There aren’t a lot of Democrats who are likely to be heartbroken over the news that Congresswoman Jane Harman will be resigning to be the director of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Harman, who has been in Congress since 2000, was a member of the conservative leaning Blue Dog Coalition, a group which suffered mightily in the 2010 elections. With a special election now to be held in a reliably Democratic district, the possibility for someone with more progressive leanings to join the ranks of congress is getting many excited.
First to be considered for a run is Marcy Winograd, who ran against Harman in the 2010 primary. Dave Weigel reports:
A small signal of just how plugged in Winograd is to the left: She has signed a petition pledging not to support Obama for re-nomination if he doesn’t end the wars in the Middle East.
Also a possibility — City Council Member Janice Hahn. According to KSTW:
Councilwoman Janice Hahn says in a statement she’ll run for the seat in the coastal 36th Congressional District, which includes Venice Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.
The 58-year-old Hahn – a Democrat – is the sister of former Los Angeles mayor James Hahn and the daughter of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who died in 1997.
She ran unsuccessfully for the House seat in 1998, and was a candidate for lieutenant governor last year.
Meanwhile, according to AOL, Republicans are hoping just to redistrict the seat out all together.
And while the left may seize on the special election, the GOP is looking beyond to 2012. A redistricting plan plus the loss of a centrist could put Harman’s district in play for the Republicans. The Hill notes that they are “cautiously optimistic” at the moment.
If nothing else, a special election give is election junkies something to occupy our brains with while we wait for 2012 to kick into gear.