Bleeding Heartland: Will any Democrat challenge Culver in 2010?
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
I keep hearing chatter about a possible primary challenge to Governor
Chet Culver in 2010. This scenario strikes me as extremely unlikely,
but I want to encourage others to weigh in on this comment thread.
Running a statewide primary campaign is expensive. Who has the money
for that? I can't think of any self-funding candidate who would step
up to challenge Culver. Anyone else have names in mind? Organized
labor has money and is unhappy with the governor, largely because he
vetoed a collective-bargaining bill during the 2008 legislative
session. But most labor unions supported Mike Blouin in the 2006
primary, and their backing wasn't enough to defeat Culver before he
was an incumbent. Culver will go into the next campaign with huge
institutional advantages he didn't have as the secretary of state.