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Chatting With Kirsten Gillibrand’s Primary Opponent, Who Exists
|Last Edited||Jason Mar 03, 2010 07:20pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, March 3, 2010 06:30:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Harold Ford Jr. may have decided not to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand, but that doesn't mean she's running for the Democratic Senate nomination unopposed. Unbeknownst to most New Yorkers, Jonathan Tasini, a labor activist, has been in the race since June. It's his second Senate campaign — he received 17 percent of the vote in a primary against Hillary Clinton in 2006. We talked to Tasini about why he thinks he can win, why nobody else does, and why legalized marijuana is inevitable. |
You told the Times the other day, referring to your primary run against Hillary Clinton in 2006, "There was not one day that I thought I would win." Do you really think you can win this time?
Absolutely. I can win. I think the moment is right, I think the people are sick and tired of insiders like Kirsten Gillibrand. I got into the race because of the moment in time, because of the crisis in the country, and the firm belief I had that people are fed up with, frankly, both parties, and the dysfunction in politics.
That kind of sounds like a tea-party philosophy.
Well, I would argue that it depends how you define tea party. There are a lot of people angry in the country because they feel like they've been robbed, for the last 30 years — of their wages, retirement, they have no health care. Some of those people are being drawn into what you call the tea party. A lot of people are angry and don't have a home. And I think there's a legitimate and very powerful movement out there of people who want the country to function.
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