Democratic Governors: Endangered Species?

You might have better luck finding Michael Moore on a treadmill than finding a Democratic governor these days.

The Election of 2014 didn’t help. And if the trend lines are any indication, governorships are not looking good for Democrats, as they remind me of rotary phones and boom boxes.

Perhaps this is good news, since Democrats are lying cheats for the most part, the most recent example being Oregon’s former governor John Kitzhaber, who had to resign recently over influence peddling.


Gov. Steve Bullock, a Montana Democrat and current chairman of the DGA, told reporters he believes the party has hit a “low-water mark” in terms of its gubernatorial numbers.

“2014 [was] a non-presidential year, but by the same token good things are happening in the states being run by Democratic governors,” said Bullock, adding that he’s “confident that [in] 2015 and 2016 we’ll have some additional pickups.”

Democrats are convinced that they need to focus relentlessly on the middle class and making investments in infrastructure and education. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, the only Democrat to oust a Republican incumbent last year, said he’s proof the Democratic message can work .

“I’m the only Democratic pickup here, and I think that what people were looking for was something different, an unconventional candidate,” he told reporters at a White House press conference Friday. “Our ideas, our philosophy actually works. … While it might not have shown in the numbers this year, I think that our party and our ideas are going to have a lot of force in the years to come.”

Makes perfect sense. Democrats lose multiple governor’s races, and the one race in a Democrat-voting state, and Democrats see that as a sign!

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