Its starting to get around that 11th congressional district candidate Chris Perkins did not vote in the 2010 election between Keith Fimian and Gerry Connolly. You know, the one Fimian lost by 981 votes? Rob and Nikki pretty much have the analysis covered. But more worrisome to me isn't necessarily that Perkins didn't vote. Look, things happen with folks' jobs and other things. It happens. I know it was an important election but things just happen sometimes.
What worries me more is that Perkins spent so much personal time and treasure supporting Rep. Gene Taylor, the Blue Dog Democrat from Mississippi that was finally beaten by Alan Nunnelee Steve Palazzo (thnx Spiker) that November. Taylor was one of those maddening faux-moderate Democrats that consistently got in everyone's way by trying to form or backing various Gangs of Whatever Numerical Value. Despite trying to show his "independence" by not voting for Nancy Pelosi as speaker, Taylor was still a Democrat enabling the agenda by being elected. He was a huge target fro Republicans and a major swing district that we needed to win the House.
The story here is that in 2010, in a major election that for the first time in six years Republcians FINALLY had the winds at their backs, Chris Perkins didn't vote in his own swing district and went to another swing district to work for the DEMOCRAT! We won 60+ seats in the House of Representatives in 2010 and Perkins was not in his district and he was volunteering and giving money to a Democrat in Mississippi! Seriously?
Combine this with his establishmnet endorsements and support from Tom Davis, its clear that Chris Perkins will just be a Generic Republican congressman if he were to be elected. He wouldn't fight for conservative constitutionalism because he doesn't want to. He's going to be go along, get along. He will be a Republican Gene Taylor. The Blue Dog Democrats are dying fast, and they are being replaced by Blue Dog Republicans, obsessed only with defeating Democrats simply so they can have the levels of power and actually fight for nothing deeper or more meaningful.
Chris Perkins, Blue Dog Republican.