20 July, 2006

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Supports Hall In 19th District Race

Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. threw his support behind John Hall in the battle for the Democratic nomination for New York's 19th Congressional District.

The Hall campaign made the announcement earlier today.

Kennedy is a member of the board of Riverkeeper, which describes itself as a "watchdog for the health and protection of the Hudson River."

According to Politics on the Hudson, the Journal News' political blog, Kennedy had previously said he would back Judy Aydelott, one of the three other Democrats in the race.

But, POH reports, Kennedy said today he changed his mind because Hall has the best chance of winning and has the right positions on the war and Indian Point.

Hall, a couple of months back, released a 30+ page report, calling for the closing of Indian Point and the creation at the site of an alternative energy research center which he said should be on the same scope as the space program of the 1960's.

On the war, Hall has called for withdrawal of troops from Iraq as soon as possible, with the mission to be turned over to a "true multinational force."

Kennedy, aside from his work with Riverkeeper, recently authored a book skewering the Bush administration's policies, Crimes Against Nature, and a highly-quoted story story in Rolling Stone magazine where he makes a case for the notion that the 2004 election may have been stolen by the GOP.


Aydelott today announced a free community dinner, scheduled for next Wednesday in Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County. In addition to the free meal, Aydelott would like her guests to chew the fat with her about the political issues of the day. The event will be held at the Joe DiMaggio Lodge from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT.


Hall today sent out a letter to his supporters, asking them to volunteer some time to call voters in the 19th District. Hall will set up his phone bank beginning Monday and the campaign has set a goal to reach 30,000 voters in the district before the September primary.


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