Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Eldridge Grilled -- On Medium

On our weekly Left Ahead! podcast, we had a long session with 5th CD candidate Jamie Eldridge. You can catch the recap and grab the session here.

Disclosure: This blog previously joined Left in Lowell (Lynne Lupien) and Ryan's Take (Ryan Adams) in endorsing Eldridge in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan. So, we weren't looking to knock him to the ground.

Jamie comes into the session at 39 minutes in. Before that you can hear the three of us in our lefty rambling glory. None of us will know if you skip ahead to the candidate portion. We ran long on this one. There are about 50 minutes with the candidate.

By the bye, he seems dreadfully alert and cheerful for 9:30 p.m. after a day of campaigning, his Boston legislative details, and what family he could get in. We did not ask about his caffeine intake.

We do cover how he expects to overcome Niki Tsongas' presumptive advantages of name recognition and money. We pushed on health-care specifics and how he sells it in the district. He talks plainly about his grassroots efforts and what seems to be paying off for him. We hit on the dust-up involving fellow candidate Barry Finegold with the abortion notification bill. We also get into what he'd do in Congress on issues as ranging as DOMA and mass transit.

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