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“Damien Kidd (Chaffetz opponent) seeking DC resident feedback”

by Prince Of Petworth February 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm 32 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to let you/your readers know that Damien Kidd, who is running against Jason Chaffetz in the Republican primary, is seeking feedback from DC residents on Twitter – see below.”

  • Danielle Taylor

    I’ve been in touch with Damian via email and he is interested in potentially coming to DC to meet with us and listen to our concerns. I’m organizing an event at my home this Saturday to see if there is DC resident interest in this and how we might be able to make this happen. Please RSVP here if you would like to attend:


    • TinkerTaylor

      Wish I could attend – at an all day meeting related to a non-profit I’m involved with. Look forward to contributing to DK’s primary campaign to help sink Chaffetz.

    • Wish I could be there – would love to hear about it if you do another gathering.

    • Karen

      I’ll be out of town for work, but would love to be a part.

      • Danielle

        Please feel free to reach out to me via email. My contact info is on the event page. I’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

  • I hope he “primaries” Chaffetz. Republicans are supposed to be proponents of States Rights (yeah right..).

    • And yes while I realize DC is technically not a state it is fair to say the notion of local autonomy still remains consistent with “States Rights”

      • GBinCH

        100% agreed. It’s all about devolution of power to the locality. Republicans are so too faced on this matter. They support local autonomy unless the people they’d give power to have different beliefs than them.

  • I’ve heard that Chaffetz may run for the Senate or Governorship instead, but I figure any opportunity to bring attention to DC’s treatment is a good idea – especially for residents of states represented by “small government” proponents.

    • anon

      If DC residents are mobilized on his House race, they can shift their attention to Senate or Governor all the same. His opponents can pile on about his DC obsession.

  • Anonymous

    Before jumping into anything I’d like to know what this guy’s platform is, other than maybe not messing around with DC if elected. In his Daily Herald interview he indicated a willingness to work with Democrats, and criticized Chaffetz over his work in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Those are pretty decent positions that a lot of folks in DC probably share.

    Unfortunately, he then said that he was “‘very conservative’ on economic issues, and…would apply conservative principles to the national debt.” Conservative economic positions tend to be terrible, and the obsession over the national debt resulted in the 2013 government shutdown (which hurt DC). He’s also staunchly pro-life, though also “more Libertarian on social issues”. Does “Libertarian” mean that he is for issues such as marriage equality? Does it mean that he wants businesses to be able to refuse customers?

    • Roodle

      TBH, based on his website, I (as an intersectional feminist and progressive) agree with him on very few things. I also agree with Chaffetz on very few things. I’d have to think long and hard about giving money to him. But, assuming it’s a forgone conclusion that that UT district is going to elect someone I differ with on nearly everything, I’d rather than person didn’t also try to oversee my city. (I must confess, I do not know if this is a forgone conclusion and would appreciate if folks had thoughts on that).

      • Danielle

        This is one of the most Republican districts in the country. There is almost no chance a Democrat will win. Our best chance to get him out is the primary.

    • [rrrrr]

      I think the real question would be how much daylight there is between him and Chaffetz on those issues you laid out. Haven’t studied his platform or the Rep’s voting record in depth, but I doubt that there is a ton. A quick look at the GovTrack.us ideology score says Chaffetz is basically a middle of the road Republican, so we definitely could unleash worse. All the same a single member doesn’t wield that much power, but a big vote-by-checkbook from concerned folks in DC could provide a powerful message to future Chairmen of OGR.
      I’ll definitely think about tossing some dollars his way.

  • LP

    Tweets sent to Damian and Jason! Thanks for sharing!

  • Good Energy

    I understand that folks are upset about Congressional meddling in District governance, but electing this guy isn’t going to change the outcome. It’s not like he takes over the Chair of Government and Oversight. If your goal is to put pressure on Chaffetz by supporting his opponent, and hoping he’ll back off, then that’s a decent enough strategy. But, Chaffetz losing to Damian will only result in a different Republican taking over the Committee, and since it’s the policies of the district they don’t like, they’ll keep on meddling. You are better off working to elect Democrats in swing districts who sure as hell aren’t going to get crosswise with EHN. Barbara Comstock should be your #1 target, not Chaffetz. And you can drive (metro?) to her district to actively work against her.

