As Buzz mentioned in his Morning Reads this morning, former State House Speaker Glenn Richardson has qualified for the Senate District 30 special election. I don’t know Glenn Richardson personally, but I did have the pleasure of meeting and talking with him after the first 14th Congressional District GOP Convention this past April (that may have been his first public political activity in a while if I’m not mistaken). My impression from him was that he has changed. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt mainly because the friends that are closest to him say that they have seen a positive change in Glenn. Admittedly, I have misgivings about sending a man back to the lion’s den, and I suppose that it would be easy to just write him off due to what occurred almost 3 years ago. However, this was the man that led the Republican Party from the minority to the majority in the House for the first time in 100 years. He’s a sharp man and astute legislator.
With that said, it won’t be an easy race for him. He lost the public’s trust, and it won’t be simple to gain it back. Glenn will need to convince voters that he is ready to go back into the lion’s den…armed with more than just a trident and net.