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Saturday, January 17, 2004


Greetings from Iowa!

posted by Amanda at Saturday, January 17, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I've only got a few minutes to post but just wanted to send everyone an update on the Massachusetts Delegation to Iowa. We've got 4 Massachusetts state reps in our group -- Rep. Bill Strauss, Rep. Charles Murphy, Rep. Frank Smizak, and Rep. Harriet Stanley -- along with about a dozen volunteers like myself.

We all arrived on Friday and made our way to HQ in Des Moines, which is a beehive of activity. There's a HUGE banner over the parking lot -- I SEE DEAN PEOPLE. Tons of people from all over the US, license plates from all over. We were interviewed by a reporter from WBZ (ch 4) yesterday, which is the CBS affiliate in Boston. We also saw Joe Trippi and Mark Shields.

We decked out our van with "Massachusetts 4 Dean" posters, so we've been doing tons of visibility all over Des Moines. It's pretty chilly here, altho not as frigid as when we left Boston!!!

The polls are really close here. The energy level is quite high. The Kerry, Edwards, and Gephardt camps have definitely done some damage with their negative tactics but they're expecting record caucus turnout and a lot of Dean's caucus goers are newbies -- so we're all hopeful!

I'll try to post again when I get a chance. Send positive vibes to Iowa and maybe I'll see you in New Hampshire next weekend!

Happy MLK Day to everyone :-)



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