Skip to comments.Ex-Rocker John Hall Wins Upset in NY Congressional Race
Posted on 11/08/2006 10:08:21 AM PST by freedomdefender
John Hall, leader of the rock group Orleans that recorded such hits as "Still the One" and "Dance With Me," has won a stunning upset in his race for Congress in upstate New York, narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Sue Kelly 51%-49%.
Hall's views on the differences between political and music journalists were recently profiled on E&P Online. At one point, he had to struggle to be taken seriously by the press as a policy man. He ended up gaining the endorsements of all four top dailies in his district.
The upset was more surprising, as this contest was never on the national Democratic Party's list of most likely pickups.
Hall closed his victory speech by singing Steven Van Zandt's song "I Am A Patriot." Numerous musicians played benefits for Hall throughout the campaign, though he was still badly outspent by his opponent. They included Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Pete Seeger and Jackson Browne.
Hall, who ran as an antiwar candidate, is also an environmental activist and drew wide labor backing. He was a key organizer of the fabled "No Nukes" concert and movie in 1979.
He recently appeared on the Colbert Report and fared well, even singing "Still the One" with the host, in an appearance that was seen as drawing much interest in the campaign.
...and no, that's neither Daryl Hall nor John Oates.
1994 gave you Congresscritter Sonny Bono
2006 gives you another has been music man.
Those were some catchy good old AM hits, back when they still played music on AM.
Another hippy off to congress. He'll fit right in.
Jon Hall is a socialist, just like his music pals. I have interviewed every one mentioned in this article.
Another Democratic tower of jello.
He'll be gone in two years. Promise.
This district is next door to me. I got the impression his candidacy was not being taken seriously. Shows how much I know.
Beat you by 10 seconds.
Seems like they could won races with anybody this time. Cheesy muscians and bad quarterbacks knocking off incumbants.
Think nothing of it, Capt. Ron. You weren't alone!
I wonder how fast Mr. Hall will vote to end funding for the war in Iraq?
Jon sure was wrong on the nuclear freeze question. Hey, nobody's perfect!
Keep smiling. All will be well. Promise.
Plus, I was remembering that Hall & Oates had the "Philadelphia sound".
Now Sue Kelly's gone? Zelig saw one of her campaign commercials attacking John Hall for owning mutual funds (so....???). Said it was the stupidest campaign commercial he had ever seen and said Sue Kelly should be ashamed...
I'm holding you to that!
Eons ago, I watched some pre-election Sunday show. The pundits didn't take Jesse Ventura seriously, either.
Well Kalifornia has Arnold.
Yesterday was a bad day to be a Republican and a good day to be a Democrat - even a hippie Democrat.
They just fired rummy and brought back some Neo Isolationist has been from Bush 1. We just surrendered
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