Joe Rogalsky at The Delaware State New picked up this money quote: “We cannot progress with real reform if we’re represented by someone who has lost touch with us, ...by someone who believes Washington is doing a good job,”
Rogalsky also quoted Abby Betts, "“Delaware is a Democratic stronghold, yet year after year we vote to re-elect a Republican who cunningly claims to represent us as a moderate in Washington,” Hell yes!
I heard WDEL this morning on the way to work and they went with the "Michael Castle is a rubber stamp for the policies of Bush, Delay, Cheney." This is not a word for word quote, but I think Carl Kanefsky picked a great sentence. I'll update today when I get the exact wording which was great.
Patrick Jackson at the News Journal used bullet points to highlight some of Spivack's main points of differentiation. Among those differences are Castle's support of Bush Programs to:
- Cut Taxes for wealthy citizens
- Cut Benefits for the poor and elderly under Bush's Deficit Reduction Act.
- The "unintelligible" Medicare prescription drug program.
As an "on-line" journalist myself, I would add that in Middletown, Spivack seems just as feisty and scrappy as I remembered him, but more focused and determined. Castle is in trouble. Update Sussex Coverage:
Hilary Corrigan of Coast Press ReporterSaying that U.S. Rep. Mike Castle has not lived up to his reputation as a moderate Republican, (snip) (Spivack) called the Delaware representative a presidential ally who rubber-stamps right-wing initiatives, including recent tax breaks for the rich and cuts in social programs.
Corrigan also hits something that I think is important, the fact that republican governance is immoral. …the fact that thousands of Delaware residents have no health insurance is immoral, Spivack said before the event.
However, Corrigan also notes that Spivack is not only fighting the republican party, but he is also fighting what I have described as “the incumbent party”. Not all democrats support him. When told of Spivack's campaign kick-off, state Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, noted Castle's connections to the beach region.
"Rep. Castle's got a long history," Bunting said, pointing to support for area beach replenishment projects. "And he'll get my vote."