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I live in New Jersey's 5th District, home of one of the worst Congressional members, Scott Garrett.  As I said in a diary a couple of weeks ago:

I live in New Jersey?s 5th district - my Congressman is Scott Garrett.  He is one of the most odious members of Congress.  When you see bills that pass the House with a vote of 390-35, he is one of the 35.  Consistently.  He has around an 85% voting record with George W. Bush.  On the other 15%, his position is more extreme than Bush.

There is at least one, really two progressives running in my district on the Democratic side.  Scott Garrett will never vote with Clinton, Obama or Edwards on anything that I want to see passed.  But the Democratic candidates in my district will.  As will many other progressive Democratic candidates - some of whom are members of the progressive blogosphere.  

Well, one of those progressive candidates, Dennis Shulman, will be on our BlogTalkRadio show today, February 7, 2008, at 4PM Eastern/1PM Pacific.  Another piece of good news about Dennis is that, even though he just got into the race in October 2007, he outraised the incumbent Scott Garrett in his first quarter since announcing his candidacy.

The link to the show is here.  Dennis? ActBlue pageis here.

A bit about Dennis, who has a very interesting background (from his website) is below:

Renowned author, educator, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Dennis G. Shulman has dedicated his life to serving all segments of the community. Blind since childhood, he has overcome significant obstacles to earn an Ivy League diploma and rise to the top of his profession ? and become an ordained rabbi.

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He graduated from Brandeis in the class of 1972 Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. That same year Dennis? volunteer activities on behalf of the developmentally disabled earned him a Special White House Commendation for Outstanding Humanitarian Service and The David Aranow Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Welfare.

Dennis next moved to Harvard University to begin work toward a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice. Just two years into the program Dennis won a Training Fellowship from the National Institute for Mental Health and married his college sweetheart, medical student Pam Tropper. He also began what has become an extended series of teaching positions, professional publications, postdoctoral studies and speaking engagements.

Graduating from Harvard, Dennis began his career as a clinical psychologist and as an educator, including more than a decade at Fordham. In 1997, Dennis founded the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies, which he continues to serve.

Dennis was also recently a guest at Firedoglake as well.

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Last week, I posted a diary announcing a series of BlogTalkRadio interviews with Democratic Congressional candidates as furthering the majorities in Congress, especially with progressives, is a sure fire way to help our cause.  Not only do I think this is a great opportunity to hear these candidates in their own words talking about their district, their campaign and the issues they hold dear, but also to keep some focus on Congress, because without more progressives in Congress who are willing to stand up and fight for the ideals that we discuss here daily, it really won?t matter if Clinton, Obama, Romney or McCain is in the White House because a progressive agenda would not even begin to be seriously discussed, nor would a right wing agenda be able to be thwarted.

Prior and upcoming interviews in this series are below:

Upcoming interviews are as follows:

  • Barry Welsh (IN-6):  Sunday February 10 (tentatively at 2PM Eastern)
  • Charlie Brown (CA-4):  Tuesday February 12 at 8PM Eastern.

We also have commitments from a couple of others, but no dates set.  We will keep you posted, and if there are any folks out there who work on a campaign, or know someone who is either a candidate or works on a campaign who may be interested, we would love to hear from you.

I hope you can listen live, and if not, we will be posting the interview at Heading Left, which is BlogTalkRadio?s official website for progressive internet radio and podcasts.

Originally posted to clammyc on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 12:01 PM PST.

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  •  once again..... (6+ / 0-)

    hopefully you can listen in, either live or after the fact.

    These candidate interviews have been great for us to learn about what is going on in the districts, as well as the issues important to some of our future Congressional officials.

    We hope to have a couple of dozen done by the election.  Any suggestions or comments are more than welcome.

    Political Nexus is now Heading Left, the official home of BlogTalkRadio's progressive lineup.

    by clammyc on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 12:02:08 PM PST

  •  Only a slimeball would swiftboat a blind Rabbi. (2+ / 0-)
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    thereisnospoon, clammyc

    Thus, expect a scorched-earth negative campaign by Garrett in the general election if Rabbi Shulman is nominated.

    Also from NJ-5 here.  I'd almost take eight more years of Bush/Cheney to get Garrett out of Congress.  He's in a gerrymandered district to capture the reddest parts of N.J., assuring a Democratic majority in our delegation, but with a big enough blue wave next November Garrett can be ousted.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 12:49:11 PM PST

    •  what part? (1+ / 0-)
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      I moved to Ridgewood in August 2006 and it seems like it gets a bit bluer each cycle.  I want to ask Dennis about his thoughts on the redder part of the district, as well as what he thinks is a good strategy to take Garrett on (of course, I have been helping write some stuff for the campaign as well....)

      Political Nexus is now Heading Left, the official home of BlogTalkRadio's progressive lineup.

      by clammyc on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 12:56:37 PM PST

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      •  Northwestern N.J. (1+ / 0-)
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        clammyc

        Sussex and Warren counties are hopelessly Republican; every time I go to vote in the Dem. primary, the poll workers go "Oh, you're the guy.  Number One, Jethro!"

        (Voting slips have serial numbers.  I'm just exaggerating a little ;-)

        "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

        by Greasy Grant on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 01:22:19 PM PST

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