I’ve been saying for months that the two real contenders for GOV-R are Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kindercare.
I’m getting the feeling that John Brunner can pull it out, that he’s starting to gather some momentum.
Brunner is currently not a public office holder, even though this is not his first statewide campaign, as I know firsthand. However, that he is not currently an elected official, and Kindercare is and Hanaway has been, is going to help him in a climate like the current one. That, and his media campaign, while still banal, and still far from ideal, seems to be a little lighter on its feet and varied than his robotic buys four years ago: “I OPPOSE OBAMACARE MUH HANDWIPE COMPANY.”
Another thing working in his favor is that he doesn’t have any personal quality that turns people against him. Kindercare’s “indiscretions” over on the East Side have not been forgotten, and Hanaway, a woman with a just abrasive enough personality, will turn off enough Republican women voters, such that Brunner can eke this thing out.
However, one other thing I’ve been saying for months that I have not changed is that for any Republican who wants to be Governor, advocating RTW means losing the election.