Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsements
by Matt Stoller, Sat Jun 17, 2006 at 12:57:26 PM EDT
Ok, so the last two netroots endorsements were Patrick Murphy and Darcy Burner. Both were chosen because they have strong netroots support, and because they are in areas that are trending Democratic (the 'Northeastern strategy').
After Yearly Kos, we figured it would be a good time to open up the floor for more nominations.
There's some targeting that goes into these nominations, but the most important qualifying criteria for a netroots endorsement is local blog support. So if you have a local blog and are following/supporting a candidate, please make your case for the endorsement.
I met these four candidates at Yearly Kos. There are probably a few more that I met and liked, but the whole experience was a blur. None of them are netroots-endorsed, and there's no guarantee that any of them will be. I just figured that you'd want to know that they came to Yearly Kos, since that indicates a certain amount of seriousness when it comes to internet politics.
David Harris (TX-06): Harris is a young Iraq vet running an extreme longshot race against netroots enemy Joe Barton. Barton has shades of corruption all around him, taking massive donations from telecom and energy PACs. He's the prime mover against net neutrality. The district is extremely red, though Texas is undergoing a progressive takeover of the Democratic Party. This blog is following the race. And here's David Harris's MySpace profile.
John Laesch (IL-14) is running against Dennis Hastert. Laesch is a Navy vet, having served as an intelligence analyst monitoring terrorist activity. While this is a longshot, Hastert has had ethical problems of late.
Jay Fawcett (CO-05) is running as a longtime Air Force vet in this Republican district, the home of James Dobsen. He's a presence.
Nancy Skinner (MI-09) is running in the 9th district in Michigan, on a platform of turning the auto industry green. This district is in play, and she has more institutional support than the other three candidates. She is a big proponent of media reform, and is a DFA All-Star.
Once again, none of them are netroots-endorsed, and there's no guarantee that any of them will be. I just figured you should know that they attended Yearly Kos.
The point of the netroots endorsement is to beat Republicans directly, lock down their resources indirectly, and support local infrastructure (including the 50 state strategy). So please, nominate away. And include local blog links when you nominate.
Update: I forgot to mention Jack Carter, Senate candidate in Nevada!