Let’s go back a bit to March 3rd.
We were handicapping some names for Senator Dan Akaka’s seat in Congress.
Senator Dan Inouye threw out a few in a PBS interview and we added a couple more.
One of those from Inouye was Tammy Duckworth.
She’s a true hero, a graduate of McKinley High School graduate and Iraq war veteran where she was gravely wounded while flying a helicopter.
Today she’s Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
We called her a dark horse if she ran.
Now, some folks are gently pushing for her to jump in.
A Draft Tammy Duckworth website has popped up.
Nothing fancy – just her picture and it states it’s not affiliated or paid for by Duckworth.
But there’s something everyone else missed.
Looking through the source code for the site shows a hidden Facebook page address for drafting her.
You can see it here.
So far no word from Duckworth on whether she might be interested.
UPDATE 4/6: The Draft Tammy Duckworth website now shows a link to the Facebook page.
UPDATE 5/31: Tammy Duckworth has not decided if she will run for elected office again. But if she does, it will not be for Hawaii. “As honored as I am by all those who’d like me to run here — and I get asked that question all the time — my home and my National Guard unit are in Illinois. And if I run for office again, it’ll be there,” she said.
UPDATE 6/14: Duckworth leaves the VA. Speculation is to run for office in the new Illinois 8th district. Details here.