Skip to comments.Can Sean Salazar beat Patty Murray in 2010?
Posted on 04/25/2009 6:33:54 AM PDT by SeattleBruce
Sean Salazar email@example.com
Dr. Sean Salazar brings a fresh approach in serving the citizens of WA State. His desire to bring change arises from his humble background to his current occupation. Having run for Congress once before, Sean understands the practicality of campaigns and politics. Being a Chiropractic Doctor, he undersands the needs to deliver quality and affordable healthcare. His background as a military veteran with overseas service provides a perspective of national security coupled with quality education.
As one of five children raised by a single mother and growing up in several of Seattles low income housing projects, Sean experienced the several degrees of welfare and inner city poverty. It was during those formative years that Sean developed an understanding of the needs of Americans living under challenging circumstances.
OK. Why not?
I wish Dr. Salazar all the luck in the world. Considering WA is just as commie as any other blue state and given how ACORN will no doubt help out, he will need it!
“he undersands the needs to deliver quality and affordable healthcare”
...what’s he mean by that?
His desire to bring change arises from his humble background to his current occupation.Using 0bama's buzzword. Republicans trying to capitalize on Change are as phony and desperate as you can get. It's like your dad trying to use hip gangsta slang and get jiggy with it. Big loss of respect there.
Having run for Congress once before, Sean understands the practicality of campaigns and politics.OK, so the guy has run a campaign before and lost. Not really instilling much confidence there.
Being a Chiropractic Doctor, he undersands the needs to deliver quality and affordable healthcare.HAHAHAHAHA! Chriropractice doctor!
Yeah, his website is pretty lean on details currently. I will say, at the Seattle Tea Party he talked about immediately passing an bill to eliminate ear marks and about balancing the budget. He also mentioned not being beholden to special interests, which, if true, would be nice. Contract with American kinda stuff.
I don’t know exactly what he means by the health care comment. There’s way more than one way to skin that possum - you know?
Rossi might be a better candidate. He was robbed in ‘04 and Her Fraudulency rode the False Messiah’s coattails. Dr. Salazar is going to be a second tier candidate and the moronic Murray has beaten not one, not two, but THREE first-tier candidates in a row (Congressmembers Rod Chandler (’92), Linda Smith (’98) & George Nethercutt (’04)). Unless we excise the Communist black hole surrounding Puget Sound from the rest of the state, it is near impossible for a Republican to win those three key offices.
Well you left out the part about him going into sports medicine. That doesn’t necessarily make him a quack - as you seem to suggest.
Humble beginnings - he started in the projects in Seattle. Now’s he’s an outspoken conservative Latino. Seems like a nice story and conundrum for the Seattle Libs if you ask me. Sure laugh all you want, but the Ds control the state currently and we need some people with some guts to run. We’ll see. Proof is in the pudding.
Not sure about the change comment. I personally wouldn’t go there. It looks to me like he’s still bootstrapping - but that wouldn’t surprise me with the shape of the GOP here.
Good thoughts about Rossi - however, I’m not sure what he’s thinking about going to DC. Also, the rest of WA State is pretty conservative outside of Seattle - Rs can win given the right combination and if they genuinely appeal to the conservative base and rally behind the Tea Pary movement. We had 5,000 in Olympia and at or just over 1,000 in Seattle - and very spirited rallies - not bad for the communist black hole - as you put it. You can call Salazar a 2nd Tier candidate - and I’m not saying I’m on board - certainly am reserving judgment currently - but isn’t the whole 1st Tier, 2nd Tier idea kind of playing into the Republican status quo? Aren’t we DONE with that? More to come and we’ll certainly be watching.
First tier, second tier, etc., assesses the potential for a candidate to win. We can complain about shoehorning someone into such a category, but that’s how it goes, we can’t be naive. Dr. Salazar has little name recognition and unless he’s a multimillionaire pledged to commit upwards of $10 million (at minimum) to the general (nevermind primary, if contested), he can be dismissed out of hand. The days of winning major office on a shoestring are over (especially when you’re a member of a minority party in a given state). Sadly, Washington State, like California (and Oregon), have moonbat voting majorities, and that’s reflected by the garbage they regurgitate to DC (and to Olympia).
