Why I trust Cegelis

Katha Pollitt has this to say today at The Nation:

Duckworth wants to stay in Iraq, she's allied with the more conservative wing of the party, and she seems to have very little substantive to say about most issues. She' s trying to push out of the way a candidate who has a lot of support, more local roots, who ran an incredible race last time, and who has much better politics. I would trust Cegelis a thousand times over Duckworth to take progressive stands once elected, including on women's rights and abortion rights. Duckworth told the Washington Post she thinks abortion shouldn't be a federal issue. That's not exactly a ringing defense of abortion rights, since unfortunately it IS a federal issue.

I couldn't agree more. We hear a great deal about both Cegelis and Duckworth's bottom lines. But the fact of the matter is do we know how they will vote?

I know how Cegelis will vote. I trust her as she's been consistent throughout.

She doesn't talk about election reform and the need to clamp down on lobbyist influence and then go and schedule a fundraiser at a DC lobbyist's office.

Cegelis doesn't say the Iraq war was a bad idea, then use Bush's line about flawed intellegence and endorse a stand-up-stand down policy as her Iraq position.

Cegelis doesn't say depleted uranium is bad, then note that we aren't using it on our troops so it's not an issue.

Cegelis doesn't say that that the we need new leadership in Washington, then turn around the say the reason she's running was that there was no real leadership in her own district.

Cegelis is a real progressive. I know this from her actions and consistent positions. This consistency has earned her many endorsements from rock solid progressive groups. She's been endorsed by Illinois Committee for Honest Government, Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Progressive Democrats of Illinois (PDI), and today by Democracy for America (DFA).

She has the backing of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), who's members represent 700,000 members nationally, but more importantly, 6,000 residents of the district who have been affected by the downturn in the airlines at O'Hare. They trust her to represent their interests in DC, due to her consistent positions on CAFTA and labor, as well as her actually meeting with their members in person for two years.

She has the confidence of National Organization for Women (NOW) & Women's Campaign Fund because her consistent position on choice has inspired confidence that Cegelis is the only candidate in the race they can be certain will support a woman's right to chose.

Local organizations know they can trust her to vote in their interests because... they know her personally. That's why local groups like the Italian American Political Coalition and the Mexican American Political Coalition and Schaumburg Area Democratic Organization and many others support Christine.

Duckworth shows up in my mailbox, now to the tune of 5 mailers in a little over 3 weeks. Yet Cegelis shows up everywhere else, attending nearly every candidate forum held in the district and residents can easily attend one of her many events.

I know how Cegelis will vote and who she will listen to when she's in our nation's capitol. That's why, as a resident of this district for nearly all my life, I'm supporting Christine Cegelis will all my spare time and energy.

Tags: Christine Cegelis, IL-06, Tammy Duckworth (all tags)



Re: Why I trust Cegelis

Rahm Emanuel has been running all over the country-- not just Cegelis' district-- trying to force progressives and grassroots challengers to make room for his idea-less clones. Whenever I see that a candidate is endorsed by the DCCC I have to take a second look to make sure they're not a Republican-in-disguise.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-02-22 07:37PM | 0 recs
Don't cry for her...

I don't know much about Cegelis, but if she's all you're making her out to be, she should beat Duckworth handily. Our favorite Senators (Obama and Feingold) weren't party favorites when they ran in their primaries.

If we had 435 truly progressive candidates running for office in November, all things being equal, we'd lose even more seats. Cegelis has to prove that she has more than progressive stances. She has prove that she has what Feingold, Obama and Sanders have -   the ability to inspire trust from dissenting and disinterested voters. We can't win by merely running on what we believe. We can only win if we can bring more people to come out for the Democratic party and ideals it stands for. A run of the mill progressive will always get crushed in a Republican disrict. Cegelis needs to show us that she can win an election when the money is against here but still has the people with her. If she can't pull off a win in the primary, how can she possibly win in a general when she'll be down on BOTH counts - money and political beliefs?

Rahm is going to 'play the odds' until he finds a progressive who win over non-traditional(Greens, independents, non-voters, Republicans) voters. Don't cry for Cegelis. If she's the real deal, she'll win!  

by crazymoloch 2006-02-23 09:21PM | 0 recs
Good Point

See my post yesterday about the Patriot Act Compromise and Bill and what she said when asked how she would have voted.


