeds him, they will inevitably have huge shoes to fill. Johnson is among the best legislators to serve in Dover in the past 20 years. And now, with Helene Keeley announcing that she will not seek reelection, we could well see a parade of puffed-up egos running for office. By this time next week,  some of the usual suspects will likely step up.  The other incumbent Wilmington state reps?: Charles Potter, Stephanie Bolden, and Gerald Brady.  Their mathematical formula?: 3 x 0=0.

2. Politics Abhors A Vacuum: RD 17 Edition.  With Mike Mulrooney out, it didn’t take long for two white guys to jump in. Dave Roberts, who finished a distant third in the D primary for New Castle County President in 2016; and Michael Burns, about whom I know nothing. There was a Robert Burns (not the Scottish bard) who ran against Jeff Mack in this district back in 1984. Maybe he’s related.  Pretty sure Burns was a big union guy. I still make Melissa Minor-Brown the strong favorite…especially with two white guys running as well.

3.  Tom Carper Gets An R Challenger…Sort-Of. When is a challenger not a challenger? When he has (I’m not making this up) filed for US Senate in seven different states and doesn’t live in Delaware. His name? Roque De La Fuente. This guy.  Filed in seven states, now including Delaware. Actually eight. But he finished way off the pace in the Cali (he actually lives there) US Senate primary.  I’m sure the powers-that-be will lean on Elaine Manlove to make sure that he’s not on the primary ballot.  Such exalted status is only reserved for non-residents like Park City Cathy.

4. Rich Total Wines Guy Trying To Buy Seat In Congress. David Trone, who tried and failed to buy a seat in a different Maryland congressional district in 2016, is on track to spend $11 mill this time. He’s running against a much more deserving candidate, but his money might give him the edge.  Hey, when it comes to wine, give me Kreston’s or Moore Brothers any day of the week. They don’t lure you in with phony loss leaders and then rip you off.

5. The Democratic Candidate For State Treasurer. Of course I will vote for her instead of Ken ‘Mr. Budget Smoothing’ Simpler. However, I defy you to read her own profile and tell me what she has actually doneHere’s a little more from a piece in the Delaware State News. What does being a ‘consultant for major hospital systems’ mean? I’d like to know. Is that unreasonable? More information please.  There’s something a little too selective about her online profile. What is she leaving out, and why?

6. Lisa Blunt Rochester Files For Reelection. It’s a low bar, but she’s been marginally better than Carper and Coons.  Still not fully-formed as a legislator, she shows some potential to move  to the left of Carper and Coons. And Carney.  And she doesn’t fixate on ‘reaching across the aisle’. Jury’s still out, though. Limited sample size so far.

That’s it for this week. What’d I miss, and whaddayathink?


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  1. MikeM2784 says:

    The few times I’ve heard Lisa speak, she’s done a far better job at firing up the base than the other two. A low bar, and of course votes matter more, but it is important to have someone people can get excited about in the picture as well.

  2. jason330 says:

    I guess the Dem Power structure didn’t want to be seen given Simpler a complete pass.

  3. puck says:

    Dems went to great lengths to put a Republican in the Treasurer’s office.

  4. jason330 says:

    They had some help from Mr. Flowers.

  5. Jack D says:

    17th RD should be interesting. Believe this Rodgers fellow is pretty PRO 2A, they were excited about him in the Delaware Gun Rights FB page. These guys are getting smarter knowing Delaware is Dem state and recruiting pro 2A Dems.

  6. RE Vanella says:

    Who’s on the record anti 2A?

  7. A says:

    There is a R candidate for US Rep now too

  8. jason330 says:

    “17th RD should be interesting. Believe this Rodgers fellow is pretty PRO 2A, they were excited about him in the Delaware Gun Rights FB page.”

    This comment might as well be wearing a sandwich board that reads: “I am a Sock Puppet”

  9. RE Vanella says:

    So far as I know the number of anti 2A Dem pols and candidates is nil. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  10. jason330 says:

    Delaware Gun Rights FB page sounds like something that would give you an eye infection if you looked at it.

  11. Joshua W says:

    So Rachel Blumenfeld (RD12) and Sam Guy (SD2) have made it official by filing today. Also, Sherry Dorsey Walker has tossed her ring in the race to replace Helene Keeley as rep for RD3.

  12. I just KNEW that Sherry Dorsey Walker would jump into that race. Knew it w/o knowing it.

  13. Wilmington Senate candidate is a deadbeat:

    He also ran for Wilmington City Treasurer against…Velda Jones Potter. What a choice that offered the voters.

  14. Kelly says:

    Well hold on to your hat
    I heard that Velda Jones Potter is going to run for Mayor in 2020. How deep is this barrel of Democrat and how low can they go.

  15. Jack D says:

    def not a sock puppet but I curse a lot less then you guys

  16. RE Vanella says:

    We will hold it against you, probably.

    Also, since you’re here, please enlighten us as to the anti 2nd Amendment candidates and politicians in Delaware. I’ve never heard of one.