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Proposed 25th District

There’s one major reason Maggie Brooks decided to enter the congressional race: Monroe County.

The newly-created 25th Congressional District encompasses most of the county, a place Brooks has won four countywide races as clerk and executive. She wins big, too.

Check out the refrain she repeated often during her announcement: “Our country can learn a lot from our county.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.

Brooks’ challenger, longtime Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter, has already sent out a fundraising email blast. Slaughter hasn’t faced a major challenger in years. She will not go down without a big fight.

Slaughter has a long record, which she refers to in her statement¬†responding to Brooks’ entry in to the race. Brooks will now have to spell out where she stands on national issues, which she didn’t do at her press conference, other than to say she “leans conservative” and likes some parts of national health care and dislikes others. The national Democratic committee already sent out a list of questions to ask Brooks on her policy positions. Does she support birth control coverage? How would she have voted on the debt ceiling?

Both women will run on their name recognition and popularity. Slaughter will make this about national issues. But Brooks said today, “All politics is local.”

This is going to be a long campaign. Political analyst Curt Smith said, “Anyone who bet a nickel at this point should be basically assigned to an asylum.”

6 Responses to It’s All About Monroe

  1. March 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm Reggie Henderson responds:

    There are no individuals in Congress. There are Democrats and Republicans. You’re not voting for Brooks or Slaughter. You’re voting for a freshmen Republican, or a senior Democrat. Slaughter has some power to “bring home the bacon” through her seniority. But that would be a “tie-breaker” at best. If you think that Brooks will be the first Republican to break with all party-line votes, you’re mistaken. (Why do you think Olympia Snowe retired?).

  2. March 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm Jim Webster responds:

    Slaughter all the way. Brooks has no clue to national politics, and we can’t afford that naivety.

  3. March 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    What hasn’t Maggie done that Louise has done?

  4. March 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm Lynn E responds:

    Louise Slaughter is too good to be let go and the Republican congress has been a disaster. Don’t need another one in there and if Maggie wants to be a star, Congress isn’t for her.

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  6. March 23, 2012 at 9:58 am Jordan responds:

    I am sure all of the corruption scandals that have gone down around Brooks aren’t of any significance right? Kind of like the people around Scott Walker that are now in Prison…

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