This type of response is what inspires confidence in Cegelis. There is no "it was the best we could do." There is no "I'd vote for it then work against it." She stands up for us and says "No."

by michael in chicago 2006-02-24 02:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

From the Pollit Blog:"(Is it me or are the Democrats seeming more effective at countering the growing number of grassroots challenges to seats that think of as traditionally "theirs" than they are at uniting in some sort of meaningful opposition to the flaky corporate imperialist lunacy that has been in vogue?)

Posted by ZERO 02/22/2006 @ 6:32pm |"

I think this is an insightful and interesting comment. If indeed the DCCC and Emanuel are trying to push out REAL progressive candidates nationally, for a more moderate corporate loving brand of democrat, then that is a BIG problem. The Republicans are as bad as they are because they've gotten into bed with K street and multinational big business. Take a look around, EVERYTHING is getting "globilized" and/or "privatized", jobs, economies, food sources, water sources, education, hell even wars.

It is troubling to think about. If private interests, meaning (most of the time), big business interests whose bottom line is PROFIT,  not human life and the environment, end up controlling EVERYTHING, then I believe it is inevitable that the world will be divided up into the haves and the have-nots. With most of humanity being members of the have-not group.

Actually that's how it is already for most people on earth, it just has not been that way for Americans, we had a nice middle class going for a long while. But America is now heading in the same direction as many other countries because of the fear of "socialism" and the love of capitalism and politicians need to finance their campaigns.

by Kankakee Voice 2006-02-22 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

Mike, what have you been doing to get this message across to the voters of IL-06? What can others do? You have been doing a great job supporting Cegelis and gaining sympathy here at MyDD. It's awful that we have to exert energy on this. Currently I am overseas and cannot volunteer back home (I live in IL-08, but work in IL-06). Hopefully we can get the primary voters supporting Christine. Keep up the good work!

by Paranoid Humanoid 2006-02-23 03:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

Tell you friends, family, neighbors and coworkers about Chrisinte. Ask them to volunteer or donate to her campaign. Blog and comment in support of Christine. Write Obama and Durbin in support of Christine. Ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to host a coffee for Christine.

That's the short list... Thanks!

by michael in chicago 2006-02-23 04:52AM | 0 recs
What can others do?

Volunteer at www.cegelisforcongress.com and send whatever money you can to the candidate who believes that we have the power.

by Archetype 2006-02-23 04:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

Michael, do you work for Cegelis in any way? I appreciate your information on the candidates difference on Iraq, but the constant drumbeat of D-trip/Duckworth bashing by you is highly suspect.

If you just are a big fan, then great and I just ask that you make the case for Cegelis without bashing the other candidate unnecessarily.  If Duckworth does win, we will need to support her in order win back another seat in congress towards a majority.

by DaveB 2006-02-23 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

I live in the district and have supported Christine for going on two years now. I'm not paid to blog, but volunteer all my free time to get her message to the blogs. If you doubt my sincerity, look back a while on my posts. You'll see I've been posting around here for nearly two years now I think, and nearly 3 using this handle, so I'm no staffer who just created a handle and is dishing out the propaganda (like was done from the DCCC headquarters by a "Lisa" who claimed to live in the district and support Duckworth).

As to 'bashing' opponents, I disagree. It is important to contrast the two. To say nice things about both only tells half the story. If Duckworth has been inconsistent with her positions or scheduled fundraisers at lobbyists offices in DC that is just as important as talking about FEC numbers. If you think I'm doing damage, get real. None of what I'm saying hasn't been said locally, written about in the papers, and hasn't already been thought of by Roskam.

So if you want to call my work "highly suspect" I'll ask for your credentials and why I shouldn't question your repeated efforts to call my motivations into question. I'm not a newbie here. There's plenty of others who will vouch for me.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-23 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

I have blogged for free since 2002.  I have never worked for the DCCC.  I worked for the DLC from 2002-03, and tried to talk the sr. guys out of supporting the war.  

I worked for a MA state Rep. in 2003-04, where I volunteered for Clark and met/befriended Matt Stoller. Now I am in law school.  

I am not from IL, but wife's family used to live in Naperville, so I know the area near the district in question.  

Good for you for being a supporter and volunteer.  You have to admit that it seems suspicious when someone blogs exclusively on one narrow topic over and over.  I am pretty nuts about Clark and during the primaries I spent a lot of time saying good things about him and bad things about Lieberman, Kerry and Dean.

I would say that I probabbly bashed Dean, and never liked Kerry but held my nose after he won and said good things about him.  I hope you will do the same should Duckworth win.

by DaveB 2006-02-24 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

Well, then between the two of us, you've got the experience.

