Gleaner: "Are you running for Congress?"
Dina Titus: "I am certainly giving it serious consideration."
Titus said Monday she's had lots of communication with the DCCC and is "very flattered" at the support they've indicated they'd like to throw her way. She also noted that time is of the essence and she will make a decision this week.
But it sounds like she already has. The filing deadline, btw, is May 16.
Titus' residence east of UNLV is about a decent drive off the tee from the CD3 boundary. But she owns two properties in the district — a condo she has co-owned with her mother on Mount Charleston for a few years, and a house that she bought in the Pecos/Russell area earlier this year.
Gleaner: Cool. You might be just what Jon Porter needs.
Titus: (laughs) Thanks.
Meantime, if Titus has any doubt, the state and national parties don't.
"We are sorry to hear that Robert Daskas has decided not to run for Congressional District 3,” state party chair Sam Lieberman said in a statemnt. “Robert would have made an excellent candidate and member of Congress. Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus has the track record, the experience and the know-how to serve Nevadans well in Congress, and has proven she can win this District."
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen put out a statement too: "Dina Titus would be an excellent candidate with unparalleled experience and support from people in Nevada's 3rd congressional district. Her vision, strength, and ability to get things done for Nevada would make her a powerful voice for change."
While the Gleaner is hopelessly clueless when it comes to the mysterious and sophisticated strategic stylings of the beltway political subculture as reflected by the DCCC, "unparalleled experience and support" sounds like, you know, exactly the criteria that lands a candidate in the "red to blue" program, i.e., the big national financial help. The DCCC had earlier placed Daskas in the program.
So does this mean everyone has to curb the snowballing enthusiasm in the commentariat for the Tick boomlet? Dang.