We have all, quite rightly, been congratulating those who were on the ballot and won, but I think there is a winner — a BIG winner — who has escaped notice.
Speaker Glenn Richardson was one of the very few politicians in this state who had the balls to engage in several contested primaries around the state for legislative seats. He got engaged, he raised money, and worked for the candidates he endorsed. The result? Not only did all of his guys win the primaries, but now he has a solid new group of loyalists in the legislature.
And while we’ve all been paying attention to Ralph and Casey’s fundraising numbers, Speaker Richardson has had Tony Simon out beating the bushes raising about $1.5 million to throw at House races. That is $1,500,000.00, a whole lot of zeros in there. Between individual contributions and getting incumbents to throw money into the pot, Tony and Glenn have built a formidable war chest that will help people like Tony Sellier take Robert Ray’s seat and Allen Freeman keep his seat. That also begs the question — how many more Democrats will become Republicans if they make it past November?