Wanted: Dem to Challenge Rogers (The Long List)
So, in attempt to help the Democrats and to give political bloggers a competitive federal race on which to opine, I've taken the liberty of developing a list of Democrats who could take on Mike Rogers.
The obvious place to look is the state legislature, so here are the Dems who represent areas in the state Senate or State House that fall within the 3rd Congressional District.
The Long List
Gerald Dial (ran in the 1996 3rd CD primary)
Ted Little (was the Democratic nominee in the 3rd CD in 1996)
Betty Carol Graham
Of course many on this list are not viable candidates nor would they have any interest in a congressional race. But there are also at least a couple of legislators who could provide Rogers with some very stiff competition should they be enticed into the race.
Looking past the state legislature, there are still a few other choices.
Bill Fuller - 2004 nominee and ex state legislator
Joe Turnham - 2002 nominee and current ADP party chair
Bobby Bright - Montgomery Mayor
Fuller obviously had a disastrous run in 2004, but without having to run against the John Kerry drag and with experience earned in his previous bid, he should be able to improve his performance.
Turnham's recent election as ADP chair probably precludes a rematch. But if he were to run he'd have a clear primary field and a more hospitable environment. His 2002 race was in the shadow of 9/11 and the Iraq War, but a 2006 race would probably be on a more Democrat-friendly terrain.
Bright has been mentioned to have ambitions beyond city hall. He could raise plenty of money with his Montgomery contacts, but a "big city" mayor might not play well in the more rural parts of the district. Plus, Montgomery county is split between the 3rd and the 2nd districts so all of Bright's base isn't intact. But given his stature and connections, Bright could give Rogers a serious run.
There are of course other ambitious mayors, city councilors, county commissioners, etc in the 3rd who could carry the Democratic banner. There might even be a private citizen (businessman, attorney) who could dump some of his own money into the race and give Rogers a headache.
I am not sure if any credible Democrat will oppose Mike Rogers, but I think this list shows there are at least a few strong Democrats left in the hills of the 3rd district.