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With the video clips of Sen. Santorum's face-plant performance at Social Security events last week, plus our current run of blog ads, I thought this would be a great time to introduce myself personally to the larger blogging community.

My name is Chuck Pennacchio and I am running to take back for all Pennsylvanians the U.S. Senate seat now held by Rick Santorum.  Regardless of any other Democrat who announces over the coming days, weeks, and months, I am in this race to stay--I am in this race to WIN.

Update [2005-2-28 18:52:8 by Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate]: Thank you for the tremendous response. I have truly enjoyed the dialogue in the comments and am excited to do it again in the near future.

For now, I have a date with my wife and two children. Please, take five minutes and sign up on the website, learn more about the campaign, and register your blog on the bloggers page so that we can include you in our effort. Best -- Chuck

http://www.chuck2006.com

People often ask why I am running for U.S. Senate.  It has to do with my values...values that spell out "O.U.R.S."--Opportunity, Unity, Responsibility, and Security--my winning credentials in Senate (3) and Presidential State primary campaigns (2), and my intimate understanding of congressional politics, having worked in both the Senate and House, and having doctoral degrees in history and diplomacy.

More to the point, I want to make a better future for my children and your children.  Second, I am hell-bent on saving our democracy from the clutching hands of cynical plutocrats, self-serving demagogues, and moral hypocrites.  Third, unlike any Pennsylvanian since 1962, I actually know how to win full-term Senate seats and statewide Presidential contests--having done so on behalf of Sens. Harkin ('84), Wirth ('86), and Simon ('88-IL primary).

The absolute key to success in all these victories is--and the club with which we will beat R. Santorum in 2005 and 2006 will be--ORGANIZATION BUILDING.  In the 1980s we did it through canvassing, phone-banking, and constituency (peer-to-peer) outreach.  In the new millenium, we do it both the "old fashioned" way as well as the non-traditional 'netroots way.  In either case we touch people's lives; we embolden their political spirit; and we move the masses to take action--positive, progressive, reform-minded action on behalf of candidates and causes.

As an organizer, professor, and lifelong progressive, I passionately believe that my fight is your fight and your fight is my fight.  This is one campaign that will make you proud.  I'm in this race to stay.  And I intend to win.

I will be checking in over the next several hours to answer your questions and to receive your comments regarding our campaign.  We are built to succeed through an open, two-way exchange with the grassroots and Internet communities.  I invite you to take part in our organization-building process.    

Chuck Pennacchio
http://www.chuck2006.com              

Originally posted to Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:13 PM PST.

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  •  Thank you (4.00)
    If you want to learn more about my campaign, or help us organize, there are three things you can do right now:

    1.) Learn more about the campaign by listening to the .mp3 version of the conference call with Pennsylvania bloggers I participated in last week (broken up into small downloads).

    http://www.chuck2006.com/blogDetail.asp?id=74

    2.) Let us know about your blog or website, so we can include you in the campaign.

    http://www.chuck2006.com/blog.asp

    3.) Help our effort by creating a user name on the campaign website.  This will also allow you to comment on the blog.  

    http://www.chuck2006.com/contact.asp?type=getstarted

    Chuck Pennacchio
    http://www.chuck2006.com

    •  Interview with Dr. Chuck Pennacchio (4.00)
      Interview with Dr. Chuck Pennacchio if anyone has yet to see it.

      Best of luck.  When I first heard of your campaign, you immediately reminded me of the late Senator Paul Wellstone.  I know you can win this race and I'm not saying that because I am an optimist.  I have hope that you will become the Junior Senator of Pennsylvania.

      Evan Bayh 2008
      Miller for KY Governor 2007
      http://kydem.blogspot.com

      by dsolzman on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:58:14 PM PST

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      •  Defintely (4.00)
        I would have posted this at the bottom, but no one reads down that far. This is exactly the sort  of thing Paul would do. Screw Casey, Pennachio's the man. Follow his model. And improve. Go Chuck!
        •  For what its worth... (none)
          ...the campaign is reading that far down.

          I can promise you that each and every comment posted will be read by myself, the campaign coordinator, and myself.

          There are some great ideas in here.  As important, there are people who have already offered to step and help organize from within the state.  These are things an insurgent campaign cannot miss out on.

          Every single day must be a win.  With your ideas and participation, we make that happen.  It did today.

          Tim

          tim@chuck2006.com

    •  Thanks everyone -- It's Chuck's Internet Dir. Here (4.00)
      Chuck is making his way out of the office right now after responding to as many questions as he could over two and a half hours.  Unfortunately, he couldn't get to all of them.

      1.) The good news is that this will not be the last time we do this.  It will be a staple.  Plus, we also have our own campaign blog.  Please create a user name and talk with us there as well.

      2.) Also, please register on our bloggers page.  We intend to do much more than just post on Kos, and want to include you in the effort.  Most importantly, we want your feedback.

      3.) There were a lot of questions about issues and Chuck didn't have the time to get to all of them tonight.  The progressive stances this campaign is staking out will provide the clear distinction necessary to beat Rick Santorum.

      If you didn't get your issue question responded to directly, please do not despair--we will do this again.  Until then, maybe some of the answers you seek can be found on our issues page?

      4.) Finally.  MyDD has a poll up about the PA Senate race in 2006.  If you like what you have seen in this exchange, on the webiste, or the work we did with the Santorum (hey hey, ho ho) video--please take a second and vote for us.

      Thanks.

      Tim

    •  I'm glad you welcome candid comments ;) (4.00)
      "O.U.R.S" - Hmmm...

      While I see the "values" frame as being co-opted from Dan Qayle, I'm all for Democrats valuing things. Who doesn't value opportunity?

      But at this stage in our country's history, we don't need another politician talking about their values. We need a Democrat who will stand up for principles. And it's a lot harder to stand for something than it is to value it. Principles come with sacrifices. Saying you value something is as easy as kissing babies.

      A while back, during the early primaries, I wrote a commentary that lays out what I believe are the key Democratic principles. Since then it has, according to weblogs, been downloaded almost 2 million times and continues to be downloaded about 30,000 times a month. I even recieved it in an email from a friend who didn't know that I wrote it. So it appears that I'm not alone in my thinking here.

      I would like to share it with you now.


      Why the Democrats Will Continue to Lose
      by Tocque Deville
      Feb. 22 2004

      What does the Democratic party stand for? I've been hearing that question a lot lately. Republicans, people say, have distilled their belief system down to a few basic ideals that they can recite in short phrases: less government, low taxes, free markets and strong defense. Democrats on the other hand, have positions on issues, but an underlying philosophy eludes.

      Are these criticisms justified? Yes and no. On social and civil rights issues, the philophy is as clear as Thomas Jefferson's handwriting: everyone is equal under the law, and religion must be seperate from government . These constitutional principles are manifest in almost every position Democrats take on social and cultural issues and for that they should be applauded.

      As for the rest of the American government experience, I would have to say these criticisms are spot on.

      For three years we watched the Bush administration sell our country off to corporate special interest. And for three years we waited in frustration for a peep from the leadership on the left.

      We watched as numerous bills passed -- including Bush's trickle-down tax cuts and a committee green-light for the recent FCC vote -- with only peripheral opposition from our party's leadership.

      And slowly the calls for our party to be more aggressive, more oppositional, rose to a fevered pitch. Then came Howard Dean. Dean did a pretty good job of tapping in to that frustration. "I'm from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party", he would yell, and the crowds grew and grew. And then the folks in Iowa decided he was just too risky to bet the farm on.

      So now Dean is gone and Kerry's the man and, as far as I can tell, we're right back where we started. I know, everyone is ready to "take Bush on" now and in large part we have Dean to thank for showing everyone how to fight again.

      But the fact is, Dean's message wasn't just about fighting Bush. A very large component was about Democrats acting like Democrats again. And in spite of all the unity at last week's Unity Dinner, the divide between the real Democrats that Dean tapped into and the so-called establishment Democrats has closed very little.

      It's hard to see that now because Bush is such a unifying force. But you have to wonder what it says when the primary organizing principle is not the affirmation of an internal positive but the defeat of an external negative. In other words, Democratic unity, and this election in general, is all about George Bush.

      And meanwhile, the great grassroots are still out there waiting. Waiting for something positive and real to work for instead of just something to work against. And until we find that positive unifying principle, the divide will continue to grow.

      I believe that in order to understand that divide, we must first face a pretty unpleasant reality -- our party leadership doesn't really represent us anymore. If that sounds harsh consider this paragraph from John Nichols article, 'Behind the DLC Takeover':

      At the national convention of a major political party, an ideologically rigid sectarian clique secures the ultimate triumph. It inserts two of its own as nominees for the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Heavily financed by the most powerful corporations in the world, the group's leaders gather in a private club fifty-four floors above the convention hall, apart from the delegates of the party they had infiltrated. There, they carefully monitor the convention's acceptance of a platform the organization had drafted almost in its entirety. Then, with the ticket secured and with the policy course of the party set, they introduce a team of 100 shock troops to deploy across the country to lock up the party's grassroots.

      This illuminating article tells the story of a shift in our party's priorities and allegiances. Bill Clinton and the DLC single-handedly turned the Party of the People into a party of corporate special interest.

      Of course Bill Clinton worked for the common man. And he did good things for everyday Americans. But always, behind the scenes, big corporate money was changing hands and deals were being made.

      The truth is that the corrupting influence of corporate money that has so blatantly infected the Republicans, has infected the Democrats as well. And every piece of legislation that winds its way through congress passes right along with the collection plate -- to both parties.

      Of course there's the Machiavellian argument that deals get made and money changes hands and that's the way it works. And if you want to survive the game then you have to play ball. Bill Clinton mastered that rationale.

