|Former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill
|President Donald J. Trump
Moderate Democrats aren’t suggesting censure because they sincerely believe that Trump’s misdeeds were kind of bad but don’t merit impeachment. They’re doing it out of self-preservation, in the belief that they can find some sort of needle to thread on impeachment that will satisfy Democratic voters in their districts but not alienate Republican voters.But they can’t. And their best chance at reelection is to understand that.The reason is that congressional politics has become intensely nationalized. Former House speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill used to say that "all politics is local,” and it was true then, but it no longer is. There is less and less room for individual members of Congress to create identities that significantly diverge from their party’s identity (emphasis added).
We hope that as our neighbors, you will think “local” when you vote next Tuesday. Of course, it is true that we all have regional and national concerns and take positions on those concerns. But when it comes to the issues at the very top of mind, our greatest concerns are local.
Your concerns are ours as well, which is why we ask for your vote. Pulling the lever for Doug Helmstetter and Dan Malloy means votes for “A Shared Voice for Jefferson” and a true democracy.