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Saturday, June 07, 2014

 11:25 AM 

Westlund gives Dems tough love


7th CD candidate Kelly Westlund gave fellow Dems some tough love this morning.

She urged delegates to be honest with themselves, saying they come to conventions to lie to each other, pat themselves on the back and “blame the other side for all our troubles.” But she said the reality is Dems are in the position they now face because they were apathetic in the 2010 election, giving the far right the opening to take control.

The result was gerrymandering, voter suppression, a government shutdown at the federal level and Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

“We cannot make that mistake again,” she said.

Westlund bemoaned an economy tilted to the economic elite and knocked people like the Koch brothers as “hoarders of wealth” rather than job creators. She said they should at least pay the same tax rate as the rest of us, and that revenue should be used to invest in public education, health care for all, Social Security and things that level the playing field.

“Yes, we ought to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires,” she said.

Westlund faces Mike Krsiean of Houlton for the Dem nomination in the 7th CD. A party spokeswoman said Krsiean was not invited to speak at the convention and did not ask for a slot.

-- By JR Ross

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