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First Salvos Fired In High-profile Massachusetts Senate Run

December 30, 2009 by  

First salvos fired in high-profile Massachusetts Senate run In the first phase of the special election that is bound to have a significant impact on American politics for at least another year, Martha Coakley and Scott Brown won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, to replace Senator Edward Kennedy who died last August.

Coakley, who is the state’s attorney general, won 47 percent of the vote, and expressed her hope that Massachusetts voters will "help send a different kind of leader to Washington," in the January 19, 2010 vote.

If she wins, the 56-year-old politician will become the first female senator from the Bay State, which prompted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine to say that he could not "think of a more fitting tribute to [Kennedy], who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and expanding opportunity for women and minorities."

Her opponent in the January poll will be Brown, who is a state senator, and who beat his only opponent Jack E. Robinson by winning more than 90 percent of the vote.

"I don’t pretend to have all the answers," he stated after his victory was announced, adding that "I will do all that I can to help make our country strong and prosperous once again."

The special election will be watched closely by the rest of the nation as it will determine whether or not the Senate Democrats will maintain their supermajority of 60 votes that allows them to block a Republican filibuster.
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  • Herbert Levinson

    We will be watching and evaluating and asking. Can we the American people afford another republican victory.

    I think the answer is no! In view of the damage they’ve inflicted on the country with their obstructionist policy in the last year and the previous 8 fiascos.

    Herb

    • marvin

      the jackass party [dems] were in charge of congress and sen from 2006 tell now and have spent no blown trilions on there failed jobs scandel have add more people to goverment 40 or more czars at $100,000 plus and staff and telling us stuped american they know whats best for us even with a majority not wanting more and bigger govermemt if you think the jackass party is so great why not just give them your pay check if you have one and let them take care of you i for one don,t want or need you orthe dems telling me how to live or to whome i can help because you or them thank it ok to take whats mine and give it you ,have a nice day

      • Jana

        Herbert, we sure can’t afford a Democrat victory that’s for sure. Good grief, its tax tax and more tax and then spend and spend. Both parties have done their share of spending, but when the Dems got into absolute power it has been disastrous. They refuse to listen to their constituents and they have become dictators.

    • s c

      Comrade Levinson, if you’re not aware of it (probably not), BOTH parties are to blame for America’s current mess. Kindly get BOTH your feet on the ground, and stop smoking whatever it is that keeps you politically STONED 24/7.
      Assuming that you’re not a camp-follower of saul alinsky or other proven LOSERS, you seem to have a hard time separating fact from fiction (a common ultraliberal progressive affliction). The antidote is TRUTH and OBJECTIVITY (not to be found in that ‘open tent,’ I realize). Do yourself a BIG favor, and watch Jackie Mason’s ‘Morons on Capitol Hill.’ Oooooh, you’ll be so ENLIGHTENED! And you won’t even have to talk to a politician or read a third-rate rag that claims to be a functional part of the lamestream media.

    • Rod

      Herbert, When God gave out the brains, YOU WERE ABSENT!

    • G.A. Looney

      Herb,
      You democrats have been in power for almost a year now and have done more harm to this Republic than any time in its history including the Bush Administration, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and all conflicts since.
      The “Great One” runs all over the world, like Chicken Little, saying we are not a Christian Nation, apologizing to all for our arrogance after we saved their ass on numerous occasions but wrost of all was for him to bow to the King of Saudi Arabia and then to the Emperor of Japan.
      The “Great One is a classic example of someone far beyond his level of incompedence (an empty suit). Further, that gang of thieves he has surrounded himself with is an excellent portrait of corruption personified. There is only one adjective that accurately describes the “Great One” that is narcissistic.

    • JC

      Our dogs sleep about 20 hours a day. They have their food prepared for them. They can eat whenever they want, 24/7/365. Their meals are provided at no cost to them. They visit the Dr. Once a year for their checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise. For this they pay nothing, and nothing is required of them. They live in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than they need, but they are not required to do any upkeep. If they make a mess, someone else cleans it up. They have their choice of luxurious places to sleep. They receive these accommodations absolutely free. They are living like royalty, and have absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of their costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head,

      Holy Crap ! I live with a pack of Liberals !!

