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Mark Udall ’72 running for Senate

Mark Udall ’72 is running for Senate in Colorado. His history, from the site:

Udall was born July 18, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona, and has spent his entire adult life in Colorado. He graduated from Williams College in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization. Udall developed a long and successful career with the Colorado Outward Bound School, as a course director and educator from 1975-85 and as the organization’s Executive Director from 1985-95.

I did not know there was such a degree at Williams. He sounds like a neat guy.

He says:

Our country is facing historic challenges at home and abroad. We must find a way to end the costly war in Iraq, rebuild our armed forces and fight a more effective war against terrorism. We must restore fiscal sanity to our national budget and prepare our kids for the economy of the future. We need a dramatic new energy policy that will create jobs and break our dependence on foreign oil. We also need to expand quality and affordable health care for all of our citizens.

(Request for this post in previous comments. Photo from linked site.)

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#1 Comment By Anonymous On October 2, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

Best wishes to Mark Udall.

It is not an enviable time to throw in your hat as a candidate for office these days. Between indifference and broker interests, how do you represent the people without disenfranchising them?

Trust is no longer tendered where deconstruction of our social order is working in earnest.

How he establishes direction and defines the campaign will be all telling.

Good tidings.

#2 Comment By David On October 2, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

Excellent post.

By the way, if you are an Eph interested in politics or becoming a political writer, then a great way to get started is to make yourself the expert on a topic, especially a topic that no one else is already an expert on. Suggested topic: This senate campaign in Colorado. One way to do this is to create a blog devoted to this specific campaign. EphBlog would be happy to host it, thereby giving you 1,000 readers a day to start and good Google juice. After a few weeks (and hard work), you would become the go-to source for the campaign, with all the latest news and analysis.

Blogging is fun! Give it a try . . .

By the way, could one of our politically savvy Ephs handicap this race for us? What are Udall’s chances, both in the primary and the general election?

#3 Comment By rory On October 2, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

American Civilization is an outdated term for what is now most often called American Studies (which is now getting questioned as a term. anyway…). My mom got a degree in it around the same period.

As for the race, it’s important (a republican is vacating for an open seat) and Udall is the favorite. Looks like he’s most likely running against a conservative who might be too far right:

#4 Comment By driver On October 2, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

Is that really him, or did someone scan a page from an Orvis catalog? j/k

#5 Comment By frank uible On October 2, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

A new idea – let’s elect our public officials based on physical attractiveness!

#6 Comment By Anonymous On October 2, 2007 @ 10:05 pm


Thank you for doing this. Thanks also to the poster on the other thread for the post on Chip’s state Senate run in Virginia.

Are there any others for the two coming rounds (2007 and 2008)?

#7 Comment By David On October 3, 2007 @ 7:58 am

Hey! No Orvis mocking on EphBlog. Some things are sacred. (Orvis is an Eph-family operation, with Perk Perkins ’75 succeeding Leigh Perkins ’50.)

#8 Comment By driver On October 3, 2007 @ 8:08 am

Oh, I didn’t pick Orvis by accident, and they do have great stuff. You have to admit, though, there should be an “A” over his shoulder that takes you over to the product description for that cool shirt.

#9 Comment By Anonymous On October 3, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

Seems like a solid dude. Is he running against a rubber stamp Rethuglican? Can you say, BLOW OUT IN 08. lol. I can.

#10 Comment By PTC On October 3, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

The Democrats have the best people running right now! This one is over already. Put a fork in the Republicans in 08… they’re done!

#11 Comment By PTC On October 3, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

One of his big issues is affordable health care. Bush just veoted the child healthcare bill. That should help him.

“No child left behind”… uh huh!

Why do republicans hate working class children?

#12 Comment By Ronit On October 3, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

Udall has a strong and fairly consistent record as a liberal.

He’s running against Bob Schaffer

#13 Comment By Ronit On October 3, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

Asked whether he can raise the money to compete with Rep. Mark Udall (D), who ended June with $2.5 million in the bank, Schaffer expressed confidence. He noted that he raised more than $1 million in his four-month campaign against Coors and that in the first six week of this race he brought in more than $700,000. But, Schaffer added: “I’m just a guy. I don’t hang out with millionaires for a living.”

Source: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2007/09/fixcam_bob_schaffer_and_the_co.html

#14 Comment By frank uible On October 3, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

Like Indians the only good politician is a ….

#15 Comment By ’91 On October 3, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

…an up-and-coming businessman in Mumbai?

#16 Comment By Guy Creese ’75 On October 3, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

Mark looks pretty much the way he did in college, just greyer.

Am Civ was run by Prof. Frederick Rudolph ’42, who set up the program. Most of my classmates who majored in it went on to great success on Wall Street.

I surfed on over to Orvis.com and came close to finding the shirt, but it’s not an exact match. (The one Orvis is currently selling doesn’t have as much brown in it.) Of course, it could be LL Bean, another major Williams clothing provider.

I do like the “Click here” suggestion by driver–could be a way to generate some revenue for the site, similar to Amazon Associates. (Of course, David would be obligated to pass along all of the resulting revenue to the Williams Alumni Fund.)