Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Political Entertainment

Some house races take on a life of their own and become fun for even casual political junkies to follow. A good example of this can be seen in Massachusetts. Tsongas widow faces pilot's brother

The brother of a pilot hijacked during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks launched his general election campaign for Congress Wednesday with a sharp attack on his opponent, the widow of one-time presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.

Niki Tsongas won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan, who is resigning to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

On the Republican side, Jim Ogonowski, whose brother was captain of American Airlines Flight 11, one of two hijacked planes flown into the World Trade Center in 2001, easily won his party's nomination.

"Niki's a nice person. I like her. I know she means well, but let's face it, she presents more of the same tired Washington that continues to fail us," Ogonowski told supporters at his campaign headquarters. "She is wrong on the issues and she is not right for this district."

Tsongas, meanwhile, pledged to end the war in Iraq and "send a message to the White House." in the Oct. 16 special election.

"In the end, this election will be a referendum on the Bush administration, and I represent the Democratic voice and the alternate view," Tsongas said. The 5th District seat has been in Democratic hands since her husband won it in 1974.

It will be fascinating to watch this unfold. Paul Tsongas was my type of Democrat, although it doesn't seem that Niki styles herself as being anything like her late husband.

The lover of political theater in me appreciates the attempt to label sending another Democrat to Congress from this district for the 18th election in a row as the "alternate view."

The word "audacious" comes to mind.


Tom said...

Paul Tsongas was my type of Democrat, You mean boring and pedantic? ;)

I'll admit, I voted for Paul Tsongas in the '92 Illinois primary...because Tom Harkin had dropped out and I though Clinton was too slick.

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

Tsongas boring??? Never! :-)

I tend to like fiscally sound Democrats (when I can find them.) As it turned out Bill Clinton wasn't too bad in that regard, although no one could have known that in 1992.

I never got the chance to vote for Tsongas as by the time Missouri's turn came up the primary challenge was over.

Tony said...


You may or may not be surprised to learn that Dan Dan "the Javelin Boot Man" was in charge or the Tsongas contingent at the Travis County Democratic Convention. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that I too was part of that contingent!!