Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nominations

The netroots page has six candidates on it right now.  As we move into high powered election season, we're going to add a lot more.  I'm not going to pretend that I know what candidates are doing well out there.  I mean this is a big country.  I do think that the blogs collectively can make some very shrewd judgments.  So we're opening up the netroots page for nominations from anyone out there who reads and writes on blogs.

There are three criteria for a netroots candidate.  None of them are hard and fast, but the ideal netroots candidate would meet all three of these criteria:

1) There should be a netroots presence in the state or district.

2) The candidate should be a populist and/or a progressive, preferably both.

3) Candidates falling into the 'blue state' or 'northeastern strategy' bucket make sense.  These are people running in Democratic leaning states against moderate or right-wing Republicans.

Again, these criteria aren't absolute.  If a candidate is especially netroots-savvy, or there's a strong netroots presence in a non-blue area, that's fine.  If backing a candidate would suck up a lot of Republican money or otherwise have useful strategic implications, that's fine too.  We're looking for places we can make a difference using the distributed nature of the blogs.

So who would you nominate for the netroots page?  And why?

Tags: actblue, Blogosphere, netroots (all tags)

Comments

160 Comments

Re: Opening Candidate Noms

I would suggest Harry Mitchell of Arizona.  But it doesn't fit your blue state suggestion.  I would argue that those massively growing western states are pivotal in future elections and will eventually be blue, however.

Sadly to say, that once the blueification of the NE is complete, the action will shift west because they are getting the new CDs and are increasingly blue.

oh, plus, Mitchell has a good chance against that fucking flushed red-faced rodeo clown JD Hayworth.

by jgarcia 2006-05-06 11:53AM | 0 recs
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Linda Stender? She's very progressive, and the Dump Mike blog's been around since the beginning of the cycle at least, so there's definitely a netroots presence. The district did go for Bush by a slightly greater margin in 2004 than in 2000, but the difference was far less than the difference in every single other NJ district, so I'm guessing the district is actually getting more liberal (there's a significant and growing Asian population in the district, which could be part of the gain).

by bobdoleisevil 2006-05-06 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Linda Stender

Yes -- definitely Linda.  Ferguson is anti-choice and anti-stem-cell-research; took a barrelful of DeLay's money, takes telecom money to support their Internet land grab, and supports Bush all the way (although he recently flew the coop when DeadEye Dick was in NJ).

This district is ready for a realistic progressive.  Linda is dynamic and intelligent; she just got the DFA and Emily's List endorsements.  In case you need an identity politics nudge, NJ has no women right now in Congress.

Here's more info:
http://www.dumpmike.com/
http://lindastenderforcongress.com/

by miriamsong 2006-05-06 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Linda Stender

BlueJersey has been covering this race quite a bit.  They helped do some fundraising at the end of 1Q to put her over the fundraising goal.

by Fran for Dean 2006-05-06 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Linda Stender

Linda has run an excellent campaign.  Her fundraising has exceeded expectations and they have already upgraded her race.  She has gotten great coverage and would be a fantastic candidate for the netroots

by jspringer2350 2006-05-06 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Linda Stender

Another vote for Linda Stender. She's a good fundraiser - has EMILY's list and DFA's endorsement and is on the DCCC's radar. She's got grassroot support on the ground from the Blue 7th PAC (dumpmike.com) and has been reaching out to the netroots, occasionally blogging at Blue Jersey.

by jmelli 2006-05-06 03:16PM | 0 recs
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I also support Linda Stender, and I believe two blogs already support her.

by illinois062006 2006-05-07 06:08PM | 0 recs
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Chris Murphy in CT-5.  He's not getting as much attention as the other 2 CT House races, but the race was profiled in the NY Times story a few days ago.

by Max Friedman 2006-05-06 12:14PM | 0 recs
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I second Chris Murphy in CT-05.

Max is right, Chris hasn't been getting the attention of the other two CT races, but he's on the DCCC's Red-to-Blue list and is clearly a targeted and winnable race. If '06 is going to be a change election, the other two seats should fall into Dem hands easily and Chris' race will be the closest in CT. He's way down on cash (~800k on hand v. 2.5mil for Nancy Johnson) so a netroots endorsement would mean a lot.

