Last Friday, John Kerry was the keynote speaker at the DLCC Annual Luncheon in Seattle, WA. The focus of the luncheon was two-fold, highlighting the success of the DLCC in last year’s elections, as well as the need to continue to “build and maintain winning, state-of-the-art legislative campaign operations nationally and to put Democrats in a strong position for 2010 and the next redistricting.”
Scott St. Onge of the DLCC was kind enough to send me a copy of Senate President, DLCC Chairwoman Joan Fitz-Gerald’s remarks at the DLCC Luncheon last Friday. I’m posting a few quips below including her remarks about John Kerry, the entire speech can be found here.
As Chair, I have a number of both short-term and long-term goals as I work with state legislators across the country to fulfill that mission.
The first of these goals is to stand up for Democratic values at the local level and to blunt the right-wing, divisive agenda best expressed by Grover Norquist who said “We are trying to change the tones in the state capitols—and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship.”
Too many legislators in this room have seen how Republicans overreach when they take over state legislatures; Texas and my home state of Colorado are prime examples. Republicans are doing it now in Georgia.
It’s important to recognize the importantance of the role of DLCC for Democrats to regain power in the Congress. John Kerry recognized that importance when he stepped up to speak at the luncheon and said “Our mission now is literally to organize at the local level like never before to help you win your races. We need to listen to your advice about what your community wants.”
Joan Fitz-Gerald’s remarks ended with a few words about John Kerry, that neatly sum up his career, his motivation and his dedication to making a difference.
It is now my pleasure to say a few words about our keynote speaker who I met with back in April.
In 2003, John Kerry announced that he would be a candidate for President and he went on to mount a come-from-behind campaign that began in Iowa to win the Democratic nomination.
As he traveled across the country, the American people reminded him once again that people are the same wherever you go, and he continues in the United States Senate fighting for what motivated him to enter public life in the first place—love of country and call of duty.
Senator Kerry went back to work for America the very next day after the election to work on the issues he fought for during the campaign—fighting for children’s health care, supporting America’s military and their families, honoring our veterans, and ensuring that every vote cast in America is counted.
John Kerry will continue to fight for a better future for all Americans, standing on principle in flights like confirmation hearings or drilling in the Arctic wildlife refuge and giving voice to the values of the thousands of Americans he met along the campaign trail.
John Kerry is dedicated to electing candidates up and down the ticket in 2005, 2006 and beyond. He’s working hard to ensure that Democrats and the Democratic Party have the resources and tools they need to communicate our values and ideas to voters.
With that in mind, he has recently founded Keeping America’s Promise, a political action committee, which is a national grassroots organization dedicated to bringing change to America by supporting Democratic candidates at every level of government, strengthening the Democratic Party’s grassroots organizing capacity and promoting a policy agenda that addresses America’s biggest challenges.
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