UPDATED: Edwards will help candidates YOU CHOOSE
by MeanBoneII, Thu Jul 27, 2006 at 08:48:27 AM EDT
Ever wanted to try your hand at being a campaign manager? Do you feel lucky?
This fall, John Edwards will headline fundraisers for two Democrats running for the House of Representatives who have been selected by the online community. You can choose among 47 candidates and districts targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Edwards is committed to helping as many candidates as possible before November. He has already raised $6.65 million for Democrats and attended fundraisers for strong congressional candidates in more than a dozen states this election cylce.
Just taking a quick glance, these are obviously highly competitive races from all over the country that could use a boost. Decide where you think Edwards' efforts will do the most good, and cast your vote. You seem to be able to pick as many as you want (although if you go with more than two, you would seem to be diluting your own votes).
At Gnomedex in Seattle last month, Edwards heard from bloggers and tech gurus who urged him to get the netroots involved. One suggestion was to allow some bloggers to travel with him on the campaign trail (assuming he decides to run, of course -- ha!) He appeared to be giving that strong consideration.
It looks like he's already trying to put some creative ideas to work to involve the online community.
Might as well cast your ballot. Heck, it's free. The deadline is Aug. 4.UPDATE: There were 47 candidates to choose from, but now there are 48. In response to popular demand, the powers that be at the One America Committee added another candidate to your choices (I won't say which one, so as not to unfairly influence the vote, but it's easy to find out in the comments). That's pretty darn cool, and shows even more eagerness to be responsive to the netroots. Now, I have no doubt that Edwards is planning to swing by and help quite a number of Democrats this fall in competitive races (as he already has this year) beyond the two who win this vote, as time and circumstances allow. This innovative exercise in netroots participation just guarantees the two winners some fundraising assistance from one of the brightest rising stars in the Democratic Party. It really is a great idea. To quote Syndrome from The Incredibles: "I'm still geeking out about it." Remember, you have until next Friday to cast your vote(s).