A warrior is among those vying for the former Senate seat of Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez declared his candidacy in an American Legion Hall in Quincy, Mass., joining three other Republicans and two Democrats seeking the nomination.
“You and I know that Congress has failed us. You and I know this path is unsustainable. You and I know our country is better than its politics,” Mr. Gomez declared, following an initial greeting to his audience in Spanish.
The former Navy pilot turned investment manager has support from a certain band of brothers.
“SEALs and other special operators are proven leaders in solving the most difficult challenges around the globe. It is time we start electing the same caliber of leaders to solve our problems in Washington,” says Ryan Zinke, a former commander of SEAL Team 6 and chairman of Special Operations for America, a political action committee.
“The past 50 years have seen a dramatic decrease of congressional representatives who have served in our armed forces. With gridlock at an all-time high and our trust in government near record lows, America needs leaders with integrity, honor and courage,” Mr. Zinke observes.
EAST SEEKS WEST
“Two great competitions! You could win an expense paid week in Beijing and a chance at a $15,000 Grand Prize. Or you could see your short film produced. More than 100 great prizes in all. No entry fee. Don’t miss out.”
And so begins China’s determined foray into show biz. The Cultural Assets Office of the Beijing Municipal Government has announced the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, “open to U.S.-based contestants of all nationalities.” The state-run office only wants material centered on Beijing, however, and cheerfully frames the competition as a “groundbreaking initiative.”
“This competition is one of the first established routes for U.S. filmmakers to obtain direct access to the Chinese market,” says contest chairman Kevin Niu.
China, incidentally, is the world’s second-largest film market, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Proposals are due in April, winners will journey to China in June. See details here: writebeijing.org.
POLL DU JOUR
51 percent of Americans don’t know enough about the sequester to say if it’s a “good thing or a bad thing” for the nation; 45 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 56 percent of Democrats agree.
30 percent of Americans overall say the sequester is a bad thing for the nation; 25 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats agree.
18 percent overall say the sequester is a good thing for the nation; 30 percent of Republicans, 22 percent of independents and 6 percent of Democrats agree.