I saw a couple of “Letters to the Editor” posted @ HollandSentinel.com regarding my effort with PeteHoekstra.com. I actually know Drew Torres, who sent this letter, but I don’t know Mike Bosnjak, who sent this one.

This letter, by Steve Vander Vliet, and this one, by Martin Dugan, are both unrelated to the PeteHoekstra.com website specifically, but speak to some of my concerns with Hoekstra himself, and have various reader comments that mention our efforts. Thanks to the hundreds of people who continue to defend and support my efforts, both here and on other public messageboards.

Just a few comments from me:

1) The reason for the intended “Private Registration” was to avoid the “Padnos” name biasing anyone else’s opinion, and not because I intended on writing anything I wouldn’t feel comfortable conveying directly to the Congressman. Furthermore, even when I perceived myself as having anonymity, I spoke in the same measured tone as I do now — nothing profane or vulgar, and with a level of respect.

2) Secondly, I urge anyone who thinks I’m doing something “wrong” or “immoral” to read the U.S. Constitution, particularly the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

My opinions and concerns are valid, and interestingly are shared with a large number of people, including many there in the 2nd Congressional District. My efforts are very American!

3) The fact that I used PeteHoekstra.com as the vehicle to deliver the message is one of the only reasons the story spread so quickly. Had it been on benpadnos.com, it wouldn’t have created such a stir. The story that the ranking House Intelligence Cmte member dropped the ball on his own .com name made this a story! This is somewhat similar to my EndTheDebate effort in 2007, in which we bought Barry Bonds’ 755th home run baseball at an auction and created an Internet/PR buzz. That venture ended up getting a ton of publicity, but we lost money. The PeteHoekstra.com project has no profit motive, but I think I’m doing a public service for the people of Michigan; and

4) Finally, I would love to see PeteHoekstra.com become a place people go for information on Hoekstra as well as the other Gubernatorial candidates. We’ll publish opinions and comments that both agree with my position as well as opposing views. I also intend to open the floor to “guest” bloggers, as a number of folks have offered to contribute and take some of the tremendous amount of work running a blog like this off my plate.

Thanks, as always, for your continued effort in PeteHoekstra.com.

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/opinions/x1409371178/LETTER-On-Ben-Padnos-petehoekstra-com-and-Internet-anonymity
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