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The Ed Show: Marie Corfield & Adam Green on Christie

Ed Schultz caught up with the continuing questions about how he governs following his decision to spend go on vacation in Florida during last week’s blizzard, while he knew LG Kim Guadagno was unavailable on vacation in Mexico with her ailing father. That it’s national news now, international even, owes to the fact Christie’s head-banging, short-tempered, pugilistic rise was chronicled around the world. His slip from grace, if that’s what this is, is every bit as compelling. Try not to watch a train wreck.

One of the most damning pieces of information over the last couple days was Sen. Steve Sweeney, who Christie owes big, revealing he didn’t hear from Christie at all during the blizzard. After Christie said they talked. That’s reason enough to compel NJ Democratic legislators to launch an investigation of what really happened over those days Christie was away, says PCCC founder Adam Green in the video below. PCCC is Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which hosted a Where’s Christie? website this week.

Watching Christie’s finely-honed, brute-force message discipline frag all over the place since the snow, also merits a second look at some of the incidents, well stage-managed for Christie’s “YouTube Moments Team”, where the govenor’s bluster dominated. One of the earliest, best known of these was Christie’s confrontational conversation with Flemington teacher Marie Corfield at a Christie “Town Hall” in Hunterdon in September. Corfield was also on Ed’s show, reminding him that for governors, the needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few.

Schultz didn’t ask Marie some of the questions I think she’d have wanted him to ask; much of what Ed wanted to know was about Christie’s personality. But we’re glad for the coverage from him of this; he’s right that this side of Christie deserves national scrutiny. The Ed Show:

I tried to scrub the embed code of its ads; I don’t think it worked. Ad’s only a few seconds.

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We just got word that Adam Green, New Jerseyan and founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee, will also be on The Ed Show tonight – 6pm – discussing Chris Christie. Also, for those in tune with right-wing radio, Marie Corfield was a big topic on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today. – Promoted by Rosi

Marie Corfield, the brave teacher who stood up to Chris Christie and was berated by him at a town hall meeting will appear on The Ed Show on MSNBC at 6:00 PM tonight. Along with a few other concerned activists, she is producing a series of videos that are intended to educate America about the real Chris Christie. A YouTube channel has been set up and it will show real teachers responding to the Christie/Drewniak spin that has been adopted by the mainstream media. She was highlighted in a front-page article in yesterday’s New York Times.

Be sure to watch Marie tonight. She may also appear on some other news shows – we’ll post details as we find out about them.


Photo: NY Times

What happens in Vegas

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Hello from beautiful, baked Las Vegas and Netroots Nation!

Yesterday was a wash in terms of getting anything out the door. There are 2,000 bloggers and politicians here at the swanky Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, but yesterday so much pull on the bandwidth that it crashed the internet here … for hours.

Everybody here is working on strengthening the progressive movement. It’s a buzzy place.

The first big session of the day yesterday was Primaries Matter: Reclaiming the Democratic Party. Bill Halter the big draw; his narrow loss in the Arkansas Senate Primary last month to incumbent Blanche Lincoln was the kind of galvanizing opportunity that drew in activists from all over the country, showing up to buttress the drive for change of the locals on the ground. Redefining what the Dems are all about via the choice of a forward-thinker over a moderate.

Halter was great, giving credit for making his campaign viable quickly. He outlined how roots groups massed – superquick – to make his run viable. He declared March 1. By end of day March 2, he’d raised $1 million on the strength of asks made by DFA, PCCC & MoveOn. Later, field staff and organizers materialized from all over the country.  

And the drivers of Halter’s soar were the rest of the panel – Arshad Hasan who runs DFA, Adam Green (PCCC), Ilyse Hogue (MoveOn), Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos, and the CM for Elaine Marshall’s Senate .

Adam, who used to be the Communications Director of the NJDSC, talked about how progressives were viewed by the Party as rabblerousers, clueless complainers who didn’t realize how much their desire to shift the party progressive was going to cost Democratic seats (a theme echoed in Washington Post’s coverage of the session.

That got big laughs. The room was packed with people who make things happen for candidates the infrastructural party ignores, or opposes. They’re primarying candidates who deserve challenge. The mother of all is Ned Lamont’s meteoric (winning) primary challenge to Joe Lieberman, which gave courage to the entire class of 2006 Dem congressional candidates to come out against the Iraq War.

Halter said the only thing he’d have done differently in his race was getting in earlier – he had only a 77-day window (but lost by only 3 points). Halter’s campaign had the life, the drive, viable $$ (credit netroots) – he was the stronger candidate. (Our old friend Steve Kornacki does a great job explaining why the wrong candidate won this race – at salon.com)But Lincoln’s had the power of incumbency, the infrastructural party (which should have been with Halter, if it was smart) and Bill Clinton who used his considerable powers for her. On this, Adam Green was definitive:

It’s tough to see someone you’ve believed in betray you in a big way. We need to pick our heroes. . . . I think it would be sad if we went through this entire conference without calling out Bill Clinton for what he did.

More later. Met up with Adam L aka clammyc this morning, and we’re hitting up sessions and meetings.  

What happens in Vegas

NetrootsNation

Hello from beautiful, baked Las Vegas and Netroots Nation!

Yesterday was a wash in terms of getting anything out the door. There are 2,000 bloggers and politicians here at the swanky Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, but yesterday so much pull on the bandwidth that it crashed the internet here … for hours.

