However, I’ve heard through the grapevine she believes she can’t win there, since Democrats hold only a three point registration advantage. I don’t know if she’s right about that or not, but I do know that if she doesn’t run there as the incumbent Democrat, the seat will more than likely go to the declared Tea Party candidate, Nathan Mintz.
I’m not the only one who’s concerned about it either. Nearly 200 of Butler’s constituents have signed a petition I started pledging to support Butler with campaign contributions and volunteer hours if she’ll stay and run in AD66. Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/assembly-member-betsy-butler-weve-got-your-back-against-tea-party-candidate-nathan-mintz
I started this petition not because I wanted to clear the field for Osborn, but because I think this state is so screwed up, and we desperately need to get a 2/3rds majority to break Republican gridlock in Sacramento.
We only need to gain two seats in the Assembly to get that 2/3rds majority. But if Butler moves to AD50, it doesn’t matter if either Osborn or Butler wins, because the rest of us will lose when AD66 goes to a Tea Party Republican.
Butler certainly has a right to move and run for any seat she wants to, but if you’re going to run as a public servant, don’t you also have the responsibility to help make things better in this state and serve those people who elected you?