I agree about not being naive. That said, are we going to also advocate business as usual in these times? He is quite articulate and passionate and could become a populist. Who knows? I wish he’d run for House first. Not even sure who else on the R or Independent (?) side is even eyeing this race. Yeah, it’s the Left Coast - but what should we do - give up? I say, we need a new approach - not business as usual. All I know is that there were 5,000 people in Olympia 10 days ago - and I hope for double that on July 4th. Where to from here?
“First tier, second tier, etc., assesses the potential for a candidate to win. “
Should we support the Republican status quo - just for the sake of winning? I know, elections are about winning. But politics needs to be about prinicple - WAY more than it has been. How do we move toward that? Maybe I’m just too darned idealistic.
Yes, we need to stand on principle, but we have to win in order to effect REAL change... especially now.
Apparently Salazar ran for Congress in 2002 way down in the 53rd California Congressional District (San Diego area), but he lost the primary. At the time he only showed to have raised a bit over $6,000. That wouldn’t even be enough to get him a primary victory. You can’t even run for a city council seat with that amount of money. If we can’t win with existing legislators, we have to run candidates that are either independently wealthy (businessmen or women) or those that can readily get access to large sums of money through large-scale fundraising efforts (likely on a national scale). That is, unfortunately, how it is today. It takes a crapload of money to win. We can’t give up, but we have to realize that are a growing number of seats we can’t be competitive in unless we’re willing to shower the state in an avalanche of ads and GOTV. Some states, there’s almost no amount of money you can spend for an “R” to win.
The only people listed as potential candidates are Salazar, “Governor” Rossi (as yet undeclared), and Wayne Glover (listed as a truck driver and army vet).
You’re going to need a lot more than 5 or 10,000 people to have a real effect on a statewide race. Murray won with 1.2, 1.1 & 1.6 million votes in her 3 races (with the closest being way back in ‘92 against Congressman Rod Chandler). We would’ve won that race had the damaged Sen. Brock Adams not stepped aside. Murray won in that “Year of the (Moonbat) Woman” vote that swept her, and the California twits into office.
Salazar might be articulate and passionate, but he needs money and he needs an army. Rossi is first-tier, but he has a terrible choice to make, because if he runs and loses (and let’s face it, this is a federal race, and no Republican would’ve won a federal Senate race in 16 years as of 2010, back when the state was more GOP-leaning), that will be his 3rd consecutive loss, and he may not try again for the Governorship (and will no longer be considered “first tier”). I think Rossi would prefer to be Governor rather than a minority party backbencher in DC.
The 53rd contains the most Democrat parts of the city. All the Republican areas are now in the 50th.
Not in SW Washington....the Portlanders keep moving here changing the demographics. It really ticks me off, I wish they’d stay in Portland.
Of course, that was Bilbray’s seat prior to 2000 (when he lost it 49.6-46.2% to Susan Davis). Since it became the 53rd, the highest we got was 38% in ‘02. Declining ever since (27% in 2008).
Good points all. Thanks for the insights.
“Youre going to need a lot more than 5 or 10,000 people to have a real effect on a statewide race.”
Of course, but the point is that these people are newly activated. New activists. They would be the ones to influence the mass in the middle. Yeah, Salazar and Rossi need to make their cases! We’ll be watching closely.
I might add, so far they’re unsuccessfully electorally. However Rossi was ABSOLUTELY robbed in 2004 and ACORN was part of all that. It’s a SHAME and we fought the good fight on that. We were very hopeful for Rossi in 2008, til McCain started dipping down. Now Gregoire’s in trouble with more problems than she can shake her little liberal wand at.
People’s Republic of King County
I’m sure Dr. Salazar is a good man, but I don’t think he has the name I.D. to win.
