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Federal Government Tue Jan 06 2009

Geoghegan Is In

Labor lawyer and progressive writer Tom Geoghegan announced this morning that he will in fact be running for the 5th District Congressional seat opened up by Rahm Emanuel's resignation to serve President-elect Obama.

Geoghegan is engaging bloggers over at Daily Kos.

Geoghegan's entry could bring a little more national attention to the race, particularly from the progressive opinion leaders on the series of tubes we call the Internet.

Here's a sample from Geoghegan's "Issues" page:

"Indeed, all sides, even the Bob Dole Right, could stand a little more class-based politics, a little more Dunlop-type rationality. 'The great thing about class-based politics,' a professor once told me in college long ago, 'is that it's rational.' Instead of the Politics of Meaning, we talk $1.25. The purpose of such politics is not to heat the country up, but to calm it way down. Get back to the America of Dwight Eisenhower, when labor was at high tide and there was social peace. But to get back to that Era of Good Feelings, first we have to remind people, 'You're Being Robbed.'"

(6/23/95 American Prospect)

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47th Warder / January 7, 2009 7:52 AM

Thank God that someone like this is getting into the race. If we don't grasp this opportunity at actual *leadership* with both hands and just let one of the "usual suspects" have this seat we deserve everything we get.

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By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

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It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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