It was supposed to be a “30 in 30 Coffee, Community, & Congress” campaign swing for Andrew Hughes but, for CHS, he made it 31 in 30 and a few days. CHS stopped by E Pike’s Kaladi Brothers coffee earlier this week to meet the person mounting an unusual campaign that pits a young Democrat against an elder statesmen of his party, 23-year 7th Congressional District veteran Jim McDermott.
Andrew Hughes says he is running to win in 2012 in the district that stretches from Shoreline to Capitol Hill to Vashon Island even if others are asking why. For Hughes, it’s about energy, drive and his belief that McDermott, who will turn 76 this December, is out of fresh ideas.
Support for Poulsbo-native and Seattle U law-educated Hughes is currently thin. His campaign efforts are focused on bootstrapped efforts to get some attention without any endorsements or big backers. There was the coffee shop tour. But McDermott has done Capitol Hill coffee shops before. It’s unlikely McDermott has ever tried the 30-year-old Hughes’ next tactic. In May, he is planning a three-day trek across the district by bicycle, kayak, and foot.
One possible factor in the upstart’s favor? The 7th District has been re-shaped and now sports a slightly altered demographic mix.
Meanwhile, McDermott will be on our Capitol Hill this weekend. He’s attending a $25 a pop campaign fundraiser at the Capitol Hill home of Molly Moon. Ice cream is, of course, included.