My campaign will be hosting a fundraiser at the Humidor Smoke Shop in East Greenwich on Aug 13th.  Tickets will be $50.00 per person.  Cigars and refreshments will be provided. 

 

“Jon Scott is a Reagan conservative who believes in a strong but limited government.  Please attend this important fundraiser and assist Jon in his quest to send Patrick Kennedy back to Massachusetts.  Rep. Kennedy wishes to grow government at a time when Americans can least afford it.  A vote for Jon Scott is a vote for lower taxes.”

 

Please RSVP at scottricongress@yahoo.com 

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Donations

June 16, 2008

The campaign is up on Slatecard.com, a great new website for those of us who run with the elephants.

My Page can be accessed here:

http://slatecard.com/candidates/732

Please give generously. It’ll take ideas to beat Kennedy but, as much as I hate it that money is the mother’s milk of politics, It’ll take cash, as well.

Media Fun

June 16, 2008

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since last Monday. We announced and had some good press in the Providence Journal. The story can be seen at:

http://www.projo.com/news/politics/content/scott_congress_06-11-08_H1AFH73_v26.37313a2.html

We also got some time on WPRO with Dan Yorke on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Dan and I slugged it out a bit but the end result was a bit of money pledged and some supportive emails.

We got more in the Journal after the Thursday night convention win and a few articles in the local papers. We’ll have links to all of those as the regular web site gets up and running next week.

I’ve been on the phone almost constantly since Monday’s release went out. All press is good press.

On Sunday, I was on ABC 6 with Jim Hummel. Loved the discussion but we’re going to have to talk to someone about that camera angle!

http://www.abc6.com/results?keywords=nazarian+scott&searchType=gen&submit=Search

Keep an eye out and let us know what you see. It was a great start and we’ve had some great feedback.

JPS

I’m Back

June 12, 2008

As I said before, I’ve been a bad blogger. I wanted to keep everyone up to date on my thought process as I decided whether to run or not.

We’ve been preparing for a race for two years now – a federal race. I ran against Congressman Kennedy in 06 because I didn’t think he was looking out for the people. He looks out for the government. It is the family business, after all. None of that has changed. We started something in 06 and i want to finish it. It’s as simple as that.

I’ve had a busy couple of days with non stop interviews on radio and for the newspapers. More of the same today and we have the RI GOP convention tonight. I have a speech to prep and a couple of meetings thrown in. There’s always those donation calls to make, as well. Email us at scottricongress@yahoo.comand join that donor list because we can’t beat a Kennedy on handshakes alone.

I’ll be back soon. Hopefully I can pry some time out and let folks in on a little background as it applies to the exploratory process.

Keep an eye here. The website will be up soon and this blog will become just a part of it rather than the front page. Keep in touch too. Post your comments and email us. Together, we can change the system. Together we can start the revolution.

JPS

I’m A Bad Blogger

May 15, 2008

I’ve been a bad blogger. I get on the road and I end up not blogging and then the people who check it and care about what I am doing in November write me nasty notes. Well I’m back and focused and will try to get some thoughts up here on a regular basis. I guess I envy the politicians who have people who do this kind of thing for them but, I suppose, if I did – I’d no longer be me. I’ve always prided myself on the fact that “what you see is what you get”.

Starting on Monday, I’ll let folks in on what I’ve been thinking about for the election season and where we stand as of right now. If you’re reading this, thanks for sticking with my old posts and checking in but tell your friends who haven’t been here that I’m back and that election season is beginning.

I’ll leave folks with the thought that a friend always cites from a T-shirt: “more people have read my T-shirt than your blog”. That’s what happens when you forget to blog every day – or month ;-).

JPS

Tin Foil Hats and Paper Money

November 16, 2007

Tonight’s little “get together”  at UNLV was the 347th 2008 Democratic Presidential debate, I think. I did not attend. I decided that I didn’t need to even watch on television because there were pressing things on my schedule for the evening – The cat gets very angry if I don’t play the game where I flash the reflection from my wristwatch on the living room wall and move it up and down so that she can try to grab it. I’m sure you understand.

According to my inside sources, who read the coverage on AOL, it was a bit contentious and  focused on the “big three”. Since I’m from New England, that phrase has a distinct meaning and I couldn’t figure out why Presidential contenders would be talking about Pierce, Garnett and Allen. I guess that I’m slow like that.

Joe Biden spoke, for the first time, 15 minutes into the tri-match between Obama, Edwards, and the “Clinton of the moment”.  All that and he’s a credible candidate, unlike Mike Gravel; who didn’t get to speak at all. Actually, security wouldn’t have let him in if he had a ticket for the grandstands. The reasoning: He doesn’t have a million bucks in his bank account. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s one step away from throwing on the tin foil hat so that the aliens don’t hear his thoughts.

