By Virtual Campaign Announcement, I Think He Means the Real Announcement of a Virtual Campaign, and Not the Virtual Announcement of a Real Campaign…

…for the moment, at least.
Robert Walsh, executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Education Association, has announced, er, something in a diary entry over at Rhode Island’s Future

By now, many of you are asking yourselves a simple question – is Bob Walsh crazy enough to actually consider running for Governor, or is he up to something else? Would Rhode Island voters even vote for a Brown graduate, former banker, East Greenwich resident for Governor? Could a candidate with deep roots in both the labor and progressive communities win a multicandidate Democratic primary against so many current office holders at a time when people are so cynical about anyone currently holding elected office? How about an actual campaign organization – does he have the contacts with the experienced campaign managers, fundraisers and field operatives to actually make this work? How would he hold up in debates…
Maybe 2010 won’t be my year to run for Governor, and this will actually be my attempt to create a forum where issue-by-issue, a real discussion can be held in the virtual Rhode Island Future world about the development of a real progressive campaign platform, so that can become the standard by which progressives judge the many candidates vying for our support. Maybe some of those candidates will even adopt ides developed right here.
Hmmm. “Maybe”?
Keep the commentary civil folks.

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Patrick
Patrick
12 years ago

That’d be great if he ran. All the other pro-union Democrat candidates would either have to leave him alone and let him bash away at them, or attack his unionist views. More of the Democratic cannibalism we see in this state every four years.

bob&frank show
bob&frank show
12 years ago

Who would be his running mate Frank Montanaro? Now that would be an interesting ticket.

Matt Jerzyk
Matt Jerzyk
12 years ago

I think a Walsh v. Laffey race would be a great race of ideas.
There is even a “Draft Walsh” website.
http://www.walshforri.com

Scott
Scott
12 years ago

Matt,
Are you endorsing Walsh over Roberts?

Scott
Scott
12 years ago

A poll will be released on Monday that will show head to head data on the current contenders for the 2010 Gov race.
the poll was done this week (TUES and WED)
Frequency data will be delivered with a press release to anchor rising.
Among most demographics, it shows very clear winners in the primaries.

Matt Jerzyk
Matt Jerzyk
12 years ago

Scott –
Who paid for the poll to be done?
Thanks,
Matt

Matt Jerzyk
Matt Jerzyk
12 years ago

As for your question about my ‘endorsement’… I haven’t endorsed any gubernatorial candidate.
I have appeared on fundraisers for Roberts, Caprio, Lynch and Cicilline – all in their current capacities.
Once candidates announce or don’t announce, I will be prepared to endorse.
But, for now, I consider myself a free agent.

John
John
12 years ago

Whoever sends the most ambulances your way wins your fair hand in 2010?

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

When is Millionaire Marxist Matt going to start an organizing campaign at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or KFC?

bobc
bobc
12 years ago

Great, a Socialist for a President and another for a Governor. Just shoot me now!

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