DOUG IRELAND, DIRELAND - At last! Someone has the gumption to pose a principled challenge to Hillary Clinton's renomination next year as United States Senator from New York. Jonathan Tasini is a sterling progressive, a writer and activist, and my union brother for 13 years as the president of the National Writers Union. I know Jonathan, and couldn't be more pleased that he has taken on the burden of giving voters an alternative to the odious Hillary -- a militant supporter of the invasion and occupation of Iraq who represents everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party today. Tasini, on the other hand, is an intelligent supporter of immediate withdrawal from Iraq. . .
Jonathan is smart enough and articulate enough to make a convincing critique of opportunist Hillary-style. From 1990 to April 2003, he served as president of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981. He was the lead plaintiff in Tasini vs. The New York Times, the landmark electronic rights case won by the plaintiffs in a historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2001. He is also the president and executive director of the Creators Federation. . .
Although I have no illusions that Jonathan can win, I'll be supporting him in his valiant effort because it is terribly important that someone pose a serious and intelligent critique of Hillary and the capitulationist, anti-people, pro-war politics she stands for -- and I have no doubt that Jonathan will run a campaign we can all be proud of.
I urge you to join his campaign.