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Thursday, August 28, 2003


Endorsements for Dean

posted by annatopia at Thursday, August 28, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Wow, the news is just pouring in today! We've gotten another endorsement, this time from former 6th District Congressman Berkley Bedell. He'll formally announce his support at a Labor Day event this weekend.
"I believe that Gov. Howard Dean understands the issues and values we face here in Iowa," said Bedell. "He comes from a state where he balanced the budget, protected the environment and created jobs." A Spirit Lake native, Bedell represented the 6th District from 1974 to 1986.

In addition, while we were in San Antonio we picked up endorsements from two of the Killer Ds! I couldn't find a news article that mentioned the first one, but the honorable Ruth McClendon Jones of San Antonio gave her endorsement at La Villita. Also endorsing was State Representative Mike Villarreal. Mike gave a fantastic speech that contained some really good digs at Bush:
Do you want someone in the attorney general's office that doesn't scare you?" "Yeah!"
"Do you want an election, not an appointment?" "Yeah!"
"Do you want a president who can pass a TAKS exam?" "Yeah!" *note - that's our statewide standardised test

By now I'm sure you're aware of the Nadler endorsement that took place at the NYC rally. I really enjoyed what Nadler said about securing our ports and how the EPA lied about the air in NYC after 9/11. Nadler is a great representative for Manhattan. Also in the article is news that Judith Hope, former chairwoman of the state's Democratic Party, is also supporting Dean.
Now who claimed we were peaking too early? *wink*


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