      But are we surviving the game? Considering we've lost all three branches of government, I would argue no. Bill Clinton came into power with a New Democrat message: big government is over, FDR is dead, and personal responsibility would lead us to greater prosperity. And us Democrats, just happy to have the White House, all went along.

      But something was lost under Bill Clinton's centrist, New Democrat message that we must get back if we are to ever win the country back: our soul.

      The Democratic party is not about personal responsibility. It is about social responsibility. Responsibility to our neighbors. Responsibility to our communities. And responsibility to our fellow Americans.

      After the Great Depression Americans developed a deep sense that we are all in it together. The New Deal was more than a set of leglislative initiatives. It was a new compact. Americans came together, using the greatest agent of democracy known to man, the U.S. federal government, and agreed to live together under a covenant of social responsibility.

      The free market policies of the 20s and 30s were rejected for progressive, populist policies that drew upon this new sense of cooperation. Monopolies were dissassembled. Workers were protected. The wealthy were taxed. And something new emerged for the first time in the history of civilization: a middle class. Eventually, we even went to the Moon. All under the covenant of social responsibility.

      But it would not last. Generations passed and people forgot the Great Depression. And the forces of greed and selfishness chipped away until the covenant was broken. And in the summer of 1992, on the back of a Volkswagon Beetle, a bumper sticker read, 'It's the economy stupid'.

      To be fair, after twelve years of Reagan-Bush, who practically invented the age of selfishness, what else could that bumper sticker say? The economy was in shambles. The Republicans had mastered the art of the cultural distraction. White suburbanites were locking themselvews away with their guns while watching blacks rioting in the streets of Los Angeles.

      So Bill Clinton felt our pain and the '93 tax hike on the wealthy lowered the debt and Alan Greenspan lowered interest rates and, most importantly, the price of oil became artificially cheap and the economy did well and... the Democrats lost both houses. But we had our boy and he was teflon.

      Then came the 2000 election and the fact that we had lost our soul and our principles came back and smacked us in the face. Al Gore, a true environmentalist, lost to a rich kid pretending to be a working class stiff because a bunch of liberal progressives voted for the Green party candidate who was never too big on the environment. This schitzophrenia, egged on by an incompetent --or downright malicious-- press, left the Democrats in Washington confused and divided.

      If this wasn't bad enough, then came the 2002 election. And again came the soul searching: education, prescription drugs for the elderly, and protecting social security. What went wrong? The focus groups and the polls could not answer. They never will.

      You can poll on issues and speak on issues but you have to lead on principles.

      But our Democratic leaders have forgotten principles. Some just don't believe anymore. Some have just gotten awashed in the race from one media cycle to the next. But most, I would suggest, are loath to stick their necks out for what they percieve as unpopular populist rhetoric against the corrupt corporate power structure. They saw what happened to Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.

      But if the leadership has forgotten the principles that made the Democratic party the Party of the People throughout most of the 20th century, everyday Democrats have not.

      We still understand the most fundamental principle of all: social responsibility. September 11 was one of those rare moments when all Americans recognized that we are all in this together; that the fate of each of us individually depends on the fate of us all. But our leadership failed to reinstate the covenant of social responsibility. George Bush told us to shop and let his secret police handle it. And the Democrats positioned themselves tactically to the side.
      We understand that government is the agent of democracy. It's how we make collective decisions and solve collective problems. If you say you are anti-government, you are really saying you are anti-democracy and anti-American. In a government of, by, and for the people, to say that government is the problem is saying that We, the People are the problem. Government may be imperfect but the way to improve it is to make it more democratic and more accountable. Not replace it with the least accountable entities of all -- private corporations.
      We understand that raw unregulated capitalism leads to an unstable economy where a very few have all. We learned this the hard way from the Great Depression. And we still know that monopolies hurt consumers, workers and society whole.
      We understand the need to protect the weakest among us not just for the sake of altruism, but as a matter of practicality. You simply can't sustain a society where the economic system is rigged against a majority of the citizens. It didn't work in the French monarchy and it sure as hell won't work in a democracy.
      And we understand that some things, like electricity, are not optional. These things are fundamental to our survival and are not to be capitalized on like widgets. Free markets may work fine on the non-essentials, but mandatory services like water, and electricity are natural monopolies and cannot be trusted to undemocratic, profit-based private corporations.
      Healthcare, above all else, is a human right. It is essential for life and profiteering on the backs of the sick is immoral. As is allowing 45 million of our citizens to be forced to crowd into emergency rooms just to get medical treatment because they can't afford insurance.
      The corporatization of America must be stopped. None of the principles of social responsibility and democratic cooperation that were established under FDR and continued on through Kennedy can be reconciled with the Darwinistic laissez-faire agenda of corporate economics. None. The simple fact is that if left to their own devices, the Walmarts of America will just continue to spread like a virus. They will completely wipe out small businesses and real wages and living standards will continue to drop until we're all working three jobs just to break even. This is not a theory but merely an extrapolation from what has already occurred.
      All of these principles really stem from the basic idea that has been forgotten in our society: that we are not just responsible for ourselves, but for each othe as well. We have let the immoral selfishness of neo-liberal, Darwinsitic capitalism spread like a virus while the leadership and the spokespeople on the left cower.. Social responsibility is not some idealism conjured up by the love generation. It is a fundamental element of survival that even insects seem to comprehend.
      The federal government is not some evil force. It is the greatest agent of social change in the history of mankind. Who defends these principles?

      We allow our public airwaves to filled with millionaires who have no other interest than to sell us their corporate sponsered agenda while our democratically elected representatives bow before them just to get some airtime. Do they defend the principles of democracy and social responsibility?

      Even the Democrats, our beloved representatives of the Party of the People, are so beholden to the big money interest that they've forgotten to speak for the people.

      So while pandering to the Big Hand that feeds may keep us at the dance, we're never gonna go home with the bride. We can't. It's not who we are. And the gap between the leadership and the grassroots is symptomatic of the difference between the will of the people and the will of the corporate donors.

      I almost feel sorry for Tom Daschle - trying to walk the line between the power of big business and the power of millions of voters. But I can't.

      We see our real America -- not the phony flag waiving facade that the right is selling on Fox and company -- but the real America where real people live out their lives and try to extract what little bit of the American dream they can, send their kids to college, and hopefully retire in the comfort of their savings --being devoured by a corporate machine. And year after year, it gets more and more expensive just to live and the quality of the food and products we buy gets worse and worse until the cycle of corporate consumerism puts us on a treadmill we can never get ahead of. This is the real America.

      And meanwhile our Democratic leaders are up to their necks in it. In this respect Nader has a point. The real issues that formally distinguished the right from the left --namely cooperation and social responsibility verses free market Darwinism--have been replace by Darwinism verses Darwinism-lite. And both sides have embraced the corporate trough.

      Now I will never vote for Ralph Nader and I will never forgive him for helping Kathryn Harris, Jeb Bush and Antoine Scalia throw the election, but this is what I meant by surviving the game. As long as the Democratic leadership serves two masters, they have Ralph Nader or someone like him to look forward to for the foreseeable future.


      Howard Dean: The Democrat's last chance...

      by TocqueDeville on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 06:56:47 PM PST

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      •  Whoops (4.00)
        When I copy/pasted this, the formatting got lost in the most important part - the principles part. So here's that section again, properly formatted:

        We still understand the most fundamental principle of all: social responsibility. September 11 was one of those rare moments when all Americans recognized that we are all in this together; that the fate of each of us individually depends on the fate of us all. But our leadership failed to reinstate the covenant of social responsibility. George Bush told us to shop and let his secret police handle it. And the Democrats positioned themselves tactically to the side.

        We understand that government is the agent of democracy. It's how we make collective decisions and solve collective problems. If you say you are anti-government, you are really saying you are anti-democracy and anti-American. In a government of, by, and for the people, to say that government is the problem is saying that We, the People are the problem. Government may be imperfect but the way to improve it is to make it more democratic and more accountable. Not replace it with the least accountable entities of all -- private corporations.

        We understand that raw unregulated capitalism leads to an unstable economy where a very few have all. We learned this the hard way from the Great Depression. And we still know that monopolies hurt consumers, workers and society whole.

        We understand the need to protect the weakest among us not just for the sake of altruism, but as a matter of practicality. You simply can't sustain a society where the economic system is rigged against a majority of the citizens. It didn't work in the French monarchy and it sure as hell won't work in a democracy.

        And we understand that some things, like electricity, are not optional. These things are fundamental to our survival and are not to be capitalized on like widgets. Free markets may work fine on the non-essentials, but mandatory services like water, and electricity are natural monopolies and cannot be trusted to undemocratic, profit-based private corporations.

        Healthcare, above all else, is a human right. It is essential for life and profiteering on the backs of the sick is immoral. As is allowing 45 million of our citizens to be forced to crowd into emergency rooms just to get medical treatment because they can't afford insurance.

        The corporatization of America must be stopped. None of the principles of social responsibility and democratic cooperation that were established under FDR and continued on through Kennedy can be reconciled with the Darwinistic laissez-faire agenda of corporate economics. None. The simple fact is that if left to their own devices, the Walmarts of America will just continue to spread like a virus. They will completely wipe out small businesses and real wages and living standards will continue to drop until we're all working three jobs just to break even. This is not a theory but merely an extrapolation from what has already occurred.

        All of these principles really stem from the basic idea that has been forgotten in our society: that we are not just responsible for ourselves, but for each other as well.

        We have let the immoral selfishness of neo-liberal, Darwinsitic capitalism spread like a virus while the leadership and the spokespeople on the left cower.. Social responsibility is not some idealism conjured up by the love generation. It is a fundamental element of survival that even insects seem to comprehend.
        The federal government is not some evil force. It is the greatest agent of social change in the history of mankind. Who defends these principles?

