Doug Gross continues to go through his rolodex in search for a gubernatorial candidate. Doug’s candidate de jour is now rumored to be Jeff Bullock. Bullock is the President of Dubuque University and well respected member of his community. Bullock’s name was mentioned last cycle as a possible congressional candidate but those rumors went nowhere.
The problem is Bullock is unknown outside of his home community, and it’s probably going to be difficult to win a Republican primary when you give money to Democrats. If you don’t believe me ask my good friend Peter Teahen.
Bullock gave $500 to Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley last October. His wife Dana gave $750 to Rich Dickenson, who ran against Braley in the 2006 congressional primary. Bullock’s donor history combined with Gross’ constant lamenting that Republicans have to compromise on their principles isn’t going to do either of them any favors.
From what I know, Bullock is a good guy. He has supported Republican candidates in the past, and his wife probably contributed to Dickenson because he was the Director of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and it’s not like Braley had a contested race last cycle.
But here’s the deal. If you have aspirations to run for office someday, don’t do stupid crap like giving money to a Democrat. You can never give a good reason to an activist on why you gave that money to a Democrat candidate.
I’m a little surprised on how public Doug’s search for a gubernatorial candidate is. First it was Jeff Lamberti and people think that’s a no go. Then it was Mary Andringa, then Branstad, both are said to not be interested. Now it’s Bullock. What if he says no? It could get embarrassing for Doug if you ask me.
Speaking of Doug…
The dude just came out and said he doesn’t want Vander Plaats to be the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nominee. Now, I don’t want the BVP people to get all pissed off at me, so if you are one of those people please read the following carefully.
Krusty Kudos to Doug Gross for having the balls to just come out and say that the reason he is out there saying what he is saying is because he doesn’t like Bob. Look, we are all entitled to our opinions and you should know by now that Doug doesn’t speak my language, but I appreciate people who shoot straight.
Hopefully this means that Doug will stop saying stupid crap like Republican’s can’t talk about marriage, because that issue isn’t going anywhere. So the guy doesn’t like Bob. We shouldn’t be surprised since they ran against each other in 2002. What’s interesting is that Gross must not like Rants either.
Question of the day: So if Bullock tells Doug no, do you think there comes a time when Doug just runs himself? He’s already invested a lot of his personal capital into this, at some point he has to go “all in” right?
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