    • Meteorlady

      So Clinton’s free trade with China, his inability to make a decision on whether to capture Bin Laden, his inability to stop terrorist from entering this country, his “everyone should have their own home” idea, and his pandering to special interests were good strong ideals? Free trade was not surprising since Hillary once sat on the Walmart Board and we all know who benefited most from that. In 2000/2001 George W Bush sat before the Senate Banking Committee and told them that Fannie and Freddie needed oversight and was told by the head of that committee that those organizations were well run and in fine operating shape. Bush also tried to reign in the Federal Reserve with oversight but was again not supported. He also tried to give us a comprehensive energy policy and was not supported – Texas is a good example of his thinking on energy since he put a lot of ideas into play before he left office. Now before you jump me about Bush – I was not a supporter of his. I am just trying to level and field here a bit. In the last years of his administration the Democrats were the majority and spending went up and up. The collapse that eventually came in the housing market was as predicted by Bush in 2000/2001 so tell me again about the Democrats?

    • Joe H.

      Herbert Levinson,
      I don’t know if anybody told you or not, but the Dems have a majority in both houses and the Presidency!!! The repubs couldn’t stop them on anything!!! If all dems agree with what the left is cookin’ up then they could pass anything they wanted to!!!! Get real!!!

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    I sure hope that Massachuttes wakes up and smells the coffee and votes Brown in no matter what. That will send a huge message to Congress on what to expect in November 2010 plus breakup the monopoly of the donkeys. It sure would be a great start.

    • Meteorlady

      We have neighbors who moved here from Mass. They are liberal – which is strange since most of us middle of the road sort of people. These people are wealthy by American standards yet is seems that it is the yuppie thing to support liberal causes. Weird because they are the ones that will pick up the bill for the all the irresponsible people that can work and choose not to, for all the people that have more children than they can afford, for all the illegals that come here and rip us off with welfare, free medical, dental, education, subsidized housing, legal system costs, stolen identities, high crime, etc. etc. I have never gotten a fact from a true liberal. Talk to a person who went through the Depression, they didn’t have all the safety nets but the made it and came out stronger because of it. They helped either other and set up NON PROFIT (that means no one got paid to run them) charities to provide food and other necessities. I am sick to death of seeing people crying about what they need. Deport the 30 million illegals in this country and give us back our jobs!

  • Time

    The sate of { Mass A chews sits } is a lost cause, the best thing possible is that somehow the earth swollows its whole.
    That states takes the fisrt place prize for the most stupid people on the planet earth. Thats even with Harvard and MIT in the back yard.

    • DaveH

      OPM is a powerful drug Time. It’s hard for even intelligent people to resist the lure of Other Peoples’ Money.

  • Mike

    I feel we really need to have a balance of Republicans and Democrats in both the house and senate. We need to find a way to get Politicians who really listen to the people who elected them and I don’t mean the big money that was contributed. I feel it is an impossible thing to achieve with out limiting the term to one 4 year term per lifetime for all politicians including state cronies. You can either help or hinder in 4 years. You don’t need to continue to collect our moneys after one term. Go out and get a real job.

  • charlie

    Massachusetts is thoroughly brainwashed by the democrats.
    It is ironic that the Dem Chairman lauds Kennedy as a supporter of women. If he had said groper instead of supporter i would agree.
    Massachusetts has allowed Kennedy to get away with manslaughter.

    I would be thoroughly surprised if they elect a republican senator.
    Basically the Dems will make up some fantastic BS about how their candidate will produce needed change and the voters will believe them.
    This particular seat has been democratic since before i was born. If you want real change elect a Republician.

    The percentage of democrats in congress has led to incredible abuse by the domocrats. we need long term change that may require three parties in congress or a higher percentage of congress to pass a bill for the senate this may be 75%. we need to stop party railroading of bills and most of all we need an ethics amendment. the good old boys club and politics as usual is bad for the country.

