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Mon January 14, 2013
No Labels Group Wants Congress to Start Fixing
Some 1,500 activists have gathered, hoping to break down political gridlock. Organizers say their ‘Meeting to Make America Work’ in New York City attracted Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. They want to send a message to the President and Congress to ‘stop fighting and start fixing.’ So far, former Kentucky Treasurer Jonathan Miller says more than half million people and 25 members of Congress are involved in the effort.
“I think we’re most focused on, let’s get this group of 25 congressmen up to 50 to 75 to a hundred because when we get a huge block of Congressmen all preaching from the same hymnal, that’s when we’re gonna see real action done,” Miller said.
Although Miller admits some of the people in New York might run on a ‘breaking partisan gridlock’ platform, the Democrat’s isn’t one of them.
“I’m done with politics. I won’t rule it out when I’m in my 60’s and have grandkids and my kids are all grown up. But, I’m for now, but feel like, even folks outside of public office, can make a difference through organizations like ‘No Labels,” Miller added.
Miller says the effort is bolstered by co-chairs Jon Huntsman, who was the governor of Utah until 2009 and West Virginia Congressman Joe Manchin.
He says about 700 people Sunday went through training in areas of grassroots messaging and social media.