SEIU Will Run Primaries as Part of "Accountability Project"
by mringuette, Thu May 08, 2008 at 01:17:24 PM EDT
Ned Lamont. Donna Edwards. Jon Tester.
Some of the most important moments in our emerging progressive movement have come during primary election campaigns. It's in large part where we have the most leverage to shape the face of the Democratic Party.
That's why SEIU is set to endorse a "Justice for All" platform during our June Convention -- a plan that includes $150 million and a 1/4 of our organizing staff budgeted to win health care, restore the middle class, work towards ending the war, and hold politicians accountable AFTER the election.
This also includes SEIU running and RECRUITING primary challenges in some cases. We consider our support of Donna Edwards to be a dramatic preview of the "Accountability Project."
You should also know that in addition to Donna Edwards, SEIU sponsored a group of relatively unknown pro-worker candidates who ousted seven incumbent Chicago Alderman allied with the Chicago Mayor Daley political machine.
We really hope to foster a partnership with you in this project. SEIU is already a founding member of "They work for us," and we see this as a financial and organizational extension of that commitment.
I'll be around to answer any questions you might have about the program.
~Michelle Ringuette, speaking for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)