The 50-State Canvass in Hastert's District

It was a cold, rainy day in Illinois' 14th district and I was on the road with John Laesch, Democratic candidate for Congress for Illinois' 14th district, visiting with residents.  


This diary includes a first for a jdl06 podcast.  Myself and others will start to write diaries from 14th CD as we campaign with John.




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Saudi Ambassador talks about Iraq and Iran in Chicago

I am John Laesch, the Democratic Candidate running against Dennis Hastert in Illinois' 14th District.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a speech by the Saudi Ambassador to America, Prince Turki al-Faisal, in Chicago.  The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club hosted the luncheon on April 20, 2006; the visit follows an April 19th visit by Condi Rice.

The presentation seems to be part of a PR move by the Saudi's to improve their image and send a subtle message to President Bush.  

I was surprised at how candid Turki was with the mixed audience.  His message on Iraq and Iran was a positive one.  When answering a question about Iraq, Turki responded:

"Since America came uninvited, they should leave uninvited."

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Former Intelligence Analyst comments on Iran

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My name is John Laesch, I am the Democratic Candidate running against Dennis Hastert in Illinois' 14th District.

I served our country as an intelligence analyst in the Middle East for most of my military career and I have a good understanding of Iran's ability to close the Straights of Hormuz and hamper the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf.

I have presented several alternatives to nuclear war and i want to hear what the BLOG community thinks. ** Cross-posted on DailyKos. This is my first posting on Mydd.com

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