2018 Presidential Election

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Monday June 21st, 2021

Duke tops Conservative straw poll


Former Oklahoma Senator Alan Duke came out on top of an approval voting straw poll held at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, held over the weekend. The poll shows Duke and Ohio Senator Ruth Norton-Stewart as the clear front-runners, with Duke ahead by 6%.

Participants of the poll voted for the eight declared Republican presidential candidates that they approve of for the upcoming 2022 presidential election, Duke scored the highest approval rating with 76%, defeating Norton-Stewart who came in second with 70%, according to the poll. Michigan Governor Ben Laurion came in third place with 46%, followed by Georgia Senator Charlie Forrester with 38% and former North Carolina Governor Andrew Wu with 32%.

The remaining three candidates all polled in single digits, with Californian Congressman Alton Moore polling just 7%, Illinois Senator Jasper Irving 5% and former Michigan Congressman Gus Edwards 2%. The poll had 391 respondents in total, according to the polling data. The annual two day summit , hosted by Colorado’s Christian University’s Centennial Institute, had nearly 500 people in attendance.
 
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BREAKING NEWS

Violence in Northern Cyprus

North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus-
ACN can now confirm the reports that filtered in over the past few hours. At approximately 0810 hours local time (0610-GMT), militants of unknown numbers or affiliation swamped into the small, isolated village of Demktas, in Northern Cyprus. Prior to the assault, all lines of communications and power were cutoff. Though not yet confirmed, there is a strong suspicion that these militants are right-wing radicals backed by the Northern Cypriot regime. Today also represents Pentecost Monday for the Greek Orthodox Church, and according to an as of yet unconfirmed report, the vast majority of the towns inhabitants were in their local church for services.

Nothing else is confirmed as of this hour, however ACN can now confirmed that violence has broken out in Northern Cyprus and there are casualties.

Follow ACN for more updates on this breaking story.
 
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BREAKING NEWS


Whole Village feared wiped out as reports of mass executions spread from Demktas

Nicosia, Cyprus- Reports are now coming in that mass killing have been carried out in the Northern Cypriot village of Demktas. The Paramilitaries, who have identified themselves as "The Army of the New Dawn", have declared that their "investigations" have concluded that the Greek Cypriot residents of Demktas are "responsible the murder of patriotic Turkish citizens" in a statement they released via social media. An exact count is unavailable at this time, but one report states that officials in several countries, including Cyprus and Greece, fear that "no one survived".

ACN will continue to cover this late breaking story.
 
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BREAKING NEWS


Whole Village feared wiped out as reports of mass executions spread from Demktas

Nicosia, Cyprus- Reports are now coming in that mass killing have been carried out in the Northern Cypriot village of Demktas. The Paramilitaries, who have identified themselves as "The Army of the New Dawn", have declared that their "investigations" have concluded that the Greek Cypriot residents of Demktas are "responsible the murder of patriotic Turkish citizens" in a statement they released via social media. An exact count is unavailable at this time, but one report states that officials in several countries, including Cyprus and Greece, fear that "no one survived".

ACN will continue to cover this late breaking story.
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Northern Cypriot Forces "in control" of Demktas according to Northern Government

North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Cyprus- In a statement from the Northern Cypriot Head of Government, Prime Minister Hamza Ali Talat, the Armed Forces of the Turkish Republic are "in control" of Demktas and will "guarantee" that no further violence will take place. Ali Talat refused to take any questions, including what connections if any his government has to the "Army of the New Dawn" as well the status and location of the group. No new information has been available from Demktas at this time. Governments the world over have condemned this violence, but as of right now, little seems to be happening in the way of apprehending those responsible.
 