Where is Nancy's money coming from? Well, she's a 24 year incumbent. That's part of it. The other part of it, part "B", if you will, is actually "Part D". Johnson was a primary author of Medicare Part D, the disastrous perscription drugs program that explicitly prohibits the government from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices. She's received over $500,000 from HMO's and Health Services companies since the 2000 election cycle, including $80,000 in the 20 days after Part D passed congress. Johnson hasn't had to spend much of that money since her last credible challenge was in 1996 -- from a campaign managed by... Chris Murphy!

MoveOn has moved into the district -- already! -- in a big way with two big ad buys (the latest here on MoveOn's frontpage). Johnson has responded to each with ad buys of her own -- 6 months out! A netroots endorsement would certainly show MoveOn that the progressive community is behind Chris' candidacy and encourage them to stay involved in the race. The endorsement for Chris, then, would bring in all the netroots support and cash and keep MoveOn and its millions of dollars in the district. Talk about bang for your buck.

by kevinbk 2006-05-06 06:04PM | 0 recs
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Probably should point out his webpage. www.murphyforcongress.org

Heh, maybe a netroots endorsement will encourage them to redo their webpage?

by kevinbk 2006-05-06 06:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate

I think its absurd the netroots aren't all over Kweisi Mfume for Senate in Maryland. Its as blue as states get and Democrats have a choice between a decent, but status quo, typical insider Dem and Mfume who has a unbelievable record as a Progressive activist. Either Democrat will win the nomination and we have the opportunity to help put a real Progressive and Populist into office. Latest polls show Mfume and Cardin in a dead heat and the netroots could definitely tip this either way.

by js noble 2006-05-06 12:16PM | 0 recs
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I'm in Maryland and not all that excited about Mfume bacause of that thing where he was sleeping with his subordinates at the NAACP and then doing favors for them.  

I'm not a moralist about those sorts of things but I'm just dreading the beatdown he would get from Steele all though September and October over this.  I don't want to watch it happen and I'm going to try and avoid it if I can.

I'll vote for Mfume in the general and maybe (maybe) give him a little cash if he somehow comes out of the primary but I'm sure not going to be supporting him against Cardin.
 

by Jay 2006-05-06 12:47PM | 0 recs
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Do you have an article or link about the NAACP sex/favoritism thing? I've heard about it before but all I could have really find out about was a single complaint made by someone already fired for incompetance. Accusations like that are made all the time and I haven't seen any additional proof. I'm in Maryland too so if you have more information that'd be great.

Even with that issue I still don't see how Steele wins, though.

by js noble 2006-05-06 01:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate

Well, there are the allegations put forth in the Washington Post, which you are probably referring to.  And it is true that there is no caught cold smoking gun proof of these allegations.  But that isn't my point.  My point is that I don't want to see the Democratic candidate having to fight this fight and defend himself against these types of smears. Not only am I just sick and  tired of it, but even if Mfume beats Steele these stories will be a drag on his ticket and so also be a drag on the other Democrats .  I'd rather run a candidate who will also make a good Senator and who won't have these kinds of stories on the front page every day for two months.

by Jay 2006-05-06 04:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate

So you think that if anyone throws any mud at a candidate, no matter how little substance to the charge, we should abandon that candidate no matter how highly qualified he is?  This makes no sense.  

The charge against Mfume is favortism, leveled in a letter by an NAACP employee on her way out the door without any corroboration.  I hate to think that Maryland would lose its' chance to have a truly great Senator for such a flimsy reason.

The polls show that Maryland voters haven't abandoned Mfume, the netroots shouldn't either.

by jct 2006-05-06 11:04PM | 0 recs
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I agree.  Mfume has a great record in Congress, is running a competitive campaign and really excites voters.  You are also right about Cardin, he is a lackluster Congressman who just goes with the flow.  For example, he voted 3 times for the Patriot Act.  The netroots should be huge supporters of Mfume.

by jct 2006-05-06 11:00PM | 0 recs
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Deval Patrick?

