posted on February 29, 2012 13:59
Dan Blue’s decision to run didn’t surprise many Democrats. They had seen him do this dance before.
Bob Etheridge’s decision to run did surprise a few. They think he is hurt by the “loser” tag, the “who are you?” video and consequent difficulties raising money. But he’s ahead in the polls, so why not run?
Here’s the big question now: How will Bill Faison do? He’s an unconventional candidate running an unconventional campaign. He’s not out of the usual mold for a Democratic candidate for governor: safe, sensible, moderate-progressive.
Faison’s look and his tone have an edge. Some see meanness; other see a fighter. Whatever you call it, few Democrats would have someone tweeting on their behalf who calls other politicians “corporatists.” Faison also has eagerly embraced the “Occupy” movement. There’s also his divorce. And there are hard feelings over the sharp elbows he threw at Governor Perdue.
The question may not be whether Faison can win. It may be whether he can get more than 20 percent – and force Etheridge and Walter Dalton into a ruinous runoff.