Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Because anybody who is NOT Jeff Miller needs to be heard

Jim Bryan is the Democratic candidate running for Congress in Florida's District 01 [the panhandle, more or less]. His next two appearances will be in Chipley on Sept 24 and in Pensacola on Oct 1.


PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

Monday, September 22, 2008

From James E. “Jim” Bryan

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JIM BRYAN TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN CHIPLEY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1:00PM, IN FRONT OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY NEWS, 1364 N. RAILROAD AVE, CHIPLEY, FL, 32428

Speaking in Chipley, in a small county at the eastern end of a District 140 miles wide, emphasizes my determination to represent every last person in District 1. I want to get my message out to the press, and will also answer questions from anyone present.

My next press conference will be in Pensacola, Wednesday October 1, place to be announced. But this won’t be the last time I speak to the press in the eastern part of Congressional District 1.

My main subject will be the economy of the Panhandle. In Congress, I will be a strong advocate for agriculture and manufacturing -- using (and protecting) our many natural resources, our robust transportation net of truck, rail, waterway and air, and not least, the vigor and work ethic of our work force.

My hero is Democratic Congressman Bob Sikes, from Crestview, who represented District 1 from 1940 to 1972. “Uncle Bob,” as he was known to the voters, brought jobs and prosperity to the Panhandle. Like him, I will spend every minute I can with the voters; because I think knowing the needs of the District 1 will make me more effective than hobnobbing around Washington.

I will also speak to the weak record of the incumbent Congressman, Jeff Miller. His main qualification, according to his web site, is that he is a conservative Republican in an area that always votes Republican. I think the welfare of America and my District are more important than party loyalty.

Being a “conservative Republican” has not made Mr. Miller effective. According to the “Power Ranking” evaluation at www.congress.org, by a company (look it up) that serves professionals in government relations and even lobbyists; Mr. Miller ranks No. 412 of the 435 members of the US House of Representatives. He also ranks No. 24 (of 25) in the Florida delegation to the House. Mr. Miller’s personal score is 5.6. To compare, 50 is a representative effective score in either House or Senate. (Very top scores for leaders are about 100,) The bottom is about zero (think William Jefferson, D-LA and Rick Renzi, R-AZ, both under indictment).

4 comments:

Bryan said...

The stories that could be told about R.L. "Bob" Sykes. He did get re-elected in spite of his "ethical/legal issues". He was an original piece of work.

Jim Bryan will fit right in as another Blue Dog, but he can't be worse than Jeff Miller who is nearly invisible in Washington.

hipparchia said...

well, that bridge is the one the barges keep running into. not sure what cosmic message that might be.

presumably a blue dog is as liberal a representative as we're likely to get here. we really do need to get more efties to run for office everywhere, even here.

Bryan said...

You have to start somewhere, and that's about as liberal as you're apt to get in Northern Okaloosa County, where Bryan is from.

[The name is going to be confusing when I bitch about him should he get elected.]

hipparchia said...

you could always call him jb, i s'pose.

i also just now noticed that i can't type. maybe i've forgotten what real leftiness is like. :)