When US Congressman John Carney announced he was running for the Governor of Delaware, nobody was really shocked. Everyone assumed he was the rightful heir to Governor. Many felt he should have already been Governor, back in 2008. He was ahead in the polls, and in a shocking defeat he lost to Delaware Treasurer Jack Markell in the Democrat primary. The very close vote caused Carney to lose the race by 1,737 votes. Markell won, 51% to 49%. Carney went on to become the Delaware Representative in Congress.
To many Delawareans, Markell should have never been Governor and felt Carney was robbed. Imagine, if you will, what could have happened if Carney won that primary. Would Delaware still be the Common Core cheerleader for the nation? Would Carney have vetoed House Bill 50? Would our DOE have become the bloated cow it has morphed into under Markell’s reign of terror?
So what happened that day, September 9th, 2008? Carney had the backing of almost the entire Democratic caucus, and Senator Tom Carper told Markell he should “wait his turn” and not run. Of course Markell did anyways. Carney’s loss that day did not come from New Castle County. He only lost by 51 votes there. It was Kent and Sussex County that opted for Markell over Carney. Even though 2/3rds of the votes came from New Castle, it wasn’t enough to defeat Markell. Did Markell get help from an unexpected source to turn the tide?
2016 will be a different story. With no challenger in the Democratic race, it is a surefire certainty Carney will lead the Democratic Gubernatorial ticket. By all indications, Delaware Senator Colin Bonini will be the Republican frontrunner. As I’ve said before, I would love a challenge with this race. Both of these candidates need to get out there and make their presence known.
As for education, Carney voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act along with his brethren in the US Senate, Carper and Coons. He needs to start talking about education real fast if he wants to be taken serious. This is one of the number one topics in the First State, and he needs to let his stance on all the damage his usurper wrought upon Delaware be known.