by michael in chicago, Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 06:26:26 PM EDT
So if you're Rahm Emanuel, head of the DCCC, and you've just triumphed over a local progressive Democrat in IL-06, what do you do now? You go to NY-24, rinse, and repeat. From the Hill:
The Democratic primary in the race to succeed Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) is shaping up as a contest between a political insider supported by the national party establishment and an unproven outsider who could have broad appeal to independent voters in the general election.
The really frightening aspect of this article for me is how eerily familiar this is. Just like in my district, the DCCC has gone out of their way to recruit against another Democrat while Republican seats go unopposed, and is neck deep in a contested primary trying to influence the outcome of a local race.
by Ian in DC, Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 12:34:38 PM EDT
The DCCC has announced its first Democratic candidates that they will support under their "Red to Blue" program. These candidates will be given extra support in the quest to turn these Republican-held House seats into Democratic ones. The goal is laudable, since in order to gain the 15 seats that are necessary for the Democrats to control the House of Representatives, and I like many of the choices made by Rahm and the DCCC:
Democratic challenger Incumbent District's % for Kerry
Darcy Burner (Wash.) Dave Reichert 51
Phyllis Busansky (Fla.) Michael Bilirakis (ret) 43
Francine Busby (Calif.) Vacant (Cunningham's seat) 44
Joe Courtney (Conn.) Robert Simmons 54
John Cranley (Ohio) Steve Chabot 51
Jill Derby (Nev.) James Gibbons (Gov race) 41
Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) Henry Hyde (ret) 47
Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) John Hostettler 38
Diane Farrell (Conn.) Christopher Shays 52
Steve Filson (Calif.) Richard Pombo 45
Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) John Sweeney 46
Tessa Hafen (Nev.) Jon Porter 49
Baron Hill (Ind.) Mike Sodrel 40
Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio) Deborah Pryce 50
Ron Klein (Fla.) Clay Shaw 52
Ken Lucas (Ky.) Geoff Davis 36
Patsy Madrid (N.M.) Heather Wilson 51
Harry Mitchell (Ariz.) J.D. Hayworth 45
Chris Murphy (Conn.) Nancy Johnson 49
Lois Murphy (Pa.) Jim Gerlach 51
Heath Shuler (N.C.) Charles Taylor 43
Peter Welch (Vt.) Bernie Sanders (Sen race) 59
SOURCE: The Hill
These 22 challengers are just the first round of the "Red to Blue" program, with more expected to be added in a few weeks. But I am curious as to some of the choices made for the first list.
by Bullwinkle, Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 10:18:15 AM EDT
Jan Schneider, Democratic Congressional Candidate for Florida's 13th District appeared with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute on Comedy Central's Colbert Report
with Stephen Colbert. The topic was campaign finance
Watch Jan's Colbert Report Video Now (4 min. 51 sec.)
In 2004 Jan won the Democratic Primary on a modest budget, against an opponent with nearly four times the money. She went on to give the best showing of any Democratic candidate running against an incumbent in Florida. Jan nearly beat Katherine Harris in 2002 and 2004 with less than 1/10th of Harris' campaign money.
by Virginia Blogger, Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 07:18:40 PM EDT
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel endorsed Hillary Clinton's potential candidacy in 2008. He said on Real Time With Bill Maher "I'm Supporting Hillary Clinton, I've Been Very Public About It."
For more info: http://www.votehillary.org/CMS/
by rich kolker, Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 11:16:31 AM EDT
I've seen a lot of positive comments here and elsewhere in the blogosphere about Howard Dean's support of funding state level Democratic organizations at the expense, sometimes, of DC based groups. It is portrayed as a victory for the grassroots over the corporate Democrats.
But it's not that simple.