Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Different Kind of Campaign

Last weekend I received an email from the Heidi Mitchell, the executive director of the Committee to Elect House Democrats. This group is the fundraising committee for Democratic state legislators here in New Hampshire.

Let me quote the pertinent section of the message:

"We have two important fundraisers coming up soon, the first of which is our Democratic House Heroes fundraiser at The Barley House. This will be held on April 19th. A list of registered lobbyists is on the Secretary of State's web site . While invitations to this event have gone out, we ask that you take a few moments over the next week and a half to encourage lobbyists you know to attend".

This is ethically indefensible and politically stupid.

This is a year when Democrats have the chance to reclaim the mantle of reform and change. When we engage in the same sort of sleazy vote-selling as Tom DeLay, we lose the moral and the political high ground.

This also underscores the fact that there are some very real differences between those of us running in the 1st district.

Jeb Bradley has pocketed thousands of dollars from an array of lobbyists, and saw nothing wrong with accepting $15,000 from Tom DeLay.

Jim Craig is the chairman of a PAC that sees nothing wrong with wringing campaign cash out of special interest lobbyists.

I'm taking a different course. As I campaign, I will not accept money from PACS, and I won't accept money from registered lobbyists. Will it make my job tougher? Of course it will. But change has to start someplace. When I go to Washington, I won't anyone any favors. That's the very least the people of the 1st district deserve from their representative.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Birthday Vanity Post

Today I celebrate what I hope will be the first of many 39th birthdays.

I've always found it somewhat interesting that I share a birthday with both Thomas Jefferson and Harlod Stassen.

Other folks with an April 13 birthday include Butch Cassidy, Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Max Weinberg. Gotta admit, this would make for an intersting birthday party.

No big plans. Kat and I will have dinner with her folks (who are up visiting from New Orleans this week) at India Palace, one of my favorite local restaurants, and probably meet a few friends for coffee later on. I know, a wild and crazy guy...

First, though, I'll attend a fundraiser for my good friend Bob Bruce. Bob is running for Governor's Council in the district that includes most of greater Manchester. Bob's a solid guy with a background in law enforcement and high tech, and he will bring a much-needed sense of perspective to the Council.

For those of you from outside of NH, the Council is a five member body that approves gubernatorial appointments, including judgeships, as well as any state contract with a value of $5,000 or more. It's a somewhat low-profile but very influential entity. New Hampshire and Massachussetts are the only states with this colonial era institution.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Gary Dodds Update

Gary Dodds was found alive late last night. He's in rough shape, and is hospitalized, but hopefully we will see him back on the campaign trail soon.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Gary Dodds

Gary Dodds is missing.

Gary's vehicle was found on the Spaulding Turnpike following a single-car accident last night, but Gary hasn't been seen since that time.

If you have any information, please call the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 679-3333.

Gary is a worthy primary opponent and a dedicated member of his community. Please join me in keeping Gary, his wife and his kids in your thoughts and prayers.

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