I missed this story from a couple of weeks ago but, late or not, I feel the need to share this.
In a stunning display of incompetence, the Democratic Party failed to recruit more than one qualified candidate to run in Virginia’s second congressional district before the filing deadline, which fell on March 31. As a result of this, no primary will be held and the only candidate who will appear on the ballot in November is someone by the name of Shaun Brown.
Ms. Brown is someone who always runs for office, yet never comes close to winning. She has run for the Newport News City Council four times and has lost each time; most recently in 2010 when she finished in fourth place, out of four candidates.
And yet, she was the only candidate to file signatures with the party’s district committee before the deadline. How in the world does something like this happen?
Bear in mind, this is not some safe GOP district where Democrats do not stand a chance. Virginia’s 2nd District, vacated by two-term Rep. Scott Rigell, is a swing district Mitt Romney only carried by a 51% to 49% margin over Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Cook Political Report rates its “Partisan Voting Index” at Republican +2; which measures how strongly a district leans towards democrats or republicans compared to the country overall.
In a year where either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will likely be at the top of the GOP ticket, this is a district Democrats should be able to win. And this is the kind of district they will need to win in order to cut into the GOP margin of control in the House of Representatives.
They won’t take back the House this year, but they can sure get a nice head start heading into 2020; the election cycle party officials are targeting as the year they take back the House and several state legislatures to gain control of the redistricting process.
Seriously, how does this happen? They couldn’t find one viable candidate for this seat? How, after the debacles of 2010 and 2014, can the Democratic Party still be so bad at these down ballot races?
Instead of a potential pickup, this seat will likely remain safely in the hands of the GOP. Once again, the Democrats never cease to amaze.