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Monday, August 07, 2006


Dunn moves his name to the top of the list for the 19th

I'm not a big fan of the "inside baseball story" but reading this Patrick Jackson/Adam Taylor piece on Gilligan and Dunn, you can't help but feel that Dunn's head fake could pay off big time down the road.

Dunn said he decided to leave the race after talking things over with county Democratic Chairman Jim Paoli. He said he entered the race because he'd heard rumors Gilligan was going to pull out and give the seat to a hand-picked successor.

Dunn, who is the state PTA's vice president for legislation and is active in the Mill Creek-Limestone Civic Alliance, didn't want to be left out if that was the case.

"I didn't want that to happen. ... I wanted a chance at the job," he said. "But I have no problem with Bob Gilligan staying."

Gilligan talked with Dunn and said he was pleased by his decision to leave the race.

"He's a good Democrat. We spoke and he indicated he has an interest in the seat in the future," Gilligan said.

Gilligan was first elected to the State House in 1972, which makes him among the last Delaware state reps who will be able to treat Legislative Hall like it is the House of Lords.

I fear that talk comes cheap, but when Gilligan does step out, Dunn will go for it, party or not.

Many think that Gilligan is thinking of leaving from office to be able to oick the successor.
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