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Gary Thornock's Weblog » Different and better
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29th Sep, 2005

Different and better


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When Pete Ashdown's campaign was first mentioned at UtahPolitics.org, the editor commented that "If the Democrats are smart, they'll get behind Pete and then stay out of his way." This City Weekly article illustrates why:

"I was following the same old recipe for failure in the Utah Democratic Party," he said, adding that Democrats across the country seem to have lost the ability to develop new ideas. "I wasn't demonstrating to people what was different about me as a candidate."

Different, indeed, and the better for it:

Ashdown might seem eccentric, but his risky efforts are impossible to ignore. He's on the computer every day, either working on the Wiki and the Website, responding to e-mails, blogging, instant messaging or holding town-hall meetings in cyberspace. He's even thinking about podcasting, or broadcasting audio programs via the Internet.

"I want to keep coming up with ideas to open myself up for inspection. I want to be the most documented candidate ever," he said. "The online chats have been useful in trying to gather these ideas in a rapid fashion and for understanding people's concerns without having to go all over Utah."

We're seeing a whole new concept in open, transparent, collaborative campaigning, and that can't help but translate into more openness and transparency in government.

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