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Former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan suffered a resounding defeat in Tuesday's Democratic primary for New York's 21st congressional district, getting just 12 percent of the vote.
In fact he was barely 15 years old when a high school play that he wrote got the attention of the late Poet Laureate of Ethiopia Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin and was staged at the National Theater garnering him a “thumbs up” review in the Ethiopian Herald and a full page interview on Ethiopia Dimts (የኢትዮጵያ ድምፅ).
Years later, after Fesseha moved to the United States and became an engineer working for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the heart of Silicon Valley, he still wanted to continue his writing and had contacted people in Ethiopia to send him an Amharic typewriter. “I discovered that it was a capital crime to smuggle an Amharic typewriter out of Ethiopia,” Fesseha says.
Ratigan finished a distant second in a five-person Democratic primary, earning just 2,200 votes to winner Tedra Cobb's 10,347.
Cobb outpaced the other four competitors combined with 56 percent of the overall vote.
The article noted: “Ato Fesseha is best known in the field of Ethiopic computing for providing the genesis for the concept of computerizing the Ethiopian alphabet.” “The Ethiopian script has come a long way since it was first applied to a computer program in the early 1980s,” Fesseha says.
“We have made a lot of progress in the last three and a half decades, and I get emotional when I think of how far we have come in just 30 years.” While working with the Unicode Technical Consortium in the early 90s (where he was the only African participant for 30 years) Fesseha was also responsible for proposing and pushing Ethiopic script to be the computer name instead of Geez or Amharic.
“I loved writing in Amharic as far back as I remember,” recalls Fesseha in an interview with Tadias.“It was a political punishment to discourage free expression and dissemination of pamphlets and other material by opponents of the military government of Mengistu Hailemariam.As the saying goes ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ so they did not want anybody to have this writing machine.” He adds: “I even contacted Olivetti in Italy that manufactured Amharic typewriters for the Ethiopian market.Also, this is largely a Republican district, and we need somebody who can reach across the aisle with compassion and bring over enough votes to swing this election for the Democrats.I believe that Dylan Ratigan, with his consistent populist message and profound communication skills, can carry us to victory, not just for the Democratic Party but for the people of New York’s 21st Congressional District."This was one possible way to go around doing that, but it doesn’t change my life path." When Ratigan announced his campaign in February, he revealed he had never voted in his life and that he was running to create a more "serious" Congress.Stefanik is favored to keep her seat as Republicans try to hold onto their House majority.Rat a serious solid if they could get in touch (and will be adequately compensated for their support if you know what I mean and I think you do). Sponsored Content How to Earn Six Figures with a Career in Investment Banking Investment banking is an extremely lucrative profession, which makes it one of the most competitive fields to break into.I live in Paul Smiths and work in the hospitality industry.I also serve on my local volunteer fire department because I believe in contributing to and supporting this wonderful community.It is in that spirit that I am writing you to enthusiastically endorse Dylan Ratigan in the Democratic primary on June 26.