I can speak to this from personal experience. Credibility, in these political times, has become increasingly about how much cash you have in the bank. Money, as they say, is the mother’s milk of politics and you have no credibility without it. This phenomena is why the citizenry has no connection with their system. Ned Lamont can throw millions from his personal accounts into his campaign’s accounts and he has instant credibility, before he even opens his mouth,  yet the local dry cleaner struggles to pay his employees, his insurance, and his rent and can’t even contemplate becoming part of the process. It’s wrong and it is bringing down our form of government.

Make no mistake about it. Gravel was shut out because he’s wacky. Truth be told, I enjoy his participation. The excuse, though, was the money and every time we let the insiders use the money as a marker for credibility, whether excusory or not, we all lose. The media has anointed the “big three” and the media stands to gain by their raising and spending money. See, the dirty little secret is that the very entity that bestows credibility, also benefits from high dollar expenditure. The number one expense of any campaign is bought media: commercials, ads, etc.. Networks do not benefit from Mike Gravel because he does not buy time. Hillary does.

The second dirty little secret is that, although negative advertising brings down voter turnout, the media loves it. Why encourage candidates to buy a 1000 point media package in order to broadcast a positive issue ad when you could cover the negatives and force them into buying 1000 point negative ad about their opponent… who will then buy 1000 points of rebuttle time and add 1000 points of their own counter negative piece? The buy amounts go up exponentially and the only ones benefiting are the TV execs.

Its time to stop giving Network Presidents what they want and time to start giving the people what they want. Voters, overwhelmingly, want to hear the positive plans that a candidate has. They want to know that there are better days ahead and that the candidate who garners their vote, in the end,  has a roadmap to get us there. They don’t want to hear about the other guy’s misdeeds in college. They want to hear candidates speak to them. It’s just more entertaining if one of the candidates is wearing a tin foil hat.

JPS

Civility…? Where…?

November 15, 2007

Today web news sites have been abuzz with reports of the happenings at a John McCain town hall meeting. It seems that the Senator from Arizona was asked “How do we beat the bitch?”, in apparent reference to Hillary Clinton: the only female in the race. While I am not above a fair amount of critical sarcasm, I do believe that the question goes way beyond; not because of the language but because of the attitude behind it.

It used to be that politics was about opinions and ideas and, when the debate ceased and the votes were tallied, the combatants would light a cigar, pour a drink, and catch up on each other’s family lives. Since negative campaigns and he said/she said disagreement has ruled the day, however, those moments have become endangered species. It is hard to come back from such personal attacks.

I ran as a Republican. I am proud to be a Republican. I am happy that Patrick Kennedy, my opponent in 2006, is proud to be a Democrat. While we disagree on some fundamental issues and have divergent beliefs about just how our nation can reach its potential, I do not believe for a second that he is a terrible human being because he does not agree with me and I certainly never got the indication that he dislikes me because I choose to run with the loyal opposition. Further, I refuse to accept that he loves trees more than he loves this nation and hope that he understands that my moral compass places people before country clubs. Unfortunately we are out of the mainstream in this day and age.

Some will criticize me, without doubt, for saying something nice about a Democrat. He may even take some heat because I have said something nice about him. It is the way of 21st century politics: “Democrats good… Republicans bad”. “No… Democrats bad… Republicans good”. Reality is that, just as our parents taught us when we were young, there is good and bad everywhere. We need to unlearn the rest of it.

Hear me Rhode Island: All Republicans don’t eat puppies. All Democrats are not good. Union bosses don’t always represent the interest of their rank and file and not all conservatives want to get rid of unions all together. Take away the Party line and listen to what your candidates have to say. You may be very surprised.

I was once told by a member of the general public that the best Republican strategy in the Ocean State might be to run all of our candidates in Democratic primaries. That way, the theory went, the voters would have to check out the candidates’ positions and not blindly follow their learned reaction. I’m not sure that it would do anything other than move people towards the incumbents or the candidates with better name recognition but it’s a novel idea. At least we could all sit down together afterwards and let go of some of the hate.

I had a conversation with Bill Lynch and Tim Grillo, from the Democratic Party, last week, after an event at Providence College, and covered this very same subject. I have respect for them and their beliefs. I hope that they have the same for me and mine.  Mr. Lynch and I agreed that some of the worst hate comes from intraParty factions. I guess that will be the new frontier. Before that happens , though, we need to take it back towards civility.

Don’t get me wrong. We will never get the disagreement out of politics. Truth be told, I enjoy the disagreement. It means that the process is still vital. We need to focus that disagreement on the ideas and issues, however. This nation will never move forward with its elected officials paralyzed by preconceived notions and shouting rude epithets from the rostrum. We move forward with the free and open debate of ideas and a citizenry that feels connected to their representatives.

It would be a bit of “back to the future” but, if we ever do manage to abandon the schoolyard stuff and get back to civility, I pledge that I will be the first to offer the olive branch to my opponent and light the cigars. I promise that I won’t order the puppy sandwich.

JPS