I know it's not a house/senate race, but he has a pretty strong netroots outreach effort.  He has been doing meetups for months.  He's a progressive candidate going up against a status quo dem in a state that has elected republican governers for far too long.

Even though we don't really need a farm team in a state like MA (half our house folks would make great senators, and a bunch of state level folks would play well nationally...), this is exactly the type of race that could help the whole national wave thing.

by dansomone 2006-05-06 12:27PM | 0 recs
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Have to agree.

Deval Patrick was the first candidate to interact with the MA progressive blogosphere.  He didn't have to, either.  We were nobody back then (some would argue that we're nobody even now!).

The other candidates don't come close in terms of grassroots or netroots support.

by sco 2006-05-07 07:56AM | 0 recs
Netroots Candidate - Deval Patrick

Patrick supporters love best the original campaign bumper stickers that say, "Believe again."  Those who have lost faith in elected officials see a real opportunity in the straightforward way this guy communicates without gladhanding, preppy entourages, or the usual Massachusetts political glib wit that disguises non-answers.

Before I knew much about Patrick's issue positions, I could tell that I would trust him to make choices for the Commonwealth.  

In my twenty years in this state, he is the first statewide candidate I have heard use the phrase "social justice."

He has enough relevant experience (both political and private sector) to be credible, but he hasn't been sucked into the Beacon Hill culture.  

What more can I say?  Let's get this guy support and elect him!

by shack 2006-05-07 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Guys remember, ppl with a lot of funding cant use this as much. therefore, with that in mind, here are my suggestions

Dan Maffei
Jim Webb
Jack Carter
Paul Hodes
Claire McCaskill
Tim Walz
Phil Kellam

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 12:41PM | 0 recs
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Why?

by Matt Stoller 2006-05-06 12:44PM | 0 recs
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because if a candidate has 2 m already, getting 100k from the netroots wont mean as much to them.  but that 100k to someone like Maffei who could make a race versus Walsh would make a huge differance

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 12:59PM | 0 recs
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ecause if a candidate has 2 m already, getting 100k from the netroots wont mean as much to them.

Why is McCaskill on your list, then?  She has raised a ton of cash and knows where to get more.

Not that I don't think she is worthy of support, but "one of these things is not like the others..."

by Jay 2006-05-06 01:31PM | 0 recs
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2m in as referring to in a house race 2m is a lot.  McCaskill just needs money - she hasnt raised much, and she needs close to 10 m to run this race

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate

I would like to ask you to consider listing my campaign on your Netroots Page.

I am a candidate for Congress in Missouri's 2nd district.  We in Missouri have been suffering for years due to state and local Democratic party organizations that have fallen into disrepair but we are working hard to rebuild.  We have been very disappointed that the national party and national campaigns have not invested in Missouri and this election cycle shows the same lack of support (with the exception of the support for McCaskill for Senate).  We believe that every single race must be contested.  We can not simply hand over seats to the Republicans and only focus on a few races that seem winnable in the North East.  That strategy has failed in the past and will continue to fail.  Missouri is a microcosm of the nation.  If Democrats can not figure out how to win in Missouri, we can not expect to win nationwide.  If we can not win in 2006 with new fresh candidates, then we will not be successful in 2008 and beyond.

Even though the 2nd district in Missouri seems difficult to win, it is not impossible to win.  We have not had strong Democratic challengers in quite some time so past results are a bit skewed.  The level of dissatisfaction in the district is high and a strong Democratic challenge to the most extreme representative currently in Congress, Todd Akin, will succeed, if we can get our message of change out to the voters.  Can you imagine the panic within the Republican party if an encumbant in a district gerrymandered to be a safe Republican district and who has a 98% voting record with Bush and DeLay, falls to a Democratic challenger?

We are looking for support not only from within the district but from outside it as well.  It would be a shame if the DCCC plan to pickup enough seats in the North East falls short by just one seat!

