There is some great press on Jim Ogonowski this morning as he begins to campaign in earnest. Yesterday, he launched his one-week “People Before Politics” tour which will send him to coffee shops from Berkshire County to the Cape, meeting with voters. I recall Ogonowski connecting with voters similarly during the 5th district congressional race. This is a great strategy, particularly when challenging an arrogant and out of touch incumbent like John Kerry.
Dracut resident challenging U.S. Senate incumbent Kerry By Derek Gentile, Berkshire Eagle Staff Tuesday, April 08 GREAT BARRINGTON — Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Jim Ogonowski spent yesterday morning in a half-dozen coffee shops in Berkshire County, meeting voters and trying to convey his philosophy of government. “What better way to meet people and find out what's on their minds?” he said of what he called his People Before Politics Tour. “It's a laid-back environment. We're just sitting around, talking over coffee.” But, man, that's a lot of coffee. “Yes, but there's some very good coffee here in Berkshire County,” he said yesterday.
Hopeful hits road seeking Senate seat Tuesday, April 08, 2008 By PATRICK JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org SPRINGFIELD – Jim Ogonowski said he has miles to go before he'll sleep – that is, if he will be able to sleep. The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate stopped in Springfield yesterday afternoon on Day 1 of his “People Before Politics Tour.” The tour consists of six straight days of stops at coffee shops across the state. Perched in a booth at Sam's Restaurant at Belmont Avenue and Oakland Street, Ogonowski said “I guess I've had eight cups anyway. That's a little more than usual. You've got some great coffee out here.
GOP Candidate Hopes to End Senator Kerry's Election Streak By Lesley Tanner He's not your average candidate for U.S. Senate, but Jim Ogonowski is confident he can take on four time incumbent John Kerry in this November's race. “We don't need lifelong politicians in Washington, the founding fathers never envisioned that,” says Republican Ogonowski. “They want someone who understands what hardworking Americans go through everyday.” A farmer and small business owner from Dracut, Ogonowski doesn't have the typical political background. That's why he says he isn't running the typical campaign. Instead of scheduled speeches in front of large crowds he spent the day surprising customers at places like Sam's Pizza near the X in Springfield. “You pull up a seat you sit down with them, you have a cup of coffee, you discuss ideas,” says Ogonowski. With Senator Kerry's popularity Ogonowski says meeting voters face to face at their local hangouts is his best chance for a win.