Quick Note: Halloran for Congress?

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  March 1, 2010 — 14 Comments

Even though Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran’s political career has just begun, the openly Pagan politician may be setting his sights higher in the near future. The Theodsman has apparently been wowing them at local Tea Party gatherings, and there’s a growing number who want him to challenge Congressman Gary Ackerman in November.

“Recently I attended a Tea Party event focused on interviewing candidates to take on U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in the Fifth Congressional District … I believe that strategically we need a proven vote-getter in order to mount the campaign needed to take on an incumbent like Ackerman. We need City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). While I liked what I heard from every prospective candidate, I was particularly engaged by Halloran, who gave inspiring introductory remarks at the meeting on our traditions of federalism, limited government and the need for fiscal responsibility. Halloran won a heated election just last year against Ackerman’s former deputy director of community affairs, Kevin Kim, despite the congressman putting substantial political capital against Halloran in a hard-hitting and aggressive campaign.”

While I don’t normally consider letters to the editor “news” it notes that the event Halloran spoke at was “a Tea Party event focused on interviewing candidates”, which means the City Councilman must be giving at least some thought to running for higher office. The BlueCollarCorner blog is supportive of the idea.

“When I questioned Dan on the possibility of him running so soon after winning the council seat he was quite apprehensive. He didn’t want to come off as opportunistic to his extremely loyal residents who put countless hours in on getting him elected. I explained to him that as noble as that sounds it’s those same people who are pushing you to take on this race. He again spoke of voter fatigue and financial shortfall and I told him the story of a man that was 30 pts. behind in the polls and not a dollar to his name and trying to get the seat of a man who was the ” Lion of the Senate” That man was Scott Brown and that lion was Ted Kennedy. The Tea Party Factor is unlike any movement we have seen in our lifetimes and if you are picked to serve, serve you must not because you are being forced it’s because we need you.”

These populist rumblings in favor of Halloran are getting noticed,  But even if Halloran does throw his hat into the ring and decide to run for Congress he would face a far tougher battle than before. First, there’s no telling exactly how strong the Tea Party vote is in New York’s Fifth Congressional District, could the populist movement bring in the votes and volunteers he needs? Would he benefit from a larger “Get Out Of Our House” groundswell? Secondly, you can bet the Pagan issue would get used against him again. While that tactic ultimately backfired on a neighborhood level, where he was a known commodity, it could seriously damage a larger campaign. Third, and finally, he’d need a lot of money, far more than the shoestring he ran his last campaign on. Will the New York GOP have his back, or would have have to depend on small donations from individual voters?

For now, Halloran seems to be testing the waters, being understandably cautious to overreach so early in his political career. But if support continues to grow, and Ackerman looks weak, we may see the reemergence of candidate Halloran. If that happens, you can be sure the Pagan Newswire Collective, Pagan+Politics, and The Wild Hunt will be covering the race.

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  • http://tempest-reflections.blogspot.com/ Tempest

    Personally, I’d like to see Dan Halloran run for President someday – but I agree with what the article hinted at, that Halloran will need time and positive experience if he’s going to build up a power base and treasury, from which to grow from.

    • Birka

      Whatever, Dan will probably just go with what suits his interests the best and adapt and edit his version of things to best suit him.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Crystal7431 Crystal7431

      I can't take any politician seriously who speaks at Tea Party rallies.

  • lonespark

    Yes, it's definitely exciting.

  • Cole Gillette

    I’d like to second your opinion, Crystal7431.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Bubba, I hope you'll keep us posted in this thread on whatever response you get, even if it's nothing.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Souris_Optique Souris Optique

      No pagans in his district? REALLY?

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/BryonMorrigan BryonMorrigan

    I'll bet their music isn't nearly as good though. :D

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/whateley23 whateley23

    I wish I could give more than one "thumbs up" to this comment.

  • Eran Rathan

    strawman. I said neither, I was merely clarifying that he should be representing his constituents, regardless of his or their religions.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Souris_Optique Souris Optique

    So, are you arguing that none of his constituents are Pagan, or that defending the religious rights of Pagans is somehow unconstitutional?

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