        Howard Dean: The Democrat's last chance...

        by TocqueDeville on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 07:24:37 PM PST

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      •  Damn (none)
        You should post this in a diary. Everyone here needs to read this. Great job Tocque.
      •  I agree (none)
        This is important. You just expressed what I've been thinking for a long time. What do Democrats stand for other than this or that polcy issue?

        I hope Senator Chuck and everyone reads this. Especially the part about 911. I also thought that would change things but the republicans just used it to exploit their agenda.

  •  Good Luck Chuck ! (4.00)

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:09:52 PM PST

  •  Good luck! (4.00)
    Thanks for the introduction...Good luck in 06!
  •  Love the four themes (4.00)
    They really speak to Democratic values. Good luck in the campaign.
    •  Four themes (4.00)
      Sure thing.  It's about time we redefine and reclaim our core values.

      Chuck

      •  Chuck - that's it in a nutshell (4.00)
        Hi Chuck, I'm Kim. From Texas. I'm a Texan in the tradition of Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan, not that clown from Crawford.

        I think you've stated a great theme for your campaign's message with OURS, and I'm so glad to see this fresh, simple, strong articulation of our fundamental values. Further, you have to state a definite plan for implementing those values. I'm sure you're going to.

        This is half your message. The other half has to be the truth, harsh as it is, about the GOP.

        I hope in the months ahead that you will find a way to state this and do so with the courage created by truth to help you do it. You have to point out how the GOP message is absolutely in contradiction to what they do. Their messages of "morality" are based on hate, not the teachings of Jesus Christ. Their messages of opportunity are for multimillionaires to aspire to become billionaires. Their messages of education are about eroding public schools as much as they can. Their message of government getting out of people's lives is in contradiction to their desire to intrude upon the most private areas of life. And their fiscal policies are absolutely insane.

        You have to call them on this, Chuck. You have to create a fact-based, hard-hitting litany of the ways the GOP lies, the way the GOP crushes Americans under their heels, again and again. It has to be real to every person who hears it.

        How much debt are children in Pennsylvania going to be born with due to Rick Santorum/George Bush's fiscal recklessness? How many kids will lose vital school programs due to NCLB being underfunded? How are Pennsylvanian kids learning if they're just taught to the test and nothing more? How many Pennsylvania seniors are being overcharged on drugs due to the GOP/Santorum? Will Pennsylvania suffer a death of a gay American like Matthew Shepard died, due to gay-hatred stirred up by the likes of Fred Phelps and Rick Santorum? Will Pennsylvanians see more jobs shipped overseas? Will Pennsylvanians be denied just financial recovery from their injuries because Santorum/Bush wants to let big corporations and insurance companies off the hook and because Santorum/Bush hates attorneys? Will people be afraid of the very land, water and air of Pennsylvania due to Santorum/Bush's desire to redefine toxic pollution in order to help his corporate buddies?

        People have to look into their own hearts, their own lives, their own families and see the harm that Bush is doing. And they have to see you as giving them hope.

        Count on a little $ and some help from me, all the way from Texas. Good luck.

  •  Hey, Chuck! (4.00)
    As a southern IL progressive, I welcome you to the fight.  Actually, you should be welcoming me - you seem to have been fighting for some time, and I certainly think that your record of success is very promising.

    I wish you well in taking on Santorum.  There is no more important battle.  This guy is a total piece of work.  His troglodyte political position is way to the right of PA.

    What is the most offensive, however, is his theft in office.  He has taken, directly from the residents of his "home school district", about (IIHMFS) 100,000 to educate his children at his home in VA.

    I'm sure that you have these facts right.  I have several relatives in PA, and I will certainly call them to urge them to consider your candidacy.  Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.

    •  Southern IL Progressive (4.00)
      We share common links to former Senator Paul Simon and my communications director, Tim, who attended SIU.

      Thanks for stoking those PA fires.  We succeed through kin-to-kin contacts.

      Chuck

      •  As one who lives in the aforementioned (4.00)
        ...school district...

        I resent the hell out of santorum and will do anything I can to get his scheming, conniving ass out of office.  Him getting ANY of my tax money burns me but good.  

        Buona Fortuna Chuck, keep us posted on campaign events.

        "Our representative democracy is not working ... I believe the chief reason for this is that it is ruled by a small group of old men."-Shirley Chisolm

        by JLongs on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:33:53 PM PST

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  •  Here Goes (3.33)
    If what we need is better grassroots organization in PA, and you have the experience doing it, then why isn't a better role for you to be the Political Director for a more established candidate? (Be the Trippi to someone else's Dean, as it were.)
    •  Say what? (4.00)
      Cause he wants to fight for us in the senate - directly, it seems.

      Are you running for the seat?  If not, get behind a progressive candidate and be his trippi.

      Where are the dems heading? Not left, not right -- but FORWARD! Chaaaaaarrrrrggggge!

      by Zapata28 on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:20:45 PM PST

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    •  A fair comment (none)
      but it should perhaps be disclosed that Mr. Bonin was (is?) on the Hoeffel payroll.
    •  Political Director (4.00)
      I've spent three decades producing that which I bring to this race.  Now it's time to put into practice in Pennsylvania those elements that will end Rick Santorum's Senate career: organization, resourcefulness, message, management, and mental toughness.

      Chuck Pennacchio  

      •  But That Doesn't Answer The Question (none)
        Why that suits you better for being the candidate as opposed to Political Director or some similar behind-the-scenes role.  

        Howard Dean -- for all his great policy ideas and organizational strength -- wouldn't have been taken seriously by the media had he not served as Governor for a decade first.

        In a one-on-one with Casey, you'd get attention because pro-choice progressives will be looking for any alternative.  But if it's Casey and (Hoeffel or Hafer or Williams or Murphy) in the field, then I don't see where you get your wedge in.  

        •  The best leaders (4.00)
          are frequently non-career politicans who eventually decide it is time to step forward and lead.

          Don't discourage this or any qualified candidate from making a run.

          •  "Qualified" (none)
            As long as you "have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and . . . when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen," you're qualified.

            I think everyone who wants to should run.  I just have my own point of view as to likelihood of success.

            •  exactly... (none)
              Hi chuck thanks for coming on and introducing yourself.  I'm in colorado so I'll have no say in your election per se but I think a lot of this talk about "unqualified" is a little foolish.

              I am reminded of kucinich when asked in a primary debate how he'd explain to voters that he's electable he said "Well I'm electable if you vote for me."  and that really struck a chord with me (though I was a Dean supporter from start to finish)

              You don't HAVE to have held an office to be voted senator.  You don't HAVE to have been elected before to be senator.  The fact you've at least worked on other campaigns I think gives you a better grasp of what it takes to win than many.

              I'm tired of people saying certain individuals shouldn't run because (in their mind) they can't win.   The mere fact that a dead man can win an election (was it Hannity that lost an election to a man who'd been dead 2 weeks?) goes to prove that anyone can win an election.  You just have to tell people why you're best and you have to fight like it doesn't matter.  And it helps to have someone really crooked on the other side.

              You may not win, but the only real loss is in surrender so keep up the fight.  Win or lose we need better examples of democratic leadership in this country.  We need to show people that Americans reward courage.

              Sorry, I have nothing else to add to this conversation.

              by DawnG on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:50:02 PM PST

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              •  Easy To Mix Up (none)
                John Ashcroft lost the 2000 race for U.S. Senate in Missouri to the recently-deceased Mel Carnahan.

                Sean Hannity's pet Democrat on Face the Fascist is the perpetually recently-deceased Alan Colmes.

      •  hey chuck, (4.00)
        I say don't let these nay-sayers discourage you. I for one think we should have less career politicians and more citizen representatives. I would love to see what an entirely grassroots, citizen-driven, honest, and big spine campaign can do against a sleazebag like Santorum. If you can beat Santorum, it could inspire a tidal wave of progressive insurgent campaigns. I believe Frank Luntz, when he says that our party is suffering from a lack of credibility. I want rep's that speak their mind and listen to their guts. Your fight is noble, and your cause is just.

        who cares if you don't have previous state-wide experience? You're running for Senate, and if you know what this country needs, yours just as qualified as the rest of the sleazebags in Washington. You may find in Washington that you are "over-qualified" compared to the knowledge base of many of your colleagues.

        Good luck.

        •  just don't sell out to (none)
          the big corporate oligarchy like many other "grass-roots" politicians so easily do.  You will be much more successful if you stick to your beliefs and the beliefs of the people that support you.  No amount of political power can replace the power received from a loyal constituency.

          "Religion is the opiate of the masses" - Karl Marx

          by Renegade Prole on Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 08:11:23 AM PST

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  •  I am going to be candid (4.00)
    I don't think you can beat Rick Santorum. Your background is impressive, but I don't think this is the race in which to run a rookie. I think you probably should focus on a lower office before running for a position in the US Seante.

    I don't think you've ever run for any office. You have no statewide office expereince in Pennsylvania. You have no track record of showing that you can win statewide races, unlike Barbara Hafer and Pat Casey, your likely primary opponents.

    If you do make it past the primary I would support you in the general election. However, all things considered, you are a risky candidate to support. Hafer and Casey have both have won statewide races. They are proven winners.

    I admire your willingness to jump into this race, but this contest is a top tier race that needs a dependable candidate. This isn't the race to run a rookie in, which is what you are in all honesty.

    How long have you lived in PA? What do you bring to the state? Why should Democrats support you even though you probably have the least likely shot of defeating Santorum?

    Casey and Hafer aren't right on all the issue 100%. I know that some of the more ardent pro-life activists would have problems with Casey; they'll support you in the primary. But I'm not a single issue voter.

    I lived in Carlisle, PA for four years. I could see Casey, and to a lesser extend, Hafer faring well against Santorum. I see you coming up short.

