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Darcy Richardson, aide to Senator Eugene McCarthy to continue his tradition, challenges Obama in NH!
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Darcy Richardson, aide to Senator Eugene McCarthy to continue his tradition & challenges Obama in NH!

While the New Hampshire primary may have lost its luster due to a possible December election date, Darcy Richardson will stand in as the challenger to Obama in the interim, following the tradition of his mentor, Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy:

I dont think Obamas been a fighter for the poor or working class, Richardson said. Hes done nothing to turn the economy around.
Richardson feels Obama squandered the first two years of his presidency pushing for his health care bill, rather than addressing the economy. He believes the economic stimulus bill should have been bigger.
Richardson, who now lives in Florida, lost races in Pennsylvania in the 1980s for state auditor general and US senator. He worked for Senator Eugene McCarthys 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns.
Richardson has no illusion that he will win. But he hopes to reach rank-and-file Democrats who are unhappy with Obama.
If it becomes something larger, I would love it if someone of national stature or credibility would come into it, to have an opening for a realistic alternative to Obama, Richardson said.

Richardson is a 55-year-old advertising manager and financial services consultant. He is the creator of left-wing blog site and Uncovered Politics blog site. He also seved as the National Chairman of the New Democrats, a liberal reformist group that included Eugene McCarthy and Gary Hart.

I hope that my candidacy, as limited as it may turn out to be, might in some small measure restore a belief in American politics and American government, reinforcing the notion that real change can be achieved at the ballot box.

"I appreciate New Hampshire's welcoming attitude toward candidates, most political dreamers with no realistic chance of winning the presidency, who would otherwise be completely shut out of the nominating process," Richardson wrote in a letter to New Hampshire's secretary of state, mailed along with his one-page declaration of candidacy form and $1,000 filing fee.

Richardson quotes the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, who once said that candidates running in New Hampshire shouldn't get excited if they sense a groundswell of support, because "it might just be a frost heave." "While I fully expect to receive a somewhat cold or chilly reception from the state's Democratic voters, especially since I'm challenging a sitting president of my own party, I nevertheless cherish the opportunity to run in your fine state," he continued. Richardson, an author who has run for local office in Pennsylvania, said in an email that "if ever an incumbent president deserved an intraparty challenge," it's Obama.

He hadn't intended to run -- he hoped former Labor Secretary Robert Reich would -- but decided to do so when it became clear that no "progressive Democrat of some national stature" would. "I personally like President Obama, but I think he's in way over his head when it comes to dealing effectivey with the U.S. economy," he said. Richardson will file in some other states as well, but New Hampshire's requirements are among the most welcoming for a long-shot like him.
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