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Oct. 14, 2005

Heather Mizeur, top Kerry aide, speaks to Blair Young Democrats

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Heather Mizeur, Domestic Policy Director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), spoke to Blair's Young Democrats club yesterday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. Mizeur focused on her upcoming campaign for State Delegate from District 20 as well as the importance of getting involved early with local politics.

Mizeur stressed the significance of passion for politics and community involvement in her initial speech. "It's your talent, your passion, your connection with your community that really makes a difference," she said to the room full of student Democrats. "If you're not involved, your voice won't be heard."
Heather Mizeur, Domestic Policy Director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), spoke to Blair's Young Democrats club on Oct. 12. Ariana McLean
Heather Mizeur, Domestic Policy Director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), spoke to Blair's Young Democrats club on Oct. 12.

Mizeur also described local and state political activism as a "beacon" for a future in politics. "This is a state where, with your passion, you can address the issues that are important to you," she said, underlining experience as essential when looking to the future.

In addition to encouraging first-hand experience with politics, Mizeur discussed her support for the priorities that she feels the Democratic Party holds, naming fair wages, affordable health insurance, educational funding and environmental activism as key concerns.

In a question and answer session, Mizeur offered her goals as a potential State Delegate. "I want to mobilize and energize a community to implement a vision," she said. "It's about us continuing to work together and articulating a legislative vision." She differentiated her characteristics from others running for the office, explaining the compassion and work ethic she feels gives her an advantage over her opponents.

Most of all, Mizeur emphasized why she felt being a Democrat and locally active is so important. "Politics is the true melting pot of bringing communities together," she said. "It is truly touching to be reminded of why I'm a Democrat."

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  • Grace Marston (View Email) on October 16, 2005 at 4:15 PM
    The members of the gay-straight alliance (I am one of them) were told to attend the young democrats meeting and see Ms. Mizeur speak. Apparently Ms. Mizeur is a lesbian. However in her speech she mentioned nothing about being a lesbian in politics, and only mentioned homosexuality twice. Though she was an interesting guest for the young democrats, it was kind of pointless for the gay-straight alliance to be there.
  • Julius on October 16, 2005 at 6:36 PM
    the young democrats new ads really make them seem like a bunch of kids who really don't care about the issues, and the young democrats just seem like they are in the club just so they can say they are democrats. That is the thing since the 2000 election in which we conservatives won.
  • adam on October 16, 2005 at 9:13 PM
    julius, would an ad that discussed heathcare and education policy make you interested in joining a club? no ... but an ad with Donkey from Shrek would! The Young Dems are serious about our politics, but we like to have fun too :)
  • wow on October 16, 2005 at 11:13 PM
    what a bunch of political non-speak. a great way to kick off a campaign as a local politician! we want to "energize and mobilize!" we have a "vision!" i suppose the opposition wants to depress and destroy and is blind. really, great insights there, ms whoever-you-are
  • RU on October 17, 2005 at 9:40 AM
    Right on, Julius.

    Their irrational views were exemplified in their ad from last year ("When Bush lied, thousands died.")
  • Lisa (View Email) on October 17, 2005 at 5:21 PM
    whoa, stop hatin' on the democrats.

    you tell 'em, Grace! i'm also a member of gsa, and i'd have to say i was also pretty dissapointed with Heather Mizeur not mentioning gay/bisexual rights more than twice, and just in passing. either we were falsely told she'd speak about gay rights or she forgot us.
  • Eve Gleichman (View Email) on October 17, 2005 at 5:35 PM
    In Response to Grace-
    It means a ton to the Young Democrats and to Ms. Mizeur that the GSA was able to make the meeting last Wednesday. In her defense, Mizeur was unaware of the GSA's presence, and would certainly have discussed her orientation if she had known that such a big portion of her audience was part of the GSA. In the future, I would encourage you to use the question and answer session to ask any questions you have about Mizeur's experience with being gay in politics, as she is a truly open-minded person and eager to answer any questions.

    To "wow": As a big Mizeur supporter, I suppose I am a bit biased. However, most of her discussion was geared towards youth in politics, and not so much towards her policies. Since there were very few questions directed at Mizeur's intended policies, we heard more of her overall goals for the future. I can assure you Mizeur has specific intentions as a potential State Delegate, and I urge you to look more into her campaign if you are interested. Blame the "political non-speak" on the reporter, not the politician.

