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Questioning 'Party' Politics

Questioning 'Party' PoliticsBy asking a standout question at the recent CNN Rock the Vote debate, Tufts graduate Alethea Pieters caught the democratic presidential candidates off guard. Boston.

Boston [11.13.03] As a student, Alethea Pieters helped shape the student community with her hit show "Jumbo Love Match," the most popular show on the Tufts University Television Network. Last week, she returned to the small screen - only this time she made her mark on the presidential elections. The 2002 graduate made headlines at the CNN Rock the Vote debate, posing one of the most memorable questions to the democratic presidential nominee candidates.

"Throwing everyone off balance and eliciting some rare spontaneity from the candidates, Pieters asked the Democratic presidential contenders to choose which of their rivals they would most like to ‘party with,'" reported The Boston Globe.

Pieters, who was later spotlighted in a profile by the Globe, continued her question, "Who's going to be loyal to you? Imagine if you were single again. If you see a cutie across the room . . . who's going to be your wing man? Who's going to take one for the team?"

The Tufts graduate - who majored in political science with a minor in communication and media studies - told the Globe that she wanted to get candidates "to speak off the cuff."

"I wanted them to get off the talking points," Pieters told the newspaper. "In the end, it's not, who do you want to party with, but who do you trust?"

Currently a budget analyst in the office of Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee chairwoman Therese Murray, Pieters said that young voters like her contribute in a meaningful way to the political process.

"Young people aren't apathetic; young people volunteer at huge rates," Pieters -- who mentors a troubled teen through the Junior League of Boston -- told the Globe. "But in order to make a difference, you need politics."

The Tufts graduate doesn't plan to ask questions from the audience for long; Pieters told the Globe she herself has political ambitions.

"Perhaps I would run for office," she told the Globe. "I am interested in being a judge."

As for this election, Pieters said that she hasn't made up her mind regarding who she will vote for in the upcoming democratic primary - but she's narrowed it down.

"I would like to see something between the Johns," she told the Globe, referring to Kerry and Edwards. "Those two, I think, are real."


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