A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

Hat tip to Fired Up, Missouri, one of the best state-focused blogs on the web today.

Last night, the Roy Blunt campaign posted a gross web video with an image of 9/11 rubble and a Robin Carnahan statement about the proposed Park51 project. As Randy Turner writes, "Blunt apparently wants us to be deeply offended because Robin Carnahan said she wasn't going to tell the people of New York what to do about the construction of a mosque in the Ground Zero area and she didn't want New Yorkers to tell us what to do in Missouri."

The Blunt campaign pulled the web-only ad after receiving push back. This morning, Robin Carnahan released the following statement:

Robin Carnahan Demands Apology for Congressman Blunt’s Shameful Ad Exploiting 9/11 Victims and Families

Congressman Blunt releases ad exploiting 9/11 victims and their families to avoid talking about role in $700 billion Wall Street bailout

St. Louis, MO – Today Robin Carnahan released the following statement after Congressman Blunt released a web video shamefully exploiting 9/11 victims and their families for political gain in a desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in passing the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.

“Congressman Blunt’s desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in the $700 billion bailout by exploiting victims and families of the 9-11 tragedies is the very worst kind of Washington politics,” said Robin Carnahan. “Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit."

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Books close tonight at midnight EDT for the FEC’s second fiscal quarter. As the third quarter is traditionally the weakest for fundraising, this is our last best shot to show progressive strength before November. That’s why MyDD features eight candidates who are Going On Offense at ActBlue. We’ve got four Senatorial candidates, two Gubernatorial candidates, and two House candidates. 5 of the 8 are running for open seats and one is challenging a Repub incumbent. Please help by donating $5 or more to at least two of them - and if that's too much to ask, you can still share this post on Facebook and Twitter with the gadgets below!

If you’re a fan of MyDD on Facebook, you’ve seen our recent fundraising appeals for Alan Grayson, Jack Conway, Matt Dunne, and Bill White. I've also featured White (TX-GOV) and Paul Hodes (NH-Sen) in full posts of their own. While I have personal affinities for Hodes and Dunne, my two favorite races are KY-Sen and TX-Gov. These races hold both symbolic and practical importance. Winning in KY-Sen would keep Rand Paul out of office (not to mention that Conway was my favorite primary candidate), and winning in TX-Gov would allow us to undo the corrupt redistricting legacy of Tom DeLay once the 2010 census is complete. Plus, think about the message progressive victories in Texas and Kentucky in an allegedly anti-Democratic year would send!

Other Going On Offense candidates include Robin Carnahan in MO-Sen, Russ Feingold in WI-Sen, and Tom White in NE-02. For descriptions of these candidates, visit the ActBlue page, and please pick at least two to support. Even just $5 each means a +1 in the contributor list, and that goes a long way. Please give before tonight’s deadline.

Bill White (TX-Gov) $
Matt Dunne (VT-Gov) $
Jack Conway (KY-Sen) $
Robin Carnahan (MO-Sen) $
Paul Hodes (NH-Sen) $
Russ Feingold (WI-Sen) $
Alan Grayson (FL-08) $
Tom White (NE-02) $

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?

Going On Offense: Last Chance To Show Support

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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.

Kicking Off the Expand the Map! ActBlue Page for the 2010 Cycle

Last cycle, I started an ActBlue page specifically for Democratic Senate candidates working to pick up seats held by Republicans.  I named it the Expand the Map! ActBlue page because the goal was to expand the map of competitive Senate seats.  The effort was a big success, achieving over 300 contributions and $40,000 for the Democratic Senate candidates included on the page.

Today, I kicked off the 2010 edition of the Expand the Map! ActBlue page with three Democratic candidates for Senate: Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes, and Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak.

Click here to visit the Expand the Map! ActBlue page!

In New Hampshire and Missouri, we have the strongest candidates available, candidates who will also make terrific Democratic Senators.  In both races, however, fundraising will always be a top priority.  Missouri Republican Roy Blunt will be able to tap his lobbyist buddies and corrupt cronies for cash ad nauseum.  No doubt the NRSC will also make holding New Hampshire a top priority; and the D.C. GOP establishment has already begun fawning over Palin-esque quitter Kelly Ayotte.  Carnahan and Hodes need our support!  A few years back, all four of New Hampshire's and Missouri's combined Senate seats were held by Republicans.  Wouldn't it feel great to have flipped all four?

In Pennsylvania, y'all know the deal.  Arlen Specter was a Republican Senator for decades.  Even though he changed his Party affiliation, he's still not a Democrat as far as I'm concerned.  Joe Sestak is a real Democrat, and he - not Specter - should win the Democratic primary.  But Specter has a significant edge when it comes to campaign cash; and, Ed Rendell will do all he can to shut off Sestak's fundraising.  Let Specter, Rendell, etc. know that they can't shut down the netroots by supporting Sestak!

Please, please, please help kick off the 2010 cycle's Expand the Map! effort by sending these highly deserving Democrats a few bucks.  $100 makes a huge difference, $20 makes a huge difference, $10 makes a huge difference!  Hop over to the Expand the Map! ActBlue page and make your voice heard.

This is not just a contribution to these Democrats' campaigns.  This is a contribution toward slowing and eventually stopping Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate.  Thank you SO much!

For daily news and updates on the U.S. Senate races around the country, regularly read Senate Guru.

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