Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Congressional Nirvana

I never was a huge fan of the Nirvana/grunge thing that swept across the U.S. from Seattle in the 1990s. I just didn't get it. Who wants to wear dirty plaid, anyway?

Well, here's a bit of interesting news out of Washington -- not that Washington -- about Krist Novoselic, the tall, odd-looking former Nirvana bassist. (Thanks, McClatchy News.)

(By the way, he's the guy on the right in the photo above.)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Critics of U.S. Rep. Brian Baird shouldn’t look to Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bassist and active Democrat, to run for Congress in 2008.
“Let me put it this way: No way. Brian Baird has made good decisions for the 3rd district. I was proud of his vote against the war” in 2002, Novoselic said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home in Southwest Washington.
Novoselic, who wrote a book about returning to grassroots politics and considered a run for lieutenant governor a few years ago, said a Vancouver, Wash., activist approached him about running against Baird. Word of that solicitation has circulated in Olympia, where antiwar activists are looking for someone to take on Baird after the five-term congressman expressed support for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for a longer period.
“I haven’t supported the war,” Novoselic said, adding: “Brian makes good decision for the 3rd district. He’s very accessible. He travels the whole district — I don’t think we should throw him overboard now.”