"He awakens the idealist in me"
Democratic strategist Paul Begala wrote Wednesday that he tried to talk Tommy Sowers out of a run for Congress against Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
"The district, I said, is too Republican, and the election cycle too challenging. Tommy would have none of it. This is his home, he said, and this is his duty," wrote Begala in a piece for The Huffington Post.
But Begala also calls the Democratic candidate a hero, who has a chance at turning "this reddest of districts blue."
Begala also suggests a challenge from the right could present problems for Emerson.
"What gives the race national implications is the threat that Emerson may be Scozzafava'ed. Bob Parker, a farmer and Ron Paul-style right-winger, is challenging Emerson in the GOP primary. Would it be too much to ask Lardbutt Limbaugh to come home and campaign for Parker? Or how about Sarah Palin?," wrote Begala.