Everybody here is working on strengthening the progressive movement. It’s a buzzy place.

The first big session of the day yesterday was Primaries Matter: Reclaiming the Democratic Party. Bill Halter the big draw; his narrow loss in the Arkansas Senate Primary last month to incumbent Blanche Lincoln was the kind of galvanizing opportunity that drew in activists from all over the country, showing up to buttress the drive for change of the locals on the ground. Redefining what the Dems are all about via the choice of a forward-thinker over a moderate.

Halter was great, giving credit for making his campaign viable quickly. He outlined how roots groups massed – like lightning – to make his run viable. He declared March 1. By end of day March 2, he’d raised $1 million on the strength of asks made by DFA, PCCC & MoveOn. Later, field staff and organizers materialized from all over the country.  

And the drivers of Halter’s soar were the rest of the panel – Arshad Hasan who runs DFA, Adam Green (PCCC), Ilyse Hogue (MoveOn), Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos, and the CM for Elaine Marshall’s Senate .

Adam, who used to be the Communications Director of the NJDSC, talked about how progressives were viewed by the Party as rabblerousers, clueless complainers who didn’t realize how much their desire to shift the party progressive was going to cost Democratic seats (a theme echoed in Washington Post’s coverage of the session.

That got big laughs. The room was packed with people who make things happen for candidates the infrastructural party ignores, or opposes. They’re primarying candidates who deserve challenge. The mother of all is Ned Lamont’s meteoric (winning) primary challenge to Joe Lieberman, which gave courage to the entire class of 2006 Dem congressional candidates to come out against the Iraq War.

Halter said the only thing he’d have done differently in his race was getting in earlier – he had only a 77-day window (but lost by only 3 points). Halter’s campaign had the life, the drive, viable $$ (credit netroots) – he was the stronger candidate. (Our old friend Steve Kornacki does a great job explaining why the wrong candidate won this race – at salon.com)But Lincoln’s had the power of incumbency, the infrastructural party (which should have been with Halter, if it was smart) and Bill Clinton who used his considerable powers for her. On this, Adam Green was definitive:

It’s tough to see someone you’ve believed in betray you in a big way. We need to pick our heroes. . . . I think it would be sad if we went through this entire conference without calling out Bill Clinton for what he did.

His middle name is Winner

The following quote from public option advocate and Progressive Change Campaign co-founder Adam Green is so striking I had to post it:

The White House obviously has a loser mentality — but America rallies around winners. Polls show that in state after state, voters hate the Senate bill and overwhelmingly want a public option, even if passed with zero Republican votes. More than 50 Senate Democrats and 218 House Democrats were willing to vote for the public option before, and the only way to lose in reconciliation is if losers are leading the fight. That’s why Democrats in Congress should ignore the White House and follow those like Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez who know that the public option is a political and policy winner.

Now that we know he is the one of the first two names that come to mind when you think “winner,” I trust Senator Bob Menendez will never think he doesn’t get praise from the left.

Good bye, Edison hacks

As a former Edison resident, and former communications director for the New Jersey Democratic Party, I was thrilled to read the Star Ledger’s June 6 article “Choi's Slate Ousts Incumbents In Edison.” The Democratic Council had ignored the voters' overwhelming mandate for change in the 2005 Democratic primary – thinking that their status as political insiders insulated them from the will of the people.

When politicians become such hacks that they lose sight of their principles and the people they were elected to represent, it is time for them to go – regardless of their political party. Defeated Council President Charles Tomaro proved this point perfectly. Tomaro was “bitter about his loss to a group of political newcomers,” the Ledger reported, and Tomaro said “Three of them I've never seen at council meetings.”

Wow, that says a lot. Choi's ticket included a school principal, a school activist, a technologist, and a doctor. How much of a hack does someone have to be to think that the only people fit to run for office are insiders who spend their lives at Council meetings? Perhaps in his new free time, Tomaro should pick up a copy of Crashing the Gate.

Tomaro cemented his status as a no-longer-fit-for-office political insider when he said, “We were there for three terms, let's see if they serve three terms.”  I am embarrassed to have ever voted for this guy, and if Tomaro ever runs again I promise right now to give money to his opponent. 

At his victory party, Choi provided a nice contrast to Tomaro, putting principles and modesty first: “We are humbled by the overwhelming support for our positive-change agenda for Edison  Township.” I wish Edison's new Democratic leadership team much luck – and hope they continue to stand with the people over political insiders who've lost their way.

 

BUSTED: Why is the Kean-Jr. campaign lying to the media?

The Kean-Jr. campaign press secretary’s credibility is shot. Shot through the heart. And Jill Hazelbaker’s got herself to blame, because in the last 48 hours she has provably lied to the media no less than 3 times–and that gives her a bad name.

First, some quick background, courtesy of Thursday’s New York Times:

The Internet postings came from people calling themselves “cleanupnj,” “usedtobeblue” and “AmadeusNJ.” They  said they were concerned Democrats, “lifelong liberals,” and they were troubled  by the United States senator  from New Jersey,  Robert Menendez…

But the liberal Democratic hosts of BlueJersey.com, the Web log where such comments were posted, smelled something fishy about the postings, and said they traced them to a computer inside the  campaign headquarters of Mr. Menendez’s Republican opponent, Thomas H. Kean Jr.

Now on to the three Hazelbaker lies to the media…plus two “bonus Hazelbaker deceits that are really funny” at the end.