posted by Josh Goodman
After months of fretting, it looks like Delaware Republicans finally have persuaded 2004 candidate Bill Lee to be their party's nominee for governor once again. I say "looks like" because Lee hasn't quite announced his candidacy yet, as the News Journal reports:
He has not said yes and he has not said no, but retired Superior Court Judge Bill Lee -- drafted Saturday as the Republican Party's nominee for governor -- did say he would "proceed toward running" for the office.
That means he will set up an exploratory committee, a committee to raise funds, generally start building a campaign team and see if things click.
Lee, 72, of Rehoboth Beach, was in Florida vacationing with family when state Senate Minority Leader Charles Copeland nominated him to run for the state's top elected office. Eighty percent of the convention delegates -- 250 in all -- liked the idea, snubbing Hockessin pilot Mike Protack as they had in his U.S. Senate bid in 2006 and his gubernatorial bid in 2004, and completely ignoring state employee Dave Graham of Kenton, who had paid the $5,300 filing fee but had nary a soul to put his name into the mix.
"I just came home and my world is upside down," Lee said Monday. "It's very gratifying. It's exciting. I want to do it, and now we'll proceed."
I've compared Lee to Hamlet, but perhaps he was just trying to create a Washingtonian reluctant-politician persona.