KIM WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN BIG NIGHT FOR PROGRESSIVES
June 23, 2021
NEW YORK, NY — Comptroller Gerald Kim has officially won the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral election with 43% of the vote. His nearest opponent, former Congress Eli Rosen, received 24%, with the remainder being spread among various candidates. The victory all but assures Kim will be the next mayor of the nation's largest city and signals a major sea change in local politics after several decades of back-and-forth between the moderate wings of both parties. His opponent in November will be former NYPD Captain John D. Kelly, who had a late surge in the Republican primary with the emergence of the Section 19 scandal and his full-throated defense of the police department's actions. He swept all five boroughs and received approximately 60 thousand of 80 thousand votes cast in the Republican primary. The divergence of both parties away from the center is a far cry from the days of Andrew Thorn and the Marshall family. The results of the Republican primary shows just how far that party has moved. There are no more Vinick Republicans in New York, only a hostile minority of voters seeking out the loudest, angriest candidate who will be as loud and as angry as possible for as long as they can.

On the Democratic side, several key races in the city and state were won by progressive candidates. Jean-Pierre Roquefort, who ran a campaign of reform, prosecution of white collar crime, and leniency on non-violent drug crimes, has won the Democratic primary for New York County District Attorney. He defeated former federal prosecutor Janice Bronstein, who had the backing of Wall Street and police unions and a far more impressive campaign war chest. 12 of the 17 candidates who formed the "Alliance for Progress" won primaries for city council races, 7 of them in open seats and 5 defeating incumbents. The progressive surge comes on the heels of protests and unrest in the aftermath of the Section 19 revelations. These candidates followed the path laid out by Hakeem El-Amin three years ago on his quest for the governorship.

In the mayoral election, Comptroller Kim did not only win traditional progressive bases of young voters and college educated whites, he also won the most critical electorate in Democratic primaries: older black voters, in every borough. In the last two months, Kim's campaign made a heavy shift toward these voters, with Kim himself making daily campaign stops in black neighborhoods and speaking at churches every week. He also won the traditionally moderate-leaning, business-oriented Asian vote in Queens. Meanwhile, Eli Rosen was speaking at police luncheons and making trips to Washington in an unsuccessful attempt to gain the endorsements of New York's senators. Rosen won most of his native Staten Island, the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, and disparate neighborhoods in Queens and Manhattan.

The victories of the progressive wing in a strongly Democratic city should be a warning, not a boon, for a president who is widely seen as the leader of that wing. Although it may appear on the surface that these elections were driven by ideology, that is not the case. As with many elections, the driving factors were a desire for change among the electorate and a massive, dedicated campaign effort by the victorious candidates. Exit polls indicate high dissatisfaction with the incumbent mayor, Richard Corey, who has been buried by a continuous string of scandals and crises the past few years, and this likely affected the candidate most similar to him, Congressman Rosen. Mayor Corey has been silent throughout the campaign and is hardly in the news anymore except when something goes wrong again. Additionally, a weakening economy has created anti-incumbent bias across the nation. In last year's midterm elections, Republicans fared well at the federal and state level in large part thanks to this. If these circumstances hold into next year's general elections, perhaps we will see more of the same.
 
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Saturday, June 26th, 2021

General fired for critical comments retires

Lieutenant General Lloyd Pendleton, who was fired as Director of the Joint Staff after telling a far-right website that President Seaborn has "been harmful to the United States" and its interests has informed the Department of Defense (DoD) that he will retire from the United States Army.

Pendleton, who was removed last week for his comments to WorldNetDaily, is without assignment and is being investigated for violations of DoD policy regarding political statements and actions by active duty personnel, and misconduct related to those actions.

The three-star general will retire on August 2nd after 37 years in the military. Pendleton served in the Persian Gulf, Equatorial Kundu and Gaza, and has been a Pentagon officer since overseeing the smooth transition of military forces during the transition between presidents Matthew Santos and Glen Allen Walken in 2011.

Neither the general, his lawyer or the DoD would comment on the story.
 
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Saturday, June 26th, 2021

General fired for critical comments retires

Lieutenant General Lloyd Pendleton, who was fired as Director of the Joint Staff after telling a far-right website that President Seaborn has "been harmful to the United States" and its interests has informed the Department of Defense (DoD) that he will retire from the United States Army.