Thank you,
Rich

by richlesh 2006-05-06 12:41PM | 0 recs
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MO - 2 is the sort of district we need to take back.  Until the mid-1990's it changed hands often and was very close.  The last Dem. House memberr here, Joan Kelly Horn, was defeated in 1994.  It's been a place with no good Dem. challangers for the last few cycles.  It should be getting bluer as the district is dominated by inner suburbs and exurbs of a very blue city, St. Louis.  This would be a Dem. seat had not the Dem. incumbants in the 1st & 3rd District wanted solid Dem. territory.  

by howardpark 2006-05-06 01:42PM | 0 recs
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MO-2, I thought that was Jim Talent's former district, the one that always goes Republican by a 70-30 margin?  Did the MO-2 designation change after 2000?

by ACSR 2006-05-07 09:07AM | 0 recs
non-Senate/House races?

should the netroots page be open to gubernatorial and/or other statewide non-congressional candidates?

by b1oody8romance7 2006-05-06 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: non-Senate/House races?

Yes they should - taking back a state house or two and getting our people into Democratic seats currently locked up by the old Dems needs to happen at all levels.  Trust me, a few thousand dollars and a little press can win a state race.

Astro1

by sdicker 2006-05-07 01:36PM | 0 recs
Carol Shea-Porter in NH-01

Running to oppose Jeb Bradley in a District ready to go blue with the right candidate.  I support Carol because she is progressive, fiscally responsible, pro-choice, and she is a woman and we need to get women equally represented in Congress in order to heal our country.  Carol has a real grass roots campaign going, with a lot of activists who worked for candidates in 2004, who have learned their lessons well, we are organized, energized and ready to take this district blue in November!

by bloomingpol 2006-05-06 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Carol Shea-Porter in NH-01

she will lose hte primary bad to tier 1 recuit Jim Craig

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 01:00PM | 0 recs
Jim Craig

has some money, but no supporters.  Carol has the grassroots activists.  I would appreciate knowing why you are so sure she will lose to Jim.

by bloomingpol 2006-05-06 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Jim Craig

because Craig is a relatively popular pol, with experience, money and experience and is the only guy who can actually beat Bradley. tier 1 recruit as opposed to tier 3

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 03:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Jim Craig

You are wrong to say Craig has no grassroots support; he will win the primary based on the Manchester vote alone, plus the legislators all respect the job he has done as Democratic leader.

by nascardem 2006-05-06 03:25PM | 0 recs
Claire McCaskill

Missouri is trending blue and Claire has a great chance to unseat one of the nation's least popular Senators, a real wingnut, Jim Talent-less, who just had to pander to the right wing and announce his opposition to embryonic stem cell research.  A bi-partisan coalition, including a lot of business, industry, economic development and scientific research types have managed to get an initiative petition on the ballot to protect stem cell research in Missouri from the conservatives controling the legislature.  McCaskill supported that effort early and has pressed Talent to take a position.  He hedged until even the wingnuts wondered why he wasn't opposed.  His position is wildly unpopular with the moderate business Republicans in Missouri.

McCaskill is a great pick-up opportunity.  Her race will generate national interest this fall.  The netroots should be there before then.

by Arthurkc 2006-05-06 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Claire McCaskill

i second this.

by b1oody8romance7 2006-05-06 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Claire McCaskill

I agree.  Claire McCaskill will wage a tough race, and this race will not be resolved until the morning after the election.  FiredUpMissouri supports her, and I have already asked many people to send small donations to Missouri.  Those of us in Illinois will also participate in any activities.  Her race has also been discussed at SoapbloxChicago.

I second the nomination of Claire McCaskill.

by illinois062006 2006-05-07 06:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

john laesch in IL-14? i don't think this is winnable, but if old man hastert faces a strong challenge, it could keep his funds from flowing around the country, right?

also, jim webb, hands down. he has definetly recognized the importance of the netroots. and looking at the polls and his fundraising so far...he needs us badly. he has been working so hard to gain our support. he deserves this.

in fact, i don't know if there's any race more important and strategic for the netroots than the virginia senate race. we don't even have to win it; all we need to do is give allen a run for his money.

by b1oody8romance7 2006-05-06 01:14PM | 0 recs
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yup

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 01:19PM | 0 recs
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I second Webb (or third I think he was mentioned up thread).

