Monday, November 06, 2006



A few weeks ago we had a town hall meeting at Firedoglake with members of DWT, Crooks and Liars, Music for America and, of course, FDL. We voted on which of our Blue America candidates to give a full fledged radio advertising campaign. The winner was Charlie Brown who is fighting an incredibly powerful campaign against one of the half dozen most corrupt and most odious and most extremist congressmen in Washington, John Doolittle. Over 1,100 of our members have donated over $24,000 in small contributions directly to Brown's campaign. And our town hall meeting decided to buy radio spots in his district (our customized "Time to Throw Doolittle Out" ad).

Meanwhile, one of the FDL activists living in the district has been working hard to keep us informed about what's been going on on the ground in CA-04. Nate's latest report:

It was 10:30pm Saturday night, sitting at the kitchen table at the house of Brown family friends. The day was non-stop campaigning with Paul Hackett and then a swing by the airport to pick up Charlie's son just in from Iraq by way of Germany. His daughter flew up from Southern California and yet he still took the time to sit down and chat with me. In December his son rotates back to serve his FOURTH TOUR as a combat pilot in Iraq and I was honored to be invited to such a private family gathering.

He is genuine and forthright and sitting and talking with him makes you believe wholeheartedly that there are better days ahead for America. The momentum is completely behind Charlie and people are starting to realize that a vote for him today could save California tens of millions of dollars in a special election when John Doolittle is indicted in the next few months. The ground game here is
strong even though the territory is so large. There are active and outspoken supporters turning out everywhere for Charlie. We need a final push and my last question to Charlie was what people could do in the final 36 hours until the polls close.  He is holding no funds back and is still buying radio time and will until the final hour of vote casting. If we can do one more BlueAmerica push, he can borrow against the final total in order to make radio spot buys down to the wire.

Watch Nate's great video interview with Charlie Brown here.

Win or lose, this district will never be the same again. It has been proven to be completely competitive and it will stay that way for a long time to come. Let's save some serious California tax dollars and get Doolittle out now so we don't have to bother with a special election after the whole felony prosecution thing. 

Thanks everyone for letting me be BlueAmerica's 'guy-on-the-ground' for the CA-04th. I've made lifelong friends and found a leader I'm eager to keep serving and I'm grateful for the opportunity to make a difference... All the way to the victory celebration!

If you've been reading DWT even irregularly, you already know why John Doolittle is unfit for public office. I want to recommend a few opinions that others have made as well. Transparent Grid sums up the Closing Argument Against Doolittle, from a personal perspective, extraordinarily well. TPM Cafe's story about Doolittle's imminent indictment on federal racketeering charges shouldn't be missed. Porkbusters reveals the details about how Doolittle has been bought and paid for by foreign governments. And even conservatives are aghast at the grotesque record of corruption from the sleaziest man in Congress. Roseville Conservative explains why Doolittle must be defeated from their point of view. Dump Doolittle is the single best place online to get all the facts on Doolittle and they will have any breaking news on this race before anyone else.
And the California election summary at The Left Coaster is a must read for anyone interested in Charlie's race, as well as the valiant campaigns being waged by Jerry McNerney and Robert Rodriguez.

If you're in the district and you want a chance to see Charlie in action today, here's his schedule:

9:30am- Greeting voters outside Safeway on Woodcreek & Blue Oaks in Roseville
10:20am- Greeting voters outside Safeway on Park & Sunset in Rocklin
11am- Greeting Voters outside California Family Fitness, 2165 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin
12pm- Greeting Voters at Auburn Post Office, 371 Nevada Street in Auburn
1pm- Lunch at In & Out Burger in Auburn, 130 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, CA
2pm- Greeting Voters outside Target Store, 2700 Bell Road, Auburn, CA 95603
3:15 p.m. Greeting Volunteers at Nevada County Phone Bank, 134 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley
4:00p.m.—Canvassing Shops in Downtown Nevada City
6pm- Greeting Voters outside Roseville Galleria/ Best Buy

Tomorrow's victory party will be at the Roseville Opera House, 108 Main Street, Roseville, CA 95678 (8PM)


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