For reasons that Robert Torricelli must certainly find entertaining, Tom DeLay was not allowed to take his name off the ballot. So the GOP is running a write-in candidate, Shelly Sekula-Gibbs in the Texas 22nd Congressional District.
The District voted 64% to 36% for George Bush over John Kerry, and the even-then embattled DeLay won 55% to 41%. In 2002 DeLay polled 63% to the Democratic nominee’s 35%.
So the write-in effort is doable but difficult in this Sugar Land and Fort Bend County district, which Michael Barone’s Almanac of American Politics quotes a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle as branding “the anti-San Francisco.” Given the Democrats’ push for control of the House, keeping this solidly Republican district in GOP hands is a priority for the fall campaign.
This is one race where the Republican netroots will be crucial, and the RNC and NRCC should get out to bloggers the exact directions on write-ins, and the exact message they want to communicate to voters. Bloggers can help, via repitition, to drive home the directions and the stakes while GOP activists across the country identify friends and family in the district for virtual precinct walking from now until November.
Speaking of Michael Barone, he is helping the very esteemed Judge Laurence Silberman publicize the judge’s rebuttal of the charges directed at the judge by David Brock in his 2002 book, Blinded by the Right. While I don’t believe very many if any serious people will trust Brock’s account of Judge Silberman’s actions, the judge may be correct to take action to assure that future researchers using search engines have a fighting chance to find his detailed reply.