“I saw ’94 up close and personal. I saw how things can get out of control. There are very few things that I’m the most qualified for, but getting us through this election is one of them.”
Anxious Democrats remember 1994.
Nesbitt and then-Speaker Dan Blue were running the House. For weeks, they resisted Governor Hunt’s crime package. Too conservative, they maintained.
Hunt’s legislative team suspected the House Democratic powers had grown used to ignoring Republican Governor Jim Martin – and effectively running the state. They didn’t appreciate Hunt acting like the governor mattered.
The Republicans then took the House in 1994. Much of that – but not all – was the national tide.
Democrats hope things go better this time.