Turner GPA CEO Supports Effort Seeking Nonpartisan Solutions to Nation’s Problems

Posted on December 14, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Totally frustrated with legislative gridlock on the Hill, Caren Turner, President and CEO of Turner GPA, participated in the founding meeting of No Labels—a new organization pledged to end the excessive polarization and hyper-partisanship of American politics.

“I’m proud to be here with Democrats, Republicans and Independents; Americans of all stripes and backgrounds from all 50 states, to tell our political leaders to stop the partisan politics, put the labels aside, and get to work doing what is best for America,” said Turner, during a break in the meeting held on the campus of Columbia University in New York City on Dec. 13. “It’s not about left or right but moving forward.”

According to the group’s website, No Labels is “united by a commitment to encourage our leaders to work together and develop practical solutions to our nation’s problems…No Labels will create a space where ideas can be judged on their merits, not their conformity to pre-fabricated stereotypes. It is the creation of a new voice—one that has been missing from the current political system, a counterweight to ideological extremes.”

Turner joined with more than 1000 like-minded people – politicians, students, business and civic leaders, journalists and activists—at No Label’s inaugural meeting. The gathering featured an impressive speakers list: U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh and Joe Manchin; Reps. Tom Davis, Michael Castle and Bob Inglis; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa; and, media personalities David Brooks, David Gergen, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Gergen, a former adviser to presidents of both parties and a CNN commentator, speaking during a No Labels panel session said that on a scale of 1 to 10, hyper-partisanship is “about a 15.”

MSNBC talk-host and former Republican Congressman Scarborough likened the atmosphere on the Hill to the Sopranos. He said if you don’t “agree with your party at least 95 percent of the time” then you are seen as being disloyal, “you’re a traitor.”

Gergen said the country is “on the edge” and in desperate need of citizen engagement. “We still have a shot at saving the country but we need citizen engagement to give support to those who have the courage to do the right thing.”

Turner said No Labels has set its sights on establishing chapters in all 435 congressional districts and on college campuses across the country.

In addition to hosting monthly meet-ups, No Labels plans to support officials facing election challenges by the “ideological extremes” of either party, along with tracking the activities of every member of Congress and calling-out those “playing hyper-partisan games.”

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