I'm at the Democracy for Utah monthly event at the Salt Lake Library, listening to Pete Ashdown speak. This is a rough notetaking. For most names, I've used initials. You should be able to figure it out.
I had the opportunity to introduce Pete. I used my May 10, 1976 Orrin Hatch quote.
-PA saw an opportunity last week to highlight that OH was the last politician in UT to need a $500,000 fundraiser/30-minute free advertisement on all TV stations.
-Call local station about free time for PA in exchange for GWB/OH event at Grand America.
-Send endorsements to DFA.
-PA received no help from DFA, DNC, and DSCC.
-Still disappointed in Democratic Party Strategies.
-“What does the Constitution Protect?” Third Pillar of campaign.
-“Abortion for contraception is abhorrent” but there is some liberty that needs to be there.
-The debate on Iraq has not moved in a year.
-Leave the Democratic Party in a [place where we can lead, not just follow the Republicans. Let’s get away from the attitude of “Let’s let the Republicans screw up enough to sweep us in.”
-Ask Orrin fans about his leadership. What specifically has he done to help Utahns?
-OH is spending time making silly statements to the media but isn’t helping get things done.
-The economy is great, but our debt is terrible. Both congress’s and consumer debt.
-What are doing to inspire tomorrows generation today?
-If OH wins the race, PA will be back. “I’m in this for life.” I’m committed to changing the system for life.
-Government should not be consulting with lobbyists or consultants, but with citizens.
-We’re operating on Democracy 18.104.22.168.2……., we need to operate on Democracy 2.0.
-We should not be buying oil from Iran or Saudi Arabia.
-$6 per American for public financing of campaigns vs $200/American for pork.
-There are a high number of hits to peteashdown.com from the state capitol building.
-The only type of scandal that Utah seems to be infatuated with is a sexual scandal.
-Federal office is where I belong, and I will continue to do this until I win.
-As much as we may disagree with Jim Matheson, he serves Democratic Ideals more than John Swallow would have.