Friday, October 27, 2006

Crumbling: KSL Nightside breaks that Cannon going to 'cut 'n run' from previously scheduled Doug Wright Debate

The Cannon for Congress website states,
Elections are about comparing candidates, their experience, their records, and their stands on the issues. This campaign should not be waged solely through advertising and paid “messaging”. We need to actually talk about the issues, to give voters and each other the opportunity to challenge our stands, understand our backgrounds and hear first-hand our visions for Utah’s future. “There is a great deal going on in Congress right now, but debates are important. I look forward to them, and I am committed to participate in as many as we can schedule.

The Doug Wright debate was scheduled on November 1. But after today's
Salt Lake Tribune endorsement of Christian Burridge, Chris Cannon has cut and run and is looking for cover.

Listen here:

Salt Lake Tribune Endorses Christian Burridge for Utah's Third Congressional District

Tribune Editorial Salt Lake Tribune

Article Last Updated:10/26/2006 09:01:27 PM MDT

Rep. Chris Cannon has served five terms in Congress with little to show for it. It's time for a change. His opponent in the 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Christian Burridge, is an articulate young attorney who practices consumer law. A former college debate champion, he has both a passion for advocacy and a solid grasp of major issues that face the nation.
At 31, he would be one of the youngest members of Congress, but as he rightly points out, that would be appropriate in a district with one of the youngest populations in the nation. The Tribune's Editorial Board believes that 3rd District voters would be better served by a young man who would be enthusiastically engaged in the job than an incumbent who, frankly, doesn't show much interest.
We also are concerned that Cannon is tone deaf to ethical questions. He makes no apologies for giving ear to the blandishments of his brother, Joe, a professional lobbyist, when the latter is representing a client. But a congressman has a public duty to hold himself apart from even the appearance of influence by special interests.
Cannon's former chief of staff, David Safavian, has been convicted of misleading investigators about his role in a golf junket to Scotland as part of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Cannon himself has not been implicated in the mess, though he did return a $2,000 campaign contribution from Abramoff. Nor did Safavian's misdeeds occur while he was working for Cannon.
But Cannon's positions on legislation while Safavian was working for him coincided remarkably with those of former clients of his chief of staff, who was himself a former lobbyist. Cannon says that is purely coincidental. Otherwise, Cannon has voted the Republican party line on a remarkably long list of disastrous policies, from the war in Iraq to both versions of the Patriot Act to the Terri Schiavo fiasco to the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Burridge, by contrast, is no socialist. A native Utahn, he's a graduate of Brigham Young University's law school, and he stands for protecting the rights of the unborn and traditional marriage. But he also believes that neocon efforts to abandon public education, worker rights, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not Utah values.
We think he's right.
UTAH'S 3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT includes southwest Salt Lake County, most of Utah County, eastern Juab County and all of Sanpete, Sevier, Millard and Beaver counties.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Listen to the Doug Wright Show On Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with Christian

Christian Burridge will appearing on the Doug Wright Show on KSL Radio tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Tune in!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Christian Burridge on KSL Nightside

Listen to Christian talk about ethics reform in congress and take calls on KSL Nightside here:

Monday, October 23, 2006

Reader: Cannon doth protest too much...

Check out the Daily Herald comments re: Cannon's outburst. Our quote of the day goes to cfreanor who summed up the issue:

[Y]ou can see that Burridge was not attacking Cannon. He was simply
drawing the local connection to an issue that plagues this Nation and
Congress. He was not inferring that Cannon had anything to do with
Abramoff and he was not saying that everyone in Cannon's office is a
scumbag. He is simply reminding people that the issue hits close to home
when we see staffers from our district going to prison over it. Maybe it's
time we elect someone who wants to take Congress back from the lobbyists and
put it in the hands of the people again.
I think Mr. Cannon doth protest too
(Emphasis added.)

Perhaps his outburst was fueled by guilt, shame, and worry. Awfully
defensive for no good reason.

To listen to the interruption of Burridge's argument go here.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Daily Herald Reports: Cannon "Shouting" During Burridge's remarks to hide Abramoff/Safavian Connection

Cannon shouted down Christian Burridge statements when he didn't like what he heard on Friday afternoon. The following is the Daily Herald account:

Debate ends in shouting match

ALAN CHOATE - Daily Herald
The conclusion of a debate between candidates for Utah's 3rd Congressional District became heated Friday when one participant tried to link the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon, to a lobbyist/bribery scandal.
Cannon, a Republican, denounced statements by his Democratic opponent, Christian Burridge, who was noting the fact that Cannon's former chief of staff was convicted on charges stemming from the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
Burridge's comments came during his closing statement, which he dedicated to calling for lobbyist and ethics reform in Congress, including a two- to five-year blackout period to limit the "revolving door" between Congress and lobbying firms.
"In our 3rd District congressional office," Burridge said, "David Safavian, who was a gambling lobbyist who worked for Jack Abramoff, came in to our office, ran our office and then lobbied --"
Cannon: "Pardon me. May I just interject here?"
Burridge: "No, it's my 30 seconds."
Cannon: "It's not your 30 seconds....