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      I agree Charlie. One way to start immediately on this is that in both the Senate and the Congress, that if a State is benefitting by Pork or whatever you want to cal it in a bill that that representative can not vote on that bill. In my opinion that would be a start plus all promises to various states to buy their vote, like Louisianne and their 300M, it should so state in that bill. I just thought of what I was writing, can’t do that because that is what the bribe is for. I also feel whole heartidly that all sessions of congress be televised and on the public broadcast channel for all to watch and listen. NO CLOSED DOORS PERIOD!!!!!. Its we the people that put you where you are and it is we the people who need to know about the bill in their entirety before the vote and to see how our representatives voted!!!!!!

      • Jana

        Sally, I agree with you. NO MORE CLOSED DOOR DEALINGS and NO MORE BRIBERY. Also, STOP SPENDING NOW.!!
        When we run out of money here in my household, we stop the spending and even start eating more frugally. Congress needs to be on a budget. Even each congressman gets an astronomical amount of money to spend for their individual offices. Things that should come out of their own pocket becomes an office expense. These people have forgotten that they are supposed to be serving the people, not the people serving them. But serving them we are.

      • JC

        Liberalism like Cancer, is a disease that eventually kills its host.

  • Rod

    Charlie, the problem with three parties is: It would make O-BUM-A very
    happy. I believe it would pull votes away from the G.O.P. True the G.O.P. needs some help but lets not give the lefties any ammo. In 2010
    we have a great chance to put Democracy back into Congress and neutralize O-BUM-A!

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      Rod, don’t agree. I had brouht that subject up a couple of years ago and that was the answer I received. We can also take away from the donkey’s as the new party call it tea party will really give the change that the stupid dems thought they were going to get with Obummer! Like one of the cute clips that was going around the internet, the young woman was talking how she and all of her class (she was obviously a hooker) were going to benefit by Obummer being in the black house until she realized it wasn’t going to be for free and that she would have to have a job – her parting words were “Who was that whiteman that was running so I can go vote for him”.

    • DaveH

      The Republicans have been building Government bigger and the Democrats have been building Government bigger (albeit more rapidly). The argument that a third party would do our nation harm doesn’t wash unless you are a Big Government lover. The Republicans lost their way decades ago.
      If you believe like our Founders did that Individual Freedom, Individual Responsibility, and Limited Government are the best course for our country, then there is only one Political Party that shares that belief. That is the Libertarian Party. It is time for a real “change”, back to the roots of this country:
      http://libertarianparty.org/platform

      • DaveH

        Here is a book that explains the Libertarian philosophy and how it would work. Keep in mind that this free online edition was issued in the 1970s so some of the examples are dated, but the principles are timeless. Also note that many government services have already been supplemented by private services as described in the book. I doubt that we would ever be able to achieve the level of Libertarianism that is described due to the inevitable pressure of special interests that like the protective cloak of government, but it’s at least something to aspire to:
        http://mises.org/rothbard/foranewlb.pdf

  • Robert

    While Brown might be a welcomed addition as a newly elected senator, it will never happen. Massachusetts is die hard democratic and the democratic machinery will be rolled out in full force to elect him. I just hope those animals leave his family alone. But democrats being democratics, that also will never happen. I just hope old Teddy rolls over in his grave when the vicious attacks begin. At least he was above that kind of politics.

    • DaveH

      Even the North Eastern Republicans are mostly Liberals (those who think Big Government is the solution).

    • Bob B

      As in Kennedy vs Bork ?

      Or maybe the bridge problem !

  • Al

    There is a definite choice between the two parties but don’t know if the candidates really reflect their party platforms and ideology. Being the first woman senator is rather trite. We just elected our first black president and he turns out to be a man with an ideology that is antithetical to our democratic form of government. If you love America you will vote republican and vote out the dems so that we can put an end to this nonesensical progressive attempt to change our country into a failed state.

    • DaveH

      If you love America, you will vote Libertarian and get this country started in the right direction – back to the Freedom our Forefather’s tried to preserve for us in the Constitution.