Pendleton, who was removed last week for his comments to WorldNetDaily, is without assignment and is being investigated for violations of DoD policy regarding political statements and actions by active duty personnel, and misconduct related to those actions.

The three-star general will retire on August 2nd after 37 years in the military. Pendelton served in the Persian Gulf, Equatorial Kundu and Gaza, and has been a Pentagon officer since overseeing the smooth transition of military forces during the transition between presidents Matthew Santos and Glen Allen Walken in 2011.

Neither the general, his lawyer or the DoD would comment on the story.
Sounds a lot like General Edwin Walker, who bashed President Eisenhower while running for governor of Texas in real life. Could Pendleton be thinking of running for president?
 
Sounds a lot like General Edwin Walker, who bashed President Eisenhower while running for governor of Texas in real life. Could Pendleton be thinking of running for president?
My thought would be would Pendleton be viewed too radically right for the GOP in this world.

Well surprised Pendleton wasn’t given a court martial but I guess they gave him an easy way out. Probably because a court martial would be a media circus even if cameras aren’t allowed in the chambers.
 
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Tuesday June 29th, 2021

Former Senate Majority leader Royce announces presidential candidacy


Robert Royce, today announced in a video statement posted that he has filed the necessary paperwork to become a candidate for President of the United States. “I am heartened by the response so many people have given to my call for a new direction and to our focus on middle class concerns".

He first made his name when he famously defeated incumbent Democratic Pennsylvanian Senator Eddie Calhoun in 1992 during President Lassister's mid-term elections, He at the time was only 36 years old and had no political experience, being a lawyer. He then worked his way up through the Republican leadership, becoming Senate Majority leader in early 2003 following the resignation of Jack Moseley. He retired from the Senate in 2016.

Most observers believe that he has little hope of winning the nomination, as he becomes the ninth candidate to enter the presidential race, with the general consensuses being that he is hoping for a senior position in a Republican administration if the nominee defeats President Seaborn next November, although it has to be said that Royce is well known for his fundraising power, and the backing of several top republican donors.
 
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Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Andrew Long passes on presidential run

Texas billionaire Andrew Long, who had publicly considered running for the Republican Party nomination for president, declared that he will not seek the presidency.

"After consulting with my team and looking closely at all the declared candidates for the nomination, I have decided not to enter into the race," Long told reporters at a press conference outside his Austin home.

Long, whose real estate fortune was multiplied by a subsequent round of success in the cell phone market, declined to endorse any of the nine nominees to challenge President Sam Seaborn.

"There are several qualified men and women who could lead the party to victory in the next election," Long said, "and I would be glad to work with any of those candidates should they win [the party's primaries]."

Long ran two independent campaigns for statewide office in Texas, most notably coming within 35,000 votes of becoming the state's first independent governor in 2016. He announced his switch to the Republican Party in 2019 and has moved to the right on several issues since his 2016 run, including immigration.

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Republicans hold Texas seat in special election

Republican state representative Greg Sheffield will be the next federal representative for the voters of Texas' fifth congressional district.

NBS and several other media outlets declared Sheffield the winner less than one hour after polls closed in the Dallas area district, with him easily defeating the Democratic nominee, fellow state representative Carol Ward.

Sheffield will take the seat vacated by the resignation of long-time representative Rep Omundson in April. The former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Omundson resigned after two aides were indicted for campaign finance violations and wire fraud. Federal investigators have said that the former congressman remains a "person of interest" in the investigation.

Result of the U.S. House Special Election for Texas' Fifth District
Greg Sheffield (R): 64.33%

Carol Ward (D): 35.67%
 
Here's some infoboxes of eight men from the show.

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Lloyd Russell was born to Lloyd V. Russell, who would become a long time Congressman from New Mexico, and Nancy Braddock Russell, who would serve as the Treasurer of the United States. He was the first person to represent New Mexico's 3rd district in Congress, and served as New Mexico's senator for three terms. After losing re-election, he became head of the MPAA due to his many connections in Hollywood which he had made by becoming the primary promoter of corporate copyright initiatives in Congress. Since the end of his seven year term last year, he seems to be done with politics and public life, retiring to his Beverly Hills mansion.

