Noting the reports that Gresham Barrett has outstripped the others running for governor (more than $2 million and counting), I found myself wondering, what are those donors hoping to achieve with their gifts?
I mean that in the purest sense: Obviously, these folks want to see Rep. Barrett elected, and I’m wondering why? And I ask that because I have yet to understand his reasons for running. In the one interview I’ve had with him on the subject, back during my last week at the newspaper, I was struck by the degree to which he had little to say beyond, essentially, I’m a conservative Republican, so elect me. Nothing in particular about anything he’s like to achieve if he wins the post. And I haven’t seen anything more substantial than that from him since, but I’ve been distracted, so maybe I missed something.
Now I realize that in certain circles “I’m a conservative Republican” is just chock full o’ meaning, a heckuva compelling argument, but it doesn’t mean enough to me to motivate me to vote for or against a candidate. I want something more precise to hang my hat on. And while I can almost understand people voting for a guy based on nothing more than that airy impression, it baffles me that anyone would actually lay down hard cash in support of anything so vague.
This makes me think these donors know something that I don’t. So I’m wondering what that is. If you gave money to Gresham Barrett’s campaign, please help me understand, so I can decide whether I think you made a good investment or not.