Monday, February 27, 2006

Drew's book corner

Over at the his blog, NH Union Leader op/ed honcho Drew Cline has a rundown of Jim Craig's recent reading as part of a regular "Friday Book Corner" feature.

For some reason, Drew suggests that Carol Shea Porter and I are primed to use Jim's choices as fodder for attacks during the coming campaign.

Frankly, that's a silly notion.

Jim Craig and I have some serious differences on matters of public policy, from public ethics to environmental protection to tax policy. That's fair territory, and that's sufficient.

Jim could read "My Pet Goat", the Kama Sutra or Pauly Shore's autobiography for all I care.

I'm not sure why Drew felt the need to suggest otherwise.

At any rate, I'm more than willing to share my recent reading if anyone feels a need to hear about it.

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Hacketting of New Hampshire

Recently, Ohio senate candidate Paul Hackett ended his campaign after being pressured by party elders in both Ohio and Washington, DC. The party forced Hackett out of the way in order to clear the way for a more conventional candidate, Sherrod Brown. In executing this maneuver, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and its Ohio-based allies deprived Ohio voters of a vigorous debate, denied the people a role in the nominating process, and sent a message that fealty to a crimped party line is more important than ones ideas and ideals.

Now, the same thing is happening in New Hampshire. The old guard of the Democratic Party, with the help of certain staffers at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have decided that Rep. Jim Craig should be annointed as the Democratic nominee in New Hampshire's 1st district, and that everyone else should clear out. I have three words.

"Not gonna happen".

Jim Craig has a right to run for Congress. But he needs to do what Carol Shea Porter, Gary Dodds and I have been doing for the last few months. He needs to travel the district, meet with local residents, look them in the eye, answer their questions and listen to their concerns. He needs to defend his record, and explain his often uncomfortably close relationship with state house lobbyists. He needs to set out an agenda explaining what he hopes to accomplish as our representative in Washington.

If Jim believes that he will win the nomination simply by associating with state house insiders and party apparatchiks, he is in for a rude awakening.

I'm not bailing out of the race, and I hope Carol and Gary won't either. They both bring a valuable perspective to this campaign, and they deserve to be heard. It might not make a few self-styled party barons happy, but the people of New Hampshire deserve a vigorous and spirited debate on the issues facing our state and our country. We owe it to them to make that debate possible.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Saturday's Doubleheader

As I mentioned the other day, the Democratic road show was in Durham for a DFA/College Democrats forum. I neglected tomention that the Manchester Democratic City Committee was also holding a forum this weekend. My apologies to the organizers.

For those of you who couldn't make it to either half of the political doubleheader, here are a few recaps from the Sunday papers:

Portsmouth Herald

Foster's Daily Democrat

NH Union Leader

Friday, February 03, 2006

UNH Candidates Forum

The Democratic Travelling Salvation Show (otherwise known as the 1st district congressional campaign) comes to the UNH campus this weekend.

I will be on hand in Durham for a candidates forum sponsored by the Rockingham/Strafford Democracy For America chapter and the UNH College Democrats.

The fun begins at 1:00 PM in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building.

Bring your questions!

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