Peyton Cabot Harrison III was a member of the West Virginia Harrison political family, a branch of the greater Harrison family which gave America two presidents. Peyton III was born in Portsmouth during WWII when his father was serving as aide-de-camp to Dwight D. Eisenhower. He became a distinguished lawyer and law professor, serving as Dean of Harvard Law School before his appointment to the federal judiciary by D. Wire Newman. Newman passed on Harrison for the Supreme Court three times, which led to a very hostile relationship between the two men. Harrison began to believe he was entitled to the next seat vacant under a Democratic presidency, but President Bartlet instead chose to nominate Roberto Mendoza with his first appointment and later devised the Lang-Mulready solution in his second term. Harrison was not even mentioned during the Santos years due to his age and spent the remainder of his career on the Fourth Circuit. He never assumed senior status, and died in November 2018. As such, his seat was filled by the next president, Sam Seaborn. His three children are all involved in politics. Peyton IV is a West Virginia State Senator, Charles is the Attorney General of West Virginia, and Millicent Harrison Newton is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia since 2019.

Roger Tribbey, born while his father was High Commissioner of Occupied Germany, was supposed to play football. He was the quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and led them to two national championships in 1970 and 1971. Unfortunately, an elbow injury prematurely ended his career. He turned his focus to academics decided to pursue a degree in agricultural sciences. He then worked in the agricultural industry for several years before deciding to run for Congress, partially due to his rivalry with his brother, who had also decided to run for Congress in Illinois. Roger won, Lionel lost. Roger then served in Congress for a decade before losing 1998. Having been an early supporter of the Bartlet campaign, the president-elect decided to appoint him to be his Secretary of Agriculture. He held this role until 2004, when he left the Cabinet to run for Governor of Nebraska, with incumbent Bill Daniel term limited out of office. Tribbey narrowly won the election with high (for a Democrat) support in rural areas. However, his governorship was marred by fraught relations with the Republican-controlled Legislature and he was unpopular by re-election time, losing to John Moore. After leaving office, he and his wife Constance started their own farm, but the project was cut short by the death of Mrs. Tribbey. Roger then moved in with his recently unemployed brother and worked on his campaign for Cook County State Attorney. Since then, he has produced award-winning documentaries on the state of American agriculture, the decline of the independent farmer and rise of "Big Ag" companies. He also advises his brother from time to time.

