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Jesse Kelly won't make another Congress run

Republican Jesse Kelly, fresh off a second Congress-race loss in less than two years, won't seek the 2nd Congressional District seat in the fall, he said in a brief statement Thursday afternoon.... Read more»

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Jun 14, 2012, 12:23 pm
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Well, I guess Kelly realizes that you can’t fix stupid, and flushing the stupid voters out of the district in the next 120 days is an impossible task.

I wish him well.

Jun 14, 2012, 12:40 pm
-3 +3

Yes, Bret. Everyone is an idiot except you.

I guess this attitude of yours is from Kelly’s “positive” and “issue oriented” campaign?

Jun 14, 2012, 12:47 pm
-2 +4

Not everyone except me…but the Barber voters, absolutely.

I got a lot more issues from Kelly’s campaign then I did about Barber.

All I got from Barber is out-of-context sound bytes pieced together to make it appear as if Kelly was out to take away seniors benefits. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is…yes…an idiot.

Kind of pathetic, really, that Barber and his puppet masters had so little confidence in Barber that they couldn’t focus their campaign on their own candidate. Barber’s campaign shows me what kind of man he is…and it’s not a good one. It is regrettable that so many others couldn’t see something this obvious and transparent.

Barber supporters need to ask themselves a couple of questions…

Could Barber have won the election if he would have refrained from the lying and distortions which demonized his opponent? If so, then why did Barber feel the need to engage in the disgusting practice? If not, then why not, and does he really deserve the win then?

Jun 14, 2012, 5:16 pm
-1 +3

I voted for Barber. 

Voting solely on the information presented by the official campaign and their “backers” is pretty foolish.  One might as well roll a die.

I know how the government works.  I understand the Constitution as well as the bureaucracy.  I can trace why a specific piece of red tape exists from lobbyist and constituent activities, to legislation, through rules, through funding, through court precedent.  Even better, I’m not surprised, happy or dismayed at what I find.
Anyone who wants the job as bad as Jesse Kelly does, obviously is completely head blind about the job requirements.  At least Barber has a clue.  Whether or not he meets the requirements is another story…but he has a clue.

I too wish Jesse Kelly well.  Perhaps after some seasoning in local politics, he may actually turn out to be a good candidate, but he strikes me the same way Barack Obama did.  Kelly is too naive. Worse he is intellectually undisciplined and flabby.

Not being able to grasp that others have valid opinions, desires and lives is a serious intellectual and emotional shortcoming.

Jun 14, 2012, 7:53 pm
-0 +2

The fact that Kelly “doesn’t have a clue” as you incorrectly refer to it was part of his appeal to me.

I get sick to death of the old guard, the old mentality, the old way of doing things. I get sick to death of people whining and moaning and bitching about how screwed up things are, then they go to the polls and either vote in the same old shit, or a clone of the same old shit. What we need are more political novices with limited connections, new, fresh ideas, fresh perspectives, and a new way of doing things. That’s the only way things are going to get better in our country.

I like to think, am I may actually be right on this one, is that the framers of the Constitution make Congressional seats two-year terms because they didn’t want people making a career out of it. I believe they envisioned private citizens who wanted to serve their country to come in, serve a term or maybe two, and then return to their private life. I would love to see more Congressional turnover, especially in this region.

Make no mistake about it…Ron Barber is nothing more than Gabby Giffords in Burl Ives’ body. That’s it. It’s gonna be the same old shit…except this time the rep might actually live in the state.

Food for thought…Abraham Lincoln also lost two Congressional races. Just sayin’

Jun 15, 2012, 7:58 am
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You know, another thing…stick your head in the sand all you want, but the math and the numbers back me up here…

Kelly was absolutely right. Social Security is a ponzi scheme that’s destined for failure. We need to formulate an exit strategy so we can get out of this while paying out the benefits already entitled. Younger generations should have alternatives, and some sort of say as to where their retirement money goes…isn’t choices and control over your own money what living in a free country is all about? Assuming someone starts working full-time at 18 and continues doing so until retirement, the average person would have to live to something like 113 just to reach the break-even point. Does that seem fair to you? Again, this is what he said, this is how he said it, and he was/is absolutely right.

That’s what he had been saying since the 2010 campaign. But, of course Giffords and Barber decided to take the low road and smear what he was saying to look like something completely different. Both those idiots showed their low character, and you voted them in anyway. Yeah, great job there CD8…

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Jesse Kelly prior to conceding the race Tuesday night.


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