IMHO, the nominee should be either Rob McKenna, Dave Reichert, or Dino Rossi.
A quackerpractor, I see.
I image Dino’s name is wearing thin. Reichert definitely has a shot. I don’t know McKenna.
Careful that sounds dangerously close to me.
It’s true - but he also did sports medicine for the LA/St. Louis Rams - but you’re right, he’s not an MD. However, he was well spoken at the recent Seattle Tea Party. I want to see who else will challenge Murray though.
“Peoples Republic of King County”
True nuff - but this is a state wide race and winnable. Dino should have won the statewide race in 2004.
Will Dave Reichert run? He could win. Is he a bit of a RINO though? I don’t think he’s as bad as some RINOs though. I guess I’d call him a moderate. And fiscally sound.
Also, who would run for his vacated seat? Hope there’s a conservative to take his place. I should know this stuff - but it’s hard to keep up and especially when the races have been demoralizing of late. But I’m encouraged by the response to the Tea Parties.
I must say - I think the Republican party needs to narrow their focus to 3 or 4 key issues. I’m not saying the other issues are not important and that we can’t hold the line there - but focusing on them has prevented us from even being able to contribute in the public square. I think we should currently focus on and tap into the underlying passion for:
1) Fiscal responsiblity - lower government spending and lower government tax burden
2) National defense - strong foreign policy
3) Proper immigration and illegal immigration policy
At the state level we should really just hammer away at #1 and, while remaining strong on social issues of interest - and addressing them in the debates and such - we should not lead with such issues. That will allow us to win statewide races.
I think that Dave Reichert is leaning towards reelection, but hasn’t ruled out running against Murray. He may decide that it’s less hassle to travel from coast to coast while face tough reelections every six years rather than every two. I also don’t rule out Rob McKenna running, though he may want to run for Governor instead.
Not McKenna or that weasel Sam Reed. Those RINOs were more than happy to aid and abet the Democrat vote fraud we’ve seen in the state lately.
Reichart’s ACU rating is down to a not good 56 lifetime (his predecessor Jennifer Dunn’s was a higher than I would have thought 90). But I guess I take him for this. His house seat would be tough to hold though.
I wish Dunn had run for the Senate. I was really shocked at her untimely death (of course, had she won, the appointee would’ve put it right back in the rodent hands).
I totally forgot she died.
Possibly with slightly different circumstances she might have made it to a hospital or something in time.
I’d support Reichert against Murray. We can be vigilant with him over time, and make sure he knows we’re here, and doesn’t veer toward RINOism!
“more than happy to aid and abet the Democrat vote fraud weve seen in the state lately.”
Yes, very annoying. Where’s our will to fight, at least? What about Rossi for Senate? Wow, if he loses a 3rd time (albeit by fraud perpetrated against him in 2004), he would probably be done with statewide races, don’t you think?
One thing that occured to me- if Reichert ran for the Senate, Rossi would be a great candidate to succeed Reichert in the House.
Does he live in the 8th district?
No, I don’t even live in Washington state. It’s just an observation based on research.
Well, he shows himself with all those Republican officials in that slide show, and he ran as a Republican in the CA 53 - so there’s not real mystery. However Rossi polled that in this weird state, calling onself a Republican vs. GOP costs you something like 6 or 7 points in the polls. That said, who cares about the polls in the long term - we need to deliver a consistent conservative message, whether we’re Republicans or some fiscally conservative coalition 3rd party - and the polls will take care of themselves. This is a long term battle we’re facing - but Reagan, for instance, delivered the conservative message well. That said, the left still (tried to) demonize him and his cabinet. Not quite as bad as the Bush derangement syndrome, but it was pretty bad during the Iran-Contra deal - if you recall.
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Sure - we nominate a conservative, I’ll vote for him, and then Patty Murray wins. I know the drill.
Whether he will win or not will depend on King County of course and how close the votes are.
we have to start somewhere....