A Lot Of Support For A Non-Campaign

It has been a busy few weeks for Tim Johnson. Putting aside for the moment his returning to the Senate for the first time in over 8 months, a lot is being done for his fund raising efforts as well. Senator Johnson supposedly hasn’t decided yet whether or not he will run for re-election in 2008 despite comments like this when ask by Bob Woodruff last week:

Bob Woodruff: Does that mean definitely you’re going to run for the Senate again in 2008? Tim Johnson: I plan on it… I expect to run and to win.

Semantics aside, several heavy hitters in the Democratic Party apparently think he will be running as they have sent out emails asking for contributions to Johnson’s campaign. First, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went panning for campaign cash on behalf of Johnson and then current Illinois Senator, and Presidential candidate, Barack Obama joined in on the fund raising efforts.

Closing out Senator Johnson’s week of campaign contribution hawking was an email I got this morning from New York Senator and Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Dear Friend,

I’m so excited to welcome my friend Tim Johnson back to the Senate.

Tim, the senior senator from South Dakota, faced a life-threatening medical condition late last year, and I am thrilled at the incredible recovery he’s made.

After eight months of hard work to regain his health — the same kind of hard work he’s put into representing the people of South Dakota — Tim is back

I hope you’ll take a moment today to show your support for him. You can make a contribution to his campaign here:


Thank you so much for your support.


Hillary Rodham Clinton

It seems that Senator Johnson’s run for the Senate without even “officially” announcing he is running is probably the second most successful non-campaign so far this year. But with Fred Thompson finally announcing, he can surely claim he has the most successful current non-campaign going. All thanks to some of his friends in Washington.

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