Mark Parkinson, one of the few General Assembly Republicans to get it, for the most part, was going to run for SEN-23-R next year, as he himself is TLed out of the House, and SEN-23 is opening up because Tom Dempsey is TLed out of it, or would be if he hadn’t already resigned early.
He just threw in the towel today.
It’s all because of this stupid RTW battle.
There are two other Republicans in the primary, and of course, the Republican primary is the de facto election. Either one has been able to raise way more money than Parkinson, whose bank account was mainly self-funded, and not with much. Various unions are bankrolling one, to oppose RTW, various business groups are funding the other, to support it. Parkinson himself supports RTW, and voted for it and for the override every year. Like I wrote here some time back, I don’t think having it really changes much of anything compared to not having it, so whether it happens or not is almost a non-issue to me. While I don’t think it’s good politics for statewide Republican candidates and for some other Republicans, I’m not going to grind over Parkinson supporting it, and in turn, endorsing the one of the remaining two candidates that does over the one that opposes it. Even if I was mad about it, it’s no use being mad at him now, because his political career is just about over.
What I am grinding over is how everyone screaming, hemming and hawing over this trivial issue is drowning out the sorts of issues that really need to be talked about, and things that Mark Parkinson and a scant few others would be talking about and everyone else would be hearing about. But for RTW, Parkinson could have made his bones and won SEN-23 on the transfer law issue alone, considering the geography of SEN-23.