      • Joe H.

        DaveH,
        Please don’t question my love for this country! I have proved that I love her no matter what. I walk around with diabetes, bad back and a few other health problems just for that!!!

  • Ed

    Republican or Democrat,I really don’t care! I want a politician who listens to their voters and votes their wishes. No more of the BS of voting a party line. the party didn’t put them in the office, we did and to represent us. Any politician who votes a party line should be booted and tossed out of office. They are NOT Kings and Queens, they are PUBLIC SERVANTS.

  • realbigal

    I AM VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS WEBSITE!!!!
    You have not done your usual good research.

    Let me, a real political insider on our side with totally reliable credentials and decades of experience on the inside, set you straight.

    The Establishment Socialists are ignoring the truth in their reporting on this Senate race. If the impression that they want you to have was reality, then this race would already be over. It is very simple: In Taxachusetts, the Democrat will get 60%-75% of the vote in a Senate race. The Republican will get 20%-40%. Game over, right?? Even in a backlash year like this,it would be difficult for a Republican to do better. Even Curt Schilling would have a very hard time exceeding 45%. And he ain’t running. And the national Republicans have already given up on this race, and are not pouring in the bigtime support that this unique election deserves. Game over, right??

    BUT WAIT!!!!!!!

    This election actually has three candidates, not two. The Establishment media are trying to deceive the voters into thinking that it is just Republican vs. Democrat. And this website fell for it. You need to improve your research.

    Here are the facts: The first candidate to qualify for the Bsallot (by one day) was JOE KENNEDY. So the Ballot will have: Scott Brown (Republican), Martha Coakley (Democrat) [sic, really socialist), and independent Joseph Kennedy (Liberty). In fact, Joe Kennedy already got the first write-in vote to take a 1-0-0 lead. So now we have a three way race where each of the candidates actually does have a realistic chance of winning. All kinds of dynamics come into play because of some unusual conditions (Jan. 19 –wild New England weather, Special Election — low voter turnout, very low campaign visibility — even the League of Women Voters (sic – Vultures) cancelled their traditional televised debate, many uninformed nit-wit voters, etc., etc.) Use your own imagination and see what might happen.

    BUT WAIT AGAIN!!!!!

    I bet you think that Joe Kennedy is the former Congressman (Cambridge area district!!) who is the nephew of the recently deceased Senator, nephew of the former President, party boy, and financial ally of Hugo Chavez, having a salary of over $500,000 running a “non-profit” company (Citizens Energy Corp., funded by taxpayers’ money) giving the impression that he is helping the “poor” obtaining heating oil so they “won’t freeze” in the Winter, when it is just another government subsidy program designed for political purposes.

    WRONG!!!

    There are dozens of people in Taxachusetts named Joseph Kennedy, maybe even a hundred or so (check the telephone books).

    This Joe Kennedy is one of the GOOD GUYS!!! Actually, a Libertarian, a son of a minister, an honest man with an honest job, and a skilled communicator and all-around nice guy who pulls no punches.
    He is ONE OF US!!!

    So, think about the implications of this election, and the real possibility of a very unusual and positive result. Then start doing things to help make it happen. Google things and do some research. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Time is short.

    • Curtis S

      Hey Real Bi gAl, interesting post. I will look into Joe Kennedy and the other Kennedy’s Chavez connection. Where’s DaveH and his Libertarian plug?

      • DaveH

        LOL. Vote Libertarian!

    • DDC

      sure as hell dont need another kennedy in office- need a republican to take this office. definately not a democrat idiot again to tax our ass off

      • DaveH

        Tell me you don’t really mean that DDC. Like everybody named Kennedy is a Liberal? I don’t think so.

        • DDC

          DaveH, I am a democrat. I think they have done us wrong this time, and am very dissatisfied with them. Don’t you think so?

  • realbigal

    DDC — you missed the point.

