Edwards to challenge Wynn again


 Donna Edwards for Congress


May 03, 2007

Democrat Donna Edwards, who narrowly lost to Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) in a 2006 primary challenge, officially signed up for a rematch last week when she filed a statement of candidacy for the 2008 race.

After a brief campaign, Edwards shocked almost everyone by losing by fewer than 3,000 votes, 50 percent to 46, in September. She begins her 2008 bid nine months before
Maryland’s new Feb. 12 primary with a goal of raising $1 million and putting together a better campaign organization. 

She already has done something she didn’t last cycle — hire a campaign manager. Adrienne Christian, who was deputy campaign manager for now-Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), joined Edwards’s campaign full-time in mid-April.

Edwards said she has spent the eight months since the primary attending community meetings in the 4th district and gauging support for another bid against Wynn.

She said a formal announcement is likely to be set for May, and she will leave her job as executive director of the Washington-based Arca Foundation around Labor Day to campaign full-time.

“I was trying to figure out if this was just a flash in the pan and wake-up call or there’s a real call for change,” Edwards said. “I wouldn’t have filed if I hadn’t thought it was a real call for change.”

Edwards was able to make it a close race last cycle in large part by focusing on Wynn’s vote in favor of giving President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq.

Wynn, an eighth-term congressman who cruised through the general election, has said the primary result took him by surprise, and he has upped his community outreach as part of an effort to shore up support among the disaffected.

He also has wasted no time getting started raising money. In the first quarter, he pulled in about $130,000.

Edwards emphasized that the race was about more than Wynn’s Iraq war vote and said his recent changes won’t fool people.

“I know that Mr. Wynn is flying right on a lot of things these days, but we can’t ignore the fact that a significant reason for that is because I challenged him,” Edwards said.

The race puts the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in a tough spot, because it must decide whether to support Wynn in the primary.

The DCCC did not commit to supporting Wynn, but spokeswoman Kyra Jennings said, “The DCCC has a long-standing policy of supporting our incumbent members.”

Edwards raised just less than $350,000 last cycle, while Wynn raised about $800,000 — most of it before the primary.
Christian said the Edwards campaign has held two small house parties and has fundraisers in Washington and New York planned.

Edwards aims to raise more local money this time, but she also has made inroads with grassroots groups. She received late help from MoveOn.org’s political action committee last year and has gotten involved with the board of They Work For Us, a nonprofit group designed to keep Democratic members of Congress from straying too far from the party’s ideals.

But she might not have Wynn all to herself this time around, as several other politicians in the Prince George’s County area have been rumored to be considering bids.

Edwards said she isn’t paying attention to other candidates and won’t back down.

“When I decided to run, most of those same people said to me it will be impossible to beat him,” Edwards said. “The fact that I opened the door means that I want to walk through it, and I’m not going to let somebody else do it.”


23 thoughts on “Edwards to challenge Wynn again

  1. rikyrah

    Heard good things about her. I’m going to donate to her. I wish her luck against that weasel Wynn.

  2. rikyrah,

    sweetheart, you never fail to comment within iminutes of me posting anything-you’re almost as bad as me living in front of the computer. Edwards is absolutely my girl.

  3. rikyrah

    I’m inside this weekend. Have to complete a project by Monday. Need those distractions, and you usually have something interesting. 🙂

  4. dblhelix


    The conservative Times of the UK has looked at Obama/tBQ “vacuuming up” GOP donations to the tune of $750,000 and has drawn some conclusions:

    For his optimism about the future, Obama has been dubbed the “black Ronald Reagan”. He frequently challenges the black community to support two-parent families and encourage school students, instead of criticising them for “acting white”.

    It utterly amazes me how his candidacy is spinned. And who the hell is doing the dubbing?

  5. rikyrah

    For his optimism about the future, Obama has been dubbed the “black Ronald Reagan”. He frequently challenges the black community to support two-parent families and encourage school students, instead of criticising them for “acting white”.

    It utterly amazes me how his candidacy is spinned. And who the hell is doing the dubbing?

    It’s slick, isn’t it, dblhelix?

    I told you…hit pieces. Hit pieces.


    Last week, it was ‘ The Magic Negro’.

    This week, it’s the ‘ Black Ronald Reagan’.

    Who dubbed it? Well, for damn sure, it ain’t nobody Democratic. Come on, dblhelix, you see the subliminal attack for what it is. I know that you do.

    They’re gonna try anything and everything before it’s all said and done.

    Welcome to the Racial Rorshach test that is the Obama candidacy.

    As for the money, as long as it falls under the limits that they set for themselves, I’m not hating.

  6. dblhelix

    Welcome to the Racial Rorshach test that is the Obama candidacy.

    Must be. Regan? I don’t think so.

    I noticed they didn’t have an equivalent moniker for tBQ like “the white Condoleeza” or some such.

  7. dblhelix

    Anybody have opinions on Wynn vs Edwards? Will he prevail or will she beat him like a drum?

  8. rikyrah

    Um, what am I missing?

