I've resisted blogging about the electoral prospects of Congressman David Wu - mostly because it seems a bit unseemly to publicly muse about elections when questions are being raised about someone's health.
But, now that it appears quite clear - at least to me - that Congressman Wu is healthy and hale, and since he's been talking about re-election, let's dive in to 2012.
First, today's news. A poll released today by KATU and conducted by SurveyUSA finds troubling news for Wu. It seems that 46% of voters think he should resign (against 42% who say no), including 26% of Democrats (against 60% who say no.)
And let's be clear: any poll, about any politician, is probably going to show around 30 to 35% support for outright resignation. That's just the kind of political world we live in today. So, this poll result doesn't seem particularly notable to me.
When asked whom they voted for in 2010, respondents say 52-38 for Wu (actual vote 54-42). Asked how they would vote today, it's 41-33 for Cornilles. In other words, 19% say that they voted for Wu and wouldn't again today.
Among Democrats, the numbers are better, but still troubling. 7% of Democrats say today that they voted for Cornilles last year, and that number is up to 13% now.
The poll doesn't address the question of a generic Republican, rather than Rob Cornilles (who was a relatively lackluster candidate with a tedious and dull campaign), which might be even higher. It's these matchup numbers that are a bit concerning.
I suggest diving in to the details on the poll - since it has some interesting questions related to whether Wu has been forthcoming enough (or too much), the public's right to know versus privacy, etc. Full crosstabs here.
As for looking ahead to 2012, on the jump, I've got a complete list of everyone I've heard mentioned as possible Democratic candidates for Oregon-1, either in a primary challenge to Wu or for an open seat.
Now, keep in mind: I'm not suggesting that any of these folks WILL run -- or that they SHOULD run. Merely that among the large circle of political junkies that we call the "chattering class" (let me put in a plug here for Jesse Cornett's pub, where it seems that the chattering class has decided to roost when not at Magoo's in Salem), this is who they think MIGHT run:
In alphabetical order:
- Brad Avakian, labor commissioner
- Suzanne Bonamici, state senator
- Ginny Burdick, state senator
- Ryan Deckert, former state senator & Oregon Business Association president
- Richard Devlin, state senator
- Rob Drake, former mayor of Beaverton
- Joan Dukes, former state senator, former Clatsop County commissioner, and NW Power Planning Council member
- Nick Fish, Portland city commissioner
- Larry Galizio, former state representative & Clatsop Community College president
- Chris Garrett, state representative
- Kathryn Harrington, Metro councilor
- Mark Hass, state senator
- Betsy Johnson, state senator
- John Kroger, attorney general
- Greg Macpherson, former state representative and LCDC commissioner
- Lisa Naito, former state representative and former Multnomah County Commissioner
- Mary Nolan, state representative
- Steve Novick, activist and '08 U.S. Senate candidate
- Tobias Read, state representative
- Charlie Ringo, former state senator
- Susan Sokol Blosser, winemaker and 2010 candidate for state representative
- Desari Strader, former Washington County Commissioner
- Brad Witt, state representative
(And yes, I'm aware that a handful of these folks live just outside the current district lines. The lines will be redrawn before the 2012 election gets underway.)
What do you think? Who would you like to see run? Is there a candidate or two or three that jump out at you? If there is a primary race, which of these folks would you support ahead of Wu (if any) - and which would you rank behind Wu (if any)? How do you rank Wu's chances in a primary campaign?