He talked to Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader; Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip; and Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. All urged him to run, especially Mr. Emanuel, who called several times, and even shipped him a thank-you cheesecake after he had agreed to run.
Mr. Marcinkowski says everyone promised their full support.
“That and a buck-seventy will get you a nice cup of coffee at Starbucks,” he said, adding that if he could do it again, he would have sought assurances that the campaign committee would devote ample “resources” — also known as money — to his race.
He says many of the Democrats who enticed him to run abandoned him after his fund-raising lagged and they deemed other races to be more winnable. “Sometimes I feel like the marine who they sent charging up a hill,” he said. “Then the marine looks back over his shoulder and wonders, ‘Hey, where’d everyone go?’ ”
Now there are several scenarios plausible here.
1. The Times made the whole thing up. Possible, but unlikely considering the stuff I've seen from this campaign.
2. Overrated candidate. Marcinkowski's whole plan is "Vote for me, I'm a buddy of Joe Wilson." Since it wasn't Karl Rove that ran his mouth, the whole thing crashed and burned, causing Rahm Emmanuel to cut his losses.
3. Rahn's a jackass and played Marcinkowski to get him to run. I don't agree with the far left Daily Kos crowd on much, but when it comes to Rahm Emmanuel, they are right. The Bill Clinton disciple has the loyalty of his mentors.
4. Mike Rogers is going wipe the floor with Jim Marcinkowski, and both Marcinkowski and Emmanuel wants to avoid blame for this loss, passing the buck to each other.
5. Combination of #2,3,4.
I'm going with scenario 5 here.