    I didn’t follow it — how did he get elected MA gov?

    He’s a snakeoil salesman…

    And, his positions were 180 degrees away from where he is now in order to sell his snakeoil.

  9. rikyrah

    I have no opinion about Edwards. I’m just giving her a donation though and hope she is successful.

  10. NMP


    I introduced a friend to your site. She’s a political junkie and huge Obama supporter, like me, and was a little salty at how hard you were on him. I told her that you’re just holding out hope that he’s going to morph into Huey Newton, but you’ll come around. 🙂

  11. All I have to say is “Get to Know this Sista!” I have, and I’m one of the first to volunteer to wear out shoe leather for her in Maryland.

    Anything to stomp Wynn out of office.

    And, I’m proud to own up to the fact that she handed Wynn his ass last year because of this research done on Wynn’s abysmal legislative record highlighted here:


    If the link doesn’t work, you can find the work of CBC Monitor in the archives of http:www.blackagendareport.com

  12. ROFL. Donna’s going to have sooo much fun with Wynn in the debate:

    DE: Explain why you joined the “out of Iraq” Caucus after voting consistently to fund the war since 2002.

    Wynn: >

    That’s the first sighting of Wynn in lower P. G. County since he was first elected to office. I know; I lived in P. G. County, and we saw a hellva lot more of Mike Steele than we saw of Wynn.

    Donna Edwards scared his ass, but good. And she will have a war chest to match Wynn’s, so everyone else should, well, give it the good college try, and then get behind Donna.

  13. Off Topic…

    Things haven’t changed since Katrina, and they might have gotten worse:

    In Kansas, the governor said the state’s response was limited by the shifting of emergency equipment, such as tents, trucks and semitrailers, to the war in Iraq .

    “Not having the National Guard equipment, which used to be positioned in various parts of the state, to bring in immediately is really going to handicap this effort to rebuild,” she said.

    Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the adjutant general’s office, which manages state resources during emergencies, said the state has a shortage of heavy equipment transport trailers, pallet-sized loading systems, Humvees, dump trucks and other large equipment that would be help move massive amount of debris.

    “We are never at 100 percent because we are allocated a certain amount from the National Guard Bureau. With the war, we are much shorter than we would be. We have about 40 percent of what is allocated,” Watson said.

    More proof that the scam in Iraq is making us less safe, not more.

  14. NMP

    Just checkin’ in to see what’s been jumpin’ since this morning. Not much I see. Glad to know I’m not the only colored folk lazy on mondays. 🙂 Well, since we’ve already veered off topic, take a look at the essay on Condoleeza Rice penned by Donna Brazile in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people edition. If you’re not fully sick of the Clinton/Gore centrist legacy, this should do it. The first paragraph alone deserves a “negro, please!”

    Condoleezza Rice
    By Donna Brazile

    Condoleezza Rice knows who she is and remembers where she came from. Early in her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, she brought then British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to her home state of Alabama. She took him to the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where four little girls had been murdered by an act of racist terrorism. She took him to the Civil Rights Institute, the South’s finest museum of its worst embarrassment. And she took him to attend services at the church where her father served as pastor during the turbulent 1960s.

    As a child, Condi experienced personally what it is like when citizens are denied equal rights because of the color of their skin. When one of her heroes, Rosa Parks, died, Condi was in the front row at her funeral, paying homage to the woman who took a seat on a bus so that all Americans could earn a seat at the table. As Secretary of State, Rice, 52, has consistently communicated to the world that although the U.S. is a great nation, it is not perfect. While she and I don’t always agree politically, I admire her courage as well as many of her values and accomplishments. She balances her active career with devotion to her family, friends and community. And she makes time to stay in touch with her Southern roots.

    Brazile is the author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics

  15. dblhelix

    NMP: I saw it last week! So much BS.

    The Political Junkie:

    How big an issue will slots at National Harbor be in this race for voters in lower PG? In case anybody is wondering, yes, Al Wynn is all for it, he thinks it will be “nice for my colleagues.”

    O’Malley has said he is open to discussing slots in MD, Mike Miller (senate president, powerful) is a big supporter of slots for addressing budget woes.

    Several years ago, Donna Edwards and others formed a citizens group in Oxon Hill to take the National Harbor project to court. A big issue is that MoCo gets funding for biotech while we get … gambling centers. The lawsuit was settled and National Harbor broke ground, but the group has the right to re-open if National Harbor is targeted for slots.

  16. DBH:

    If Donna wins, that Harbor Center will get shut down. ‘Nuff Said.

    Unlike Wynn, Donna actually knows and practices law, as well as has experience in personally drafting legislation. Wynn depends on his staffers, espically those he’s screwing, and even then, he’s telling them what to say. Which makes the moniker we tagged him with (“Fat Albert”) all the more appropriate.

    Meanwhile, check out what she used to tear him a new one in last year’s debate:


    My colleagues and I researched and prepared her talking points, though we didn’t know it at the time. She found us on a Google search, LOL…;-)

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