Not so long ago, when I attended Samsphere in Chicago, I made quite a few new good blogging acquaintances. Most of them I only became aware of their blog through the Sam Adams Alliance’s introduction of the list of participants.
But one of a few who I already knew by reputation was Erick Erickson, the managing editor at RedState – one of the most well-trafficked and successful conservative websites around. I was glad for the opportunity to meet Erick and to discover that he wasn’t a self-absorbed self-promoter, but rather a very down-to-earth guy with a passion for building the conservative, limited government cause. He talked to the crew about applying the spirit of servant leadership to blogging, and it’s something he clearly believes in.
A few days ago Erick mentioned to the Samsphere crew that he was looking for local stories that slip “under the radar” for a new Human Events column he writes. I passed along the idea of the unusual Republican primary brewing between Rima Barakat Sinclair and my blogger friend Joshua Sharf, who has risen to the challenge of defending the local GOP’s good name.
To my delight, Erick included a descriptive soundbite and a link in his column:
Republican Rima Barakat Sinclair running for Denverâ€™s House District 6 is being accused by opponents of being â€œa terror apologist . . . with no credible conservative credentials.â€ Naturally, Ms. Sinclair says this is mudslinging because of her Muslim descent. But Ms. Sinclair was caught on tape saying, â€œIsraeli soldiers now are known to be just bombing and killing babiesâ€ and is on the steering committee of a questionable organization called Muslims Intent on Learning and Action.
Thanks for the mention, Erick. I really like this idea of expanding the pro-freedom blogging community. And those of you interested in helping Joshua Sharf, you can go either to his new campaign website or to his old reliable blog.