Posted on September 24, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Congressman Brian Baird, 6-term Democrat from Washington’s 3rd district, took a look back on his 12 year career as a member of Congress. Baird is retiring from office this November after more than a decade of service. When asked what accomplishments he was most proud of during his tenure as a representative, Baird made a distinction between his work locally and nationally. “The most important accomplishments are local, the service to the local districts.” He continued, “throughout my district, I can look at each community and say we worked on this issue for this community, for these individuals, and made a difference locally.” Speaking about his work on a national level, Baird said that his constant endeavor to be a leader on ocean issues and science diplomacy stand out, as well as his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. In addition to discussing his career, Baird highlighted many current issues in Congress and commented on the wider political landscape in Washington, DC.      


Shane D'Aprile, campaign reporter for The Hill newspaper, discussed the park 51 controversy. D’Aprile explained that Park51 is not an issue being discussed in the halls of Congress, but that the issue will most certainly remain an issue on the campaign trail. D’Aprile commented on an ad put out by Renee Elmers, a candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd district which claims the the Mosque in lower Manhattan is akin to ‘victory mosques’ built after Muslim conquests of Jerusalem and Constantinople. “It was certainly on the one hand an attempt to get attention on what is a long-shot campaign and it's worked”, said D’Aprile of Elmers’ ad. In addition to the Park 51 conversation, D’Aprile also commented on other political issues leading up the November elections.

Shane D’Aprile, campaign reporter for The Hill newspaper, discussed the park 51 controversy. D’Aprile explained that Park51 is not an issue being discussed in the halls of Congress, but that the issue will most certainly remain an issue on the campaign trail. D’Aprile commented on an ad put out by Renee Elmers, a candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd district who calls the Mosque in lower Manhattan akin to ‘victory mosques’ built after Muslim conquests of Jerusalem and Constantinople. “It was certainly on the one hand an attempt to get attention on what is a long-shot campaign and it's worked”, said D’Aprile of Elmers’ ad. In addition to the Park 51 conversation, D’Aprile also commented on other political issues leading up the November elections.

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