We need a centrist candidate…

Centrist candidateThe recent gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, and even some of the mayoral elections, seem to speak to me in a different language from that with the talking heads.  Chris Christie’ slam dunk win in New Jersey tells me that at least New Jerseyians are liking a relatively centrist candidate despite residing in a relatively blue state.  Sure he is not keen on abortion (who is?  It’s a gut wrenching decision for most).  But he has clearly indicated his tolerance of sexual persuasion.  On the fiscal side, he is conservative, and this is a sure winner for most VOTING constituents.

The very tight decision in Virginia, another very blue (and getting bluer) state, indicates to me that the liberal spendthrifts of yesteryear are unpopular today.  It was Cuccinelli’s heavy (almost exclusive) financial support from the Tea Party (Lord I am SO ready for them to disappear), that killed his chances.  Hard right and hard left are both losers today.  And the sooner the candidates learn this, the better off for society.

Many folks would argue that if both (or all) candidates were more centric, this might weaken or abolish the two-party system.  Hardly, after we get beyond issues that should properly be between patients and their doctors, and issues surrounding gay rights, there is PLENTY to debate ie. extending the Medicare retirement age, reducing the rapidly increasing national debt, limiting our expanding government, encouraging but regulating fracking, eliminating disability fraud, disallowing addicts from receiving welfare funds…the list goes on.

Let the centrists step forward from both parties, and start a spirited verbal sparring as to a means to these ends. –Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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