This is interesting.
Former Vice President Al Gore has sent out an e-mail to Democrats asking for financial donations and support for Boswell's campaign. Boswell is being challenged in the 3rd District Democratic primary by Ed Fallon, a former state legislator from Des Moines.
"The congressman is honored that Vice President Gore has endorsed his candidacy for re-election and is actively participating in this campaign," said Boswell campaign manager Scott Ourth in a telephone interview with Iowa Independent.
The fundraising e-mail notes Boswell's support for Gore during the presidential campaign of 2000. "I will never forget traveling across Iowa back in 1999 and 2000 during my presidential campaign with Leonard and his wife, Dody, joining Tipper and me. Few people fought as hard for me as Leonard did," stated Gore. "From our very first bus trip until election night -- every step of the way, he was right there beside me, standing up to pharmaceutical companies, fighting to make Iowa a leader in alternative energy. As you remember, we won the caucus."
Fallon did not support Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign, opting instead to endorse and work on behalf of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. Many Democrats still blame Nader for playing a part in Gore's 2000 loss to George Bush.
It's basic political loyalty, and I don't begrudge Al Gore his right to engage in some payback against someone that hurt him in 2000. Still, Leonard Boswell has a bad showing on subsidies for oil companies, the war in Iraq, and constitutional rights in Guantanamo.
Gore is not above politics, and despite his post-2000 persona, his political instincts remain constant. He praises John McCain and supports Boswell, much as he pushed for Free Trade in the 1990s and failed to fight for the Presidency in 2000. In other words, Gore is like a lot of antipartisan Democrats who emerged in the 1970s, speaking in media circles as a liberal while operationally supporting the status quo.
UPDATE: I suppose it's possible Gore did not know that Boswell is in a primary with a progressive primary opponent, so I sent a request for information to Al Gore's spokesperson, Kalee Kreider.
Before sending an email solicitation for Leonard Boswell's reelection campaign, did Al Gore know that there's a primary, and that Ed Fallon (Boswell's opponent) supports a moratorium on coal fired power plants? If so, why did he choose to endorse a candidate who prefers a less optimal solution on climate change than his opponent?