I would have preferred the Great Orange Mass of Wasted Protoplasm would have gotten his butt kicked a year ago, but I’ll take yesterday as a consolation prize.
Some cheering stories from Tuesday’s elections, in no particular order:
In New Jersey, Ravinder Bhalla was elected Hobokenâ€™s first Sikh mayor. He won Tuesday nightâ€™s election just days after being targeted by flyers labeling him a terrorist.
Also in New Jersey,Â Democrat Ashley Bennet defeated Republican John CarmanÂ for the Atlantic County freeholder seat. Bennet decided to challenge Carman after Carman posted a meme mocking the Women’s March.
Carman posted a meme on the day of the Womenâ€™s March that featured a woman in a kitchen and the message, â€œWill the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?”
“Just asking?” heÂ wroteÂ alongside the meme.
I don’t know enough about Phil Murphy to know what kind of governor he will be, but his lopsided victory against NJ Secretary of StateÂ Kim Guadagno was an obvious repudiation of Chris Christie.
In Montana, Wilmot Collins was elected first black mayor of Helena. Collins arrived in Helena 23 years ago as a refugee from Liberia. He was part of a progressive ticket that swept city commission races.
My goodness, Virginia, you had quite a night. The single sweetest story of the evening was Danica Roem’s victory over incumbent Robert Marshall for a seat in Virginia’s statehouse. Marshall had introduced a “bathroom bill” in Virginia and called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” Roem is transgender.
â€œDiscrimination is a disqualifier,â€ a jubilant Roem said Tuesday night as her margin of victory became clear. â€œThis is about the people of the 13thâ€‰District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobiasâ€‰.â€‰.â€‰. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.â€
Marshall, 73, who refused to debate Roem and referred to her with male pronouns, declined an interview request but posted a concession message on Facebook.
Also sweet –Â Democrat Lee Carter, a Marine veteran from Manassas who openly ran as a socialist, beat Delegate Jackson Miller, a Republican incumbent who serves asÂ Virginia House Majority Whip.
Democrat Lee Carter, a red-haired, 30-year-old Marine veteran from Manassas, wonÂ a remarkable nine-point victoryÂ to oust Delegate Jackson Miller, a deep-pocketed Republican incumbent who serves as House Majority Whip. Carter ran openly as a socialistâ€”he and his supportersÂ croonedthe union anthem â€œSolidarity Foreverâ€ after their victoryâ€”and he won with almost no institutional support from the state Democratic Party.Â The Richmond Times-Dispatchâ€™sÂ Patrick WilsonÂ reportedÂ last month thatÂ party leaders â€œabandonedâ€ Carter after he declined to report campaign metrics like the number of doors heâ€™d knocked and the amount of money heâ€™d raised.Â Carter told Wilson he â€œceased reporting to the House caucus after multiple information security lapses in which confidential information that we reported to the House caucus was leaked outside of the party infrastructure.â€ But he also said the party leaders â€œwanted a bit more editorial control over my messaging than I was comfortable with.â€ Wilson wrote that â€œDemocratic Party leaders were not eager to discuss Carter, preferring to promote other candidates.â€ In fact, Wilson called Carter â€œthe kind of rogue candidate that gives an apparatus like the Democratic Party of Virginia a fit.â€
Another winner in Virginia wasÂ Kathy Tran, a former Vietnamese refugee, who became the first Asian-American woman to join Virginiaâ€™s House of Delegates
Democrats swept statewide races in Virginia — governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general — and so far have picked up 14 seats in the state legislature. Depending on some recounts, it is possible they could take over the majority.
The only state to not fall into line was Utah, which voted to replace Jason Chaffetz with another Republican. Well, Utah is Utah.
This should fire up Dems and, I hope, inspire them to pour every resource they’ve got into Alabama, where Democrat Doug Jones is running against Grand Inquisitor Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in a December 12 special election.
A trans woman beat the guy who introduced the bathroom bill. A gun victim’s boyfriend beat a delegate with an “A” grade from the NRA. A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia.
Something’s happening here, folks.
â€” Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) November 8, 2017