Friday, January 27, 2006

Trouble In Paradise?

PoliticsNH reports today on a weird incident at a fundraiser for State Sen. Bob Clegg.

Apparently, our friend Jeb quipped that it looks like he and Clegg will be commuting together to Washington. Clegg resides in the 2nd district, which is represented by Republican Charlie Bass.

Keep in mind that Bass and Bradley recently parted ways on their choice for House Majority Leader, with Bradley backing the supremely hackish Roy Blunt and Bass opting for the more reformist John Shaddegg.

Absolutely irrelevant to the big picture? Probably. Peculiar? Definitely.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Swift Boating of Jack Murtha

Remember the disgraceful "Swift Boat" attacks on John Kerry's wartime service? Well, this time it's Rep. Jack Murtha who is the target of the sleazy attacks.

The Washington Post reports that a web site calling itself "Cybercast News Service" is impugning Rep. Murtha's war record and attempting to raise doubts about the validity of Murtha's multiple Purple Hearts.

This is sick and sad.

I don't completely agree with Jack Murtha's approach on Iraq, but I understand where his frustration is coming from, and I have nothing but admiriation for his service both as a Marine and as a member of the Armed Services Committee. A man with Jack Murtha's background deserves better than to be smeared by a group of Beltway apparatchiks who never wore a uniform once they got past Webelos or Brownies.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: if Jeb bradley ever questions my patriotism or that of my fellow Democratic candidates, we are going to have to finish the conversation out back afterwards.

Monday, January 16, 2006

MLK

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King Jr., Accepting Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1964

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Farmington Forum

The first forum/debate/joint appearance/whatever you want to call it of the campaign season is on Thursday night, courtesy of the Farmington Democratic Committee.

The forum will be held at the Old Town Hall on Main St. at 7 PM. The evening will feature the obligatory opening statements, but the bulk of the evening will be devoted to audience Q&A. Following the discussion, there will be a chance to mix and mingle informally before wrapping up for the night.

I have said all along that as long as someone is willing to provide a forum, I am willing to discuss the issues. I will be in Farmington, and I hope that the other candidates and prospective candidates will afford the voters that same respect.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Let the debate begin!

Well, it is now officially 2006, and that means it's time for debates, forums, or whatever you want to call them. It's time for the four of us who have taken the plunge in the 1st District to start discussing the issues in joint public appearances.

I'ver said all along that I am willing to debate the issues at any time and in any place, regardless of the format. Some folks seem to get spooked at the prospect of an open, free-wheeling debate. I'm not one of those people.
I say, let's rock and roll.

The Rockingham/Strafford Democracy for America group will host a forum on February 4 at the Memorial Union Building on the UNH campus. Naturally, I have accepted the invitation. As soon as I have more details on the time and format, I'll be sure topost the info here on the blog.

Happy New Year!

Here's to a peaceful and prosperous 2006.

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