Tuesday, May 23, 2006



Last week it was NOW. Today Democracy For America endorsed Ned Lamont's bid to become the next Democratic senator from Connecticut. This is a particularly important endorsement because DFA Chairman, Jim Dean, lives in Connecticut and has been very active in local politics there. Here's the press release that just went out:

Today, Democracy For America enthusiastically endorsed Ned Lamont in his run for United States Senate against incumbent Joseph Lieberman. Lamont surprised the pundits and Senator Lieberman with a strong showing at the Connecticut Democratic Party Convention on Friday and
earned a spot on the primary ballot. The primary will be August 8.

"Ned Lamont has been loud and clear about America's position in Iraq and world affairs, one of the most important concerns for voters," said Jim Dean, Chair for Democracy for America. "Senator
Lieberman has been a broken record supporting broken policies."

Democracy for America will help raise money, media, and volunteers for Lamont's campaign from across the nation.

And later today DFA will be sending the following letter out to all DFA members, not just in Connecticut, but across the country.

For years, Joe Lieberman has supported President Bush on issue after issue. He supported Bush's crusade to dismantle Social Security and he folded on the nominations of Justices Roberts and Alito. Lieberman voted for the invasion of Iraq and he continues to stand in the way of
real solutions that will bring our troops home. He has even supported attempts to label criticism of the war as unpatriotic. Last winter, he said, "it is time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to
acknowledge that he will be Commander-in-Chief for three more critical years, and that in matters of war we undermine Presidential credibility at our nation's peril."

On Friday, Connecticut Democrats said "enough." The Connecticut Democratic Convention was the first opportunity for an open vote between Joe Lieberman and upstart challenger Ned Lamont. With the process heavily stacked toward insiders, Lamont was expected to collect just a handful of votes.
Instead, he shocked the establishment and won twice the number of votes he needed to qualify for the August primary ballot.

Ned Lamont has won the support of DFA members across Connecticut and now he's won a place on the ballot to challenge Joe Lieberman. When he's elected in November, Ned will oppose the Bush administration's misguided policies and he'll stand with other Democrats for clean government, universal healthcare, and a moral foreign policy. I urge you to join me in supporting Ned Lamont today.

Joe Lieberman has won strong support from Republicans. Vice President Cheney calls him "a fine U.S. Senator." Republican Congressman Chris Shays and Fox News Commentator Sean Hannity have both endorsed him. Even President Bush loves Lieberman -- there are rumors he has been considered for a post in Bush's cabinet. Is that the kind of Democrat that we want in Washington?

Ned Lamont won't have any Washington Republicans fighting for him. He's only going to win through thousands of grassroots donations from DFA members like you. We need to show Ned that the grassroots will stand with him. With your help, our goal is to raise $25,000 from 500 donors today. Can you make a donation of $100, $50, or even $25 to make it happen?

Ned will be a progressive voice in the Senate. He'll speak out against the destructive Bush administration policies that threaten our moral and economic future, our civil liberties, and our nation's security. He has opposed the Iraq War since the beginning and he'll advocate a new
direction in Iraq. Let's make it happen.


Jim Dean


If you want to chip in to Ned's efforts, you can click here and kick down whatever you feel is appropriate... to help save our poor battered country. Even $5 and $10 contributions will help Ned overcome the gigantic onslaught of corporate money that normally goes to actual Republicans (instead of Republicans in Democratic clothing like Lieberman).


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