    I hope that I haven't offended you. I admire the fact that you've come here to talk to the members of this site. I just honestly that your candidacy, while it is admirable, just isn't what is going to cut in PA to defeat Santorum.

     

    •  Barack Obama (4.00)
      Had no state-wide experience either, and we know how that turned out.

      How much will you lose with Bush's Social Security plan? Click to find out.

      by Goldfish on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:56:16 PM PST

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      •  Different Dyanmics (4.00)
        O'Bama had served as a state senator. He was running in a heavily Democratic state like IL. Fitzegerald had decided not to run again. PA, while nominally Democratic, is not IL. And the seat that Santorum holds is not open.
        •  Illinois (4.00)
          is hardly a heavily Democratic state.  Chicago is a 900 pound gorilla, and there are a few pockets of liberalism around the state (like C-U, Peoria, and the Quad Cities).  No one should take Illinois for granted, ever.
          •  I'll leave it at this (none)
            In any statewide race, if IL Democrats run a competent candidate, he/she starts off with an edge. Not like that in PA.
            •  I wasn't talking about the general (4.00)
              I was talking about the Democratic primary. By your formula, Dan Hynes should have won, as he already held state office and had good name recognition. I don't live that far Obama's Senate district, but before the last month of the primary I wouldn't have known him from Joe Shmoe.

              Santorum is flopping like a wounded seal, and I don't think an experienced political organizer is a bad choice to go after him, even if he's not so widely known. If he can get through the primary, then he's got as much chance as anyone of taking Santorum down.

              How much will you lose with Bush's Social Security plan? Click to find out.

              by Goldfish on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:47:35 PM PST

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            •  Only... (none)
              because the Democrats are organized here, and the Republicans aren't.  There's no loyalty, really.  If the Republicans were to get their act together and pull the kind of stunt they pulled on Carol Mosely Braun, we'd be in trouble.  
        •  Didn't know he was Irish n/t (4.00)
        •  Obama's other advantages (none)

          Obama's first primary opponent, Ryan, resigned after court documents revealed that he tried to get his wife to go into Parisian sex clubs before they divorced.  Then the Illinois Republicans worked their way through second and third place until they drafted Alan Keyes, a black wingnut from Maryland.  
    •  Candid (3.97)
      Thanks for the kudos and the candid conversation.  You have in no way offended me.  I absolutely welcome your comments.

      Casey and Hafer proven winners?  In the most visible races of their lives, they both got crushed in gubernatorial runs.  Neither has run for federal level office.

      What sets me apart from state-level officials Casey Jr. and Hafer?  How about federal level experience on both sides of Congress (Sen. Cranston and Rep. Dellums), national security and diplomatic expertise (Ph.D.), and intimacy with the U.S. Constitution (history and poli sci prof).  In a time of voter cynicism I am betting my citizen-candidate label is precisely the antidote to "politics-as-usual."

      As far as being a "rookie," I'm the only won who actually has Senate and statewide prez. victories under my belt.  I know what winning Senate campaigns look like, smell like, and taste like.  And with me you won't have to worry about lack of confidence and agressiveness.

      Running for state-level office is, as I'm sure you know, an entirely different than running a U.S. Senate campaign.  Considering 14 straight full-term Senate losses in a row for PA Dems, don't you think a proven campaign formula is the best route for success?

      As for my Pennsylvania profile, I am a native of Republican Delaware County, a resident of rural Bucks County, and I teach history and poli sci at University of the Arts in Philly.

      Finally, the issues...Not only are Casey Jr. and Hafer "not 100%" on the policy questions, they will be trying to figure out who they are and
      where they stand as the campaign proceeds.  They have virtually no background on federal level questions.  I, on the other hand, have been immersed in such questions since I began interning with a congressman at age 20.  I am now 45.  I won't have to "wing it" when looking across the stage at Rick Santorum.  I will simply let him have it right between the eyes when talking about social, fiscal, and foreign policy questions.  Most importantly, the voters of Pennsylvania won't have to wonder...

      And that's why I'll win.

      Chuck

      •  Chuck (3.94)
        I think the way you just stood up to some tough and fair questions is great credit to you. Most of us around here are no bullshit kind of folks, and I think having the toughness to answer tough questions and not run away just earned you a whole bunch of credit from me at least.

        For me it isnt about ideology, the only perfect candidate for me in terms of ideology would be myself. For me its about the spirit to fight.

        I think i just learned more about you in that one exchange than reading a whole bio could tell me.

        Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

        by Pounder on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:11:01 PM PST

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      •  You've never won an office on your own (2.40)
        So maybe you have managed "winning Senate campaigns", but that was back in the 1980s. That was a totally different time than now. You helped other candidates win, but you've never held an office yourself.

        Hafer and Casey both have won statewide office. Yes they lost primaries or races at one point, but they've won more than they've lost. They have experience winning the state.

        I don't think you've managed a race in PA. If you have, please correct. However, how will you be able to win votes in the central part of the state?

        Sorry, but I don't think you will win the primary, let alone the general. Again I admire your idealisitc motivations for running, but I can't support you in the primary.

        If you become the nominee I'll support you, but I think you would end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard when 100% of the precincts have reported.

        Again you are too much of a risk against Santorum. Maybe if you had run for something else--like State Legislature or Congress--and had served in the House or held another elective office, I'd be more open to your candidacy.

        But I just don't think you can win. PA has not elected a Democrat to a full six year term since 1962; and if you do become the Democratic nominee, that streak will extend at least until 2010.

        I know you have your fans among those on this and other blogs, who represent the far left of the party (those are the ones who tend to be most active); but I just don't think more moderate Pennsylavanians and swing voters will pull the lever for you in the voting booth.

        Sorry if I've been rude or disrespectful, but I just don't think your candidacy is worth the risk. I do admire the fact that you posted here, though. That you came here says a lot, but I just don't think you can beat Santorum.

        •  typical M.O. (4.00)
          I've never seen this poster post a comment that wasn't negative--on any diary.
          •  I gave my honest assessment (none)
            so you think my points aren't valid at all?
            •  I may be confusing you (4.00)
              With someone else, but I seem to recall you making these same kinds of comments about "run for something lower, you don't have enough experience etc." to other potential and actual political candidates on this site. For some of them that advise was well founded. However, the emerging pattern makes me wonder just who has enough experience to satisfy you. It seems like what ever they bring to the table, you raise the bar further. This may just be a bad coincidence, but it certainly seems to be a pattern you have. And while it seems you mean well, I wonder just how productive your criticisms actually are.

              How much will you lose with Bush's Social Security plan? Click to find out.

              by Goldfish on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:52:35 PM PST

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            •  some valid points (none)
              but the second comment felt like a slap in the face after having read his response to the first one. And I have noticed your name over and over in the past attached to negative comments. But I didn't mean my comment as a personal attack against you. Just was making an observation.
            •  asdf (none)
              so you think my points aren't valid at all?

              I think your conservative bias is pronounced and that for ideological reasons for you would vote for a 'moderate' republican before a socially liberal democrat. Particularly on immigration and women's issues.

              "...the definition of a gaffe in Washington is somebody who tells the truth but shouldn't have." Howard Dean

              by colleen on Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 06:22:51 AM PST

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        •  Nothing wrong with a little candor (none)
          but I'm gonna call bullshit on you for this one:

          who represent the far left of the party (those are the ones who tend to be most active)

          Repeat after me.

          PARTISAN. PROUD. DEMOCRATS.

          Of all the blogs out there, this one is most clearly about fighting and winning as Democrats and their allies left and right.

          Ideologies here cut a wide path.  Willingness to fight for basic democratic principles-transparency in government, truth over lies, security over belligerance-is the uniting principle.

          Partisan. Proud. Democrats.

          Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

          Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.-Thomas Jefferson
          We are the resistance.

          by boadicea on Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 08:19:35 PM PST

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      •  good on 'ya (none)
        it's nice to see someone willing to dive into the fray, and frankly it's that kind of willingness to make your case under hostile questioning that we need more of in washington.

        as regarding jiacinto's line of argument, i think the truest proof of electability is the primary election. if chuck can fight it out in the primary, and can make his case to the voters of pennsylvania, then he is by definition a good candidate. the voters are smart enough to figure out who they like on their own. the "electability" argument is a crock.

        what i would ask mr. pennacchio is that no matter how knock-down, drag-out the primary gets (and don't get me wrong, i think we need tough primaries, to test the candidates under pressure), please be willing to form ranks once the smoke clears, and campaign for your opponent, should you not win. solidarity will probably determine the general election.

    •  I wish Chuck had answered your questions (none)
      They were tough, but fair.

      The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

      by tangoasg on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:58:52 PM PST

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    •  You can support someone else, ... (none)
      but he should still run.  

      Look, down here in Virginia, a young self-made millionare who never worked in public service and never ran for public office made what many believed was a fool-hardy run at a very well-respected and popular Senator.

      That man is Mark Warner - he gave John Warner a run for his money, garnered the name ID needed to make a successful run for governor, and now (after rescuing Virginia out of the financial toilet caused by his GOP predecessor and the GOP-controlled legislature) is being mentioned prominently in '08 talk.

      So, feel free to support someone else. Maybe, on paper, the other (potential?) candidates look like they present better match-ups against the incumbent.  But who knows what could happen, and the name ID Mr. Pennachio will get will help run for Congress or the governorship down the road.

      For just that, I say kudos and good luck.

    •  bob (none)
      Bob Casey. Pat's the other brother.

      Unfortunately, I agree.

      and I'm 20 miles west of Carlisle on 641 ; )

      must be something about Cumberland Co -- hard realism of PA Democratic politics.

    •  BS (none)
      Paul Wellstone had never held office either. Total rookie. But he won by several points against an incumbent no one considered vulnerable. Chuck can win.
  •  Yo Chuck! (none)
    Thanks for the intro and welcome to dKos!  Now get out there and kick some Santorum ASS, will ya?!?  

