Netroots Endorsement of John Laesch: Fix the Branch, Fight the President

First, let me say that John Laesch is an excellent candidate in his own right, and deserves to be supported as such.  He has a record of universal healthcare advocacy, and will work towards universal healthcare coverage when elected.  He also will work toward the redeployment of our troops.  His Navy intelligence background gives him a unique perspective that will help us nationally as we try to get out of this mess.  He works for a living. He is supportive of veterans' rights, worker's rights and education funding.  He is extremely bright, thoughtful and listens to his constituents.   And he would, in my view, actually bring back representation to his district (something of which, as a constituent, I am wholeheartedly in favor.) Regarding his campaign, he won the local Democratic primary (a Dem contest is almost unheard-of in my red IL-14) with 2/3 of the vote. He has hundreds of volunteers and has gotten strong endorsements.

But my vote for John Laesch's netroots endorsement goes way beyond his candidacy.  For me, 2006 is about the survival of the House of Representatives.  And as the netroots is a national endorsement, I think that must be the focus.  And in my view, there is no greater current threat to the very health and survival of the House of Representatives than Dennis Hastert.

His time will be known as a time of wanton lawlessness by the governing party and leading public officials of the day. Specifically, he and his team have disgraced the People's house and betrayed the public trust. DeLay. Ney. Lewis. Cunningham. Wide-spread bribery. Prostitutes. A corrupt earmarking regime. Anyone who has been in Washington during the Hastert years knows it has been pay to play, on every issue, every day.

That is Dennis Hastert.  

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They Can't Stop the Season From Changing

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a coal-mouse asked a wild dove.  "Nothing more than nothing," was the answer.  "In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story," the coal-mouse said.

"I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow-not heavily, not in a raging blizzard-no, just like a dream, without a sound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741,953rd dropped onto the branch, nothing more than nothing, as you say-the branch broke off."

Having said that, the coal-mouse flew away.

The dove, since Noah's time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for awhile, and finally said to herself, "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come to the world."

One thing I have come to know about John Laesch: he understands tipping points.

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My Interview With John Laesch - The next Netroots Candidate?

(Crossposted from 0318/71196

I am proud to be part of a movement to take our country back in the years to come. Part of that effort is to elect strong, proud Democrats to Congress in 2006. So I contacted John Laesch(, the Democrat challenging Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Hastert, as you all know has been in a little trouble as of late with the FBI, making the possibility of him being toppled in November all the better. John is not only a Kossack himself (, but will be attending Yearly Kos's inaugural event next week.

John was more than happy to answer my questions, and my Q&A with him is below. Happy reading!

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Investigate Hastert regardless of DOJ

Hello Blogosphere,

We took Mr. Hastert to task here in Illinois to let voters know that he is tied to Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay and the casino business.

Yesterday, Friday, May 26, 2006, we held two press conferences; one in front of Hastert's office in Batavia, IL and one in front of the Sycamore Court House.  We let voters know that Dennis Hastert is one of the ringleaders in the culture of corruption in Washington and we asked people to vote Democratic on Nov. 7, 2006!

As the ongoing battle between Bush and Hastert continues, we will continue to remind voters that Dennis Hastert SHOULD be investigated for using his power as Speaker to control competition between rival casinos. Regardless of whether or not he is under investigation, he should be under investigation!

Read on to see how "Denny" responded...

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Soldier in Iraq shares pictures

I am John Laesch, the Democratic candidate who is running against the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.  Many of you may or may not know that my brother is currently stationed in Iraq and is home for a short period of leave.

Mr. Pete (to hide his rank and job) had lots of information and pictures to share with two audiences in Illinois'

14th District.  He has been categorizing "tank graffiti" that is left by soldiers in Iraq - to set the tone, let's

start with this one:

This was posted on DailyKos and IllinoisDemNet and you can see more pictures and read more...

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