Tuesday’s Midterm Elections ended the careers of several well known politicians.
Charlie Crist now has the distinction of losing a Senate race as a Republican in 1998 to Senator Bob Graham; losing a Senate race as an Independent in 2010 to Senator Marco Rubio; and losing a gubernatorial race as a Democrat to Governor Rick Scott!
Scott Brown now has the distinction of losing two Senate races two years apart, both times to women, in two neighboring states in New England–to Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts in 2012 and to Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire in 2014. He also won the remainder of the Senate term of Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts early in 2010 over another woman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, who now also has lost the gubernatorial race in Massachusetts on Tuesday to Republican candidate Charlie Baker in a very “blue” state. As far as anyone is aware, Brown is the only candidate to run against three women for a Senate seat, winning once, and losing twice.
While no one can say for sure that one defeat ends a political career, the fact that Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn lost a race for a Senate seat; and that Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, lost the gubernatorial race in the same state, which is grandfather had won 44 years ago on his road to the White House, likely ends their careers.
The same goes for Senator Mark Udall in Colorado, son of former Congressman and Presidential seeker Morris Udall of Arizona; and for Senator Mark Pryor, son of former Senator David Pryor in Arkansas; and the odds seem against Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, whose father, Nick Begich, was Congressman from that state; and for Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, whose dad and brother were Mayors of New Orleans, although those two races are not settled as of this writing, and Landrieu faces a runoff against a heavily favored Republican rival.
Such is politics, in office one day, and out the next, and the bigger losers are their staff members!
It used to be that if a candidate or officeholder had a famous family name, that he or she would be assured of election or reelection!
Tuesday’s Midterm elections may show that the tradition of family is no longer operative.
We have the following Senators up for reelection with a strong family history in public office, but all now in trouble.
We have the following seeking office with family names.
Georgia–Jason Carter for Governor and Michelle Nunn for Senator
Kentucky–Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senator
At this time, none of the seven above are assured of victory, if one believes the public opinion polls!
A number of Republican Governors, who have done a horrible job in office, are on the run, facing major challenges by Democratic opponents in November.
Rick Scott, facing a challenge from Charlie Crist in Florida.
Tom Corbett, facing a challenge from Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania.
Sam Brownback, facing a challenge from Paul Davis in Kansas.
Paul LePage, facing a challenge from Mike Michaud in Maine.
Scott Walker, facing a challenge from Mary Burke in Wisconsin.
Nathan Deal, facing a challenge from Jason Carter in Georgia.
Additionally, GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, successor to Texas Governor Rick Perry, is facing a challenge from Wendy Davis.
Hopefully, many of these despicable GOP Governors, plus Greg Abbott in Texas, will lose in November!
The state of Georgia has the potential to move into the Democratic camp for the offices of Governor and Senator in 2014, with the announcement that Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn (1972-1997), is running for Senator to replace Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring, and Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is running for the Governorship that his grandfather held from 1971-1975 before his run for President.
Both are progressive oriented, and would humanize government again in Georgia, which has, sadly, fallen into disarray with the Republican dominance of the state government and Congressional delegation majority in recent years.
The growing Hispanic-Latino vote offers promise for Georgia to turn blue in the future, and quality candidates such as Nunn and Carter bring optimism to those who hope it can happen in 2014!