Brett Wagner the former nominee in 2004 for CA-24 ( Currently Elton Gallegly) is planning on running again.
In his e-mail ( which you can read the entire e-mail by clicking on "continue reading") he mentions that the seat will be an open seat. I don't know Gallegly's plans as he has always been elusive and with his choices to run again or not, but it has been reported that he has hired a new campaign manager which could be a hint that he is planning on running again.
Anyways, what would would it take for a Democrat to win this seat? I never say never but I think all of us admit it would be a very difficult task.
When would any redistricting plan that is placed before voters next February go into effect?
Any new news on Gallegly's plans?
I hope this message finds you and your loved
well and happy. I always wish you all the very
Over the past few months I've received
hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls from
and supporters asking how my mom and dad are
I'm holding up, and encouraging me to please
mounting a second campaign for U.S. Congress now
seat is finally opening up.
That's why I've decided to share one more
my family, to thank everyone for keeping us in
thoughts and prayers, and to explain my decision
to throw my hat in the ring for 2008 (more on
First, as you may remember, we came
to losing my mom last summer. Fortunately, she's
better now and her cancer is under control. I'm
of course, for mom's recovery, but I've seen
urgent need to make real progress on finding a
developing better treatments.
Second, my dad's Alzheimer's is progressing
rapidly than any of us was prepared for: One day
not recognize me, another day he greeted me at
and told his friend standing next to him that he
seen me in years (we had been together just the
before). Like most fathers and sons, dad and I
certainly had our differences over the years, but
grieves me beyond words to see him deteriorating
To put dad's specific condition into
Many people have heard those stories of kind
ladies who begin collecting stray cats and before
realizes what's happening, they've collected 100
My dad too has a very kind heart and last year
inviting home just about every homeless person he
across -- by the time I arrived back in Missouri
August his house and his guest house were
overrun (the smell alone was enough to knock you
Fortunately, a member of my adopted church
City put me in contact with a local minister
congregation's sole mission is providing for the
and helping them to reenter society, so we've
succeeded in emptying my dad's house.
The last thing our family wants to see
happen is for
my dad to wind up penniless in some under-funded
hospital (my parents are divorced, but still care
each other), so we've worked hard trying to set
conservancy to help protect his finances. It
easy, though, and I've seen firsthand the urgent
legal reforms and increased funding for veterans
Third, my last surviving grandparent,
Blanche, has begun failing at age 93. She's
resigned herself to the need to use a walker and
she'll never again descend her basement steps.
Grandma has very serious heart problems (not
mention hearing loss and matricular
her heart begins to race at 200+ beats per minute
blood pressure goes through the roof, it's
middle of the night and one of us must accompany
the emergency room. I can't tell you how many
we've arrived there around midnight, only to have
4 or 5 hours before anyone could even see her.
can't tell you how many other people with similar
we've met during those long hours in the
Every month Grandma worries that this will
month Medicare begins refusing to pay for these
leaving her exposed to crushing debt and unable
continue seeking the care she so obviously needs.
again, I've witnessed firsthand the urgent need
Last but not least, my childhood best
exact same age, is now entering the latter stages
Parkinson's Disease and can no longer walk
assistance. I love Teddy more than words can say
visited him at least once a week while I was back
Missouri. Those who followed my weekly column
"Candidate's Diary" may remember that during our
congressional campaign Teddy changed his party
to Democrat saying, "It's my last best hope for a
In the midst of all these personal
watching as my loved ones were suffering, dying
deteriorating, something very unexpected and
began happening inside of me: I began
remembering previously lost memories of the
surrounding my brother Billy's suicide more than
ago (a desperate act to avoid returning to jail
misdemeanor drug possession). I'm not sure why
memories started resurfacing, except maybe
because I was
sleeping in his old bedroom (my old bedroom
converted for other uses).
