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Thursday, April 20, 2006

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer voices confidence in Darcy Burner

Congressman Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House Democratic Whip, is visiting the Left Coast this week and appeared last night at a well attended fundraiser for newly minted Democratic star Darcy Burner.

Darcy, if you haven't heard already, is mounting an extremely serious challenge to Dave Reichert in the 8th District. She has managed to become not only the talk of the party, but increasingly, the talk of the state's political establishment.

Hoyer spoke to the attendees of last night's fundraiser at length, displaying admiration for the enormous strides Darcy's campaign has made and talking about the rapidly approaching midterm elections.

"There is the deepest chasm I have ever seen between the two parties," Hoyer noted during his speech, emphasizing the differences between the Democrats and the GOP.

"Fiscally, this is the most irresponsible group of people that have ever been in Washington D.C.," he added, speaking to the country's endangered financial health and the wasted surplus.

(It's worth mentioning that while he spoke, it was so quiet in that room that you could have heard a pin drop - everyone was listening intently.)

"The only way we can change America in 2006 is to elect Democrats to the House and Senate," Hoyer stated. "Our country’s in trouble. It needs us."

He then voiced strong confidence in Darcy's campaign.

"Darcy Burner is a young woman who fits this district, in my opinion, like a glove," he continued, praising her understanding of the constituents of the 8th that she's seeking to represent.

He reminded the crowd that he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can't visit every district in the country. "We visit the ones we think we can win," Hoyer said. As he ended his remarks, he recalled Tip O'Neill's observation that all politics is local.

"Darcy Burner is your opportunity to answer the question, 'What can I do for my country?'" the Congressman declared. He concluded his thoughts and introduced Darcy, who smoothly delivered her own speech. The two then answered several questions from attendees, after which point the event ended.

It's plainly evident to just about any observer that this race is attracting national attention. Republicans are panicking, and since they have nothing to attack with, they're trying to immerse Darcy in a sea of little controversies that they've invented. So far they've had Stefan Sharkansky level baseless, silly accusations - and they've filed a frivolous FEC complaint.

Apparently, that's the best they can do.

They're powerless to stop the momentum of this campaign and this candidate. While Dave Reichert seems lost and without a theme, Darcy is running a vibrant, energetic operation that continues to pick up speed - and money.

And not just from local Democrats.

As Steny Hoyer left, he announced to the remaining crowd with an enthusiastic smile that he was giving Darcy his own financial contribution of several thousand dollars, handing Burner an envelope. Now there's someone who knows that actions speak louder than words.

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