    Thanks for taking the time to read Chips, and I urge you to contact me, or leave a comment here, to discuss anything regarding Ms. Mizeur.
  • The GOP on October 17, 2005 at 8:27 PM
    Keep at it young Dems. Because the more radicalized the left becomes, the more we win!
  • to RU: on October 17, 2005 at 9:03 PM
    how is that an irrational view? The ads are an excellent way of capturing the attention of concerned youths who want a way to learn about the issues and learn about ways to deal with the problems afflicting the country they'll grow up to run.

    And another reason why it's not irrational: Bush did lie (WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION). And thousands have died. Where's the irrationality?
  • 07 on October 17, 2005 at 11:10 PM
    when bush lied, thousands did die.

    also, i love avi's ads :)
  • Julius on October 18, 2005 at 6:05 PM
    You uneducated people make me sick. You speak out on issues that you really know nothing about. The democrats in Blair are just democrats because they don't like how the media portrays our President. Nothing you democrats do is going to stop Bush, he is the leader of our country until 2009 ok so deal with it. It seems to me that Mizeur is just using a lot of buzz words and phrases
  • Julius on October 18, 2005 at 6:09 PM
    Another thing, this is not to offend anybody at all. I mean nobody.
    If she is a lesbian, doesn't that lower her chances to win her election. No offense to anybody but very few people will vote for someone who they believe is living an immoral lifestyle. This is not my viewpoint but thats pretty much how it is.

    Also she is known as the Domestic Policy Director of the LOSER. KERRY NEVER HAD A CHANCE AND DEMOCRATS WILL NEVER RUN CONGRESS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Eve Gleichman (View Email) on October 18, 2005 at 6:54 PM
    Julius -
    I am curious about what warrants your accusation that the Blair's Young Dems club is an uneducated group. As co-president of the club, I really am interested in hearing such an explanation from someone who has not attended a single meeting. If I am mistaken, and you have in fact stopped by, you would know that we went around to each member to find out why they are part of the club. I can assure you that we did not receive a single response regarding "how the media portrays our president," and I think it is unfair to make such a general assumption about such a big group of kids (By the way, I encourage you to Alex Hyder, a frequent guest of the Young Democrats who maintains a conservative ideology).

    Regarding your comment on "dealing with" Bush's presidency. We are dealing with it. We are fighting locally for causes that have not been overridden on a national level. We are volunteering and fundraising. We are canvassing and lobbying for state-wide, county-wide, and even city-wide causes, and we are doing it with the Bush administration just ten miles away.

    And, lastly, on your most recent comment concerning Mizeur's candidacy, I cannot convey the number of ways to refute this rather dogmatic claim you make. So instead, I'll leave you with these two words: Just watch.

    Hope to see you at the next Young Dems meeting, and thanks again for reading.

    -Eve Gleichman

  • RU on October 19, 2005 at 9:58 AM
    to "to RU" and 07:

    Bush did not lie. He went on the intel he had. Even so, the ad implied that Bush intentionally lied TO make sure thousands died. It was immature, irrational and petty.

    If you read trasncripts of Colin Powell's speech before the UN or UN Resolution 1441, it's clear that it was the intel that was bad, not the people going on it.
  • Libertarian Blazer on October 19, 2005 at 7:03 PM

    This I was quite impressed with how unbiased you made the story, even though you are in fact the co-president of the club and obviously had strong opinions on the issues. That shows a dedication to unbiased reporting, which is so important in news. Nice work!
  • Heather Mizeur (View Email) on October 21, 2005 at 2:22 PM
    I want to thank all of the students who came to the meeting for their thoughtful comments, questions, and participation. I also congratulate the staff of Silver Chips for their award-winning coverage and publications.

    I'm disappointed I was not informed prior to our meeting, that some GSA students had expectations for me to speak directly to the issues of being an openly lesbian elected official / candidate. I would have enthusiastically welcomed any questions on that topic. As a rule of thumb, though, it's not something I use as a centerpiece to my discussions -- I am not just the openly gay candidate -- I am the Democratic, progressive candidate that cares about a range of issues, and who happens to also be gay.

    See you on the campaign trail!

  • in response to RU (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 8:55 AM
    lie, -v- tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive.

    We already know that Bush "told an untruth" about the weapons of mass destruction. Whether or not he did so knowingly, with the intent to decieve, is unclear. What IS obvious, however, is the way Bush repeatedly tries to connect the War in Iraq with the 9/11 attacks. This is blatant deception and downright immoral.
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