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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Quebec Discovers Bernie!

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 9:06 PM



While
Pat & Pete were doing their Middle East recess junket-thing Tuesday, the third and last member of Vermont's robust congressional delegation held a presser in Burlap. One of the most energetic, upbeat senior citizens I know, too.

Sen. Bernie Sanders had Marian Wright Edleman - director of the Children's Defense Fund - "live" with him on a video uplink from his Capitol Hill office.

Next week, Ol' Bernardo will introduce his "All Healthy Children Act." Pretty radical stuff: health care coverage for all of America's kids.

Also in attendance, besides yours truly and reps from three local news shops (TV Chs. 3 & 5 and the Freeps), was Agnes Gruda (at right, with The Bernster), a distinguished writer from the Montreal daily La Presse.

Agnes is doing a feature, a profile on the socialist senator on the Quebec border. Interviewed Sanders one-on-one after the presser. She said she'll let us know when it's published (online), and we'll let you know.

En francais, of course

She interviewed me on the phone yesterday.

Hey, they may play ice hockey up there, but Montreal is a world away and Ol' Agnes knew very, very little about Bernie Sanders, America's champion of Canadian-style, single-payer health care for all!

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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