While much of the state is fascinated with the U.S. Senate race on both sides of the aisle -- frankly, we're disgusted with it already and are sickened by the lack of quality among the front-running candidates -- we are hearing some interesting political rumors on other races.
One rumor we've heard is that an incumbent state representative, who's getting a challenge from within his own party in the primary, may be in some trouble. The incumbent has written several letters on behalf of criminal defendants, including one sex offender who re-offended not long after being let out on shock probation. This isn't setting well in the community. We're also hearing that school politics may come into play in this race, since the challenger is the brother-in-law of a school board member who's in a bit of legal trouble and blames the superintendent for causing it.
Another rumor involves one of the statewide races next year. One officeholder, a former collegiate athlete, may be contemplating a run for governor. And in the opposing party, another ex-college athlete and current officeholder may be rethinking possible plans to run for governor because he doesn't want certain things about his past to become known. We also hear that he used to date the daughter of yet another officeholder from a nearby county, but the young lady broke up with him because of those past habits. This past has been alluded to over the years by posters on other blogs, but we never put much stock in those tales until now.
We're not quite sure how this all would impact the incumbent. We're not sure that the rumored challenger would be any great threat, but the one who's rethinking plans has been all but inaugurated by many political pundits who like to post comments to blogs.
We're still not sold on the notion that Greg Stumbo won't run, however. We just hope that his opponents won't be as gun-shy about using his past against him as they have been in the past.