Saturday, September 29, 2007

Live from the WSDCC Meeting in Wenatchee

I'm at the Washington State Democrats Central Committee meeting this weekend, representing Bill Richardson for President, signing up new supporters and making connections with Democrats around the state. Thanks to Aaron Belenky, Jack Arends and Becky Graham for all of their support and hard work this weekend. Without them, this would have been a one-man show.

Last night, Aaron Belenky hosted the Richardson for President hospitality suite. With the help of Aaron's projector and my laptop we showed Governor Richardson's new ad (the 5 minute version) that lays out his positioon on Iraq and clearly delineates where the other candidates stand. The video was looped and played over and over endlessly, until the battery died on the laptop. We received a great reception from Democrats from around Washington state. Everyone was very positive about Governor Richardson, many are already supporting him, and those who weren't had him as their second choice. I'm pleasantly surprised by the level of support we're seeing from the party faithful, and think that we're on the cusp of becoming a more visible force in Washington.

I also spoke to the Washington State Democrats Hispanic/Latino caucus this morning and gave out literature on Mi Familia Con Richardson. Many of the caucus members had met Governor Richardson in May when he came out to Seattle. This morning they welcomed me to the "family". The Latino caucus is very excited and motivated about supporting Governor Richardson's campaign and so we're working to turn that into action.

In addition, we've got a DNC vacancy to fill, and one of the candidates is a supporter of Governor Richardson. So, I've been providing assistance to her campaign to get appointed, so that we can increase the number of friends that Governor Richardson has on the DNC.

We've also signed up some new supporters and picked up a number of endorsements of party leaders while we've been here in Wenatchee. This support will be crucial when we get out the vote for our caucuses.

So it's been a very good weekend for the campaign here in Washington, and people out here are very positive about Bill Richardson and ready to get the campaign rolling.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Quoted in the National Journal's Blogometer

As a result of my post yesterday on The Left Coaster, which is directly below this post, I was quoted in today's edition of National Journal's Blogometer.


It is unclear how many people Bill Richardson is winning over with his new television ads featuring bloggers talking about the importance of the 'residual troops' issue, but many appreciate the effort. blogs: "I'm not sure why Bill Richardson thinks putting netroots activists in his ad attempting to raise the issue will help him, but I'm glad he's raising the issue. ... One fears that Richardson may have committed too many gaffes at this point to gain traction, but I hope this ad helps him and forces the other candidates to start addressing this issue." The Left Coaster's Ken Camp writes: "Don't be fooled by the kabuki dance or rhetorical gymnastics of the other candidates. Residual troops equals stay the course, and that's simply unacceptable."

How Many? For How Long?

[I posted this yesterday over at The Left Coaster, but didn't have time to post it here.]

Governor Bill Richardson has been asking these questions of all of the other Democratic candidates, yet none is able to provide a clear, decisive answer to how many troops they'll leave in Iraq.

Yesterday, I participated in a phone conference with Governor Richardson's Campaign Manager Dave Contarino, Chris Bowers and Matt Stoller of Open Left, and Christina Siun O'Connell of Firedoglake, to announce Governor Richardson's latest effort to get the American people an answer to the question of how many troops will be left behind in Iraq depending on which Democrat becomes the next President.

Governor Richardson has teamed up with Chris, Matt, and Christina to film a new ad that shows precisely the differences among the candidates on Iraq. The bottom line: Bill Richardson is the only candidate, among the top four, who has emphatically stated that he will remove all American troops from Iraq.

Opponents of Governor Richardson's plan have tried to muddy the waters by questioning whether the United States Marines who guard the embassy in Iraq are considered residual troops. They are not. All United States Embassies are considered sovereign U.S. soil and are guarded by a contingent of Marines. Bill Richardson, as with every other candidate, would leave the Marines in Iraq to guard the embassy, as is done with all other embassies in the world. The question is, in addition to those United States Marines who will guard the embassy, how many troops will each of the candidates leave in Iraq. Bill Richardson will leave no troops in Iraq. What about Senators Clinton, Obama and Edwards?

