We Need Leadership?
by michael in chicago, Sun Feb 19, 2006 at 06:39:42 AM EST
I just took the opportunity to re-listen to the District 6 Candidate's Roundtable, broadcast yesterday on Chicago Public Radio's "Eight-Forty-Eight" program. You can listen to it here.
At around 15:00 Scott asks Duckworth:
"Why would you volunteer to run in the in the Sixth Congressional race where it was already contested when you live in the 8th?"
"I looked at the sixth district and I realized we needed some leadership. I realized we needed someone who was going to be able to beat Pete Roskam, and someone who could really connect with the voters, such as myself, who understood those key issues..."
She then goes on to progress through a laundry list of items resting on her AMT speech before being interrupted by the host who asks her "So what's your solution."
This quote demonstrates why the local Democrats in the Sixth are so incensed by Duckworth's campaign. It typifies how the Duckworth campaign and it's backers think they know the district well enough to actually have Duckworth say she saw a lack of leadership in the district and chose to fill the void herself.
I guess that's why her staff is provided by one of her backers, her fundraising network by her backers, and her publicist by her backers. I guess that's why only 2 of her donors (itemized) and three of her petition passers live in the district. That's filling a void alright. But I don't think the void is in the district's leadership.
That's right all you hard working Democrats in all the Township organizations, DFA meet ups, and DAWN activists - you weren't showing any leadership so now Duckworth is going to step in and show you how it's done. What do you know? You just live here.
You've got to be kidding me.
This is a candidate who knows the issues and is reaching out to voters? I've written about the forums (here, here,here, and here) and from what I've heard, a command of the issues or consistent positions this candidate has not shown. Stuffing my mailbox does not show me leadership, nor build the party. Mailing in one's campaign for Congress is not connecting with voters.
This quote demonstrates the arrogance with which the establishment Democrats view those active in their local party. They know better than us yokels on the ground working our own neighborhoods.
I see the leadership Christine is providing. She's building the party. She's actually showing up in the district and connecting live and in person with her neighbors. Those who work and live in the district value Cegelis' leadership. She showed leadership no one else would when she stepped up and ran against a 30-year incumbent that no one was willing to take on. Cegelis lead by taking on Hyde without the help of those establishment Democrats who claim that leadership was lacking now that the district is in play - a result of Cegelis' leadership.
Quotes like this just are all more the reason to get involved with Christine's campaign.