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  •  The fingerprints were there (1+ / 0-)
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    for all who cared to see. The neighborhood (I live 4 blocks from where the meeting took place) was blitzed with flyers for the event, paid for by the Clarke campaign, and on the afternoon before forests of Clarke signs appeared on lampposts. It's an area where Clarke is pretty much a stranger, known only for her primary run against Rep. Owens in 2004, and her profile here this year had been the lowest of all the candidates prior to this.

    The venue was chosen because it is deep in the most antiwar and progressive section of the district, but it also happens to be the meeting place of our local Democratic Club, which endorsed Owens. Whether that choice was intended as a deliberate slap I can't say, but it certainly helped motivate Owens' supporters to turn out in force, both inside and outside the meeting.  It was pretty obvious that Weiner and Clarke intended to use Murtha's celebrity and antiwar cred to attract the attention of the local peace activists and make it a high-profile endorsement event, congressional protocol be damned.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Send Chris Owens to Congress!

    by sidnora on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 05:10:45 AM PDT

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