Lionel Tribbey, the elder Tribbey brother, embarked on a career in law. He clerked for Crouch and initially had an ambition to become Chief Justice, but his inability to get work in a Republican administration drove him away from Washington. He then spent many years working as a prosecutor in Chicago, eventually deciding to run for Congress for a Chicago district. However, his loss in the primary demoralized him and he abandoned his course for a position at Kirkland & Ellis. There he remained until called upon to serve as White House Counsel to President Josiah Bartlet, recommended for the position by the outgoing Saul Solomon, who was frustrated by the lack of access to the president. Tribbey found himself in the same situation and departed for Chicago after a year in Washington. In 2007, he was nominated by President Matt Santos to be Solicitor General of the United States, and was confirmed by the Senate after slightly contentious hearings. He served in this position for the duration of the Santos presidency. After Santos left office, Tribbey considered returning to private practice but was encouraged by his brother to make another attempt at public office. He decided to run against Richard Carney for Cook County State's Attorney since Carney was heavily plagued by corruption scandals and ethics investigations. Tribbey ran on a platform of cleaning up the Attorney's office and prosecuting Chicago's most corrupt politicians. He won in a 10 point landslide and immediately got to work, conducting investigations into his predecessor, former mayors, aldermen, and businessmen. His success led to landslide re-elections in 2016 and 2020.
John Bedford Lloyd as Lloyd Russell
Ken Howard as Peyton Cabot Harrison III
Harry Groener as Roger Tribbey
John Larroquette as Lionel Tribbey
  • Lloyd Russell gets the post-Senate job of Chris Dodd, who was also one of Hollywood's copyright stooges for many years. And he replaces Bill Richardson as the first representative from NM-03. All other offices previously established. His mother is the Treasurer of the United States, not the Secretary of Treasury.
  • The Harrison family was quite prominent in the old thread's early West Virginia politics, but even they were not immune from the slow fall of WV Democrats. How a Democrat's father was Eisenhower's AG I don't know but I have the beginning of an explanation there.
  • No, that's not Danny Concannon, it's Roger Tribbey. Really. I always thought Roger and Lionel Tribbey were related in some way. The idea of mild-mannered Roger and boisterous madman Lionel being brothers is hilarious to me. Imagine if Roger had to become president and Lionel was working in his White House. Maybe Lionel was Roger's smarter best friend. Both brothers get post-Bartlet jobs, Roger fills a gap in the otherwise complete list of Nebraska governors, and Lionel continues to give us reasons not to put him in prison. Roger is born in Germany as a nod to his actor's birthplace and Lionel in France due his actor's New Orleans origins.
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Oliver Babish is an American attorney, politican, and diplomat who has served in the administrations of the last four Democratic presidents. He was a young staffer in the Newman West Wing, White House Counsel under Josiah Bartlet, Attorney General under Matt Santos, and Ambassador to Indonesia under Sam Seaborn. The son of career diplomat Nicholas Babish, Oliver was always well connected in Democratic circles and has always backed the winning candidate, serving on the Bartlet and Seaborn campaigns.

Jack Reese is the current National Security Advisor. He served in the Navy from 1988 to 2012, when he retired to accept a political appointment in the Walken administration. He previously served as an aide to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, and EUCOM.

Lewis Berryhill, once a highly respected world-class diplomat and foreign policy mind, is now an afterthought in national politics. He had a swift fall from grace after he made all the wrong moves in 2009 by openly planning a challenge against President Santos in the 2010 election. His real mistake was not running in 2006, when he was still a very popular incumbent Secretary of State. The Democratic Party establishment was ready to clear the way for him, but he decided to back his old friend John Hoynes, who he had backed in 1998 and still thought should be president. Privately, he had no desire to be president and reportedly sought more influence a Hoynes administration's foreign policy after President Bartlet had entirely cut him out of the Israel-Palestine peace talks. However, Hoynes fell apart and Berryhill was reluctant to even nominally support Matt Santos, who he had a very low opinion of and viewed as extremely unqualified to be president. He was further offended by the decision to nominate Arnold Vinick, one of his prominent Senate critics, to be Secretary of State. These days Lewis Berryhill has made a bit of a comeback. Time heals all wounds. Berryhill is once again invited to big galas and other gatherings of Washington elites, and called upon for advice. President Seaborn awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019.

Gabe Tillman is the current junior senator from California. Once hailed as "the Democrat's Democrat," Tillman has been a fixture in Democratic politics for over 20 years, and has always been known to stand in the ideological center of party. A staunch Bartlet man in Bartlet days, a Santos man in Santos days, Tillman has been at the top of every list for every big job, be it president, vice president, or his current job, senator. Yet he never got the job until now. Despite his stature in the party, he passed on 2006, reportedly because Hoynes had promised to select him as his running mate. President Santos picked Tripplehorn to be vice president in 2009, Fitzsimmons passed on him as a running mate, and in 2018 he did the first shocking thing of his entire political career, endorsing Andrew Thorn for president. Despite this public betrayal to fellow Californian and erstwhile friend Sam Seaborn, Tillman would return to fold before the primaries were over, and reconciled with the future president. He then received Seaborn's backing to succeed him in the Senate, finally returning to office after a decade of almosts and maybes.
Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish
Christian Slater as Jack Reese
William Devane as Lewis Berryhill
Ray Wise as Gabriel Tillman
  • Babish's father and current office are references to Oliver Platt's dad, who was a real diplomat! I established Babish's middle name and wife's name.
  • Not much to put in Jack Reese's box. Never held any top level office before, and all the ribbons he had in the show were low-level naval awards that typically don't go in infoboxes.
  • Berryhill's long career and much of his background information was established in the old thread. In that thread, he was sometimes called S. Lewis Berryhill and I elaborated upon the S.
  • Gabe Tillman's full career is finally expanded. I never found a bio for him in the old thread, which was surprising given how prominent he was. His predecessor and successor as Treasurer were both existing characters. Lt. Gov and Gov. chronology was previously established.
 
