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Guess the Political Party - Part 2

Updated on October 14, 2009

Guess the Political Party

The other day I was visiting the web sites of some political candidates. I observed that many of them included no party affiliation anywhere on their home page. Eventually I located a donation page or an endorsement page, but for the most part the home pages were party-neutral. That strikes me as surprising. Do you agree?

Let's play a game.

Read the resume of a person in politics, directly from their web site, and tell me their party affiliation. We will all learn something from this. I'll provide a slightly edited version of their qualifications from their web site. I'll remove any references to geography and political parties , but beyond that I'll change nothing.

Read the resume, then take the 1 question quiz below. I'll let you in on the secret when you submit your answer.

What Political Party?

This person wants to be a state governor. We'll call him Joe Jones just in case you might have heard of him. This is the information Mr. Jones wants you to know about him, lifted directly from his web site. I redacted all references to his state and his home city.

About Joe Jones

"Joe Jones has spent the last two decades serving constituents from all walks of life--from his start as (county name) prosecutor to his current position as a State Senator representing (city name) and a district that stretches to the (neighboring state) border. Whether he was working to clean up one of (state)'s largest Superfund sites, fighting for economic development, or writing some of the toughest legislation to keep our families safe and secure, Joe has built his career as a consensus builder who delivers results.

He wrote Megan's Law, which allows public access to the state sex offender registry, and sponsored the Amber Alert Program to keep our children safe. Using his relationships with law enforcement officers and his experience as a prosecutor, Joe wrote the state law that has turned the tide against homegrown illegal methamphetamine drug labs.

In addition to his work to cleanup the Kim-Stan landfill Superfund site, Joe also wrote one of the most progressive laws to preserve open space and protect the environment. For his leadership and advocacy, he received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy and the Preservation Alliance of (State) named him Delegate of the Year.

When (State) was in a financial crisis, Joe worked with Governor (former governor) to put the budget back in order: cutting waste and protecting important priorities. The 2004 bi-partisan budget agreement invested more than $1 billion in education, eliminated the state food tax, and put more police officers on the streets with the tools and the training they need to keep us safe.

Recently he worked with Governor (current governor) to keep (state) moving forward with an energy policy that will cut greenhouse gases by 30 percent over the next two decades and a pre-kindergarten program that will put children on the path to success from the start.

Joe was first elected to the (State Congress) in 1991, winning reelection five consecutive times before leaving the (State Congress) to fill the seat of the late Senator Emily Couric in a special election in 2001. Four years later he was the (Political Party) nominee for state Attorney General, losing that race by the closest margin in (state) history. He attended (state)'s public schools and after completing undergraduate work at (in-state college), he received his law degree from (out-of-state college) in 1984. He and his wife, Pam, live in (county name) County at the western end of the 25th Senate District. They have four children: Amanda, Rebecca, Gus and Susannah."

Guess the Political Party

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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I dunno. That one could have gone either way, I think.

    • Joy At Home profile image

      Joy At Home 8 years ago from United States

      That was too easy. Sorry.

    • elayne001 profile image

      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I liked the game - although I didn't guess right : )

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      I seem to have a feel for this. Lots of fun. Nice hub. I love when I get it right!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I'd never heard of him either.

      Maybe it's a Megan's Law specific to his home state? I don't know.

    • jiberish profile image

      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      What? Still never heard of him. :)

      But didn't Dean write Megan's Law?

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Did you take the quiz? That's where the answer is revealed!

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Temporary Senate Majority Leader? Dean G Skelos, never heard of, Im Assuming he's Rep? Am I right?