by js noble 2006-05-06 01:39PM | 0 recs
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I also think Webb would be a good candidate for the list.

by mystic liberal 2006-05-06 03:11PM | 0 recs
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Webb.  Yes.

by VaBchDem 2006-05-07 09:02AM | 0 recs
Candidate Nominations

NY-20 Kirsten Gillibrand
OH-18 Zach Space
NH-2 Paul Hodes
CT-5 Chris Murphy
PA-6 Lois Murphy
AZ-8 Gabrielle Giffords
NV-3 Tessa Hafen
NY-24 Les Roberts
IL-10 Dan Seals
ID-2 Jim Hansen

That's the ten best i can come up with i would personally pick Hafen followed by Space and Gillibrand

by Johnny17 2006-05-06 01:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Sherrod Brown

Marcy Winograd

Bernie Sanders

by mildewmaximilian 2006-05-06 01:32PM | 0 recs
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Are we really worried about Sanders losing??

by js noble 2006-05-06 01:39PM | 0 recs
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sanders is going to romp. and winograd is engaging in a quixotic challenge to a rep who fits her district well. its like challenging ben nelson in a primary

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 02:07PM | 0 recs
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Winograd's challenge is winnable.  Harman no longer "fits her district well", as once could have been argued (in 2000), when the 36th District included Republican bastions Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills.  Those areas have been carved out, progressive areas in West LA (Palms, Mar Vista) and the port (heavily union San Pedro) have been added, and Kerry won the district 60-40.  The people in the district should be presented with a real choice, not be limited to living with the pro-war, pro-domestic spying, pro-bankruptcy bill Harman.  That effectively disenfranchises a major part of the district.  

by budlawman 2006-05-06 07:25PM | 0 recs
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wrong. the district was only 50/50 bush kerry

by yomoma2424 2006-05-07 11:53AM | 0 recs
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Nope, get your facts straight.
 from the California Sec of State, page 34:

CA 36: Kerry 59.0% Bush 39.6%

by Ozzie 2006-05-07 06:03PM | 0 recs
Thank you

This is an example of the kind of "stuff" the Harman flacks are flogging to counter the substance of Winograd.

by budlawman 2006-05-07 06:06PM | 0 recs
Are you a Harman flunky?

Why did you make up that fake stat?

by budlawman 2006-05-07 06:07PM | 0 recs
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Regardless of whether Winograd's campaign is quixotic, Harman does not "fit her district well".  Harman may win because of name ID and money, but she is to the right of her district, as it is currently constituted.  I live in the CA-36(home to the Winograd/Harman contest), and have met very few people who care one way or the other for Harman, but most of the people I talk to are excited about voting for a Democrat who isn't as concerned with her "centrist credentials".  The CA-36 and Harman are in no way analogous to Nelson and Nebraska. The CA-36 may be to the right of some districts in LA, but it is still liberal.  Oh, and sorry for the anecdotal evidence.  For what it is worth, I would like to see the netroots support Winograd.

by bhirsh26 2006-05-06 08:39PM | 0 recs
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Sanders should be supported by the Netroots even if it's just a formality. Yes, he will win.

You're wrong in saying that Winograd's campaign is quixotic and that Harman fits the district. Harman fits Boeing and Chevron, not any actual people.

Get it straight: pro-war, pro-CAFTA, pro-bankruptcy is not "the center": those are the positions of a tiny minority of golf playing CEOs and retired stockholders. Harman is WAY out of line for her district and her party. Plus, Winograd is an unusually charming, magnetic and dynamic challenger.

What's more, Harman is in line to inherit the Intelligence Committee chair once the Democrats win in November. A Harman Intel chairmanship would be a serious black eye in a Dem victory.

by mildewmaximilian 2006-05-06 10:04PM | 0 recs
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Brown is the anti-netroots candidate.

by Bob Brigham 2006-05-07 07:08AM | 0 recs
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LOL.

by DavidNYC 2006-05-07 12:00PM | 0 recs
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Just saying...