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Friday July 2nd, 2021

No change in four by-elections


There was no change in the four by-elections held yesterday, with both Labour and the Conservatives holding their held seats. All four elections where required due to the fact the four MP's had been elected in May to became County Governors.

In each seat, there was a small swing to the party in second place, with the best result of the night coming in Truro & Falmouth, where the Liberal Democrats reduced the Conservative majority from the 2018 general election from 13,775 to 9,749 with a 3.2% swing with a high turn out of 80%. Although in the three other seats, the Liberals Democrats lost their deposits.

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(As always thanks to @lord caedus) for the Wiki boxes)
 
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Here's some infoboxes of eight men from the show.

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Lloyd Russell was born to Lloyd V. Russell, who would become a long time Congressman from New Mexico, and Nancy Braddock Russell, who would serve as the Treasurer of the United States. He was the first person to represent New Mexico's 3rd district in Congress, and served as New Mexico's senator for three terms. After losing re-election, he became head of the MPAA due to his many connections in Hollywood which he had made by becoming the primary promoter of corporate copyright initiatives in Congress. Since the end of his seven year term last year, he seems to be done with politics and public life, retiring to his Beverly Hills mansion.

Peyton Cabot Harrison III was a member of the West Virginia Harrison political family, a branch of the greater Harrison family which gave America two presidents. Peyton III was born in Portsmouth during WWII when his father was serving as aide-de-camp to Dwight D. Eisenhower. He became a distinguished lawyer and law professor, serving as Dean of Harvard Law School before his appointment to the federal judiciary by D. Wire Newman. Newman passed on Harrison for the Supreme Court three times, which led to a very hostile relationship between the two men. Harrison began to believe he was entitled to the next seat vacant under a Democratic presidency, but President Bartlet instead chose to nominate Roberto Mendoza with his first appointment and later devised the Lang-Mulready solution in his second term. Harrison was not even mentioned during the Santos years due to his age and spent the remainder of his career on the Fourth Circuit. He never assumed senior status, and died in November 2018. As such, his seat was filled by the next president, Sam Seaborn. His three children are all involved in politics. Peyton IV is a West Virginia State Senator, Charles is the Attorney General of West Virginia, and Millicent Harrison Newton is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia since 2019.

Roger Tribbey, born while his father was High Commissioner of Occupied Germany, was supposed to play football. He was the quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and led them to two national championships in 1970 and 1971. Unfortunately, an elbow injury prematurely ended his career. He turned his focus to academics decided to pursue a degree in agricultural sciences. He then worked in the agricultural industry for several years before deciding to run for Congress, partially due to his rivalry with his brother, who had also decided to run for Congress in Illinois. Roger won, Lionel lost. Roger then served in Congress for a decade before losing 1998. Having been an early supporter of the Bartlet campaign, the president-elect decided to appoint him to be his Secretary of Agriculture. He held this role until 2004, when he left the Cabinet to run for Governor of Nebraska, with incumbent Bill Daniel term limited out of office. Tribbey narrowly won the election with high (for a Democrat) support in rural areas. However, his governorship was marred by fraught relations with the Republican-controlled Legislature and he was unpopular by re-election time, losing to John Moore. After leaving office, he and his wife Constance started their own farm, but the project was cut short by the death of Mrs. Tribbey. Roger then moved in with his recently unemployed brother and worked on his campaign for Cook County State Attorney. Since then, he has produced award-winning documentaries on the state of American agriculture, the decline of the independent farmer and rise of "Big Ag" companies. He also advises his brother from time to time.