    • anon

      People should do both. Forming the organization infrastructure to sink people who challenge the District’s autonomy is distinct from organizing for Dems. Both are important, though.

    • Truxtoner

      I’m not sure it’s mutually exclusive. I’d say you can focus on Comstock and where you can, help remove Chaffetz. I want him gone simply for his Benghazi obsession that led to the barrage of Hillary email nonsense that has now delivered to us Donald Trump. He might have won that battle, but I’d love to see him out on his ass for it. And will throw a few dollars to anyone for that moment of satisfaction.

      Perhaps the one issue we could push for Kidd to support is giving Holmes Norton back a vote in Congress, or even a permanent full voting House seat to DC in exchange for an extra one for Utah. That used to be something people tossed around. Who knows if it would happen, but any Republican in Congress willing to consider the disenfranchisement of DC citizens is good enough for me. Chaffetz isn’t going to do that.

    • textdoc

      Chaffetz has really stepped up the meddling, though. If he were to see D.C. residents supporting his opponent and it alarmed him enough to back down, I think that would be positive. And if he were to lose the primary in part because of D.C. support going to his opponent, that would send a powerful message to anyone else about not increasing the meddle-with-D.C. quotient.

      • Commentator

        Yes, this exactly. If all went to plan…Chaffetz runs again for his seat, DC supports his challenger with dollars, and he ends up losing his seat…that sends the ultimate message to anyone else who would think about stepping right in where he left off. Does anyone believe that with Republicans in power there will be a full moratorium on meddling in DC’s local affairs? I doubt it. But at least in the short term a “back off” notice would help (since Dems are not going to take the house in 2018). Then you partner that with the work to get Democrats elected, and a real change can eventually be realized.

      • cattypilla

        I went to school in Utah and I find Chaffetz deplorable but he will wear your opposition like a badge of honor and use it to great effect.

  • asdf

    i don’t really care what his policies are. dc is important enough to me that if he will take chaffetz to task on his interference in dc issues, its enough for me to donate. whatever he believes on other issues, its not enough to deter me.

    • Anon

      I’m pretty sure this is how Trump got elected. People liked where he stood on one issue and didn’t care about everything else.

  • Sean

    This guy is obviously not a progressive or aligned with what matters to most DC residents, but he is probably the best chance to punish Chaffetz for meddling in DC affairs.

    Personally, I’d like to see a District PAC that supports any member of Congress that supports DC statehood while supporting the primary opponents of anyone who pushes their policies on DC.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave? Rant? That picture is making me think about the 1 box of Thin Mints I have waiting for me in the freezer at home. Now all I want to do is eat them. Eat them ALL!
    Rant: If something is Potatoes O’Brien, advertise them as such! Don’t call Potatoes O’Brien “breakfast potatoes” if they’re Potatoes O’Brien! It’s not the same! grumble grumble grumble.
    Rant: Got freaked out by a guy who followed me off the bus and semi-accosted me at the crosswalk – I’m not sure if he was mentally ill, just had a bad stutter and was socially awkward, or actually meant me harm but I did not feel safe and did that thing I suspect most women have done – put the biggest key I have in between my knuckles and ball my fist up tight, then plan an escape path. My escape path, however, involved me probably having to push this man into traffic, and I felt bad for even thinking it. Luckily, however, a biker came over and agreed to ride next to me for a couple blocks, thank the gods! Did I overreact? I mean, I didn’t actually do much besides walk away very fast when the light changed, but I’m second-guessing myself in the light of day and wondering if maybe I jumped to conclusions? There was most definitely something wrong with him, but maybe I just go from 0-60 in 2 seconds flat?…..

    • LittleBluePenguin

      whoops! Wrong place, sorry guys! please ignore (or PoP can remove!)

  • Kelly

    I suggest first seeing if you agree w his policies before embracing him simply for voicing intent to treat DC residents differently. With any luck, the Dem challenger in the general could be both welcome to different behavior towards DC AND more progressive governing strategies. Check out some of his policy points here: https://www.damianwkidd.com/about

  • Mansoor

    This is the equivalent of Marie Antoinette saying “let them eat cake”. Please don’t drop the ball here by letting his hubris and obliviousness to the suffering of the American people go unchallenged .

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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
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