The View From The Other Side

By: Jessica Lewis

The view from the other side

I’m a Democrat who doesn’t eat meat or shellfish, and can’t drink because I’m extremely pregnant. Given those conditions, it might be hard to understand exactly why I attended the Chenango County Republican Committee’s annual Lobsterfest fundraiser.

Of course there is the obvious reason: It was a work function and I was paid to go. But after attending Lobsterfest once again this year, I left understanding what those on the other side of the aisle are thinking.

I enjoy politics. I don’t pretend to know all the answers or understand all of the intricacies of the political power plays that take place in Washington and Albany, but I enjoy staying informed about what is going on and forming opinions on those issues. With the state’s current political struggles, budget issues and an ever-increasing financial crisis, it seems like there is a lot to stay on top of right now.

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