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Candidates Corner

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Posted on September 7 2009 2:44 pm

NRB Candidates Corner

Some promising, surprising and ludicrous names are popping up in 2010 election conversations. In the coming weeks, I will be writing briefly about these names/people, what they are saying, and what is being said about them.

♦ PROMISING ♦

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Carly Fiorina

Republican, U.S. Senator for California

Although Fiorina hasn’t officially declared her candidacy, it’s all but certain that this former Hewlett-Packard CEO will duke it out with Sen. Barbara Boxer for the California Democrat incumbent’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The Republican announced in mid-August that she filed papers to “start exploring a candidacy.”

Fiorina has been steadily increasing her presence in the political sphere the last couple years, most notably as an adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. It was then that talk of her future in politics began at a moderate buzz, as seen in this interview with FOX News’ Chris Wallace in the spring of 2008.

She’s an unabashed fiscal conservative who hasn’t been afraid to call out the Obama Administration, particularly on their arbitrary decisions regarding executive compensation.

Given California’s dire economic condition, it will be interesting to hear her campaign proposals for remedying the state’s spiraling fiscal crisis.

♦ SURPRISING ♦

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Curt Schilling

Independent, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

When I think of the Great 38, I see the man standing on the pitcher’s mound, bloodied sock (single tear running down my cheek), leading the Red Sox to a win in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees – forcing a Game 7. That was his first year playing for the Sox. It was also the year the Sox finally brought an end to the Curse of the Bambino.

I try not to let my undying affection for Schilling as an athlete, and what he did for my team (GO RED SOX) cloud my assessment of his potential in politics or the likelihood that he can win the seat left vacant by the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy as a Republican in a true-blue, Democrat state. But if he tackles important issues for America with equal, unwavering dedication and fortitude, I am confident he will do well.

Schilling is well known among political wonks, and Red Sox fans, to have been an ardent supporter of the Bush 43 administration. And in 2008, Schilling threw his support behind John McCain. He even went so far as to publicly criticize McCain’s opponents – particularly Democrat Hillary Clinton for her continual swipes at Republicans on the handling of the Iraq War.

Although he hasn’t listed any specific campaign platform issues, he certainly isn’t afraid to let folks know what angers him about modern politics.

How in the hell has a state with supposedly as intelligent a voter base as Massachusetts allowed itself to be run into the ground by entrenched and often times corrupt ‘me first’ politicians?

– Curt Schilling, from his blog “38 Pitches”

♦ LUDICROUS ♦

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Eliot Spitzer

Democrat, hasn’t yet decided on an office

This “hooker-happy ex-governor,” as he’s been dubbed by the press, may actually have the audacity to consider running for elected office again, after his shameful resignation from his post as New York governor in March 2008.

Spitzer has always possessed a profound arrogance. Honestly – where does his excessive over-confidence come from? He has been heard bragging his poll numbers as governor were substantially better than current NY governor David Paterson. But Paterson’s time in office, thus far, has hardly proffered any results worthy of meaningful comparison.

Neil Cavuto had some fun with this rumor, along with his four-member guest panel, on FOX Business News.

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