I like the criteria you posted on SSP better, especially the part about top tier races.

by Bob Brigham 2006-05-07 12:47PM | 0 recs
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I nominate:

Chris Carney PA - 10
Bill Winter CO - 5
Jay Fawcett CO - 6
Phyllis Busansky FL - 9
Darcy Burner WA - 8
Andrew Horne KY - 3
Andrew Duck MD - 6
Dan Maffei NY - 25
Jeff Latas AZ - 8
Will Pryor TX - 32

These are all solid candidates -- some in some fairly red places like CO - 6 and MD - 06 -- in areas that we can win in a tidal wave Dem. year.  There are a few open seats.  None of these races is top tier so the Netroots might really make a difference.  I've met all except Busansky & Burner -- and I've heard great things about those two.  I may be wrong but I think only Maffei has a serious primary, and he still outraised the Rep. incumbant in the first quarter.  PA - 10 is a great seat to target because Carney is such a solid candidate and the incumbant, Sherwood, is such a total sleezeball.

by howardpark 2006-05-06 01:57PM | 0 recs
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Jeff Latas, however great he may be, is NOT a credible candidate.  I hate when people ask me to throw my money away.  What did he raise, ten grand?  In a primary where the leading candidate has raised a half mil?

I know monet shouldn't matter, but there are precious limited resources.  Let's be realistic, eh?

by jgarcia 2006-05-06 02:05PM | 0 recs
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agreed

by yomoma2424 2006-05-06 02:07PM | 0 recs
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FYI:

Carney

Latas

by DavidNYC 2006-05-06 04:25PM | 0 recs
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A second to Carney.

Seats like Carney's are expecially important to support becuase they offer a once-in-a-lifetime opprotunity to take a heavily Republican seat. In a normal election cycle, PA-10 would never elect a Democrat. But because of Sherwood's scandal, Carney stands a very good chance. If he gets elected, incumbency advantage will start to kick in and a once solid red district can turn blue for as long as Carney wants to stay.

If we miss this opprotunity? It won't be like missing Chris Shays or Jim Gerlach, who represent evenly divided districts that will always by competative. We'll get a shot at these districts next time around. But we won't get another shot at PA-10 (see also OH-18) for a very long time. Come 2008 Sherwood's infedelities will be forgotten and his eventual retirement will only bring in a fresh Republican face who will cruise to victory.

by dantheman 2006-05-06 10:55PM | 0 recs
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One other Carney point, if the netroots is looking to help competative candidates who aren't getting the attention they deserve from Washinton insiders, Carney is a much better pick then the people on the Red-to-Blue list.

by dantheman 2006-05-06 10:57PM | 0 recs
Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

New Mexico's Patricia Madrid fits all three of Matt's criteria perfectly:

1) Netroots presence in the state. Check! Not only are there a bunch of local NM bloggers really focused on the race, Madrid is reaching out to them. She's got a blog that's actually updated and interesting (www.madridforcongress.com/blog), she's reaching out to Bloggers with her "Bloggers for Madrid" program as well as lots of online graphics and stuff.

2) She seems to be pretty populist/progressive. She's called for Rummy's resignation and a swift withdrawel of troops from Iraq. She's good on energy independence and prescription drugs - and, she calls for an economy that works.

3) New Mexico is one of the most closely divided states in the nation and the district, I believe, voted for Kerry.

4) Another piece that I think is important and not mentioned is the need for progressives to support minority and female candidates. The progressive agenda is inclusive of all Americans and it's important for us to support candidates that look like and represent all Americans. Looking at the current netroots endorsed page, there's been one woman (Francine Busby) and one minority (Ciro Rodriguez) along with four white men. As the netroots endorsed page expands, let's make sure to give props to deserving minority and women candidates!

by imaPROgressive 2006-05-06 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

Woops! I mean an economy that rewards work. I think everyone supports an economy that works :-).

by imaPROgressive 2006-05-06 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

I agree with helping Madrid but isn't she already LOADED with money?

by jgarcia 2006-05-06 02:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

I just checked the finance reports, she's raised just over a million but Heather Wilson's raised $2 million and still has more than $600K more than Madrid... so, I still think Madrid needs help!

by imaPROgressive 2006-05-06 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

