News over at the News & Observer from yesterday shows that Elaine Marshall is seriously considering a Senate run against Richard Burr, and honestly, I believe Elaine Marshall is the best possible candidate to take down Burr in 2010.
I met Elaine Marshall at a Democratic event early last year, and let me tell you, she is like no other politician I know of....
More beyond the break.
Her down-to-earth, honest, and true style and attitude reflects millions of North Carolinians. When you talk to Elaine Marshall, you know you're talking to Elaine Marshall herself, and not some political act. Sadly, you can't say that about too many politicians, especially those in Washington. I think that's something any North Carolinian will find welcome and refreshing in a political arena that has become all about putting on political shows for your political base.
Not only that, but Elaine Marshall has been elected to statewide office four times since 1996. She's tested. Perhaps not at the federal level, but the fact that she was the first woman elected statewide, I think, counts for something. Had Marshall never ran and defeated Richard Petty in 1996, would we have our first-ever female governor right now? Would we have Kay Hagan in the Senate? Would we even have had Elizabeth Dole?
That's not to say gender should matter, because I think we can all agree it shouldn't, but at the same time, it's refreshing to see faces in power that better reflect the makeup of America at large (and I say that as a white male).
Time is ticking. It's nearly August, and as we all know, the money necessary to mount a campaign in North Carolina makes it necessary for candidates to start early. We can't afford to let Richard Burr amass a warchest while we wait for a major candidate to enter the race. That's why I'm writing this post, why I've started a Draft Elaine blog, and why I think North Carolinians should join the Draft Elaine Facebook Group to show Elaine Marshall that we're watching, we see she's interested, and we believe she can take down Richard Burr in 2010.
That said, I know there's a primary ahead, and I know there's a diverse group here on BlueNC who may have other candidates in mind. I welcome the primary debate, and I welcome the diverse opinions to come. But I think all of us here can agree that North Carolina doesn't need another six years of Richard Burr in Washington.
After all, history is on our side. No incumbent has held Burr's seat for a second term since Sam Ervin was re-elected in 1968. North Carolina needs to keep that tradition alive for just one more election cycle, don't you think?