I Reluctantly Emulate ABC News - In Part
Before launching her campaign for president, Moseley Braun had returned to Alabama to rescue and rehabilitate her family’s farm. "I asked myself, ‘Do I sit out here or walk forward? Do I do what I can, throw my hat in, the whole shake and debate?’" said Moseley Braun.
As the first female senator from Illinois, the first female African-American senator, and the first African-American Democratic senator, Moseley Braun has broken a lot of barriers in her days. She’d love to break the gates of the "white men’s club" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as she said during the televised debate at the University of New HampshireTuesday night, and in doing so strike a victory for minorities, women and anyone else who feels excluded by "status quo" politics.
With little campaign money and barely registering as a blip on the support charts of campaign polls, members of the media, such as debate moderator Ted Koppel, are increasingly asking Moseley Braun and fellow candidates such as Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton why they are even bothering to run for this office.
"Because you love your country," Moseley Braun says directly when asked again why she’s running. "As simple, and corny and old-fashioned as that might sound, it really does come down to that."
It maybe really does come down to being simple, Carol, but it isn't easy. As you well know, it takes a lot of work to be a candidate, and a lot of time to run a campaign.
But unless you actually enter the primaries, you are just wasting everyone's time.
Democrat Carol Moseley Braun missed Friday's deadline for qualifying for Virginia's presidential primary ballot. The former U.S. ambassador and U.S. senator failed to submit petitions to the State Board of Elections by the 5 p.m. deadline.
Eight others in the Democratic field made the cutoff. U.S. Reps. Richard Gephardt of Missouri and Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and the Rev. Al Sharpton filed their petitions the final day. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, John Edwards of North Carolina and John Kerry of Massachusetts and retired Gen. Wesley Clark had already filed their petitions.
Democrats vying to oust President Bush have campaigned in Virginia earlier than usual because the state this year moved up its primary date by three weeks. The state Democratic Party must certify that each candidate collected the required minimum of 10,000 names to place the names on the Feb. 10 statewide ballot.
State Party Chairman Kerry J. Donley said he regretted that Braun, the only woman in the race, won't appear on the ballot. "In order to run a campaign you've got to be organized and you've got to get down into the grass roots, and the party did that for all the candidates. But then, the campaigns have a responsibility as well," Donley said.
After getting this today, and with my time growing short during the holidays and thus making it harder to keep up wih these candidates, I am dropping Moseley Braun campaign coverage.
Virginia's primary is the second she's missed that I know of, Oklahoma's being the first about a week or so ago. It's looking to me like she doesn't have enough organization to cover the basics if she can't meet the filing deadlines, and since these primaries are what a candidate is all about, entering the contests is of vital importance.
I am reluctant about doing this, because I feel every candidate deserves the widest possible exposure, but in her case, she isn't taking the steps that only she can take. I certainly can't take them for her.
Thus, with this post, I end my coverage of the 2004 Presidential Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun.