Monday, July 10, 2006

A Journey Ends

It is with a considerable degree of regret that I have decided to end my campaign for United States Congress.

When I began this political journey, I made it a point to run a campaign based on the notion that ideas and ideals still matter. I still believe that the people of New Hampshire are hungry for a new brand of leadership, one that places principles and creative solutions ahead of the stale old political inside baseball.

However, several factors have made it impossible for me to continue this campaign. Because of a combination of health and political concerns, I can not make the neccessary committment to run the "full-tilt, full-time" campaign that an insurgent candidacy would require.

Over the coming months, I will spend considerable time dealing with the health issues that need to be addressed, but I will remain active in public life. I will continue to speak out against the corrosive role of special interest on our civic life; I will continue to stand up for the proud tradition of tough and smart internationalism embodied by John Kennedy and Harry Truman; I will continue to fight for a health care system that includes every American family. I intend to do everything I can to ensure the re-election of Gov. Lynch, to keep my legislative seat in Democratic hands, and to advance the ideals that I have fought for during the course of my congresional campaign.

Finally, I extend my deepest, most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has stood by my side during this journey, especially my wife, Katya, and the rest of my family. I also thank the many new friends I have made on the campaign trail for their kind words and their encouragement.I have often said that the real question we should be asking our selves is whether we are doing everything we can to leave future generations with a safer and more prosperous country than the one we inherited from our parents.

While a campaign ends today, that moral charge does not. I hope that we can continue to strive for a country where fairness, decency, hope and opportunity are once again a part of daily life.

Thank you and God bless you.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Let the fireworks begin

The real kind of fireworks, that is, not the verbal ones we political types seem to create!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. I'll be stumping in Manchester, Merrimack, Brentwood and Exeter, among other places.

"Iraq: A Way Forward"

Sen. Joe Biden has posted an Iraq strategy over at his Unite Our States site.

The plan wisely moves the focus of the debate forward, and addresses such critical but less than sexy matters as a federalized system of governance, economic assistance, and the creation of a regional contact group, an idea also advocated by Wes Clark.

Biden's plan is smart, tough and realistic. It's definitely required reading for anyone who is fed up with the increasingly tiresome and pointless "out now" versus "stay the course" dialogue.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rove Redux

You have to admit, Karl Rove may not have a scrap od decency in his soul, but he certainly has cast-iron chutzpah.

Last night, Rove was here in Manchester to speak at a GOP fundraiser over at the Raddison.

Rove accused John Kerry and Jack Murtha of wanting to "cut and run", which is part of his usual tired act. But he added a little extra for the locals in attendance.

He said that Democrats like Kerry and Murtha "may be with you for the first shots, but they're not going to be there for the last tough battles."

Pray tell, what battlefield experience does Mr. Rove bring to this discussion?

John Kerry has a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. Jack Murtha is a highly decorated Marine colonel.

While he's busy denigrating Democrat's courage, maybe he could throw in Medal of Honor recipients Bob Kerrey and Dan Inouye, not to mention the thousands of everyday Democrats who proudly wore the uniform in times of war and peace.

As best I can tell, Rove hasn't put on a uniform since he was in Webelos.

As I said yesterday, this guy epitomizes what's wrong with politics in 2006.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's Official!

As of Friday morning, it is official. I am a candidate for United States Congress.

Here's the release from Friday:

Sullivan files for Congressional race
Pledges To Campaign On Security, Opportunity Integrity(CONCORD)- Pledging to wage a campaign emphasizing security, opportunity and integrity, State Rep. Peter Sullivan (D-Manchester) filed as a candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's first district on Friday.

"Today I begin a campaign that will offer New Hampshire voters a change from politics as usual", said Sullivan.

"Meeting the challenges of the 21st century requires new leaders, not the same old tired routine and the same old tired politicians. It requires a new brand of leader who puts ideas and ideals first. That's the kind leader I pledge to be as New Hampshire's next congressman".

"We are in danger of being the first generation in American history to leave our children an America that is less safe and less prosperous than the one we inherited. That's not acceptable.

We can and must build a better future for the generations that follow us.

"We can build a more secure America by reforming our military and intelligence systems, by taking tough measures to end the threat of terrorism, and by pursuing a new course in Iraq that brings the conflict to a successful and peaceful conclusion.

"We can create a society where opportunity and the American Dream are alive and well, by investing in our schools and in skills training, by crafting a simpler and fairer tax code, and by ensuring that every New Hampshire family has access to the health care they need.

"We can restore integrity to our political process by demanding high standards from our public officials, by reforming and strengthening our lobbying and campaign finance laws, and by simply saying no to lobbyist and special interest group contributions.

"It's time to put America back in the business of creating dreams again. As our next Congressman, I will lead that effort".

Rep. Peter Sullivan is serving his third term as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he serves on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and the University of Arkansas School of Law. An attorney and a former officer in the Army National Guard, Rep. Sullivan resides in Manchester with his wife, Katya.

Peter and Katya met at the 1992 Democratic National Convention and celebrated their 11th anniversary on Friday.

D-Day: Never Forget

"Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavour. A struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilisation and to set free a suffering humanity.'"

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT, 6 June 1944

RFK

Bobby Kennedy died on June 6, 1968. Who can say what might have been.

As we mark the thirty-eighth anniversary of RFK's death, let's also remember his life, his fighting spirit and his dedication to the less fortunate and his tenacity in staring down the face of evil.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Jim Craig's Truthiness Problem

The newly-annointed choice of the Washington insiders seems to have a bit of a problem with telling the truth about his record.

Jim Craig is claiming that he voted for legislation to establish an executive branch ethics commission. In fact, Jim voted against such a proposal when some Democratic lobbyist friends screamed blue murder about some proposals contained in the legislation.

So, Jim says he voted for a bill when he actually voted against it.

I believe the word that comes to mind is "lying".

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Father Shawn

Congratulations are in order for the Rev. Shawn O'Neil, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Bryson City, NC and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Cherokee, NC. Shawn was a claamate of Katya's at the University of Central Arkansas and a groomsman at our wedding in 1995. He's also a fan extraordinairre of U2 and all things involving minor league hockey.

Father Shawn is celebrating the sixth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this week. I just want to make sure that he knows that his friends across the country are grateful for his service, his prayers and his counsel.

Congratulations, Padre!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day


"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored".

Daniel Webster

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