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Re: “The Other Race

Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash four years ago today. Although Minnesota and the nation lost a champion that day, we are fortunate to have his legacy live on right here in Idaho. Jim Hansen has embraced the Wellstone model and is moving hearts and minds throughout the 2nd district with his down to earth style and commitment to campaign finance reform. Perhaps like Paul, Jim will beat the odds and prove the UVI slogan "Votes should count more than money" Are there similarities between the current 2nd district race and Wellstone's success? "In 1990, Wellstone ran for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Rudy Boschwitz, beginning the race as a serious underdog. He won the election, after being outspent by a 7-to-1 margin. .... He defeated Boschwitz again for re-election in 1996. During that campaign, Boschwitz ran ads accusing Wellstone of being "embarrassingly liberal" and calling him "Senator Welfare". Boschwitz accused Wellstone of flag burning, a move which some believe backfired. Up until that point, the race had been dead even, but Wellstone went to beat Boschwitz by a nine-point margin. Wellstone's upset victory in 1990 and subsequent re-election in 1996 was also credited to a massive grass-roots campaign, which inspired college students, poor people and people of color to get involved in politics for the very first time. In 1990, the number of young people involved in the campaign was so notable that shortly after the election, Walter Mondale told Wellstone that "the kids won it for you." Wellstone also spent a large portion of his Senate career working with the Hmong community in Minnesota, an immigrant community that had not traditionally been involved in American politics. Wellstone also spent a great deal of his Senate career cultivating the veterans community." from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Wellstone Today, Jim and others are able to learn and share the strategies that worked for Paul Wellstone through the Wellstone Action group, which provides training and support for progressive organizers. I'm anxious to see how this plays out on November 7, but the real story will be what happens after that one day. Our work is just beginning. Learn more about Wellstone Action here: http://www.wellstone.org and about Jim Hansen here: http://www.jimhansenforidaho.com

Posted by Elizabeth Wasson on 10/25/2006 at 4:44 PM

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