OR-Sen: Wyden Featured in Ad for Merkley!
by Sarah Lane, Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 12:05:31 PM EDT
Republican Gordon Smith loves to tout his work with Democrats like Senator Ron Wyden, but in the race for Oregon Senate, Senator Wyden wholeheartedly supports Jeff Merkley. Today, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is hitting the airwaves showing his support for Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley in a new campaign ad. More below the fold....
Full disclosure, I am the netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley
First things first, check out the new ad.
In an email to Merkley supporters, Senator Wyden had this to say about Jeff Merkley:
In order to help our new President deliver the change we need, we must dramatically change the dynamic in the U.S. Senate. With a progressive majority in the Senate and Barack Obama in the White House, we'll finally be able to put our country back on track and produce the change we need for America. Jeff will be a strong partner who will join me and our new President in moving forward on the issues that matter most to you and your family.
I can't stress Wyden's point enough about needing a progressive majority in the Senate. There are so many issues near and dear to progressives that will not be addressed if we don't increase our numbers in the Senate.
Universal Health Care
Ending the Iraq War
Passing the Employee Free Choice Act
Investing in alternative energy such as solar, wind, geothermal and wave energy
Restoring civil liberties that have been taken away by Bush
Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley is a strong advocate for universal health care, opposed the war from the start, pushed through the card check in the Oregon House, led the greenest session we've seen in 30 years, and has always been adamantly opposed to illegal surveillance and telecom immunity.
Jeff Merkley is exactly the type of progressive Democrat we need in the Senate. He's a progressive coalition builder, with the skills to rally legislators around progressive legislation. We're in a dead heat with Republican Gordon Smith and are being outspent by the millions, so if you have a little extra change, please consider donating to Merkley via MYDD's Road to 60 Act Blue Page.
First Debate Between Merkley and Smith Tonight!
Jeff Merkley and Gordon Smith will be going head to head in tonight's first Oregon Senate debate. The debate will be aired on KGW channel 8 at 7pm pt. For bloggers outside of Oregon, you can watch the debate which will be livestreamed here.