I am not a “DINO” as I think folk here know – neither do I claim to be an idealogically “pure” member of any faction within the Democratic Party. I find “litmus test” politics repugnant. I vote in large part because of decisions I have made about character, integrity, and perhaps personality as experienced by me. I do not expect the public positions and later votes of my legislators to always agree with me.
I do consider myself an educated, independent democrat. I have chosen to become a member of the Democratic Party because it is the only party that upholds the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights – or has continued to support the concept of democracy vs. oligarchy/plutocracy.
I consider the rule of law, the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and doctrine of Separation of Powers critical to democracy. I have discussed these issues with Brian Knuuttila, and have known him well since 2003.
As a matter of disclosure, Brian Knuuttila was the first reprentative to support full funding and the first raise in 20 years for the indigent defense bar/independent contractors. He suffered politically for that support. He also understands and supports nurses in their fight not to be forced to care for more patients then is safe and right. I admit I have not had iany “one on one” discussions with Rep. Flanagan, let alone any in depth discussions.
I have nothing “against” Rep. Flanagan, and I will not use labels to either ask you to support her or oppose her – I think that is dishonest intellectually and a lot like elementary school student name calling. I happen to find calling Brian Knuuttila, a fine man with a history of public service in the military, and as a police officer for more than a decade a “DINO” to be both offensive and juvenile [as “Heartlandem” did in his post.}
Rep. Knuuttila fought tirelessly as a representative for transportation improvements for Gardner. He has a deep experience of local and state governance, understanding of economic development and health care from a practical standpoint, and I would call him a pragmatist.
Do we agree on everything? No. But I have never found anyone on this blog or in public life with whom I agree about “everything”.
I personally support gay marriage and am anti-dealth penalty. The last time I discussed both issues with Brian Knuuttila, he did not support gay marriage and did support the death penalty based on his experiences in life and professionally.
That all being said, when Brian Knuuttila was a defense attorney, no one fought harder for his clients, including the indigent he was appointed to serve.
As a member of the Board of his local community hospital, Brian has also served tirelessly and really understands the nuts and bolts of health care. He was honored as Man of the Year by his peers in Garner in 2007 in part for that reason.
No, I do not live in his district; if I did I would vote for Brian Knuuttila.