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U.S House Candidate Michael Skelly—Use When Needed

Texas U.S. House Candidate Michael Skelly issued a statement today suggesting MoveOn.org should “move out of Texas.” (Clever, huh?) This was in response to a MoveOn event at Congressman John Culberson’s office yesterday asking Mr. Culberson to look for solutions to our energy needs beyond offshore drilling.     

Because, whatever you may think, offshore drilling is not going to lower your gas prices

Mr. Skelly, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat Mr. Culberson, a Republican, in the November election.

This race is being contested in the 7th U.S House district in Texas. This has been a strong Republican district, but Mr. Skelly is given a chance of winning.

One can understand if Mr. Skelly does not want to be identified with MoveOn in a Republican-leaning district. Winning elections is a practical concern. 

What should not be forgotten though, is that MoveOn consists mostly of average folks who are getting involved for no return but the chance to work for what they believe. I’m certain that on Election Day, Mr. Skelly will take the votes of MoveOn members in the 7th district.

There’s nothing more important someone can give than time. Time is the most important thing we have in life. 20 people stood out in the heat yesterday at Mr. Culberson’s office. Most people do nothing.

Politicians are inherently users. ( As are many of us.) This does not mean they are all without beliefs. You can be a user and have beliefs at the same time. In fact, some politicians are principled.

But when you tell folks working for you to “move out”, you’d might as well be telling them to go to hell. It’s a reaction that strikes of panic by his campaign and of disdain for his active supporters.

Mr. Skelly has the right to conduct his effort as he sees best. And Democrats and progressives in the 7th district have the right to view Mr. Skelly in a guarded fashion.

I see Mr. Skelly as he sees me—As somebody to use to reach a goal. If he seems viable on Election Day and if he can resist telling people who feel as I do to take a hike, I’ll vote for him. It’s one thing to not agree with me on all the issues. I’m not the only person in the world. It’s another thing not to want my support.

If on Election Day he fades away, I’ll just wait two years for the next user to come along.

(This is also posted at the Houston Chronicle where I’m one of seven featured political reader-bloggers.)

August 8, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , ,


  1. Hello!

    I’m a progressive Democrat, a resident of the 7th COngressional District, a member of MoveOn.org, and a supporter of Michael Skelly.

    I strongly disagree with your post. This is not about using and users, it’s about better representation of the 7th district in Washington. The problem here is that MoveOn is running a national campaign with no sensitivity to local issues. In this case, pushing against offshore oil drilling is a little like trying to feed ice cream to a penguin. No way this is going to fly.

    MoveOn has a number of issues that would be in alignment with the majority of 7th district voters, universal healthcare being possibly the most prominent. Their decision to rail against offshore oil drilling in this district is just plain dumb.

    Actions like this are not going to help us win this race in November.


    Comment by Kerry Gregg | August 17, 2008

  2. Kerry—Thanks for your comment. I’m sure many would agree with you. Folks can read my post and your comment and see what they think.

    Please visit the blog again.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 17, 2008

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