I've said before, I'll vote for who ever wins the primary. But if that is Duckworth, she's not getting anything besides a vote from me. And I'll remember Durbin and Obama's acations too.

But I can't speak for many independent's in the district who have worked for Cegelis. I'm pissed. They're livid. I honestly think this will cost Duckworth 2-3% should she win.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-24 11:53AM | 0 recs
"I'm not paid to blog"

Very cute.  He asked you if you were working for Cegelis in any way.  

I count $1829.00 to you for "web expenses" from Cegelis for Congress on 10/16/05, $2500 on 7/16/05, $1000 on 4/1/05, and $1100 on 3/31/05.

That's $6429.00 that Ms. Cegelis has paid you for your Internet work.  Just a volunteer?

by Adam B 2006-02-24 06:53PM | 0 recs
Re: "I'm not paid to blog"

Boy you sure caught me there. Note that all the dates are prior to Duckworth entering the primary. Check my blog and you'll note that I rarely posted about Cegelis prior to Duckworth entering the primary.

And what I'm paid to do is graphics. I've done contract work for many candidates, including Senator Obama  and a candidate for Governor out on the east coast for which I've been paid well.

But incase you are wondering, for my services I designed Cegelis interim website, then her current website which I oversaw the implentation of with Advomatic, some people I knew for my work with the Dean campaign. This includes several rounds of design revision, stock photo costs, and art direction.

I also did Cegelis branding and visual strategy. I've applied this brand for on well over two dozen pieces from full color palm cards to her signage, stickers and apparel. A full stationery system with invitation, business and short lable stationery were design, complete with business card..

I've deisgned and created downloadable buttons for web pages, designed and created all the literature that comes out of her campaign, her donation envelopes, her volunteer forms, down to the lapel stickers.

I did the print buying on the majority of these jobs and worked with fine printers like Consolidated who were great and got my jobs done on time, and gave me several press checks.

In all, I created too many pieces to remember that account for quite a bit of my spare time. And yes I billed the campaign for them.

But note, making a flyers is not blogging, no is making a 4/4 full bleed piece for use in DC meetings. The doorhangers you'll see this weekend were produced by me in in one weekend.

So what's your point? I've been paid to design graphic for the campaign. I've been blogging long before that and long after the graphics have slowed down.

I stand by my statment: I'm not paid to blog. I volunteer my time as a completely ordinary resident doig something totally outside his professional capacities by blogging. I'm not a writer. Designer, yes. Writer? Getting better, bu not being paid.

Bottom line for me here is if you want to attack me, feel free to continue to make this debate about me and not about the actual issues raised in this post.

Keep up the diversion.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-24 07:38PM | 0 recs
Re: "I'm not paid to blog"

Let's try this again: the original poster asked you "Michael, do you work for Cegelis in any way?"

Would you like to change your initial answer?

by Adam B 2006-02-24 07:44PM | 0 recs

The point of asking "in any way" questions is to try and divert or undermine the points I make in my posts by attacking me personally. I'm not paid to blog. If I'm paid to do graphics, believe it or not, I can still have an opinion, and as a resident of the district, I'm entitled to write about it.

I've always portrayed my posts as partisan Cegelis. It's pretty clear who I'm suporting, and have been since I started blogging locally. I've been blogging for almost three years now, and only locally since I saw Duckworth enter the race and was angered by what I saw as an attempt by outside interests to buy my district.

But as long as you want to make this about my motives and not my arguments in which I cite statements from each candidate, I'll send it back to you:

You are an outspoken supporter of  Duckworth's campaign. I am aware of at least one blogger her campaign contacted to do paid blogging . Based on this, could you answer these questions:

- Are you a resident of Illinois Distric 6?
- Are you (or a company you work for) being paid to work for the Duckoworth campaign in any way?

by michael in chicago 2006-02-25 04:55AM | 0 recs
Re: No

Michael Cousineau was paid for graphical layout design work for the website. We have no paid bloggers, or paid staff outside of me, the office manager, the finance director, and our media person.

Kevin Spidel
Campaign Manager
Cegelis for Congress

by kspidel 2006-02-25 06:14AM | 0 recs
Re: No

You should have disclosed this upfron, Michael, and it wouldn't have been an issue.

by Matt Stoller 2006-02-25 07:54AM | 0 recs
Re: No

I don't agree with this Matt. I didn't when Jerome caught crap for his role in campaigns he wrote about and I still don't. If I was on staff or something more formal I would agree. But I'm not. I'm one of many contractors that's been a part of a campaign. I don't believe who my clients are for my design business is anyone's business but mine and my clients.