Friday, October 20, 2006

KSL Nightside Reports on Cannon interrupting debate to cover up his Abramoff/Safavian Connection

Check out the KSL KSL Nightside Project's report here:

Cannon hiding his Abramoff/Safavian connection by breaking debate rules

Chris Cannon hid from his record today when he interrupted Democrat Christian Burridge in a debate hosted by the Daily Herald. Christian Burridge was explaining his position on ethics reform in a open-issue statement period at the end of the debate. Christian explained that the Congress needs to reform the revolving door between lobbying firms and congressional offices by putting time bans in between work in lobbying firms and congressional offices. He pointed to the fact that Chris Cannon hired ex-lobbyist and convicted federal felon David Safavian who worked for convicted federal felon Jack Abramoff before and after he was hired by Chris Cannon to work in our 3rd District Congressional office.

While Burridge was in mid-sentence, Cannon interrupted Burridge and claimed he was being "personally attacked." Also, he argued that Burridge broke so-called universally recognized "debate rules" with his "attack." After defending Safavian he demanded an apology.

Burridge stated that Cannon interrupted his statement because Cannon did not want the audience to know about his Abramoff/Safavian connection.

Cannon broke the debate rules by interrupting Burridge during his time to speak. When someone stifles speech they usually have something to hide. We call for the Congressman to explain his relationship with David Safavian and Jack Abramoff and why he felt Burridge's statements were so threatening to act in such an unprofessional manner.

Sunlight is always the best disinfectant.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Watch Lou Dobbs: War on the Middle Class

Tonight at 5:00 p.m. MDT watch this special today. Or go here to check out more.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Media Coverage and Op-Ed Flurry Denouncing Cannon

Recently the media and members of the community have pointed out Rep. Cannon's lack of authenticity with regard to his comments about the Foley scandal. "It is like he is trying to sell thirsty people in the desert sand while telling them it is water," said Krell Cook a resident of South Jordan. "People see it as spin and are outraged at Cannon's lack of respect of the intelligence of the people in his community," Cook went on. Prominent members of the press and media have also reported on or denounced Cannon for his insulting tone to the intelligence of the people of Utah. Here are the links:

Radio Story
Ethan Millard KSL's Nightside Project

News Articles
Thomas Burr Salt Lake Tribune
Alan Choate Daily Herald
Jeremy Twitchell Deseret News

Bob Bernick Deseret News
Daily Herald
Holly Mullen Salt Lake Tribune

Miriam Harper
Brittany Leonard
Regan Howell
Jerry Borrowman

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Utahns ready for change--its all over the comment boards

Check out the comment boards at KSL and the Daily Herald about how Utahns are ready to replace Rep. Chris Cannon with Christian Burridge. The comments speak for themselves. Time to Fire the Cannon!

Dems opening wide lead for congress

New polling data show that Dems are opening a wide lead to take control of the United States House of Representatives. According to a recent USA Today Gallup Poll Americans nationwide will vote for Democrats 59% over Republicans 36% as of October 8. This compares to a September 17th poll where both parties were tied at 48%.

See USA Today/Gallup poll.

Also, according to a CBS New York Times poll most Americans believe that national GOP leaders are putting politics over principle and favor Democrats over republicans be 24 points.

See CBS/New York Times poll.

Also, the administration's support has sunken to an all time low.

See ABC/Washington Post poll.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Christian Burridge launches new ad about national debt

Christian Burridge for Congress launched a new ad today about the federal debt.

The ad discusses how Christian, a consumer rights lawyer, sees overwhelming debts in the personal lives of ordinary citizens and discusses how Washington has a culture of mortgaging our children's future.

Burridge Debates Cannon Tomorrow on KUTV

Watch Take 2, Sunday @ 11:00 a.m., on KUTV Channel 2, when Christian Burridge takes on Rep. Chris Cannon in their first debate. This debate will be moderated by Rod Decker and will take calls live on the air.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Christian Burridge Releases Biography Film

Check out this 8 minute short film about Christian Burridge.

Learn about Christian's values and why he running for Congress.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Check out Christian's MyPod today at noon on Mid-day MyPod on My 99.5

Top 10 songs on Christian's MyPod:

10. Hurt-Jonny Cash
9. Fix you- Coldplay
8. Come with me-Puff Daddy
7. Someday soon-Doves
6. Stay-Dave Matthews Band
5. Waiting on the world to change-John Mayer
4. Your beautiful-James Blunt
3. Here it goes again-Ok Go
2. Chocolate-Snow Patrol
1. We're not gonna take it--Twisted Sister