    "If you aren't completely appalled, then you haven't been paying attention." November 2004 Update: You obviously haven't been paying attention.

    by Savage on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:14:24 PM PST

  •  Great article about Chuck on MyDD (4.00)
    Chris Bowers just wrote a great piece about the need for a contested primary on MyDD.  He also included a poll in which Chuck is an option.  Vote!

    http://www.mydd.com

    Thanks for stopping by Chuck & Keep coming back!

  •  You have an interesting background... (none)
    Best of luck and please check in often here at Dkos.
  •  Good Luck-nice having you here! (none)
  •  issue question (4.00)
    I love what I have seen from your site so far.  I just left Philadelphia after graduating from law school this past spring and believe I met a U Arts colleague of yours named Sam on the Philly DFA trip to Iowa.  

    I have a quick issue question: what is your position on medical marijuana?

    Best of luck to you!

  •  Recommended (none)
    Because I like it when a candidate for anything comes by and understands that this is a good place to make a case. It shows smarts.

    Anything and anyone that can beat Santorum, I wish the best of luck to (and if things go well later this year, some scratch so you can build your ground support).

  •  Good Luck Dr. P (4.00)
    and welcome to dKos.

    Of course, I'm on board.  It's great to have a real democrat in the race.  Anything else I can do, please let me know.

    Proud Member of your friendly YearlyKos Convention Team!
    Urban Democracy- A Progressive Culture War

    by sheabriana on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:20:19 PM PST

  •  What do you intend to do to reach out (none)
    to the middle ground?  Very few Senate races are in true "safe" states for one party or another, and you will have to court the middle ground.
    How will you win them?  Please don't tell me that you intend to not alienate them.  Please tell me that you will fight for your beliefs all the time and articulate those beliefs and leadership qualities to the middle.

    "Michael Savage is the concience (sic) of the conservative movement"--Free Republic Poster

    by soonergrunt on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:20:40 PM PST

    •  Middle Ground (4.00)
      I am going to emphasize bread-and-butter issues that affect all Pennsylvanians: job creation, education, health insurance, Social Security, national security, and so on.  These are not "ideological" issues that split us apart.

      Frankly, we have to get past the left-center-right labeling, for it divides us into "camps," and fosters distrust and even hatred.

      Our campaign is about expanding the democratic process and getting people to realize their power.  The campaign is the message; it will cross party lines and unite Pennsylvanians (and Americans); it will educate, motivate, and mobilize.

      Chuck    

  •  We don't want him back! (4.00)
    I noticed on your website, you consistently label Rick Santorum "R-VA" (for those not in the know here's why:  At the time he was elected to represent Pennsylvania in the Senate, he lived in Virginia and merely owned a house in PA that he claimed as a residence.

    For the record, we down here in the Old Dominion don't want him, either, though.  

    War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Bush is President.

    by osterizer on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:23:46 PM PST

    •  We don't him back (4.00)
      Great!  Let's work together to defeat Santorum and we'll figure out his residence after the fact.  Okay?

      Chuck

      •  I can think of an appropriate future address (none)
        for Santorum, but it is not nice to say in public.

        Welcome and thanks for talking to us.  I'm a VA democrat (and we want to make VA into a real swing state); my mom was born in PA (her dad was killed in the coal mines pre either organized labour or OSHA protections, such as they are). So there is a history of PA democrats in our family.  All the best of luck!

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:20:57 PM PST

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  •  As a former Pennsylvanian (none)
    from the Curt Weldon district I want to extend a mighty good luck and promise that I will continue to hammer on my parents and brother who still live in that district to vote for you.  

    "Religion is the opiate of the masses" - G.B.S.

    by Renegade Prole on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:24:04 PM PST

    •  The whole state votes for senator. (none)
      The entire state is the district.  Unless there is something really funking about PA that I am not aware of.

      Where are the dems heading? Not left, not right -- but FORWARD! Chaaaaaarrrrrggggge!

      by Zapata28 on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:25:34 PM PST

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      •  disregard that statement... (none)
        I thought you were in PA... but now you are obviously in another state.  mea culpa.

        Better go get some lunch for brain fuel.

        Where are the dems heading? Not left, not right -- but FORWARD! Chaaaaaarrrrrggggge!

        by Zapata28 on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:27:04 PM PST

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    •  Weldon (none)
      I live in that asshat's district also.  In 2006, I hope to describe myself as a Pennsylvanian from former Representative Weldon's district.  ;)

      "If you aren't completely appalled, then you haven't been paying attention." November 2004 Update: You obviously haven't been paying attention.

      by Savage on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:37:05 PM PST

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    •  RenegadeProle - misattribution (4.00)
      Your sig quote is from Karl Marx (though not said as concisely as attributed), and not George Bernard Shaw.

      The quote came from Marx's introduction to "A Critique of the Hegelian Philosophy of Right", and is actually:

      Religion is, in fact, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet gained himself or has lost himself again.... Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the feelings of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of unspiritual conditions.  It is the opium of the people.... Religion is only the illusory sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.

      "Those who betray the trust...are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." - George HW Bush

      by DavidW in SF on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:11:58 PM PST

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  •  Welcome Chuck! (3.37)
    Please keep in mind when reading comments here, that there are a few people who have and will continue to vote for Santorum.  Open forum and all.

    Where are the dems heading? Not left, not right -- but FORWARD! Chaaaaaarrrrrggggge!

    by Zapata28 on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:24:16 PM PST

  •  No kids (none)
    I don't have any kids.  I want a better future for myself.
    •  A better future for kids (none)
      is also yours.

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:42:27 PM PST

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      •  Yeah (none)
        Sure it is.  I've just been lately tired of the "think of the kids" and/or "working families" pandering.  I'm a wealthy guy without kids.  I'm interested in the future, too!

        I think it is related to religious philosophy.  Lots of religions believe good and evil are defined by some god.  That seems similar to people who think you can only care about the future if you have children.  But people who don't breed also have dreams of the future.  We're not (all) nihilists.

  •  Wish you the best of luck (4.00)
    From what little I've seen and heard of you, you seem like the kind of person I personally would love to see populate my government.  Somebody interested in public service that actually values the public more than congressional job perks.  How odd.

    That being said, for those same reasons, it's hard for me to believe that you will stand a chance against "Big Money" / corporate / "Traditional Washington" opponents.  More a reflection of my personal cynicism than anything to do with you or your campaign.  Note: as I re-read my comment, I notice it's quite a downer.  Sorry, my cynical self is a bastard sometimes.  Got a valid question at the end, though.

    If you went head-to-head against Santorum, I have no doubt that you would stand a fair chance to win, if the Democrats as a whole make the right moves going into the midterms.  Most people vote for the (R) or the (D) rather than the individual person.  For those that do vote for the person and listen to you speak, I'm sure it will be an easy decision for them come voting day, enough for you to overcome the incumbent advantage.

    That being said, in the primaries, Democrats like to go for the 'electable' person, whatever the fuck that means, I tend to think you will not fit that mold.  You may not be perceived as the "media's ideal candidate", thus leading "top Democrat officials" to doubt your candidacy.

    How do you plan to overcome this disadvantage?  How do you plan to run your primary campaign?  Negative is the most effective advertising, but to me, the main goal is to oust Santorum, so any negativity on the Dem primary side will be harmful to the number one goal (in my eyes).  Do you have the funds to run a major primary campaign?  The 'netroots' can give you a big boost in terms of cash, but I don't think they can support a large campaign by themselves yet.

    Again, best of luck to ya.  This is definitely going to be one of races I will keep a close eye on.

    Strength without wisdom is a chimera, resolve without competence a travesty. - David Neiwert

    by SleepyG on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:27:35 PM PST

  •  What did you do with the Simon campaign? (none)
    A number of us here worked for Paul.
    •  Paul Simon (4.00)
      Great to connect.  On Senator Simon's 1987-88 Presidential run I was his Iowa Caucus field director from May to September 1987 and then set up his door-to-door canvass operation (concentrated in the Quad Cities region) that raised a chunk of change and volunteers for the Iowa race and the subsequent Illinois primary.

      Paul referenced me in his book, "Winners and Losers," and we kept in touch until his recent passing.  No one inspires me more in this PA Senate run than the personal examples of Paul Simon and Paul Wellstone.

      All the best,

      Chuck

      •  Paul Simon and his wife Jean were truly (none)
        ... two of the greatest people I've ever known.  Smart, wise, empathetic and extraordinarily human.

        DO you know Ab Mikva or any of the people who worked on his many campaigns back when he was a Congressman?

  •  Issues (4.00)
    First, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us here.

    My hope is that you will come out strongly for single-payer health care and use that as a rallying point for your campaign, both to educate the grassroots about what it would entail and force Casey or Hafer or Hoeffel to adopt it as a rallying cry for Democrats in the PA '06 race.  This is going to be one heck of a high profile race, and when Santorum is defeated by a Democrat running on single-payer it will put the issue on the national front-burner for '08.  

    Personally, I'm tired of the old saw, "It will never pass Congress" (see Dean's comments during the primaries).  It will never pass if we fail to elect people who RUN on it.  The issue is perfectly suited to organizing a true grassroots/netroots education campaign (a bit wonkish, but it can work). The Physicians for a National Health Program site has all the educational materials you would ever need...

    Giving the grassroots one BIG issue to rally around is the way to go, and choosing single-payer would be a means to multiple ends.  Think Harris Wofford in '91.  

    "The government is us, you and me." - TR

    by Chance the gardener on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:41:25 PM PST

    •  or Wofford in '94 (none)
      a preeminently decent and good man - intelligent, truly gets it. I interned for Wofford in '93 and couldn't begin to run out of positive things to say about him.

