Michael K. Garofalo, chairman
of the Salem (NH) Democratic Town Committee, sent the e-mail below to several
hundred of his fellow NH Democratic activists in the latter part
of September 2006:
As you know, the prospective 2008 presidential candidates are heading
to NH - many have already spent considerable time here. We will all
be asked to look at each of them and choose who we will support in 2008.
Now if you know me well, you know that I am an unapologetic and proud liberal.
I believe in what liberals traditionally believe - a woman's right to choose,
peace and safety in the world, a fair education for all children, etc.
When I look for a candidate to support in 2008, I tried to pick the person
who met most of my requirements for not only getting elected but also for
becoming a great president.
When I weighed the plusses and minuses of all of the prospective candidates,
one candidate consistently rose to the top. His experience was far
more accomplished than any of his peers' and his morals and personal integrity
were beyond reproach.
His attributes are:
Served 2 consecutive terms as Governor of a "red" state - with an 80% approval
As Governor, he was responsible for the largest single tax cut in his state's
history - $1.6 BILLION dollars. The fiercely Republican-supporting
Wall Street Journal said of him," ... his record is one of a genuinely
fiscally conservative Democrat!"
He served 8 years as Governor and DID NOT RAISE TAXES ONCE!
He increased annual school funding every year of his 8 years in office.
He instituted a 21st Century Scholars program that provides a full college
scholarship to high school students who maintain passing grades, and who
pledge not to experiment with illegal drugs.
He created over 350,000 new jobs in his state during his tenure.
He is now serving his 2nd term as US Senator of that "red" state.
A very important fact that you should know is that George W. Bush won this
"red"state by over 510K votes over John Kerry in 2004. However, this
US Senator got nearly 20K MORE votes than even George W. Bush did!
Not only Democrats, but Independents. moderates and liberals all supported
As US Senator he currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and the
Select Committee on Intelligence. His experience in these areas will
serve us and protect us well in this very dangerous world.
This year, he proposed a resolution to deal with Iran's nuclear program
- one of the very few Senators to directly deal with that dangerous situation
and to propose concrete solutions to remedy it.
Without declaring his possible intentions, he has already raised over $10
Million dollars in his campaign warchest from people who want him to run
as the Democrat who can appeal to not only the Democratic base, but also
to "middle America."
Senator Bayh will be traveling through New Hampshire during September
24 and 25. In fact, he will be in Salem at a fundraiser for Senate
candidate Beth Roth on 9/25 at 8 AM at Bickford's Restaurant. Please
join us there. I hope that you get a chance to meet him, to hear
what he has to say, and that you will help me to convince him to run for
President of the United States. I am ready to begin as soon as he
is ready to run. If you need more information about Senator Bayh,
please let me know and I will be happy to add you to the weekly emailing
list for him.
The Democratic Party needs a strong, and smart nominee to win not only
all of the traditionally "blue" states, but to also win over people in
the traditionally "red" states. Senator Evan Bayh can do that.
Please help me encourage him to join the fight!
Thanks! Have a great weekend!
Michael K. Garofalo
Salem Democratic Town Committee
Post Office Box 216
North Salem, NH 03073
"Always do Right, it will Gratify some People and Surprise the Rest!"
....... Mark Twain