|Daivd Sirota sent an email to local bloggers including me.
"Wanted to get in touch and let you know I'm going to be in Vermont to launch my book, The Uprising. I have attached an embargoed press release and background info on the book. As a blogger myself, I figured I would see if you wanted to perhaps do an interview about the book before the event, or some such other kind of thing..." [Links added.]
I took him up and called him around 6:20 eastern time tonight for a short phone interview. Not verbatim without quotation marks. Ring ring.
HB: Hello. Is this David Sirota?
HB: Hi. This is Haik Bedrosian from BurlingtonPol.com. You sent an email about your book. Can we do a quick interview right now?
HB: What do you think about Ron Paul?
DS: I worked with him and his staff fairly often when I was Bernie's spokesperson on Capitol Hill.
HB: You worked for Bernie?
DS: I was his spokesperson from 1999-2001.
DS: Ron Paul is what we call "an honest conservative" in D.C. We worked with him on issues like ending corporate welfare, the IMF and prescription reimportation.
HB: So do you support Obama?
DS: I haven't endorsed anybody. I guess you could say I'm leaning toward Obama, but I was more toward Edwards when he was in the race. My job precludes me from making an endorsement.
HB: What's your job?
DS: I'm a political columnist and I write books.
HB: Oh. What paper do you write for?
DS: My column runs in 40 papers including the Denver Post, The Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
HB: Yeah. I didn't really do my homework for this interview. I mean, I used to hear you on the Al Franken show. Ma-ma-ma-ma-my-my-my Sirota. We can't get Air America on the radio in Burlington anymore. Hey! Do you know Rachel Maddow?
DS: I'm on her show all the time.
HB: Man, I love her. But do you think she's selling her soul working for GE? I mean just now on TV I heard her cheering Hillary's threat to obliterate Iran as earning her "hawkish stripes."
DS: Micheal Moore ran into this dilemma with Rupert Murdoch and he said if he could use Murdoch's resoures to get his own message out, it's a coup.
HB: Do you consider yourself to be a member of a party?
DS: I guess you could say I'm a Democrat, but a Progresisve Democrat.
HB: So if you lived in Burlington you'd be a Progressive? You would support Bob Kiss and David Zuckerman?
DS: Yes. I actually serve on a committee with David Zuckerman. The Progressive States Network.
HB: Where do you live?
HB: Are you married? Kids? How old are you?
DS: I'm 32. Married since 2005. No kids. We have a dog named Monty, for Montana where we used to live. We helped Brian Schweitzer get elected.
HB: He's smart. He's a geologist. What do you think about the gold standard?
DS: I can't really speak on that. It's not where my focus has been...
HB: Peter Welch reacted the same way when I aked him about it. It was just way off his radar.
HB: Some of my readers will think that it's neat that I spoke with you. Thanks for taking the time. I'll post your materials and announce your book launch.
DS: And I hope to meet you in Burlington at the event.
Poopsie: Did you ask him about his name? You should ask him about his name. Sirota means orphan in Russian.
HB: That's interesting Honey, but I'm not going to call back and ask him about it.
David Sirota Tuesday May 27, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Borders Books Church Street
Speech, Q&A and book signing sponsored by Democracy for Vermont and Chittenden South DFA.
Labels: Interviews, Rachel Maddow