You can add your voice to the strong chorus of Americans calling on the candidates to tell us how many troops they'll leave in Iraq and for how long. Governor Richardson has set up a new website: Get Our Troops Out, where your voice can be heard. The website also has a very cool map that shows the location of people across the nation who have joined Bill Richardson's call to end the war now and get all the troops out. So go to Get Our Troops Out today and join the cause.

Don't be fooled by the kabuki dance or rhetorical gymnastics of the other candidates. Residual troops equals stay the course, and that's simply unacceptable.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Governor Gregoire to Remain Neutral on Campaign

So says David Postman:
Because fellow governor Bill Richardson is in the race for the Democratic nomination, Greogire [sic] said she is remaining neutral out of respect for him. If he drops out, Gregoire would only say she's looking, as she said most people are, at the top three candidates, Edwards, Obama and Clinton. [emphasis mine]

Thursday, September 13, 2007

End of the Quarter Fundraiser

We're getting to the end of the 3rd quarter of fundraising, and Bill Richardson needs our support to keep the momentum going. So, I've set up a Washington state fundraising page on the Richardson for President website. My goal is for this group to raise $750 by September 30. This is a realistic goal that I know we can reach, as we have 125 members in our group on the website, and many more supporters who read this blog.

I'm asking each of you to give Bill Richardson $6 to keep getting his message of change and experience out. I can sacrifice going to Starbucks twice next week in order to make a difference in our country. Will you help? Even if you're unable to give $6, please donate whatever amount you can. Every little bit helps.Together, we can all make a difference in this campaign.

Here is the link to the fundraising page, and please click on contribute now and make your donation before midnight on September 30.

Thanks for your continued support for Bill Richardson for President.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Why Get Out of Iraq Now?

Governor Richardson answers that question in an op-ed published in the Washington Post, while laying out his plan for ending George Bush's war and calling out his rivals on how many troops they would leave in Iraq and for how long.

Our troops have done everything they were asked to do with courage and professionalism, but they cannot win someone else's civil war. So long as American troops are in Iraq, reconciliation among Iraqi factions is postponed. Leaving forces there enables the Iraqis to delay taking the necessary steps to end the violence. And it prevents us from using diplomacy to bring in other nations to help stabilize and rebuild the country.

The presence of American forces in Iraq weakens us in the war against al-Qaeda. It endows the anti-American propaganda of those who portray us as occupiers plundering Iraq's oil and repressing Muslims. The day we leave, this myth collapses, and the Iraqis will drive foreign jihadists out of their country. Our departure would also enable us to focus on defeating the terrorists who attacked us on Sept. 11, those headquartered along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border -- not in Iraq.

Logistically, it would be possible to withdraw in six to eight months. We moved as many as 240,000 troops into and out of Iraq through Kuwait in as little as a three-month period during major troop rotations. After the Persian Gulf War, we redeployed nearly a half-million troops in a few months. We could redeploy even faster if we negotiated with the Turks to open a route out through Turkey.

As our withdrawal begins, we will gain diplomatic leverage. Iraqis will start seeing us as brokers, not occupiers. Iraq's neighbors will face the reality that if they don't help with stabilization, they will face the consequences of Iraq's collapse -- including even greater refugee flows over their borders and possible war.

This is the kind of plan that can only be conceived by a seasoned foreign policy operative. The reason Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards won't answer the question is because none of them has the foreign policy experience necessary to stand up to today's foreign policy challenges and restore American prestige in the global community. Only Bill Richardson can lead us out of Iraq and bring a new realism to American foreign policy.

Univision Debate Today

Tune in at 6:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Central/4:30pm Mountain/3:30pm Pacific for the Univision debate in Miami. This is the debate that's aimed at the Latino community, and there is no doubt that Governor Richardson will do well.

You can watch the debate on Univision, watch the streaming video at, or listen on RadioCadena.

Please note that though Governor Richardson and Senator Dodd both speak fluent Spanish, and will likely answer the questions in that language, the debate will mostly be conducted in English and translated.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

How About Some Experience for a Change?

Got experience? And how about some change too?

While Democratic Senators would like to capitulate to President Bush on timetables, Bill Richardson wants all American troops out of Iraq. So answer the question Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. How many troops will you leave behind and for how long?