      But the notion that a platform centered on single-payer health care would get a candidate with little to no name recognition elected in PA ... I'll be nice: Not so much.

      •  Single-issue (none)
        I like two- or three-issue campaigns myself, but if  someone's going to run on a single issue in 2006, then the obvious choice right now is Social Security.

        I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

        by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 07:29:24 PM PST

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      •  Oops (none)
        that was meant to be a response to the one above. Sorry, I'll respond to you now.

        You're right. Wofford made a strategic mistake by campaigning on single-payer just as the Clinton health care plan had gone down in flames.

        I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

        by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 07:37:26 PM PST

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      •  Yes, but... (none)
        We've had this exchange before :)

        This ain't 1994.  Health care is a disaster (no managed care magic bullet on the horizon), and single-payer is the perfect issue to run a hard, under the radar grassroots primary campaign on (you can run against Santorum on Social Security, but at some point it comes down to what you're for).  Single-payer isn't some social issue that folks in the T (where I live) will be wary of, if it's packaged right (i.e., economic populism).  

        I don't hold out any particular hope it will happen, but a guy can hope!  I care most about trying to use the grassroots to educate people, so that they're less likely to get duped by the anti-government rhetoric that doomed the Clinton plan.

        "The government is us, you and me." - TR

        by Chance the gardener on Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 03:57:57 AM PST

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  •  Good luck, Chuck (4.00)
    To get the most votes, you'd probably want to emphasize security first...but then that would ruin the acronym, wouldn't it?

    For Dubya, REFORM=DESTROY, and FREEDOM=CORPORATE COLONIALISM

    by Doug in SF on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:42:05 PM PST

  •  Wishing you all the luck in the world! (none)
    Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself, Chuck. I'll be watching your campaign from down in Texas and hoping you fight the good fight!
  •  Pro Gay Marriage? or, pro Civil Unions?? (none)
    From this on your website:

    "Same gender unions in no way pose a credible threat to the sanctity of marriage. The national divorce rate is 49%, and the only place where same gender marriage is legal, Massachusetts, has the lowest divorce rate in the country. Also, Vermont's civil union law has been a particular success, and a boost for that state's economy."

    I'm getting that you favor civil unions, over marriages for gays? is that right?

    The wing nuts will exploit this issue, of course, especially w/this Quinnipac poll just out today:

    "Laws regulating gay marriage should be set by the states, not by amending the U.S. Constitution, Pennsylvania voters say 50 - 38 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.  Keystone State voters oppose gay marriage 63 - 31 percent.

    By a narrower 50 - 41 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters oppose civil unions for same sex partners, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

    Only 5 percent of voters list gay marriage as the most important issue in deciding their presidential vote.  Economic conditions is most important, 34 percent say, followed by 20 percent who list health care, 16 percent who list terrorism, 11 percent who say Iraq and another 11 percent who say taxes.

    "Even though gay marriage is not a big issue in the presidential campaign, Pennsylvania voters are overwhelmingly against these unions. Two-thirds reject gay marriage and a majority don't want civil unions between gays legalized. This is in keeping with Pennsylvania's generally conservative tradition on controversial social issues including abortion.

    In an earlier Quinnipiac University poll, 58 percent said they believed homosexuality was morally wrong," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

    Asked specifically about the issue of same sex unions, 14 percent of Pennsylvania voters say it is "extremely important" in deciding their presidential vote, while 13 percent say it is "very important;" 30 percent say it is "somewhat important" and 42 percent say it is "not important."

    link

    "

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:46:01 PM PST

  •  Welcome! (none)
    I listened to your comments about "choice" on the website and I think they are both thoughtful and well framed.  I wish you the best of luck!
  •  California here (none)
    While I am not in your state, I will be doing everything I can to support Democratic candidates nationwide in the upcoming 2006 elections.

    Please understand that I cannot support every possible Democratic candidate prior to the primaries. Once the good people of Pennsylvania have chosen a Democrat to run against Santorum, I will be supporting that candidate wholeheartedly. I hope that, should you fail in your primary bid, you will do the same.

    My grandfather, who was president of his local UAW for many years and never voted for a Republican in his life, alway told me, "You dont vote for the man, you vote for the principles of the party."

    It is a lesson I have never forgotten.

    Good luck, and I hope to be supporting you in the future.

  •  Thanks for stopping by (none)
    I'd like to know more about your role with another Senate campaigns. I have 3 additional questions:

     Have you yourself campaigned before for public office in PA?  

    How do you intend to overcome your geographical handicap?  Santorum exploits his connection to the Western part of the state wher he might or might not have a residence.  But in any case, voters out there will be reminded that the governor of PA and one of our senators come from Philadelphia.  The argument  for balance could resonate.

    and third could you tell me about your positions on health care and labor issues?   Too many politicians in both parties ignore the situation of the working class and I don't see how Democrats can win without giving them a reason to vote for us.

    thanks again  

    •  check his site (none)

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:04:41 PM PST

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    •  experience, geography, issues (4.00)
      I worked for Congressman Ron Dellums as a military caseworker from 1980-81, and for Senator Alan Cranston as his personal aide in 1982.  

      In 1984 I organized Iowa's peace and justice community for Senate candidate Tom Harkin's winning race (55-44) over incumbent Roger Jepson; in 1986 I launched Senator-elect Tim Wirth's door-to-door canvass (we reached 82% of Colorado's households), his constituency (peer-to-peer) outreach program, and then ran day-to-day operations as deputy campaign manager; in 1987-88 I ran Sen. Paul Simon's field operation in Iowa's Presidential caucus and his canvass for the Iowas and Illinois races; in the summer of 1988 I bailed then-Liuetenant Governor S.B. Woo's Senate campaign out of trouble on the way to a 72-vote primary victory (I did not sign up again for the general).

      Your remark concerning geography is well taken.  However, I believe it's overrated.  Yes, I am from Southeast PA, but that is not such a bad thing when you consider 70% of the state's political dollars come from; 30-35% of the Democratic primary vote; and 25-30% of the general vote in from Southeast Pennsylvania.

      Add to that the fact that I'm a native of Republican Delaware County, that I live in rural Bucks County, and that I work in Philadelphia.  

      More than that, however, I have the background to connect with voters all over the state.  I hope we have the chance to talk more later about my business, agriculture, Older Pennsylvanians, educator, labor (organizer), factory work, and children's advocate background.

      Issues: related to the above, I support universal health care, workers rights, farm families, children's rights, Social Security (as a safety net).

      Chuck  

  •  fight fire with fire (none)
    hey chuck do not let the rightwing define you, you define them.
  •  asdf (none)
    I'd start figuring out now how to deal with the inevitable "Pinocchio" attack ads. :)
    •  Easy (4.00)
        Make it into comedy material.

        "Alot of people hear my name and think of a wooden boy.  Personally, I don't mind at all being compared to Al Gore"

        "Every time I tell a lie, my nose gets bigger.  Ahhh, if only that were true about all politicians."

        "To all of the Republicans who want to make fun of my name, I have three things to say. One, the President's last name.  Two, the Vice-President's first name.  The third involves rocks and a glass house."

        "If elected, my name will provide job security for comedians and newspaper publishers all over the state."

        "If Republicans want to get into some third-grade name-calling, be prepared for an avalanche of 'Rick Sanitarium' jokes"

        "For fun, sometimes I translate a politician's name into the Alpha-Bravo-Charlie code.  Mine is Charlie Papa, and my opponent's is Romeo Sierra.  My favorite is President Bush's -- Golf Whiskey Bravo!"

        Mr. Pennachio, turn your name into an asset!

        Additionally, use humor that appeals to specific groups.  
        Example: using the Alpha-Bravo-Charlie code will catch the attention of people who use it regularly, such as the military and police.

      One hand forward with a flower, one hand behind with the dagger.

      by Predator Saint on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:56:18 PM PST

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    •  No Strings Attached (4.00)
      Right.  We'll preempt with humor and cleverness; we'll turn my name (which rings, like a Liberty Bell, with Pennsylvania).  Good thing I'm not running in West Virginia, ayy?

      Chuck Pennacchio

      •  Ah, good (none)
        'Cuz you know those steaming sacks of santorum are going to run TV ad after TV ad, distorting your record & Photoshopping your nose.

        I'll be watching from lost-cause Georgia; if things work out financially I'll send some green your way this summer.

        Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

        by dirtroad on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 06:02:52 PM PST

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  •  Your four themes are great (none)
    I've been telling people for the past year that the Dems should be using "Security, Opportunity, and Responsibility" as their themes - they really sum up what the Democratic Party stands for.

    I like the addition of unity, though maybe with four words it doesn't roll off the tongue quite so well?

    Anyway, welcome, and thanks for demonstrating your committment to the grassroots.  Looking forward to learning more about you.

    Republican Fever!: reports from a new world at Principall Navigations.

    by BrooklynRaider on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:05:00 PM PST

  •  Suggestion (none)
    I should probably start by wishing you you luck with your race against Santorum; because his attack dogs will be relentless.  There are those on the right (and maybe the left) who are going to take liberties with your last name.  

    As you already know, your name is very similar in spelling to that famous wooden character from a Disney picture.  The right will undoubtedly make use of Pinnochio's penchant for lying and his desire to be a "real boy."  I'm sure you have heard this kind of garbage before.

    I hope that you have assembled a crack PR/Rapid Response team who are already prepared to deflect the volley jokes lobbed in your direction.  You might even be able to take advantage of the situation by firing the first shot.

