Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Signs of Tsunami

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Dennis Shulman-- closing the deal in New Jersey

Some of the most hotly contested congressional races are turning towards Democrats. One of the most important races for progressives in the country, in the suburbs east and south of Seattle (WA-08) pits progressive leader Darcy Burner against a pathetic and corrupt rubber stamp Bush puppet, Dave Reichert. Darcy took him apart in a debate last week and the newest polling shows her beating him by a healthy 5 point margin despite all the corporate and right-wing money pouring into the district on his behalf. One Darcy Burner is worth ten generic, nominal Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.

Also up in polling today, two fine New Jersey Democrats, Linda Stender and John Adler. And the DCCC Red to Blue program has announced they are widening the playing field-- by a lot. They've added two of our favorite Blue America candidates, Larry Joe Doherty (TX-10) and Dennis Shulman (NJ-05), both fighting vulnerable rubber stamp Republicans, Michael McCaul and Scott Garrett. Two weeks ago we met a solid Alabama Democrat here at FDL, Josh Segall (AL-03), and they added him too-- as well 5 other Democrats who have seen their opponents hopes for re-election fading: Linda Ketner (SC-01), Jim Harlan (LA-01), Becky Greenwald (IA-04), Nick Leibham (CA-50), whose powerful new ad you can watch here, and Elwyn Tinklenberg (MN-06).

They also slotted in 5 new candidates into the Emerging Races list: Julie Bornstein (CA-45), Bill Durston (CA-03), Rob Hubler (IA-05), Bill Mitchell (FL-09), and Georgianna Oliver (OK-01). It's a mixed batch of really bad Democrats who won't support the most crucial Democratic principles and values to absolutely outstanding progressive leaders like Bill Durston, Julie Bornstein and Rob Hubler. Obviously, we urge you to donate to progressives at the Blue America ActBlue page. And you can help Bill Durston here.

Everyone at Blue America is extraordinarily proud of our friend Dennis Shulman, this year's embodiment of the Obama slogan, "Yes, we can." When I called to congratulation him on behalf of the thousands of donors who have contributed to his campaign through Blue America, emphasized that the addition to Red to Blue is welcome on top of the New Jersey grassroots support that has been building for his candidacy. Dennis (it's why we love him):
"Our grassroots campaign for change has been growing so rapidly in Northern New Jersey, and we welcome the additional support.

Why have people throughout the district, from school teachers and retired truck drivers to hardworking mothers of seven, dedicated their time and their $10 and $15 checks to this campaign? For the same reason the national netroots have been so supportive-- we have been speaking the truth about the key issues of the day, and taking the fight to Scott Garrett, who is ridiculously out of touch on the issues and corrupt to boot.

The hardworking families of New Jersey pay their taxes fully-- shouldn't Scott Garrett pay his too? Voters are sick and tired of having a member of Congress who believes that "representing them" means putting the special interests in charge of his office. After November 4th, we will provide the district and country the change we need to get our economy moving again."

And Obama is doing well too-- especially as McCain goes more and more negative.

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4 Comments:

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reposted here, a comment I posted on FDL in response to this:

"They also slotted in 5 new candidates into the Emerging Races list: Julie Bornstein (CA-45), Bill Durston (CA-03), Rob Hubler (IA-05), Bill Mitchell (FL-09), and Georgianna Oliver (OK-01). It’s a mixed batch of really bad Democrats who won’t support the most crucial Democratic principles and values to absolutely outstanding progressive leaders like Bill Durston."

Can I just ask that you mention who you think “bad Dems” are when you make a statement like this? I happen to know Rob Hubler, and he is an outstanding progressive in a tough race against one of the most bigoted ignorant wingnuts in Congress, Steve King. It is not fair to lump him in with unnamed bad Democrats and leave the implication that he might be one of them. If you would help him, that would be great. But don’t hurt him, for heaven’s sake. He doesn’t deserve it.
Susan in Iowa

 
At 5:50 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Susan, I phrased that inartfully-- and I inadvertently seemed to slam not just Rob Hubler-- who is an awesome opponent for Steve King (arguably one of the half dozen worst members of Congress)-- and Julie Bornstein-- also a wonderful progressive candidate who we're supporting.

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much. It's a small thing, but lots of people read what you write.

I cannot understand why Rob is not on any lists--O2B, ActBlue, Red to Blue, DFA. Russ Feingold has helped him, and he just got added to DCCC's meaningless "we like you" list, but the rest of his money has been raised the old fashioned way, one donor call at a time.

I am afraid that the DCCC will send money when it's too late for a TV buy, or not at all. If the netroots would adopt him, it could make a difference. If Shadegg is worth attention, then so is King. They're a matched set.

Rob will get crossover votes from Repubs who can't stand his crazy behavior, from dairy farmers who are upset at King's immigration stance taking away their workers, and from Dutch Reformed Church members who are as opposed to an unjust war as they are to abortion. The Iowa GOP is in a civil war right now, between the conservatives and the social wingnuts, the party is dispirited, and King has no campaign organization. SUSA has Obama up even in NW Iowa. Obama is bombing Omaha with TV and it is being seen in Council Bluffs. Harkin will start running TV next week. The opportunity is there. Rob may win even without help, but it's ridiculous that he can't get it.

It is beyond frustrating.

Susan in Iowa

 
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