Average citizens are getting a chance to make a difference in the New Jersey primary -- at last. The local Obama team is hosting a rally next Monday evening at Rose of Sharon Community Church.
Whatever camp you are in, or even if you are not, this is a good thing.
Over the years, many New Jersey Democrats have come to resent the fact that national political figures simply consider us as nothing more than an ATM -- a convenient place to pick up some cash on the way to wherever is more important.
And Hillary had NO plans to come to New Jersey to campaign for the primary until Barack Obama and his citizen volunteers showed he is a viable candidate for the party's nomination.
Hence her visit to North Jersey last evening, and the more-than-timely endorsement by Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, designed to influence the votes of Jerseyans who rely on the Philadelphia papers for their news (see story here).
What! You weren't invited? Hillary's New Jersey support is primarily -- though not universally -- driven by the state's Democratic machine.
So, while my mailbox is regularly flooded with communications from the state Democratic party, I got nary a word about HRC's New Jersey appearances. You can probably figure that only apparatchiks -- party insiders -- were invited to last night two Hillary events.
Which makes it all the more refreshing that EVERYONE is invited to the Obama event in Plainfield next Monday.
You should consider taking advantage of the opportunity.
A 'Stand For Change' Rally
January 28, 2007
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Join fellow Plainfielders and
other central Jerseyans to rally
for real change in Washington
by showing your support for
Sen. Barak Obama
Rose of Sharon Church
825 West 7th Street
(Just past Grant Avenue)
Thanks should be extended to the local organizing group under the leadership of Councilor Rashid Burney, including former Councilor Liz Urquhart, Councilor Elliott Simmons, and activists Marie Davis, Linward Cathcart and Tai Lattimore.
-- Dan Damon
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