  •  hey Chuck (4.00)
    thanks for coming by.  i am sorry i missed the conference call last week.  it was my very first day of work on a new job and they asked me to work late.  it probably would not have looked good to try and do work and be on the call at the same time.  i will try my hardest to be on the next one.

    while i have been supporting you and have been doing my best to support your through my little ole blog it wasnt until this diary and reading your responses to the tough questions that i have been so psyched.  your man Tim is great i have been enthused about your candidacy, but now i am excited.  you go kick some ass and i will do my best from my current location in DC.

    i still have my voter reg back home in W. Pa.  i look forward toward filling out my ballot for a candidate in PA that actually matches my ideology.

    Yeah the revolution starts now..So what you doin' standin' around? -Steve Earle

    by juls on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:14:28 PM PST

    •  DC-PA link (none)
      Thanks for your good thoughts and campaign activism.  It means so much to have you and other bloggers in my corner.  Working closely with the grassroots and netroots will get me even with the "establishment" candidate (or candidates) and our message, ground organization, and candidate delivery will do the rest.  

      Pennsylvania has always been a place to make history.  Now it's time for progressives to notch our own chapter in the land that gave us the Declaration and the Constitution.

      I look forward to your presence on the next conference call.  Thank you for putting the button on your blog.

      Chuck  

    •  congrats! (none)
      Juls,

      Glad to hear you're freshly employed.  Hope they're paying you what you're worth!

      Jesus used to be a liberal ... but apparently not so much anymore.

      by permanentE on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:12:39 PM PST

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  •  Give the Right a Wedgie (none)
    The right is highly fractured right now. There are those who hate Bush's deficit spnding. There are those that hate Bush's pandering to the religious right. There are gay Republicans and friends of gays who hate the bigotry of the Bush administration. There pro-environment Republicans who hate the Bush policies which harm the ecosystem.

    We need to find those fractures and drive wedges deep into them. It is the oldest strategy in the book: Divide and conquer. But we need a stronger media presence to hammer the wedge home.

    And then there are all those people duped by the right to vote against their own best interests. What we need is neither a move left and shore up our base nor a redifining of positions to win these voters. Our message is fine: broad, inclusive, positive. But people don't know it because they are only getting the distortions as presented by the other side. Again, we just need is a stronger media presence to acheive that.

    We need to amplify our echo chamber while tearing theirs down.  Our message needs to acheive a certain saturation level that will sink in and expose the righties lies. Then we can win back voters who should vote Dem.

    We do this well on the local level, as evidenced by the gains made on the state and local levels in '04, even in the red states. But nationally, we have nothing to compete with Faux News. Air America is a great start, but we need more.

    With a stronger echo chamber, we would be able to win back voters who should vote Dem, and drive wedges into the cracks on the other side.

    "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

    by mrboma on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:30:30 PM PST

    •  Funny... (none)
      ... this comment was supposed to be in a different thread! I had multiple tabs opened and apparently clicked "post a reply" in the wrong tab. Sorry.

      Welcome, Chuck, and good luck. I look forward to watching your progress and lending a hand if possible (I'm in CA, not exactly local to you).

      "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the State, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government" - Teddy Roosevelt

      by mrboma on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:39:20 PM PST

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  •  You have my support... (none)
    I will be making a donation to your campaign and I wish you much luck. My mother-in-law lives in Pennsylvania and I am sorry to say that she and her boyfriend are unintelligent voters of rabid republican persuasion. I will be donating to make up for their votes even though I live in Washington state. It is the least I can do.
  •  A new Wellstone? (4.00)
    Just to remind any readers that Paul Wellstone was a college professor running for the US Senate, winning despite incredible odds.
  •  Are you going to... (none)
    Are you going to invite in campaigners/vote-registerers from other states?  We don't have much cash, but we're just down the pike in MD and would be willing to give a weekend here or there, if it looked like it would be a help.

    Or are you of the opinion that that sort of carpetbagging is A Bad Thing?

  •  Run Chuck Run (none)
    I hope that you've contacted DFA in PA.  Get them backing you.  We backed Obama before he was the golden boy.  You know how that turned out.
  •  questions for chuck. (none)
    1. Why are your video statements solo? You seem uneasy. I think if you got a group of 20 people and spoke in front of them, you would come off as much more relaxed.

    2. How do you plan to appeal to religious folks? You've obviously taken some pretty strong stands on GBLT and abortion. Are you writing of these votes, or how do you feel you can appeal to these people? I'm not refering to mega-chruches where the preacher rails against gays and the abortionists every sunday, but regular, old Christians.
  •  Support from MD (none)
    I'm from Maryland, but my husband and I spent some time in the Wilkes-Barre, PA, area campaigning for John Kerry last fall. We told our hosts in PA that we'd be coming back in 2006 to campaign for whomever the Dems put up against Rick Santorum. From what I've read, I hope it is you!  You can count on us to knock on some doors and make some phone calls.
  •  Co-opt "Two Buck Chuck" for fundraising (4.00)
    Out here in CA, "Two Buck Chuck" is a bottle of Charles Shaw - a perfectly reasonable wine everyone can afford.

    Trader Joe stores in PA (and there is at least one, in Ardmore/Wynnewood along the main line) probably sell the stuff, so it's not an imported concept.

    Since the right, once it takes you seriously enough to disparage and slime, is going to call you a wine-swilling academic liberal anyway, you can preempt that attack by embracing a low-brow unpretentious image that immediately reframes the accusation into the positive connotations of a widely popular and effective campaign - in that you can list how many thousands of people have come to your events and website and contributed the magic $2 figure to support your policies and candidacy.

    How's that for advice that's easy to swallow?

    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

    by AikidoPilgrim on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:41:22 PM PST

  •  International Treaties (4.00)
    Chuck:

    What is your position regarding U.S. participation in the following international treaties and agreements that, to date, have either not been signed by the U.S. or signed but not ratified by the Senate:

     - Kyoto Protocol
     - Mine Ban Treaty
     - Comprehemsive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
     - International Criminal Court

    and also your opinions on Senate-ratified treaties that the U.S. is flagrantly ignoring/undermining:

     - Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
     - Outer Space Treaty

    Thanks for posting.  

  •  Chuck isn't messing around (4.00)
    He's serious about this race, and he'll put in the time to prove it. A few weeks ago Tim Tagaris posted about Chuck's campaign. I run a DFA meetup in NJ, and extended Chuck an invitation to come and speak to the group. Even though we're out of state, he took the time to visit us and spoke at the next meetup we had - in early February. About half of our members signed up to help his campaign, which is very impressive considering we have important races of our own to worry about in NJ. He's not kidding when he says he's in it to win.

    now - watch this drive.

    by jmelli on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 02:53:04 PM PST

    •  Serious enough...to win (4.00)
      Thanks for checking in and for underscoring the seriousness of our campaign.  You hit on yet another reason I am running.  I don't believe Pennsylvania's Establishment Democrats know how to win Senate races.  

      Let me correct that.  Modern history demonstrates, through 14 consecutive full-term defeats, that Insider Democrats just don't get it where Senate races are concerned.

      That's why an Outsider Democrat with a proven track record, a principled and progressive message, and a resourceful and dedicated grassroots and Internet organizing staff will carry the day--in both the 2006 primary and general.  

      Chuck

  •  Greetings from NJ! (none)
    Best of luck; we'll check out chuck2006.com and see what we can do to help. PS: Big Eagles household here; husband's originally from Camden.

    The public wants what the public gets, but I don't get what this society wants -- Paul Weller

    by jamfan on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:00:14 PM PST

  •  I'll be honest, Chuck (none)
    I won't be voting for you in the primary, and I hope you don't win it.

    If you do, I plan to spend a good chunk of summer and fall of 2006 going door-to-door here in Western PA for you.

    I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

    by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:11:54 PM PST

    •  Why not? (none)
      What do you know that I don't?

      "Don't want to be an American idiot..." -- Green Day

      by Black Maned Pensator on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:31:44 PM PST

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      •  I honestly don't think he can win (none)
        I would have no problem with him as my Senator (that would be wonderful, in fact), but I doubt he'll get anywhere near the Senate, at least from Pennsylvania.

        I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

        by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:51:36 PM PST

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        •  oyu make no sense LOL (none)
          yuo say he would be wonderful but you wont help him in a primary ?

          So help him out and try to get him over the top, and if he doesnt make it, i am sure someone else you look like you might want to support will anyway.

          I dont see anything but a win win for you here.

          Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

          by Pounder on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:15:18 PM PST

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          •  He's not my first choice (none)
            I think that either Casey, Hoeffel or Penacchio would make a fine Senator. (I don't know that much about Hafer.) Don't assume that because I like a candidate, that I only like him.

            I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

            by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:33:46 PM PST

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  •  What are your feelings on... (none)
    Tax cuts
    Corporate welfare
    Outsourcing
    NAFTA
    Free Trade in general
    Progressive taxation
    No Child Left Behind
    the Patriot Act
    campaign finance reform
    voting reform
    Media accountability and the fairness doctrine

    ?

    A big list, I know, but I'm hoping you have the time and energy to give us a quick sketch of your positions on some of these.

    Thanks in advance,
    BMP

    "Don't want to be an American idiot..." -- Green Day

    by Black Maned Pensator on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:30:57 PM PST

  •  Easy getting 1,000s & 1,000s of supporters (4.00)

     . . . here.

     Promise not to vote for pro-torture AG nominees, and keep your promise.

     Promise not to vote for lying and incompetent Sec. of State nominees, and keep your promise.

     Promise that if a bill comes up that pits the banks and credit card companies against the middle class, you'll vote for the middle class, and keep your promise.

      Promise that you will relentlessly hound any President of any party to disclose secrets and documents that such President has buried by Executive Order or fiat, and keep your promise.

      Promise that in votes pitting Big Oil against the environment, you'll vote environment, and keep your promise.

      Promise that America First does not mean endorsing a foreign policy that is, in essence, America the unilateral alienator of long-time allies and friends (as such is counter-productive to American interests, and keep that promise.

