August 09, 2005

No Al Gore - Rosalind Kurita Edition

from - smijer

It's been a little while now that Rosalind Kurita has been running for the Democratic nomination for the 2006 U.S. Senate seat, so it's time I did a mini-workup on her. She does have a campaign website, but she doesn't have much record to talk about, having only served at the local level and as state senator. What I do know can be broken down into pro's and con's:

Pros:

  • She was a registered nurse before entering politics. Ms. Smijer can tell you I have a soft spot for RN's. Plus, she is on record as supporting more generous health care.
  • Spoke out promptly against the recent Supreme Court decision against property owners, via Bill Hobbs.
  • Takes a strong stance on ethics in government at a time when many Tennessee Democrats are running scared from ethical accountability. See the piece she wrote in this month in the Chattanoogan. This is perhaps a good reflection on her candidacy as a whole, as it reinforces her stated commitment to representing the needs of the people as opposed to special interests.
  • Is "against" Social Security privatization.
  • "Supports the troops" by pushing for fair combat pay and benefits.

Cons:
  • Voted against, and is positioned against a progressive income tax.
  • Position on Iraq war unclear.
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I know there are more Cons, but I am running out of time (I may update this post later). I'll just sum up with my own perspective, and one other. As a Democrat who is not pleased with Harold Ford's positioning, I'm glad to see another candidate who appears more in tune with people like me in the running. That's not an endorsement yet, but it is a strong leaning. Then there is this glowing endorsement from River City Mud Company.

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Posted by smijer at August 9, 2005 08:07 AM
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Another con: she's pretty quick to cave on the wedge issues of the rove republicans (the radical religious right -- how's that for alliteration!?!), so her positions on human rights are shaky, at best.

univar.jpg Posted by alice on August 9, 2005 12:15 PM
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Examples? I couldn't find much info on her positions on "social" issues...

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on August 9, 2005 12:51 PM
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Con - she can't control her own campaign spending. During Q2 she spent more than she raised. What should make believe that she can be fiscally responsible?

univar.jpg Posted by Perks on August 9, 2005 12:55 PM
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Yeah. She's also very wishy-wasy on choice...even to the right of Ford on it. She voted for the choose life license plates that all choice groups adamently opposed and doesn't back any funds for abortion unless a life is at risk or its a case of rape or incest. But it its TN, so her position does kinda make sense

univar.jpg Posted by ted on August 9, 2005 12:56 PM
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Yeah. She's also very wishy-wasy on choice...even to the right of Ford on it. She voted for the choose life license plates that all choice groups adamently opposed and doesn't back any funds for abortion unless a life is at risk or its a case of rape or incest. But it its TN, so her position does kinda make sense

univar.jpg Posted by ted on August 9, 2005 12:56 PM
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An example - She voted to authorize the creation of "Choose Life" license plates, funds from the sale of such license plates are allocated to New Life Resources (an organization "dedicated to providing practical resources for the pro-life movement and women and families facing difficult pregnancies") and used exclusively for counseling and financial assistance for pregnant women in Tennessee.

“Kurita, a nurse by profession, also has a middle of the road position on abortion, saying she only sees it as permissible when the life of the mother is in danger or there are cases of rape or incest.” The Lebanon Democrat, 03/29/05


univar.jpg Posted by Perks on August 9, 2005 12:57 PM
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Sorry, I can't offer any links. There's not much in the way of Kurita positions online. I did meet her in person this summer and at the time she was asked directly about marriage equity and she quickly responded that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, blah, blah, blah, etc...

univar.jpg Posted by alice on August 10, 2005 12:32 PM
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I went through Kurita's voting record after I first heard of her via PeskyFly, and I didn't find any bogeys in her voting record. I found a number of things that piqued my interest, and I will elaborate on them when I get a chance. The main thing I was looking for was someone who does not appear to associate with lobbyists, a rare breed indeed. I did not smell any bacon on her.

As for her position on abortion, she needs to take a page out of Hillary's book and learn to use the phrase "safe, legal, and rare." Just that one page, though. I get the idea that Rosalind Kurita will be a more successful candidate if she runs as the person she is, and not as the person we want her to be.

What I see here is a good candidate who has her ear to the ground. She's listening, and that's more than I can say about Uncle Junior, which is a real shame since the Ford family was once known for actively listening to its constituents. I am hitching my wagon on her star, because I think it is on the rise.

I must really be out of the loop, because I never saw this blog before today. I was really surprised to find myself linked to, because I surfed here through the BlogPAC link in Kos's post titled "I'm not a gatekeeper."

Pleased to meetcha, I'm Derek.

univar.jpg Posted by autoegocrat on August 10, 2005 10:22 PM
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Everyone - thanks for the feedback. All of it will help me weigh the choices for 2006...

Derek, pleased to meet you, too.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on August 11, 2005 07:34 AM
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