Politician Blogs :: More from the Floor

Following up on the previous post about politician bloggers, here are the four Washington, D.C. bloggers I can find – so far.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) has been posting from April 2, 2004 in his blog – Senator Patrick LeahyMore from the Floor.

Congressman Mike Pence (R – Indiana) has been blogging since March 2004 in Mike’s Blog. He also uses his Blackberry.

As he stood inside the National Cathedral at former President Ronald Reagan’s funeral last June, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., typed a stirring message into his BlackBerry.

“My wife and I stand amidst the most powerful people in the world,” it read. “We have stood beside presidents and princes, prime ministers and leaders of every stripe but that is not what moved us these past two hours. There was the undeniable presence of the Spirit of the Lord in this place and it was a sweet presence.” As hymns echoed through the cathedral, “the casket swept by to our right, and tears filled my eyes.”

Later that afternoon, that message was posted on Pence’s blog. “We got wonderful feedback,” he said in a recent interview.

I honestly don’t know what to make of that. Blogging during a funeral? A congressman tapping away on his Blackberry during Ronald Reagan’s funeral?

Katherine Harris (R – Florida), best known for her role in the Bush/Gore election, is also blogging in Katherine’s Blog. And Congressman Mark Steven Kirk (R – Illinois) is active with Congressman Kirk’s Blog.

And, just for a twist, here is a UK blogger, Louise Alexander, Councillor and her “Read My Day blog. Louise “was elected as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in May 2002.”

Read My Day is a very interesting project aimed at serving “Civic Leaders Only” in the UK.

Although the project is sponsored by the ODPM the blogging platform is based on free, open source software and impartially hosted (off council property) which means there will be no initial political restrictions although you will be expected to operate to legal guidelines.This is your opportunity to shape the future of how such schemes should be run.

The project runs through the end of March 2005. Wonder if they will continue to blog after that? We’ll have to wait and see.

One of the partners, or sponsors, in the project is Wigley & Associates.


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