Lionel Tribbey, the elder Tribbey brother, embarked on a career in law. He clerked for Crouch and initially had an ambition to become Chief Justice, but his inability to get work in a Republican administration drove him away from Washington. He then spent many years working as a prosecutor in Chicago, eventually deciding to run for Congress for a Chicago district. However, his loss in the primary demoralized him and he abandoned his course for a position at Kirkland & Ellis. There he remained until called upon to serve as White House Counsel to President Josiah Bartlet, recommended for the position by the outgoing Saul Solomon, who was frustrated by the lack of access to the president. Tribbey found himself in the same situation and departed for Chicago after a year in Washington. In 2007, he was nominated by President Matt Santos to be Solicitor General of the United States, and was confirmed by the Senate after slightly contentious hearings. He served in this position for the duration of the Santos presidency. After Santos left office, Tribbey considered returning to private practice but was encouraged by his brother to make another attempt at public office. He decided to run against Richard Carney for Cook County State's Attorney since Carney was heavily plagued by corruption scandals and ethics investigations. Tribbey ran on a platform of cleaning up the Attorney's office and prosecuting Chicago's most corrupt politicians. He won in a 10 point landslide and immediately got to work, conducting investigations into his predecessor, former mayors, aldermen, and businessmen. His success led to landslide re-elections in 2016 and 2020.
John Bedford Lloyd as Lloyd Russell
Ken Howard as Peyton Cabot Harrison III
Harry Groener as Roger Tribbey
John Larroquette as Lionel Tribbey
  • Lloyd Russell gets the post-Senate job of Chris Dodd, who was also one of Hollywood's copyright stooges for many years. And he replaces Bill Richardson as the first representative from NM-03. All other offices previously established. His mother is the Treasurer of the United States, not the Secretary of Treasury.
  • The Harrison family was quite prominent in the old thread's early West Virginia politics, but even they were not immune from the slow fall of WV Democrats. How a Democrat's father was Eisenhower's AG I don't know but I have the beginning of an explanation there.
  • No, that's not Danny Concannon, it's Roger Tribbey. Really. I always thought Roger and Lionel Tribbey were related in some way. The idea of mild-mannered Roger and boisterous madman Lionel being brothers is hilarious to me. Imagine if Roger had to become president and Lionel was working in his White House. Maybe Lionel was Roger's smarter best friend. Both brothers get post-Bartlet jobs, Roger fills a gap in the otherwise complete list of Nebraska governors, and Lionel continues to give us reasons not to put him in prison. Roger is born in Germany as a nod to his actor's birthplace and Lionel in France due his actor's New Orleans origins.
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Oliver Babish is an American attorney, politican, and diplomat who has served in the administrations of the last four Democratic presidents. He was a young staffer in the Newman West Wing, White House Counsel under Josiah Bartlet, Attorney General under Matt Santos, and Ambassador to Indonesia under Sam Seaborn. The son of career diplomat Nicholas Babish, Oliver was always well connected in Democratic circles and has always backed the winning candidate, serving on the Bartlet and Seaborn campaigns.

Jack Reese is the current National Security Advisor. He served in the Navy from 1988 to 2012, when he retired to accept a political appointment in the Walken administration. He previously served as an aide to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, and EUCOM.

Lewis Berryhill, once a highly respected world-class diplomat and foreign policy mind, is now an afterthought in national politics. He had a swift fall from grace after he made all the wrong moves in 2009 by openly planning a challenge against President Santos in the 2010 election. His real mistake was not running in 2006, when he was still a very popular incumbent Secretary of State. The Democratic Party establishment was ready to clear the way for him, but he decided to back his old friend John Hoynes, who he had backed in 1998 and still thought should be president. Privately, he had no desire to be president and reportedly sought more influence a Hoynes administration's foreign policy after President Bartlet had entirely cut him out of the Israel-Palestine peace talks. However, Hoynes fell apart and Berryhill was reluctant to even nominally support Matt Santos, who he had a very low opinion of and viewed as extremely unqualified to be president. He was further offended by the decision to nominate Arnold Vinick, one of his prominent Senate critics, to be Secretary of State. These days Lewis Berryhill has made a bit of a comeback. Time heals all wounds. Berryhill is once again invited to big galas and other gatherings of Washington elites, and called upon for advice. President Seaborn awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019.

