Going On Offense: Last Chance To Show Support
by Nathan Empsall, Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:20:08 PM EDT
- Bumped. We're down to the final six hours. Let's do this.
Tonight at midnight is the first quarter FEC filing deadline. The press will soon know exactly how much money each candidate for office has raised in the first three months of this election year. You probably know this already because you've probably been inundated with last minute appeals from DFA and the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, and other groups.
But incessent e-mails or not, it really is important to make donations today rather than later, if at all possible with your financial situation. This is our last chance for months to show the media and unexcited voters that Democrats are energized, and that we won't back down because of violent Tea Parties, "repeal the bill" rhetoric, or scares from Charlie "it’s very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don’t lose the House." This is our last chance to set the tone of electoral coverage from now until July.
I wish I had the time to write specific posts about Jack Conway and Robin Carnahan, but please, do some quick digging yourself and consider donating to our Going On Offense candidates. Here are the summaries I wrote about each of them last week:
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.
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. BTW: the primary is in May, so this is the last chance to make a serious statement about Conway, who is actively looking for 500 new donors. He's my favorite candidate of the cycle. Please, help him out.
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 five Senate candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club, continue the remarkable red-to-blue trend New Hampshire has experienced in the last two cycles. For more, see yesterday's full post on Hodes.
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. I know Matt from his '06 campaign for Lt. Governor and his time on staff at Dartmouth, and he is an amazing guy. 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.