    Just because somebody’s last name is Kennedy doesn’t automatically make them bad. Many years ago, I met a very nice elderly lady whose family had to change their name from Lenin because of someone who wasn’t even related to them, and whose real name was Ulianov anyway.

    And remember, the Republican has hardly even slowed the rush toward socialism when they have been in power nationally. Did Reagan abolish the Department of Education or the Department of Energy? Did the elder Bush really have “no new taxes”? How many bad peices of legislation did the younger Bush veto? Did we not have deficit budgets even in the 8 years before Juan Peron Obama? Who appointed Breyer and Souter to the US Supreme Court? Was McCain the answer? If we can’t have a really solid Republican like Jim Bunning or Tom Coburn, there is no magic to supporting the Republicans in general.

    Some additional facts about OUR real Joe Kennedy;
    1. He favors repeal of the federal income tax.
    2. He agrees with us that the Sixteenth Amendment was not validly ratified and should be null and void.
    3. He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
    4. He agrees that the Obamacare bill is unconstitutional.
    5. He understands that for every job that government “creates”, 1.29 real jobs are destroyed.
    6. His favorite past and present elected officials are Thomas Jefferson and Ron Paul.
    7. He understands the danger of the “Law of the Sea Treaty”.
    8. He champions the cause “Adoption, Not Abortion”.

    Add in the personal qualities of a true spirit of charity, respect for each person’s religious beliefs, and I believe you will find that he is just what we need in the Senate. And wouldn’t it be just a fabulous irony to have our best US Senator be elected from Massachusetts? What a spirit booster that would be for people who think our cause is presently hopeless!

    • DaveH

      Very Good Realbigal.

    • DDC

      SORRY, realbigal, what I meant to say was, we didn’t need another Kennedy like Ted Kennedy. My Bad. “Sorry”

    • Meteorlady

      As a independent, we need more people like him and Ron Paul. I have voted for Ron Paul every election he has run in. The news media does not want to give him any publicity because he makes too much sense and has too many good ideas. They portray him as a nut case, a cook that is running amok and other stupid statements. He is very intelligent. Everyone should search and read his comments “A Republic if you Can Keep It”. It’s brilliant and we should elect him or Joe Kennedy president someday.

    • Meteorlady

      When John F was in office he signed and executive order (11110) that made it illegal for the Federal Reserve to loan the government money. Ron Paul is trying to do much the same thing with his oversight. However, as far as I can tell the original EO 11110 was never repealed after Kennedy’s death just 5 days after he signed this order. Johnson just refused to incorporate it and let it die in obscurity. What made this order so dangerous was that it would have put the Federal Reserve out of business which is a good thing. For those of you that believe in the Fed start reading about it’s makeup and who controls it. It’s usually about 6 major banking institutions and they elect the board. The government is not involved in any of this, thus the bills asking for over sight. If they continue their financial policies our money will be worthless to us but the big guys will still be rich.

  • DaveH

    Speaking of Republicans, I haven’t seen one that could get the job done (smaller government) since Ronald Reagan.
    Ronald went in like a ball of fire but soon had to face the reality of the typical Republican Congressman. His own party members (especially Bob Dole) were all over him that he had to “compromise” if he wanted to get anything done. Compromise to a Democrat is “we want a Trillion, but we’ll compromise and take Half-a-Trillion”. Reagan’s own party kept him from cutting the government back like it needed.
    Republicans have long ago lost their way. Sure, we could Hope and Dream (like the Democrats) that maybe now the Republicans will find their way again. We could also give the Child Molester down the street the benefit of the doubt when he says he is reformed now and wants to play with our children.

    • realbigal

      Ronald Reagan really was a nice man, and he seemed to be genuinely patriotic. He listened objectively whenever we talked. Unfortunately, I soon got to realize that he was totally beholden to his Establishment handlers. After a while, his Secret Service handlers wouldn’t let him talk to me anymore. He apologized, but obeyed their order, and we never talked again. Then, when he became President, I quickly understood why he would not be the answer to solving our country’s problems. He wasn’t permitted to do the things that I believe he would have done if he had been allowed to or capable of making his own decisions.

