Skip to comments.Castle's Senate Run Creates House Dem Pickup Opportunity
Posted on 10/09/2009 5:26:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The GOP has had five possible candidates: State Rep. Tom Kovach, who is close to Castle; businessman Anthony Wedo; Ferris Wharton, a former prosecutor who narrowly lost to Beau Biden for state Attorney General in 2006; former U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly; and former state Senate Minority Leader Charlie Copeland.
"I don't want to make it seem like once we have a candidate, that candidate will be a frontrunner," the source said. "I think everyone knows it will be an uphill battle to hold the seat. But I feel confident that we can run a credible candidate and run a vigorous campaign to hold it."
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The field of five is a mixed bag. Tom Kovach is a Mike Castle clone. Charlie Copeland ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2008 and lost by a 61% to 39% margin. Ferris Wharton would be a good candidate IMHO, but I’m not sure he really wants to be Congressman. I don’t know anything about Colm Connolly and Anthony Wedo.
The democrats have a popular candidate, who may well have given Castle a run for his money; swapping a senate seat for a house seat is still a good deal.
How about Pete DuPont?
I guess it’s doubtful he’d come out of his luxurious retirement to take a house seat when he used to be governor...
He would be 76 in January 2011. He’s not coming back to office.
It is. But Castle is not a conservative Republican and I was hoping that Republicans could use this race to find a more conservative successor to Castle, who will be 75 when his term is over.
Yeah, I was only half-serious.....he’s the last conservative the GOP has had in Delaware.
It’s possible I spoke too soon about Wharton. Early last year, he pleaded guilty to a minor charge after leaving the scene of an automobile accident in which he rear-ended another car he was following closely. It was a mere fender-bender and no one was hurt, but some charge that Wharton got some preferential treatment. A tempest in a teapot, to be sure, but ‘Rats and the MSM may try to make it to be more serious than it was.
There probably won't be many of those for the 'Rats next year - for obvious reasons!
You’re forgetting Sen. Bill Roth. du Pont’s voting record while in the House actually wasn’t spectacular, I think he became more Conservative after becoming Governor (although it was missing his ‘72 votes, for the other 5 years, he only averaged out a 47 from the ACU, which would’ve made him a liberal Republican). Tom Evans, now almost forgotten today, was the Republican who succeeded du Pont, got a 69 average from the ACU during his 6 years (1977-83). Evans would’ve been on track to either the Governorship or taking out Biden, but he instead got taken out by a sex scandal, and he lost to Tom Carper, who got the career Evans never did.
Thanks for the ping!