Here goes, my first post on BMG. By way of introduction, I am John Driscoll of Ipswich, a Deval Patrick delegate.
Tonight was another first for me, the first time I have gone to a meeting of the First Essex Middlesex Coalition, a group of Democrats in the First Essex Middlesex state senate district organized around the goal of electing Democrats at all levels of government. This is certainly a tough thing to do in our district, which is probably only slightly less Republican than the Texas 22nd U.S. House district.
I met Elizabeth Kilcoyne, the chair of the coalition back in September 2005, on the weekend of the mass demonstrations against the Iraq war. I had not been able to work out the logistics to get down to D.C., so I staged my own one-man demo in the middle of Ipswich. Elizabeth came up and introduced herself and encouraged me to join the 1EM group.