      • DDC

        DaveH and realbigal, I agree with you 100%, but DaveH, I really wouldn’t want a child molester living down the street from me. Sometimes they go back to their old habits. That’s not good.

  • Charley E

    Whether Dem or Repub, either will have to sign the agreement that Hannity is putting up to get my vote. Basically it’s an agreement to be a REAGAN CONSERVATIVE. I will not vote for more HYPE AND CHAINS.

  • chuck b

    we have to remove as many republicans as possible in 2010 and replace them with conservatives. the gop has been a dismal failure in the eight years of the bush admin by ignoring the cause of high energy which i believe was the one factor in causing the recession. the big investors of oil futures drove the gas prices out of sight and bush & company turned their heads, blaming it on high demand. this created a slow down in our economy and brought employment down which in turn triggered a collapse of the housing market, the housing market was doomed already, but, the energy costs caused the problem sooner. the oil future market was manipulated by investors such as pers, unions. financial institutions, they cared less about the damage they would cause, “after the big buck”. and the oil companies right down to the neighborhood station set back and smiled. the gas stations in california set their daily price on the fluctuation of the market even tho the price crude sells at any particular day wouldn’t effect the whlse price of gas for months. the democratic congress will never allow drilling for oil and the repubs if in power are afraid to confront the demos. so we need new legislatures and new president and we better start by nominating better candidates and not splitting the vote.this is probably a simplistic view of the problem, but believe its close.

    • Joe H.

      chuck b,
      Lets not forget the dems that we have to replace also!!!! There are more of them to replace than the repubs!!!

  • http://flhawgrider.spaces.live.com Ted Johnson

    The new party should be called Consitutionists. Even though all the politicians swear to uphold and defend it, they don’t even know what the Consitution says, or our history. To be a representative on any level of government you should have to go to a class that teaches our government. Strick adherance to our written Constitution is the only way this government can work. It is NOT a living document, it is the way our government was setup to represent all U.S. citizens. Not, all citizens of the world! People want to come here because of it, and want to enjoy the freedoms it gives. They must first speak, write, and swear the oath to our Constitution and country before they can be citizens and enjoy all it’s bounty. Until then they are just visitors. We need politicians who will outlaw paid lobbyists, and their money from halls of government. I believe that would be a start. Congressional reform should also look at:

    1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

    A. Two Six year Senate terms
    B. Six Two year House terms
    C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    2. No Tenure / No Pension:

    A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. They are not allowed ANY payment of any kind, or form, from outside their salary. They are not to work for any company that deals with the government after their term, or receive compensation of any type from said companies.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

    4.. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

    5.. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%, but no more than what retirees will recieve.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

    The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

    I’m sure the legal citizens of this country might even think of some other things to keep politicians in check.

    • chuck b

      johnson

      you are to generous with term limits. keep the congress to two terms and the senate to one term and no spouses filling vacancies. the president can serve two terms if elected to do so. make the politicians stay in their home states and break up the country club in dc, the legislators can meet in dc once a year to take care of federal busines then return home. no dual residence. retire on social security as the citizens do. the political parties should be voted in evenly in each state, even amount of demos as repubs. that way it will stop these wild swings into socialism and stop all earmarks. all campaigning will be held to 12 months. we need a new congress and senate. all incumbents should be removed in the next two elections.

      • http://flhawgrider.spaces.live.com Ted Johnson

        Like I said the citizens will come up with more good ideas to keep them in check. Good ideas, thanks. I think the third party is a sound one. Our government is setup on three branches to balance things. A third party would help do the same thing. If the ideals of the third party is strick adherance to the Constitution it would keep the other two in check.

        • Joe H.

          Ted,
          What happens if you get a true conservative,constitutionalist in? You replace him and take the chance of getting a luke warm one instead? I say do term limits with the vote!!!! It sends more of a message and it DEMANDS their support!!! If you limit them to two terms then where is the need to do what the people demand? If they have but two terms facing them then they might say just like the dems I KNOW what the people need THEY don’t!!!

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