Political Contribution Analysis – Down ballot addendum


Important: Relatively obscure state elections might determine the future of our country – here’s a guide

I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s post, Around the Block’s 2022 U.S. Senate – Political Contribution Analysis with a quick addendum.

In the commentary about Arizona I wrote, “…With the possibility of all Arizona state offices in charge of elections going Republican in 2022, with the result that any Democrat who is elected may not, in the state’s eyes, win…”

Well, obviously it’s not just Arizona, although the state, as ‘election denial’ ground zero, is getting the most attention. In many other states if down ballot election deniers win races for positions like Attorney General, Secretary of State of State Supreme Court, it’s probable that Democratic wins in those states will be contested and possibly, given our partisan judiciary, overturned.

Now, if you think deciding who to contribute to in U.S. Senate, House or governor races is difficult, determining who to support in relatively obscure, but vitally important state executive positions is near impossible.

And then I received this, from the Daily Kos:

Theodore, if you’re worried about Trump 2024 — and I sure am! —then you need to be paying attention to down ballot races in key states this year. And you don’t need to take my word for it because Republican candidate for Nevada secretary of state Jim Marchant is out there saying it: “If we get all of our secretaries of state elected around the country like this, we take our country back.”

With that admonition, Michael Langenmayr of the Daily Kos went on to provide a list of 17 down ballot candidates in eight states worthy of a contribution to help protect us against GOP duplicity.

  • Colorado: Phil Weiser (attorney general) and Jena Griswold (secretary of state)
  • Georgia: Jen Jordan (attorney general) and Bee Nguyen (secretary of state)
  • Michigan: Dana Nessel (attorney general), Jocelyn Benson (secretary of state), Richard Bernstein (supreme court) and Kyra Harris Bolden (supreme court)
  • Minnesota: Steve Simon (secretary of state)
  • Nevada: Aaron Ford (attorney general) and Cisco Aguilar (secretary of state)
  • North Carolina: Sam Ervin and Lucy Inman (both for supreme court)
  • Ohio: Jennifer Brunner, Terri Jamison, and Marilyn Zayas (all for supreme court)
  • Wisconsin: Josh Kaul (attorney general)

If this moves you to act, go to this website for more information: Stop Trump from stealing the 2024 election!

One last thing: Arizona, the state I consider the most problematic, is not on the list. Is this because of the listless campaign state Democrats are running against the GOP, epitomized by the fact that current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate for governor, will not agree to debate her Republican opponent, Kari Lake, an election denying, gun advocating, anti-masking, believer that “abortion is a sin,” who accused President Joe Biden and Democrats of harboring a “demonic agenda?”

I don’t know. But I will write to Michael Langenmayr to find out.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

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