Suffice it to say, all this has profoundly
me. I am no longer the same person I was just 6
ago. My spiritual faith has grown much deeper,
after the deepest crisis in faith I've ever
The first three weeks of December I spent
hours alone in prayer (mostly in the middle of
where I must admit I had more than a few angry
But after a long string of sleepless nights
can only describe as very dark, I finally began
some of the answers I had been pleading for.
sound silly to some, but the exact turning point
came late one night around 2AM while I sat alone
bedroom listening to a deeply moving song written
of my favorite supporters, Johnny Rzeznick, lead
the Goo Goo Dolls.
The chorus of that song -- "Better Days" --
me to tears:
"Take these words and sing out loud,
everyone is forgiven now,
'cause tonight's the night the world begins
Those words touched me deeper than any song
was 13 years old and first heard Cat Stevens'
Train." In that moment, with God's help... I was
transformed. The world -- for me -- began again.
Today I am a more real person than I've been
many years: lighter, happier, stronger, more
more loving, more humble (this life can be a very
experience), and more forgiving. For example,
learned it's futile to seek forgiveness before
yourself are ready to forgive.
I've also come to terms, for the first time,
brother's suicide. I still miss Billy -- in
more than ever -- but I've finally been able to
myself for the ways I feel I let him down and I
remember my big brother with a smile.
As I've shared these feelings and
others, I've learned how many other people have
similar feelings and experiences.
And I've been pleasantly surprised to learn
other people have experienced (or are currently
experiencing) a similar "mid-life"
In short, as a result of my personal
I have regained my passion for politics, for
build a better world -- but never again will it
me at the "macro" level and filter down to the
level. I now see almost everything from the
* I've witnessed firsthand (up close and
incredibly broken our nation's healthcare system
become and how it is hurting real people and real
* I've witnessed firsthand the urgent need for
and new treatments for diseases such as cancer
* I've witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of
veterans programs and how they're failing to meet
needs of our nation's heroes.
* I've witnessed firsthand the overwhelming
tragedies of our nation's homeless.
* I've witnessed firsthand how the drug war is
real people and tearing apart real families.
All of these problems and many others can
truly solved at the national level.
That is why it's my great pleasure to
after much prayer and personal reflection, I have
to launch a second campaign for U.S. Congress.
formal announcement will likely be scheduled for
Unsurprisingly, universal healthcare will be
domestic issue throughout this campaign. I'm
that our party's current two leading presidential
contenders have also chosen to make universal
centerpiece in their campaigns.
Those who followed my first bid for Congress
remember the climactic lines that ended most of
"It's time to dream again, America -- it's
Well, now that we Democrats have regained
the U.S. Senate and the House of Representative,
not only to dream again -- it's time to begin
dreams come true. For example:
* It's time to create a nationwide universal
system, including prescription drugs, hospice and
* It's time to fully fund medical research in
find cures and develop better treatments for
as cancer, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis and
not to mention the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
* It's time to put an end to homelessness in
should adopt a 10-year plan to cut homelessness
and during those ten years, using what we learn
way, devise a plan to end it once and for all.
* It's time to put an end to poverty in America.
no reason why the richest country in history
should not be
able to solve this problem. The process of
lifting up the
lower class and growing the middle class will
pay for itself in the long run by growing our tax
empowering our young people to achieve their full
* It's time to fully fund all the programs that
that our military veterans are well taken care of
* It's time to call a truce in the conservatives'
"Drug War" and begin building a more
to begin truly solving our nation's substance
* It's time to put our foreign policy back on the
track, bring our troops home from Iraq, and once
become a positive force for change on the world
Our Campaign Webmaster is already hard at
work on our
new web site where we will go into much greater
these and many other vital issues:
We expect to launch our web site in the next week
As always our campaign team will welcome
comments and suggestions -- our campaign is,
after all, a
"work in progress."
In closing, I'd like to thank everyone again
those encouraging letters, emails and phone calls
my time of family emergencies and personal
You'll never know how much you mean to me. If
ever anything I can do for you, just let me know.
Your friend always,