Will Jack Markell Run For Congress?

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This is the question that doesn’t seem to be on anybody’s mind, but it should be.  It also makes all those letters going out to Democrat Primary Candidates in Delaware much easier to understand.  Delaware Senator Bryan Townsend started the letter reveals today, and it was quickly revealed all the primary candidates got them.  Sounds like a Chair of the Democrat party going rogue, right?  Or maybe not.  Why would Bryon Short drop out of the race months ago?  He was endorsed by half the House Democrats and Governor Jack Markell last year.  Sure, Townsend may have been racking up the campaign contributions, but Short seemed to have the political edge for the race.  But he dropped out, all of a sudden to the shock of many.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is running for President.  To say she is the front-runner would be a bit of a misnomer.  But a strong rumor in Delaware was that Jack really wanted to be her Secretary of Education.  Like really, really bad.  But if there is a chance she might not win, what’s a Jack to do?  How about jumping into the race for John Carney’s seat in Congress?  It keeps him in politics, it is still a lofty position, and he doesn’t have to pull a Murphy and go work for one of those dime-a-dozen education companies.  We will know by July 12th if has any intentions.  But given the fact that a) Bryon Short dropped out, b) all the candidates got their “think about it and drop out if you can” letters, c) the one to the Congressional candidates specifically says the words “like Bryon Short”, and d) it would be Jack’s logical next move if he isn’t sure the Hillster can pull it off.

Daniello’s letter ticked off a lot of candidates.  Enough to cause self-doubt and angst?  Probably not.  But it does set up the chess board for Jack to enter, pissing off a lot of people in the Democrat party.  Especially folks like Townsend.  This wouldn’t be the first time Jack did something like this.  Those who remember, Carney was the favorite in 2008 for Governor, until Jack went against the party and entered the race.  But I hope the outcome is different should he choose to run.  I would love to see Jack in a primary… and lose!  I’m sure the DOE will have some openings by then!

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9 thoughts on “Will Jack Markell Run For Congress?

  1. It’s been on mine and I called it over a year ago. No one believed me. Kevin, if that happens, you and I need to talk.

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  2. I hope Jack does run so Bryan can show him what it’s like to lose in a big, big way. There is no contest. I will knock on every door in NCCo for Bryan between now and primary day if that’s what it takes. Being Delaware Governor does not automatically guarantee a seat at the federal table, and I’m over this self-serving entitlement. Drop out? Really???? Absolutely not. Bryan, you stay in this race and you win this.

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  3. You beat me to the punch on this one. It hadn’t crossed my mind.

    But, if he did, education would not be on the back burner. Every failure of Markell’s 8 years, would become the talk of the entire state… HB 50 would blow some holes into his side.

    I’d make sure of it… Not sure if Townsend would win if this theoretical race occured, but from discussion forcing media’s refocused attention on the facts, every Delaware school child would win if such a race were to occur.

    Not only would Markell be on the hook, but Sokola, Jacques, Schwartzkopf, would all have to face questions publicly on an ongoing basis instead of being able to hide behind one or two generic mailings.

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