Friday, September 11, 2015

A funny issue took place at the forum

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Democratic presidential hopeful Lincoln Chafee, second from right, spoke during the Rockingham County Democrats town hall forum in Sandown, N.H.

Cheryl Senter for The Boston Globe

Democratic presidential hopeful Lincoln Chafee, 2d from appropriate, spoke throughout the Rockingham County Democrats city corridor discussion board in Sandown, N.H.

SANDOWN, N.H. — issues truly are a remember of standpoint. Take this week’s discussion board for Democratic presidential candidates, which basically was a discussion board for surrogates to stump of their stead.

every presidential candidate working within the Democratic basic despatched a change save one — Lincoln Chafee, the former senator and governor of Rhode Island. Even the man who introduced his bid in New Hampshire seven hours earlier than the discussion board started sent a person else. (No, severely.)

however now not Chafee; he sat on stage among the many stand-ins.

“There’s nothing greater important than showing up,” observed the candidate, who is barely a blip in fresh polls, after Wednesday’s discussion board, which become hosted via the Rockingham County Democratic Committee and attended by means of about 75 people.

Now, the undeniable fact that Chafee was the lone candidate current for the two-hour adventure can be taken one of a few ways.

the first is with a bit of snark, considering that even the one-concern candidate with next to no elected journey — Harvard legislation college professor, creator, and activist Lawrence Lessig — become too busy to trek over and as a substitute despatched his state director.

Or, perhaps there’s some brilliance on Chafee’s half.

not as soon as did Chafee ought to answer a question “I don’t comprehend” or “I’m not going to speculate” or “I don’t are looking to talk for [insert candidate name here]” or “I haven’t talked to him chiefly about [fill in the blank].”

The surrogates did — all of them.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had his homestate chums Ben & Jerry (yes, that Ben and Jerry!) pushing his coverage proposals — and scoops of Phish food ice cream. Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton had Democratic bigwig bill Shaheen lauding her tenacity. And Chafee had himself. however who enhanced to offer his positions on the Trans-Pacific change Partnership, the opioid disaster, stopping the attacks on deliberate Parenthood, and the contend with Iranian nuclear settlement?

The different stand-ins blanketed: John Bivona for former governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Jeff McLean for Lessig (each are New Hampshire administrators for his or her respective campaigns), and Walter Anderson for former senator Jim Webb of Virginia. Anderson is former chairman and CEO of Parade Publications.

And why the surrogates?

Larry Drake, chairman of the Rockingham County Democratic Committee, wanted to host an experience to increase Democratic participation in the Republican stronghold but figured it might be impractical for the candidates to attend despite extending an invite to all of them.

“they've 1,000,000 calls for on their time,” he referred to Wednesday. So, he opted for surrogates, figuring: “I’m no longer going to get the candidate. That’s no longer realistic.”

maybe not. however he did get one.
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