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October 28, 2010

For Congress:
Ilario Pantano, NC-7
Tom Wesley, MA-2
Andy Barr, KY-6

So many good challengers. If you're in these districts, or want to donate...

Tom Wesley's a Navy man, seeking office for the first time (MA-2 covers a lot of central southern and western Massachusetts-- Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville, Upton, Blackstone and a lot of other towns I've never heard of).

His opponent is one Robert Neal, a sitting Congressman, who of course refuses to debate him.

"I'm an open book," said Wesley. "And I promise you as your representative, I will listen to you. Richard Neal doesn't do town hall discussions, he doesn't reach out to his constituents, he doesn't care."

If he is elected, Wesley said he would take a different approach to representing his constituents.

"I don't think this is about me going to Congress," said Wesley. "I think it is about sending a people's representative to Congress."


"I am not his friend and I am not his colleague," said Wesley. "I am his constituent and that is why I am running, because I do not feel well represented."

A reader personally recommended Andy Barr, as he'd known him in college and reports he's an upstanding guy and was a solid conservative even then. (When a lot of us were not.)

Barr is just thisclose to knocking off incumbent Ben Chandler.

And on Friday the Lexington Herald-Leader published a poll showing Chandler leading Barr 48 to 44 percent among likely voters, with 8 percent undecided. That lead, the newspaper said, was within the polls 4.5 percentage point margin of error.


According to the most recent Federal Election Commission report, Chandler had $1.3 million on hand, versus Barr's $370,000. Political observers say they will watch the race closely on election night as a bellwether because the district is largely rural and is held by a Democrat with some tendencies to vote conservative.

And of course Ilario Pantano for NC-7. Pantano was of course one of the Marines wrongly accused of murdering two Iraqi prisoners; but the military found it was a case of self-defense (or at least there wasn't clear evidence for a court martial).

I believed him at the time this was news and I believe him now. He was a good man wrongly accused, and his opponent, of course, is smearing him with a charge that was never actually prosecuted.

Be the Wave! And if you can't donate, and you can't do GOTV, at least consider putting up a sign.

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