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Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAt her fundraiser Tuesday evening, Tessa Hafen's warmup remark, "Doesn't it feel good NOT to be a Republican?" cracked up Sen. John Kerry and everyone else gathered in the gilt and leather lounge of the posh Artisan Hotel, a refurbished Travelodge. Somewhere under his rock, the seldom seen Jon Porter must be frantically parsing his internal poll for encouraging signs. Nope. Same scary spread within the margin of error as Hafen's poll released last week. With a job approval rating of 36%, he is slightly less popular than Bush in Southern Nevada.  The Rothenberg Political Report now handicaps the race as "tossup, tilts R, great movement for a race that started as "likely Republican." Please donate or volunteer if you can. With more air and phone time, Hafen can make this race one more boulder in the coming landslide.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWhile Tessa Hafen's radiance and intelligence charm hundreds of her soon-to-be constituents daily, Porter has  shut down contact with the world outside his bunker. He has not attended a public event since late August when he bolted after a short debate to avoid mingling with, er, the people whom he is constitutionally charged to represent. At a forum Monday in a huge ballroom at Ballys attended by dozens of candidates and over a thousand voters, his absence was conspicuous. After weeks of stalling, his handler Slanker agreed to a debate on Oct. 19, two days before early voting, in a clear ploy to run the clock and inflict maximum damage with his sleazy campaign of debunked lies about Hafen's Nevada residency. Damon Hodge of the Las Vegas Weekly hooked a great profile on the absurd claim that she isn't a local.

In the Cheney mode, Porter limits contact with anyone who is not a proven loyalist. The list of reporters and publications with whom he will not speak grows daily. The Foley scandal made Porter, who worked closely with Foley to write an anti-predator law and took money from a Foley-organized fundraiser in September, even more skittish. He now responds in writing only to questions submitted in writing by the Las Vegas Sun. He's also blacklisted The Las Vegas CityLife and hasn't returned a phone call from  political columnist Erin Neff for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in three years. For journalistic contact, he's down to the far Libertarian-right odd-ball editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Even worse, he's refused interviews about his views on the Iraq War, occupation, civil war or bloody, senseless carnage--choose one of the above--which prompted Neff to write:

I believe public officials, elected and otherwise, have an obligation to speak to the public about their policies, their visions and their work in general.

The working familes, seniors and veterans of this district deserve much better and Tessa Hafen's compassion and energy make her an excellent fit for this community. The Toyiabe Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed her in recognition of her plans for expanded renewable energy, increased fuel economy and staunch opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Imagine with me the excitement of sending Tessa, Jill Derby and Shelley Berkley to Congress from Nevada. We can sleep on Nov. 8. Now is the time to volunteer, donate and spread your candidate's message. Thank you!

Originally posted to Tailspinterry on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 01:54 AM PDT.

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  •   Hafen traverses the district (8+ / 0-)

    every day and is totally available to anyone who wants to meet her in true grass roots style, while Porter sits back and lets his ugly ads represent his campaign. Yet, voters think they "know" him because of the ads.

  •  Excellent introduction (4+ / 0-)

    to a candidate who had not caught my eye yet. I don't know whether my contribution fund can stretch to her race -- my money's needed in a couple of races here in Oregon -- but she's on my radar now. I'll help if I can. And I'll look for what I hope is a good result on election night.

    "The jaws of power are always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing." -John Adams, 1765

    by Vico on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 02:05:01 AM PDT

  •  Porter is a world class sleaze (2+ / 0-)
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    Silverleaf, Tailspinterry

    He caught a huge break in 2002 when Dario Herrera imploded in scandal and now he uses the same game plan to trash subsequent opponents.

    Porter's commerical is outrageous gall, for anyone who hasn't seen it. He shows a cartoon of a moving van pulling into town and the voice over says something like, "when Tessa Hafen moved to Nevada a few months ago to run for congress..."

    Meanwhile, she's from a prominent Henderson family with three generations of Nevada roots and public service. Tessa graduated from high school in Henderson and after college in Utah she worked right years for Harry Reid in Washington. It's incredible Porter's campaign was so bankrupt of ideas and issues he had to stoop to that, but it's typical of Republicans here. GOP governor nominee Jim Gibbons is running ads quoting Dina Titus from a Las Vegas Sun headline that Titus supported driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. But she never said it and the paper issued a clarification, yet Gibbons insists since it was in a headline then it's something Titus said.

    That's an awesome cover and article in Las Vegas Weekly. Thanks for the diary and link. Let's clear all of the Republicans out of here, including Tarkanian's moronic son Danny who is running for secretary of state and acts like voter fraud is exploding in our midst. Meanwhile, when asked for examples he talks about articles in out of state papers and claims he and his wife met a couple two years ago while canvassing who said they never voted despote being on the list of recent voters. That was it. Nothing else. No indication he took their names and did anything about it. Our nominee is Ross Miller, son of former governor Bob Miller. John Walsh recently cut a commercial for Miller that is now running.

    Please donate to those campaigns if possible. Nevada has some great Democratic candidates this year but the state is more conservative than the progressive netroots wants to believe and there is no guarantee we feel the national wave to the same extent as other areas. Every dollar and vote is critical.

    IMO Tessa Hafen is the best of all the new candidates in Nevada. Shelly Berkley defeated Porter the Puppet in NV-1 in 2000, and let's send him packing for good this time.

  •  Thanks for the great picture! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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