Jerome Block represents the working man’s party?

Jerome Block, candidate for the Public Regulation Commision, is a Democrat, and Democrats generally claim that theirs is the party that represents the working man, the common man. They cast the GOP as the party of rich fat cats and spoiled second-generation politicians born with silver spoons in their mouths — like George W. Bush (but not Al Gore, naturally).

But now we have Jerome H. Block, Jr., Democrat, son of a prominent New Mexico politician, dismissing his Green Party opponent Rick Lass in a way that sounds, well, not very democratic (in the small-d sense). An article in today’s New Mexican, “Block brushes off debate challenge,” quotes Block as saying, “I do not intend my campaign schedule to be influenced by a minor party candidate who had to be ‘drafted to run.’ ” The Green Party may indeed by a “minor party” but considering that Lass is Block’s only challenger in the race, it seems rather arrogant to refuse to allow his campaign schedule to be influenced by him. What campaign schedule does he need, anyway, if he considers his only opponent beneath consideration, and himself in effect unopposed?

But it gets even better. “”You and your supporters tout you as the ‘qualified candidate,’ ” Block writes in a letter to Lass, “While there is nothing wrong with your real life experiences and employment as a pizza delivery person and a food market clerk, I do not feel it qualifies you to be a PRC commissioner.” Ouch.

Now there’s a good Democrat, a representative of the ordinary working stiff, looking down his patrician nose at an opponent who has had to work at working-class jobs for a living, but who as far as we know, has been a law-abiding citizen — unlike some Democrats we know.

Comments 6

  1. Bowden Russell wrote:

    Block, or should we just call him “Daddy’s boy”, is just typical of what passes for typical Democratic conduct.

    He has contempt and disdain for his competition; this time it is a Green-party candidate. We’ve seen the modern day Democratic Party bring the level of discourse to a new low since they lost in 2000, so Block’s comments are not surprising.

    Have you no shame, Democrats? Have you no shame?

    Posted 30 Jul 2008 at 4:03 pm
  2. Dan wrote:

    Amusingly, Mr Block is strikingly similar to George W Bush. Both are abysmal failures in private business, both were drunken party-boys in their twenties, both have been busted for DUI, both depended entirely on their fathers to further their political careers, and both seek/sought to minimize the number of debates they engaged with in their respective races.

    Fortunately for us, Mr. Block is only running for the PRC and not for president of the United States. At least the PRC doesn’t have the ability to preemptively invade other countries that are no threat whatsoever to ours, nor run up yearly national deficits of half a trillion dollars.

    Posted 01 Aug 2008 at 9:09 pm
  3. Brigette Russell wrote:

    “Strikingly similar” except that Bush never claimed not to remember getting a DUI or a citation for urinating in public.

    When Bush ran for President he had been governor of one of the largest states in the Union. Granted, being President Bush 41’s son doubtless helped get him both the governorship and the presidency, but he acquitted himself well enough as governor, and that was the record on which he was running for president.

    I wish nepotism wasn’t the American way, and Bush the younger wasn’t my choice in the 2000 primary. But he was what my party ended up with, so I voted for him over Al Gore — another example of a daddy’s boy making his fortune on the family name.

    Posted 02 Aug 2008 at 4:13 pm
  4. Bowden Russell wrote:

    I can hardly wait for the spin-master Dan to explain the latest revelations of Jerome Block Jr.

    This will be very, very interesting to see how you explain this one, Dan.


    Posted 04 Aug 2008 at 4:19 am
  5. Bowden Russell wrote:


    When you said that Block was similar to Bush, did Bush lie about attending non-existent universities like Block did?

    I’m really confused, could you clear that up for me?


    Posted 04 Aug 2008 at 6:48 pm
  6. John McAndrew wrote:

    Bowden, in Dan’s absence, let me note that you seem to be confusing similar with identical. No, Bush did not, so far as I know, lie about attending non-existent schools. Neither did Block lie about yellow cake uranium, the relationship between Saddam and Bin Laden, or other more consequential matters.

    Another way in which Bush and Block are similar (not identical): in both cases, their parties would have done themselves and their constituents a favor by repudiating them. Many Republicans have buyers’ remorse with Bush. Doesn’t mean they’d vote for Gore or Kerry if they had the chance for a do-over, but they may wish that the party’s elders and primary voters had chosen someone who was more fiscally conservative, less interested in invasive government and, gee, less inclined to torture and bankrupt an economy. Dems may wish that they had had fewer candidates from whom to choose in their District 3 PRC primary, having ended up with Block. There is no disloyalty to party or country implied in recognizing that one’s standard bearers are doing both an injustice.

    Posted 13 Aug 2008 at 9:36 pm

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