After Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced Tuesday, he’d not run for re-election, he promptly called his old friend, MSNBC host and radio talker Ed Schultz, (KPTK m-f, 12-3p) urging him to run for the job. Dorgan was joined in the pleas by other ND Democratic party honchos.
His red hair; white, mid-western ways; and blue-collar sensibilities, fly in the face of the “liberal elite” stereotyping Republicans like to hang on progressives. He’s also well-known in his state, and has unique ability to fundraise.
When Big Eddie first hit the national scene, urban liberals were wary of him as being a little red of the neck. But he’s shown himself to be a dogged liberal of the old FDR/Truman school; vociferously and consistently advocating for single-payer healthcare, and insisting congressional Democrats remain true to their liberal base.
A possible hitch:
Schultz said on his show Tuesday that he believes North Dakota law is that a candidate would have to have been a resident for the past five years to qualify. He hasn't been living in the state lately.Schultz was an All-American in college, and had a short career in professional football before becoming a sportscaster and talk host in Fargo.