June 21, 2010

Ernie Greco Announces His Campaign for Congress in the Second District

Carroll Andrew Morse

Saturday afternoon, I was able to drop by Ernie Greco's fair-to-label-it surprise announcement of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Second District Congressional seat currently held by incumbent Democrat James Langevin...

"My name is Ernie Greco and today I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination to represent the Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives..." (Audio: 1 min 8sec)

"This campaign is based, in my judgment, on a few common sense principles. One principle of this campaign is that fiscal responsibility and social responsibility can and should be compatible..." (Audio: 1 min 23 sec)

"We are also going to see that politicians who break their promises need to be held accountable...When a Congressman says that he is committed to the defense of innocent human life, and he solicits support from other people who share those values and share those beliefs, we expect him to fight for those principles and not abandon them or trade them off for some type of other political purpose." (Audio: 1 min 15 sec)

"What I like to call common sense Democrats and independents know [is] that neither politicians nor judges have the authority to decide when human life should begin or when human life should end, they don't have the authority to redefine marriage and the family, and they don't have the authority to take our 1st Amendment religious liberty in the public square and subordinate it that to concerns of political correctness and multiculturalism..." (Audio: 0 min 40 sec)

"Common sense tells us that no sovereign nation can survive, if it allows foreign governments or foreign nations to dictate its immigration policy..." (Audio: 0 min 23 sec)

[Candidate Greco addresses the public in Spanish] (Audio: 0 min 43 sec)

While our public schools need reform and will always need reform...and I will certainly fight to protect and defend our public schools, the next Federal education reform that's passed, from my point of view, has to include a provision for tuition tax-credits and tuition vouchers to keep schools like this one, the Holy Ghost school here on Federal Hill open..." (Audio: 1 min 23 sec)

"This campaign is going to be a labor-intensive, grass-roots campaign..." (Audio: 1 min 40 sec)

After the formal announcement was completed, I asked Mr. Greco if he had any other goals, beyond an outright win, that he was entering a Congressional race as a Democrat to achieve...
"I have no other goal. I wouldn't devote this time and effort simply to send a message to anybody..." (Audio: 1 min 29 sec)

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He sure sounds like a pretty conservative Democrat to me.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: Patrick at June 21, 2010 9:12 AM

Ernie Greco is one of the last few surviving members of an almost-extinct species, the thoughtful Democrat. He is the first Democrat I have met since Senator Moynihan of New York who understands and cares about American values and principles, and can converse about or debate politics without immediately resorting to personal insults or stock propaganda points (in fact he doesn't resort to such tactical fallbacks at all).

I expect the Leftist terror cell here on AR to hate him. If they were smart, they would learn from him.

Posted by: BobN at June 21, 2010 9:43 AM

The problem is that Ernie Greco appeals to the BobN end of the political spectrum and the BobN's of this world wouldn't vote for him in any event. Greco has a very small constituency. I lean Left, and Greco certainly would not get much consideration from me, and probably none from BobN's world.

As a counter weight, my opinion is that Langevin will do until a real progressive comes along - See Israel policy, e.g. as to what makes Langevin a centrist in my eyes.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at June 21, 2010 9:56 AM

So he's a Republican running as a Democrat.

Whatever. I can't imagine who would actually vote for him.

Posted by: Dan at June 21, 2010 5:43 PM

Here we have another good example of the Left's blind, ignorant bigotry. Lefty blurts out his assumptions that I would not support Ernie because he is a registered Democrat. Lefty is wrong.

As the campaign develops and election day approaches I will make my own decision based on the qualities of the candidates. Because unlike the Lefties around here, I don't take orders from the Party bosses.

Posted by: BobN at June 21, 2010 7:48 PM

Talk about ignorant bigotry, what party do you think I belong to? Talk about blindness, you have missed my posts on Lincoln Chafee?

Talk about asinine assumptions, I have never met a party boss. I'm registered as non-affiliated. We have no party bosses.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at June 21, 2010 9:58 PM

OTL wrote: "I lean Left"

Oh yeah? I think you lean so far left that you fell over.

Posted by: Patrick at June 22, 2010 8:46 AM
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