WV-02 emerges as top-tier 2008 pick-up opportuntiy
by WVaBlue, Sat Jul 07, 2007 at 03:37:30 PM EDT
* Unger held a successful fund-raising event in Washington, D.C. hosted by a Who's Who of W.Va. and DCCC Reps. The event was officially hosted by our two W.Va. Dem. Reps. Mollohan (WV-01) and Rahall (WV-03), along with DCCC Chair Rep. Chris Van Hollen and DCCC Recruitment Chair Rep. Artur Davis.
* As part of their July 4th week campaign hitting vulnerable Republicans, the DCCC announced a series of radio commercials targeting Rep. Capito's poor record of supporting veterans. This level of support from the DCCC is highly significant--this is a strong signal that WV-02 is a key target for 2008. (James L. has more details here.)
* Not long after the DCCC announcement, Pres. Bush announced he was visiting John Unger's hometown, Martinsburg, W.Va. on July 4. Providing a safe harbor to her good friend Rep. Shelley Moore Capito greeted Bush with open arms at his time of need. Bush held a private, closed door morning speech with National Guard members and their families.
* Wasting no time after getting setup on ActBlue, Unger sent out his first email fund-raising appeal. Using Pres. Bush's visit to show how out of touch Capito is with West Virginia values in "Bush and Capito Stick Together!", Unger called for bringing our soldiers home from Iraq.
This is shaping up to be an exciting race. John Unger is a good fit for this district. He is similar to Rep. Rahall in that he's more socially conservative (just like this district) than a typical member of the Progressive Netroots, but he is also adamant about issues of social and economic justice--and, that includes getting Out of Iraq.
It's not too early to start turning Red to Blue. Please help me wake up after Election Day 2008 with a Democratic representative! Contribute to John Unger for Congress at the West Virginia Blue Act Blue page.
Written by Clem G., a W.Va. volunteer Netroots activist. Cross-posted at West Virginia Blue, the home of WV-02 coverage.