If I was writing about every race for every client I had done design work for, then my motives would be suspect. But I'm writing about a campaign in my district. A campaign I can experience and volunteer for first hand. A campaign I started volunteering for nearly two years ago. Design work came through my volunteering with the campaign because I was someone they knew and trusted (and they liked my work), not the other way around. And the majority of my contract was executed long before Duckworth even entered the race.

I did work for Dean. I've done work for Obama. Should I no longer blog about these people, or put a disclosure that I was one of the hundreds of contractors they've used in their careers? I think that's BS.

I think Adam would have made an issue of it regardless. He believes the only reason anyone would spend as much time blogging for a candidate as I do is if they were paid to do so. All I can say is he's wrong. I believe strongly in Christine Cegelis and am not paid in any way - directly or otherwise, to blog for her campaign. The more I've been around her, the more I have come to believe in her not only as a strong candidate but as genuine person who I admire greatly.

I'd have blogged for her even if they hired someone else to do their design work, and expect that they will hire someone else when she wins the general due to the workload. And you know what? I still blog for her.

She's the genuine article, and the type of person we are always lamenting on the blogs everyday that we don't have in Congress.

Think what you will. I've never hidden the fact I was biased or partisan Cegelis.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-25 01:43PM | 0 recs
Not new anyway
And BTW, this was covered with a while back anyway:
by michael in chicago 2006-02-25 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: No

I am not a resident of IL-6.  I have not been paid by, contacted by, approached by, etc., the Duckworth campaign, the DCCC, the DNC or anyone else.  My opinions are solely and wholly my own.

It's always been clear who you're supporting.  It's the "why" which is a little shaky.

by Adam B 2006-02-25 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: No

Think what you will about my motives Adam. See my reply to Matt above. My opinions are my own too.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-25 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: No

The more people donate to Cegelis and the more paid-media she can afford, win or lose the primary, the more you yourself gain financialy.

That's why the question about your advocacy was raised.

by Josh Orton 2006-02-25 10:27AM | 0 recs
Re: No

Maybe, maybe not. I'm not pushing for her to raise money so she can hire me to do more media. I'm pushing for her to help her win.

Point taken. See my reply to Matt above.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-25 01:46PM | 0 recs
One more suggestion to everyone reading

As you note, I have posted exclusively on the IL-06 race for a while. But if you go back through my posts, you'll see I only started doing this in mid November. Prior, I posted about all the evils of the Bush administration and Republicans in general.

Then when Duckworth was airlifted into the IL-06 race, I came to a conclusion: A bunch of people bitching about national politics on a blog can not realistically affect as much change as they can if they worked locally.

So I stopped bitching about a lame duck president who I can't stand and started working to elect a candidate I believe in who was running in my own district. Politics is local, so I will blog locally for the most part for the rest of my blogging career.

I won't rule out the occassional post on the majority party, but I'm not going to waste my time shouting in the wind either. I'm not Chris or Matt of Duncan or Kos. I don't have the influence to bring about change at that level on a blog. So I'm going to focus my efforts where I can influence the direction of my party, and thereby my government.

I'd recommend everyone reading to do the same. Find a Democratic candidate running in your back yard that emodies core Democratic principals and wants to represent your interests, not chase the interests of those who will fund their media drops.

Once you've found a candidate to support, give them what ever time you can. Money is great and necessary. But don't discount what an hour or two a week will do for a candidate. Get off the blogs and go help out.

That's what I'm doing. I encourage everyone reading this to do the same.

by michael in chicago 2006-02-23 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: One more suggestion to everyone reading

I'm living in Rahm's district (IL-05) and canvassing for Christine every weekend until the primary.  I feel alive again after being so depressed after the 2004 Presidential election.  She can win this thing and I'm not just talking about the primary either.

by minvis 2006-02-23 06:06PM | 0 recs
This is bound to be interesting primary.

I have no horse in this race. But i wish the best of luck to Cegelis in her primary and beyond. This is off topic but has WSJ/Zogby released there new numbers?

by Liberal 2006-02-23 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Why I trust Cegelis

DOWN WITH TYRANNY just endorsed Cegelis and started an ACT BLUE Page for her. Her fans in this thread don't need that information. But I think you'll enjoy the picture of her our Art Department came up with.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-02-23 01:59PM | 0 recs


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