Going On Offense

The DCCC’s “Red to Blue Program” has the right idea for the 2010 elections: The best hope for Democrats is to play offense, not defense. Here are five progressive candidates taking it to the GOP who need our help today.

With the jobs picture improving and Repubs reeling on health care, the cycle isn’t looking nearly as bleak as it was just two weeks ago, but it’s still a midterm election and the President’s party almost always faces an uphill battle in its midterms. The best way for us to off-set losses in blue districts is to pick up seats in red districts. This will help expand the party’s map, build a deeper bench for our future, and maintain a progressive governing majority.

The first quarter of this election year ends in just six days, on March 31. The FEC financial statements that follow will be our first real chance to show the media that we are NOT going to shrink or back down in the face of right-wing hate this year. We’ve set up an Act Blue page called “Going On Offense” for five strong progressives running solid races for open red seats. Please give at least $10 to at least two of the five before March 31.

Jack Conway, KY-Sen – Jack Conway is the true progressive in the Democratic primary for Kentucky's open Senate seat. He supports health reform; his opponent, Dan Mongiardo, does not. He supports marriage equality; Mongiardo does not. Like Robert Byrd, he opposes mountaintop removal mining; Mongiardo supports it. We need Kentucky, and we need Jack Conway's record of success. Here’s his latest ad:

Paul Hodes, NH-Sen – Paul Hodes has been an outspoken, aggressive and unwavering proponent of real health care reform since his recent election to Congress. A true progressive hero, Hodes refused to give up when things were at their darkest after Scott Brown won the MA-Sen seat, writing on the Huffington Post, “The Washington Republican Party and their tea-party allies would take us back to the Bush years… Now is not the time for Democrats to shy away from a fight, to back down or run away from who we are. There is too much at stake.” Help Hodes, one of three Senate candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club, continue the remarkable red-to-blue trend New Hampshire has experienced in the last two cycles.

Robin Carnahan, MO-Sen – They say that as Missouri goes, so goes the nation, and in 2010, this might be the closest thing to a true toss-up anywhere on the Senate map. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Missouri resident who still runs her family's farm in Rolla, has cracked down on financial predators and helped guide her office into the 21 Century. Her opponent, Roy Blount, was one of Tom DeLay's top lieutenants during the Bush administration. The choice is clear.

Matt Dunne, VT-Gov –Spend just ten minutes with Matt Dunne and you'll realize that he has one of the deepest commitments to service and firmest grasps on public policy of anyone you’ve ever met. Matt, an executive at Google, is the former director of Americorps-VISTA and a former state senator. His resume and his values are the right choice for Vermont and for the Democratic Party.

Tom White, NE-02 – For the first time in history, a state split its Electoral College vote when NE-02, which includes Omaha, cast its vote for Barack Obama. Let’s keep this district blue and send Terry packing. Help state Sen. Tom White, the author of Nebraska's Military Family Leave Act in 2007, take his record of success on education, civil rights, and workplace discrimination to Congress. White is one of the DCCC’s 13 “red to blue” candidates.

On April 1, we’ll expand this page to include other progressive heroes like Alan Grayson and Bill Halter. For the first quarter, however, we need to send the media and our volunteers a strong message. We can do this.

Tags: 2010 midterms, Going On Offense, NH-Sen, KY-Sen, MO-Sen, VT-Gov, NE-02 (all tags)



Allow me to Suggest David Gill in IL-15

versus (R)Tim Johnson. Gill got 44% in the past. It's a rural district in Illinois with the Univeristy of Illinois (30,000 students) in the middle. Johnson recently voted with Kucinich against Afghanistan. So he feels vulnerable.


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by Jeff Wegerson 2010-03-25 04:51PM | 0 recs
RE: Allow me to Suggest David Gill in IL-15

OK sorry about the mess. I was trying to paste a table into the comment. It seemed to work in the preview.

by Jeff Wegerson 2010-03-25 04:53PM | 0 recs
RE: Allow me to Suggest David Gill in IL-15

When's the primary? I don't know if we'll expand the list before the end of Q1, but I'll take a look at more candidates in April.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-25 04:55PM | 0 recs
RE: Allow me to Suggest David Gill in IL-15

Primary done. We in Illinois are hoping for a pickup of Kirk's seat in IL-10 by Seals. And hopefully too we can hold on to recent gains of Foster (IL-14) and Halvorson (IL-11).

Gill is a medium shot. I suppose you may want to keep your powder dry to see what happens defense-wise in 11 and 14. I suppose that 10 is technically an offense seat but it has some feel of defense as Seals has run twice doing well and his opponent now is likely not moderate enough for the district that actually leans Democratic.

So for a real offense race you could consider the Gill race against Johnson in 15.

A dark horse race worth watching.

A lot will depend on the national and local mood in November, of course.

by Jeff Wegerson 2010-03-25 11:53PM | 0 recs
RE: Allow me to Suggest David Gill in IL-15

Of course the primary happened - I should've connected it to the IL-Sen and Gov races. Duh.

Will take a look, thanks.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-26 01:38AM | 0 recs
NO reason to get involved in Dem VT gov primary

Matt Dunne is a fine candidate but there are others, including Peter Shumlin and Deb Markowitz, who are also strong candidates in this primary.  I think it's irresponsible to split hairs about the progressive choice in a primary with several progressive candidates when there are so many races with clearcut choices, particulary in regard to general elections.  We should stay out of the primary here and support the winner of the primary when he or she runs against Brian Dubie in November.

by Thaddeus 2010-03-25 06:35PM | 0 recs
RE: NO reason to get involved in Dem VT gov primary

I've met Matt numerous times and believe him to be one of the best progressive candidates in the country, but I agree, the eventual winner, no matter who it is, deserves and will have our support.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-03-25 07:56PM | 0 recs
We really need NH-Sen & MO-Sen

Even just one of those would be huge for us. The 2012 Senate map looks terrible for Democrats already, so we need to minimize our losses in 2010. If we come out of this election with a net loss of only 4 seats, that would be oustanding, but to do it we need Hodes and Carnahan to win.

by desmoinesdem 2010-03-25 07:28PM | 1 recs
I'll skip dinner

Your contribution:
Russ Feingold -- $5.00
ActBlue Federal Tips -- $3.00
Robin Carnahan -- $5.00
Paul Hodes -- $5.00
Jack Conway -- $5.00
Tom White -- $5.00
Matt Dunne -- $5.00
Total: $33.00

Looking forward to Grayson and Halter getting added.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-03-25 08:12PM | 1 recs
Jennifer Brunner, OH-Sen

I've been volunteering for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner who is running to replace retiring Republican Senator Voinovich. I hope you add her to your list. She is a true fighting progressive who cleaned up the mess left by Republican Ken Blackwell. Her primary opponent, Lee Fisher, is liberal, but goes along much too easily with the Democratic establishment. His insider image will not be as effective in defeating the Republican candidate: former Congressman and former trade representative Rob Portman.

Here is a great comparison put together by SenateGuru and here is another good argument for Brunner put together by Jeff Coryell, former editor of the OhioDailyBlog, who is now working for Brunner.

by RandomNonviolence 2010-03-25 11:01PM | 0 recs
RE: Jennifer Brunner, OH-Sen

I forgot to mention that the Ohio primary is on Tuesday, May 4th and early voting begins next week. There's no time to wait!

Tomorrow, Jennifer Brunner is hoping to raise a lot of money in her "Victory for Courage" campaign.

by RandomNonviolence 2010-03-25 11:20PM | 0 recs


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