      Promise that you'll scrutinize nominees for the Federal Bench to make sure cretins like Scalia, Thomas, Sentelle, Pickering, Pryor and Sentelle stay off the Federal Bench, and keep that promise.

      Promise that you'll search diligently to hammer out compromises, without compromising prinicples like those outlined above, and keep that promise.

      You'll find 1,000s, 10s of thousands, 100s of thousands of friends throughout Pennsylvania and the Nation.

     BenGoshi
    ________________

    "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

    by BenGoshi on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:40:34 PM PST

  •  how progressive? (none)
    Do candidateshave to 'play it safe' if they are to win?

    Have you taken a position on:

    1. The ongoing design and production of nuclear weapons by the U.S.?

    2. nuclear power/nuclear waste?

    3. Mumia Abu Jamal?

    What do you think about Yucca Mountain?

    peace

    "Happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear" -- Lennon, Ono

    by peace voter on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 03:42:05 PM PST

    •  mumia? (none)
      do you really think any sane Senate candidate would take a position on mumia abu jamal? it's not really relevant at all to a senator's job, and it's a ridiculously unpopular stand to take. I think Chuck is trying to prove you can be progressive and win at the same time. He is running in the Democratic primary. We can leave fringe causes like Mumia to the Green party who concede they have no chance of winning.

      I do think Mumia's conviction is a joke, but I don't want my senators running on it.

      •  PA voters (none)
        care about none of the fucking above. These issues can't help Chuck, and may very well hurt him.

        I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

        by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:05:16 PM PST

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        •  voters? (none)
          I suppose those running for the U.S. Sente really do have to play it safe.  Do you really think that no PA voters care about nuclear power, nuclear arms, or Mumia Abu Jamal - or do you think that they stay away from those issues because of the issues are too controversial?

          peace

          "Happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear" -- Lennon, Ono

          by peace voter on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:29:56 PM PST

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          •  Tone-deaf politics (none)
            Since it wasn't clear enough the first time - Pennsylvania voters aren't going to care about any of that.

            It might come as a shock, but most people aren't acitivists who obsess over every single issue in the political universe. You're not going to connect with people in Wilkes-Barre or Chambersburg or Erie over Mumia Abu-Jamal. There's no swing voter out there who's going to stand in a voting booth and say "Wow, I really love Dr. Pennacchio's stance on Yucca Mountain, a waste reservoir several thousand miles away that has no impact on my day-to-day life. That settles it, I'm voting for Chuck!"

            The people who agree with the progressive take on these issues are not only likely to be Democrats, they're likely to be politically active already. In other words, no gain. And a hell of a people are going to be wondering why you're wasting their time talking about nukes when their health insurance premiums are through the roof and their kids' schools are slowly sinking into the ninth circle of hell.

            Concentrating on bread-and-butter issues is a good strategy that Chuck is already planning on using. He'll need to connect with people over the things that affect their daily lives, not the latest article in Mother Jones or the Nation.

            I do not pray that God is on my side. I pray that I am on God's side. - Abraham Lincoln

            by Desroko on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:53:40 PM PST

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  •  Great! (none)
    I will absolutely be sending you a contribution.

    "Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for."

    by DriftawayNH on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:00:48 PM PST

  •  Go Chuck (none)
    Your campaign looks promising, Chuck.  Getting Santorum out will be the crown jewel of the '06 election.  Best of luck to you!!
  •  hell, you've got my support... (none)
    too bad I don't live in PA, but I will send you some of my money to help get you elected during the primary.

    One thing, you will probably get the strong support from the liberal Dem primary voters, as you should, you won my support, and I'm quite the liberal, but you should be ready for the electablity question.  

    I was watching your video, and reading your responses to the questions, damn good stuff. You have the framing down, and you know the issues.  I'll be sending you some cash come primary season, and good luck.  

    absolute freedom for one individual undoubtedly limit's the freedom of another.

    by jbou on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:30:49 PM PST

  •  Labor (none)
    Dr. Pennacchio, how would you like to amend our labor laws, and what steps need to be done to revitalize labor organization?  Would you support repealing Taft-Hartley?

    And thanks for taking the time to talk with us!

    "Whether the British ruling class are wicked or merely stupid is one of the most difficult questions of our time." - George Orwell on the Spanish Civil War

    by Ramo on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 05:07:16 PM PST

  •  Question for Dr. Pennacchio (4.00)
    How do you come down on man-on-dog sex? Better be ready in the debates. Just trying to fire you up for the hot-button issues.

    We the undersigned urge you to support Federal funding for research using human pluripotent stem cells. -80 Nobel Laureates to Pres. Bush

    by easong on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 05:29:51 PM PST

  •  Thank you... (none)
    for coming to "the people" and opening a dialogue.  I look forward to getting to know you... even though I cannot vote for you directly (I live in NC).

    Good luck!

    Hey hey, ho ho, irresponsible corporatism and social intolerance have got to go! Hey hey, ho ho!

    by kfractal on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 05:35:19 PM PST

  •  Chuck (none)
    I'm in Ohio.  I must be an approachable sort of person, because people come up to talk to me in stores quite a lot to tell me how angry they are at the sorry state of affairs here.  Their main points are the lack of good jobs, lay-offs, worries about the many people from this area in the military, and the lack of affordable health care.  Oh, and now, Social Security being there for them.

    I have seen old ladies spit at the lifesize cardboard cutout of Bush.  I'm in Muskingum County, but I don't think we're that different from many other formerly industrial areas. We are hurting for jobs. Many, many people are losing their homes due to foreclosure.  

    There has got to be a wellspring of desire for change--tap it.  I wish you luck, and I wish we had better representation here.  Ney...pffft.

  •  There's too much talk of Rendell choosing for us! (none)
    I'm sick of the insider-y talk of Rendell and Shumer choosing our Senate candidate for us. I'm calling on all Kossacks to help PA get a REAL primary.

    I'm calling for an open letter to Chairman Dean and Governor Rendell to encourage a competitive primary.

    We'll have a sign up letter at our local DFA meetup: http://dfa.meetup.com/109

    I have no horse in this race, but I want a trial by fire. I strongly beleive that this will help our candidate, whomever he or she will be. It helped drive-up Bush's negatives in the Presidential race. It will serve the same purpose in this Senatorial race.

    Last week, we gave Rick Santorum nightmares over
    Social Security. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to the Senator being perpetually haunted by news media reporting just how strong our Democractic Senatorial candidates are!

  •  multiple doctoral degrees?? (none)
    You say you have "doctoral degrees in history and diplomacy."  Sorry, but that sounds like a real stretch, Chuck.  I have not found your CV on line anywhere, but I would infer from what you say on your website that you actually have a single doctorate in Diplomatic History, not separate PhDs in each field.  If so, it worries me that you are not being accurate in a public forum about something as basic as what degree(s) you hold.

    Just for my information, is there a History Department or Political Science Department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia?  I've searched the University of the Arts' website, but cannot find any reference to the existence of either department nor any mention of you or your position at the University.

    •  Allow me for now... (4.00)
      It is A PhD in Diplomatic History--as the website points out.  I am sorry for the confusion.  I am going to add a editors note right now.  Frankly, I have never heard of a doctorate in diplomacy.  I can assure you he was not trying to misrepresent anything.

      http://www.uarts.edu/ug/liberal/index.cfm?cid=faculty

      Charles F.Pennacchio
      Associate Professor
      BA, University of California, Berkeley
      MA, PhD, University of Colorado

      http://www.uarts.edu/catalog/catalog_0405.pdf

      The link above is the course catalog.  I believe you will find information there, both about the professor and history classes available.  Nothing a Control-F won't help with.  History at U Arts is a gen. ed requirement from everything I have gathered, and Chuck heads up the program over there.

      Thanks,

      Tim

  •  The DKos Campaign (4.00)
    This is the next step for the site, picking a candidate who is willing to work with DailyKos and getting them elected to the most exclusive club in the world.

    While Casey may have a better chance of winning, why don't we back the candidate we like best? Bob Casey is not a real liberal, he's not someone I would be thrilled to see in the US senate. Chuck Pennachio's victory would be a cause for great celebration.

    Let's support the best candidate, not the most electable one. Didn't win learn anything from the Kerry debacle?

  •  Way Cool (none)

    People vote for sunshine, not for gloom and doom!

    by missliberties on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 08:57:18 PM PST

  •  Campaign experiences (none)
    I noticed Dellums and Cranston on your CV (I grew up in the 8th/9th).  Did/do you know Jeff Robinson, who worked NH for Cranston (I think in '84)?

    Speaking of your campaign experience, it seems to me that the biggest change since the 80s is that the Dems are now a minority party.  No one here likes to admit that the GOP is a majority party, but after 10 years the Dems need to stop acting like the nightmare will all just end by itself and they'll get back in the driver's seat.  You ran campaigns when the Dems clearly held the national majority, by almost any measure.  What new challenges do you anticipate in a primary and a general given the new political alignment in the country?  Is this all essentially background noise, since the fundamentals of campaigning, as you've laid them out, are unchanged?  Or does it mean something different to carry the banner of an opposition party?

    "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

    by Pesto on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 09:17:53 PM PST

  •  OURS? (none)
    I guess he's been reading Luntz :)
  •  Head up from "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         I have a policy of letting diary authors know what I said about their diaries in my series on "This Week in Fascism."

         Come on over and let me know what you think about my comments. I also remind the Authors that I probably recommended their diaries and am consistantly the top recommended each week. Hint! Hint!

         without further ado here is what I said.

                 Kossacks in Action: Running for Office or Working for Candidates.

    [new] Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate has finally posted his own Diary to give us A Personal Introduction. Go get to know Chuck. Chuck spent a lot of time answering questions and discussing issues and strategy in the diary.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Thu Mar 03, 2005 at 09:58:14 PM PST

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