Support Progressive Candidates Now

The end of the second fiscal quarter is rapidly approaching – less than a week to go. This is an important deadline for showing the strength of progressive candidates, especially since the next quarter is traditionally the weakest. Things are already off to a good start this year – for example, the Democratic nominee for Idaho Governor, Keith Allred, is outraising and underspending Repub incumbent Butch Otter – but we have to keep that momentum going.

Here are the 8 candidates from MyDD’s Going on Offense Act Blue page. I hope you’ll consider supporting at least two of them.

For Governor

Bill White (Texas) - Incumbent Texas Governor Rick Perry has a 35% approval rating. Former Houston Mayor Bill White is well known for his excellent handling of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, greening Houston, and cutting taxes. The next Governor's term will include both census-based redistricting and a presidential election. The race is a toss-up. What more incentive to give do you need?

Matt Dunne (Vermont) - 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 as we seek to take this statehouse back.

For Senate

Jack Conway (Kentucky) – As state Attorney General, Jack Conway has taken over 40,000 images of child pornography out of circulation, helped take 90,000 child predators off MySpace, and led the largest drug bust in state history. As a candidate, he focuses on job creation, high school drop-out rates, Wall Street reform, and repealing DADT. Oh, and his opponent? That would be one Rand Paul, who has repeatedly said he doesn't support the 1964 Civil Rights Act and considers criticism of BP "un-American."

Robin Carnahan (Missouri) – 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.

Paul Hodes (New Hampshire) – Paul Hodes has been an outspoken, aggressive and unwavering proponent of real health care reform since his recent election to Congress. A true progressive advocate, 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.”

Russ Feingold (Wisconsin) – Though not running for an open seat, no progressive movement would be complete with Senator Russ Feingold. Feingold was the lone vote against the now-notorious Patriot Act in 2001 and has been one of the most outspoken advocates for peace and justice in Iraq and beyond.

For House

Alan Grayson (Florida Eighth) – Congressman Grayson emerged as a true progressive hero in 2009 when he led the fight for a health care public option and debunked Republican lies on the House floor. He has since turned his attention to Wall Street reform and accountability, but is a top conservative target. Only the second Democrat to ever represent this district and still new enough to be a reformer, he needs our help.

Tom White (Nebraska 2nd) – 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 Lee Terry packing. Help state Sen. Tom White 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.

Give now! Because seriously, is there any reason to wait?

Tags: 2010 midterms, Bill White, Matt Dunne, Jack Conway, Paul Hodes, Robin Carnahan, NE-02, Tom White, FL-08, Alan Grayson, Going On Offense, TX-Gov, VT-Gov, KY-Sen, NH-Sen, MO-Sen, Going On Offense, TX-Gov, VT-Gov, KY-Sen, NH-Sen, MO-Sen (all tags)

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5 Comments

RE: Support Progressive Candidates Now

Anyone we should add for the third quarter?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-06-25 04:02AM | 0 recs
RE: Support Progressive Candidates Now

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire

by TheUnknown285 2010-06-25 09:48AM | 0 recs
RE: Support Progressive Candidates Now

Elaine Marshall?

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-06-25 09:46PM | 0 recs
Feingold must learn how to persuade others

Feingold is a fine senator. But I wish he can be more effective in mobilizing other Democratic Party senators to vote the right way on issues. It may be an unfair criticism as the senate seems to be a beast beyond control owing to the seniority importance. While many of us have been disappointed with Obama's first year in office, the bigger culprit has been the Democratic party controlled senate. Somehow isolated blue dogs have been able to hold policy hostage while people like Feingold seem to have no influence. Maybe they should start engaging in tit for tat holdouts to discourage others from doing it again.

 

I hope people like Feingold and Al Franken can continue to build their coalition to offset the blue dogs and the liberals who have hung on to power too long that they have become corrupt (Chris Dodd has done the party image great harm). Barney Frank has become a joke. He came around on some bill recently, but he has not stood up for the small guy as much as he should have. I just don't trust the guy.

If Bernie Sanders is smart, he would learn to use his vote as leverage even if it means occasionally sacrificing his vote in favor of the Republicans to call the Democratic leadership on their endless compromises.

 

At this point, I do not care about ideology. i am ready just to support an honest and courageous politician. Their competence will outweight some of the ideological differences because government has been broken so much.

by Pravin 2010-06-25 10:01AM | 0 recs
You guys should definitely add Joyce Elliott to this list.

She's a solid progressive running in AR-02 against Karl Rove's protege and star of the attorney firing scandal Tim Griffin.  It's a pretty stark choice-a stellar progressive minded candidate and great public servant vs a corrupt GOP party hack.

by ARDem 2010-06-26 04:06AM | 0 recs

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