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>Terri Sewell: the honest candidate

July 9, 2010

>What is worse, a thief or a liar?

Sheila Smoot is a liar. At least, her campaign is lying when they made this claim about Terri Sewell: “She didn’t even cast one vote in Alabama until 2008.”

And this one: “Sewell never even voted in Alabama until 2 years ago. … She never even bothered to vote and now she wants to represent you in Congress. … Sewell doesn’t even vote, but she attacks Shelia Smoot’s record?”

This would mean that Terri had never voted for her mother when she ran for city council.

Here is Terri’s voter registration from Dallas County in 1984.


Sewell has said this, in a statement about the matter: She “went on to vote in multiple local, federal, and state races in Alabama’s 7th district, often casting absentee ballots while away at college. She spent many long hours campaigning for her mother, who was the first African-American woman elected to the Selma city council, and always made a point to cast a vote in support of her mother.”

So last night as I was leaving Sewell’s town hall meeting in West End, a vehicle with speakers attached to the outside was broadcasting “This is a warning,” followed by these lies and others, with a booming, authoritative voice, to people in the community.

If Smoot will lie to get into office, what will she do once she is elected? We don’t need an embarrassment in Washington, D.C. We need a person who can relate to the big wigs there, but can also relate to the people, all of the people, in her district.

Read more about Smoot’s ads at Left in Alabama, where Smoot has been asked to pull the radio ads and to apologize.

Terri Sewell is poised to become the first African-American woman elected to congress from Alabama. She was recently named one of the Next 10 Women to Watch in Politics. She is in a list with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and in my book there could be no better comparison.

At the Town Hall last night, Terri shared her policy views, but she also shared the connection she has with individuals in the district. People from the West End area who had answered a knock at their door and opened it to find Terri were there and spoke highly of their conversation.

Terri also spoke of people that she thinks about on a daily basis during this campaign. One was a seven year old girl who dreamed of being the first African-American female astronaut (Terri gently informed her that Mae Jemison had been the first, this little girl might be the second). But she reminds Terri that every child should be able to dream, and dream big. Terri herself came a long way and she feels everyone should have that opportunity.

Another person that Terri mentioned was a contractor whose business has been affected by the economy. Terri understands the hardship that people are undergoing (including the people in Green County that Terri said unfairly lost their jobs when the Governor’s Task Force closed Green Track).

I asked Terri about her positions on two issues of great importance to the President: the moratorium on deep water drilling and the lawsuit against the state of Arizona over their immigration law.

I could tell that Terri has put a lot of thought into both of these issues, because there are valid arguments on both sides. But her answers showed me that Terri’s views are truly progressive and I agree with her. She supports the moratorium on deep water drilling since we don’t know how to stop a leak like the disaster that is taking place right now. Shallow water drilling, and production from deep water wells already in operation, can continue.

As for the immigration lawsuit, she backs the President and sees the law as discriminatory.

And just as Terri has been able to communicate with and inspire the people she has met on the campaign, she will be able to do the same with members of congress. I could picture her last night meeting with Nancy Pelosi or Alan Grayson and having productive conversations with them, and actually getting things done for our district and for our country.

If Terri does not win this election consider it stolen. That’s where the “thief” question comes in.

But Terri will not lose. She will win on Tuesday. She is upbeat. I am upbeat. Her supporters are upbeat.

See you at the polls on Tuesday.

There is beauty in the world.

Macy Gray thinks so. Here she sings “Beauty in the World”

Here’s the remix, if you prefer that dance beat.

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>Sewell surging in polls in AL-07

May 20, 2010

>A new poll shows Terri Sewell surging in the polls, jumping from 9% in January into a tie for the lead with 22% now. Sheila Smoot also has 22% (down from 29%) and Earl Hilliard has 20% (down from 25%). The poll numbers were released by the Sewell campaign this morning.

With Hilliard and Smoot both falling in the poll and Sewell on the rise, it appears she will at least head into a runoff with the lead.

Terri is the only candidate currently running television ads.

She still lacks name recognition, and some people don’t know much about her. Left in Alabama interviewed her and here is some video. In this clip Terri talks about her background, growing up poor in Selma, and her education and early experiences outside the classroom, and what a “public finance lawyer” is.

You owe it to yourself to watch these videos. It will take a little time, but we all need to be informed about who we send to Washington.

Here, Terri discusses her priorities, including investing in infrastructure, investing in human capital and workforce development, investment in small businesses, investment in technology, including alternative energy sources. Job creation and better educational opportunities are desperately needed in the 7th district.

Terri takes a stand on the issues, including health care (a robust public option), equal pay for women (she has been endorsed by Lilly Ledbetter), a woman’s right to choose while making abortion rare and safe, opposing discrimination against gays and lesbians, respecting states rights to determine gay marriage (she understands the issue is a tough one, but at the very base of it, it’s a “civil rights” and “human rights issue”). Also, financial reform and Wall Street are discussed.

Finally, Terri makes her case. Here is why you should vote for Terri Sewell.

It’s time to send a woman to Congress. Why Terri? Watch.

As I watch these videos once thing I notice is how calm, yet confident Terri is in conversation. She seems like the type of person who can get into the conversation in Washington beginning on day 1.

In personal conversations with Terri I have found her to be one of the most informed and personable people in politics I have met in a long time. I believe she is the best candidate for the job.

Thank you Left in Alabama for creating these videos.

>Terri Sewell in 6 minutes

March 11, 2010

>The Birmingham Downtown Democrats met on Friday and at their luncheon all of the candidates for the 7th Congressional district spoke.

Here is Terri Sewell‘s six minute presentation. Thanks, Mooncat.

“I will go to Congress and make sure that health care gets passed. A comprehensive health care legislation that includes a public option. It’s critically important for all of this district. And do know that I will fight for that.”

Now we know that one congressperson cannot “make sure” that any legislation gets passed (although we do know that one congressman can make sure it doesn’t get passed). And hopefully health care legislation will be in place long before she gets there. But what is important, and impressive, is the passion and commitment that she brings.

Terri understands that employment is the main issue in the district and that education is the key to economic development. Listen to what she says.

“Education I believe is the best economic plan ever devised – a good education.”

“I have been working … as a finance attorney working on behalf of local authorities and helping local governments attract industries. Putting together public and private partnerships that actually attract industries which create jobs.”

One of the reasons I am so interested in Terri’s campaign is because I firmly believe that it’s time we sent a woman to Washington. Terri would not only represent the people of the 7th Congressional District, she would represent all of the women of Alabama.

There are other women, good women, in this race, but Terri has received the support and endorsement of an Alabama hero, Lilly Ledbetter.

“There are a lot of choices in the 7th district race, but Terri Sewell stands above the rest. Terri will work with President Obama to promote and pass bills to help working people, create new jobs, pass health care reform and level the playing field for women and minorities in Alabama,” said Ledbetter.

She has also received the endorsements from several advocacy groups for women, among them Emily’s List, the Women’s Campaign Forum, and the National Organization of Women PAC.

If you don’t know Terri, you need to know that she was featured on NBC’s Today Show as one of the “Top Collegian Women” and was chosen as one of the “Top Ten College Women in America ,” by Glamour Magazine.

If we bring Terri to Bessemer would you come to meet her and hear her? We’re working on it.