Gabe Tillman is the current junior senator from California. Once hailed as "the Democrat's Democrat," Tillman has been a fixture in Democratic politics for over 20 years, and has always been known to stand in the ideological center of party. A staunch Bartlet man in Bartlet days, a Santos man in Santos days, Tillman has been at the top of every list for every big job, be it president, vice president, or his current job, senator. Yet he never got the job until now. Despite his stature in the party, he passed on 2006, reportedly because Hoynes had promised to select him as his running mate. President Santos picked Tripplehorn to be vice president in 2009, Fitzsimmons passed on him as a running mate, and in 2018 he did the first shocking thing of his entire political career, endorsing Andrew Thorn for president. Despite this public betrayal to fellow Californian and erstwhile friend Sam Seaborn, Tillman would return to fold before the primaries were over, and reconciled with the future president. He then received Seaborn's backing to succeed him in the Senate, finally returning to office after a decade of almosts and maybes.
Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish
Christian Slater as Jack Reese
William Devane as Lewis Berryhill
Ray Wise as Gabriel Tillman
  • Babish's father and current office are references to Oliver Platt's dad, who was a real diplomat! I established Babish's middle name and wife's name.
  • Not much to put in Jack Reese's box. Never held any top level office before, and all the ribbons he had in the show were low-level naval awards that typically don't go in infoboxes.
  • Berryhill's long career and much of his background information was established in the old thread. In that thread, he was sometimes called S. Lewis Berryhill and I elaborated upon the S.
  • Gabe Tillman's full career is finally expanded. I never found a bio for him in the old thread, which was surprising given how prominent he was. His predecessor and successor as Treasurer were both existing characters. Lt. Gov and Gov. chronology was previously established.
Didn't CJ make a comment to Babbish along the lines of "It's hard to believe that four different women have sued you for divorce"? Even if she was exaggerating seems like he would have been married more than once, unless there's something about him that's been established from the thread I missed.
 
Didn't CJ make a comment to Babbish along the lines of "It's hard to believe that four different women have sued you for divorce"? Even if she was exaggerating seems like he would have been married more than once, unless there's something about him that's been established from the thread I missed.
Good catch. Always impressed when people remember little details like this.
 
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Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Seaborn re-election team begins to take shape with first major hires

President Sam Seaborn's re-election campaign is beginning to take shape with the announcement that it had hired the first of its senior staff. The campaign announced that Marc Chorley, who led the president's successful 2018 campaign, would return to his role as campaign manager, while Doug Wegland, another Democratic campaign veteran, had been brought in as a "jack of all trades" to lay the groundwork before more senior staff are hired.

Chorley was in high demand after his revival of a flailing campaign, beset by infighting, led to Seaborn winning the Democratic nomination and then narrowly defeating Republican Henry Shallick for the presidency. He declined a White House job and instead served as a consultant for various Democratic candidates in the three years since. Wegland, a longtime Democratic operative, was one of the few high-level campaign staffers of the 2018 campaign untainted by the infighting between former White House chiefs of staff C.J. Cregg and Josh Lyman. He managed the unsuccessful campaign to unseat Republican senator Curtis Ryan (OR) in last year's midterms.

The campaign is expected to draw from other longtime Democratic operatives as well as some current White House personnel. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Edie Ortega, herself a 2018 campaign alum, said that she was aware that several current White House staffers had "expressed interest" in working on the re-election campaign, but none had yet been hired.

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Chorley (file photo; credit Fred Savage)
 
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