Thanks for the info.  I guess a short list of mine in addition to Harry Mitchell, would include Patsy Madrid, Gabrielle Giffords, one of those Pennsylvania guys and definitely Jim Webb in the Virginia Senate race.

by jgarcia 2006-05-06 03:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

I second the nomination of Patricia Madrid.  I believe six or seven blogs are listed on her website.

by illinois062006 2006-05-07 06:15PM | 0 recs
Paul Hodes

I think it's important to have one candidate within volunteering range of most netroots, if we can. In MA and northern New England, the obvious choice would be Paul Hodes, who fulfills all 3 listed factors. NH is the perfect new blue state. It's in that awkward transitional stage of blueberty, voting Dem nationally but still loyal to its local Republicans.

A couple more reasons:

  • NH is not as expensive as most Northeaastern media markets, so some money and attention would make an impact.
  • NH, especially Nashua, is really wired, so the netroots are in their element.
  • If the netroots can prove their muscle in NH, it'll give us more weight in '08!

by Gabius 2006-05-06 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Paul Hodes

Blueberty. Hilarious.

by DavidNYC 2006-05-06 04:26PM | 0 recs
Two NH Districts

I nominate Paul Hodes in NH-2 and Jim Craig in NH-1. NH went for Kerry and elected a Democratic governor in 2004.  Hodes is close in the polls, even though few people even know who he is. Jim Craig has done a good job as Democratic house leader. Although the D's are in the minority, he has held his caucus together to help defeat anti-immigrant legislation and an ant-gay marriage amendment. He also is from a popular family in Manchester, which is the largest city in the district.

by nascardem 2006-05-06 03:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom
Let me suggest Judy Feder in the VA-10 running against 13 term Republican incumbent Frank Wolf.  Not an obvious choice, but:
--The district has been trending Democrat, and went for Kaine in the governor's election.
--Feder is a progressive.  Currently Dean of the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, she was staff director for the Pepper Commission in 1988 and was an HHS official in the Clinton administration, where she worked on expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.
--She outraised Wolf during the 1Qr 2006 $289K to $129K.
--There is synergy between her campaign and Webb's senate campaign.  Increasing Democratic turnout in a competitive northern VA congressional district will help Webb.
by waldtest 2006-05-06 04:31PM | 0 recs
Jerry McNerney CA-11 An Energy Expert for Congress

Jerry McNerney CA-11 is the grassroots backed candidate in a contested Democratic primary. Just like in the Cegelis IL-6 contest, Jerry is facing a DLC/DCCC-backed candidate with little actual support in the district. The opponent is a former Republican whose position on the Iraq War is that it's, "irresponsible to get out now." Jerry is committed to a firm timetable for withdrawal.

Jerry is an expert and businessman in renewable energy. His specialization is in wind energy engineering. The Republican incumbent is Richard Pombo, the chair of the powerful House Resources Committee. As chairman Pombo has raised his profile with his outrageous stances on environmental issues, not to mention his dealings with convicted felon and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. His district has changed greatly since he took office in 1992. This is the year to take him down.

In addition to all the DFA clubs and other local grassroots clubs support, Jerry has received the endorsement of the California Democratic Party and the powerful California Labor Federation, the statewide labor coalition.

The Netroots presence in the district is extensive as a portion of the district falls within the San Francisco Bay Area. Jerry has his own blog and multiple bloggers cover the race. The two most active blogs covering the race are saynotopombo.blogspot.com and progressive11th.blogspot.com

Please join the Northern Califorian grassroots and netroots community in helping elect a progressive Democrat who has the expertise and vision to make his district the "Silicon Valley" of the renewable energy industry and in Congress will fight Big Oil in order to secure our country's energy and environmental security.

www.jerrymcnerney.org

by ajsuited 2006-05-06 05:03PM | 0 recs
A Texas Rundown

So some have probably read or heard from me on this one before, but for the benefit of this thread, a Texas rundown!

Ok, first off, statewide, there's nothing that needs adding to the netroots page. There's not stellar netroots candidate here, and seeing as how any Dem in Texas needs at least $3 million to even consider having a shot statewide, this is our of our realm.  So let's talk Congressional seats.

Even though it is 2006, this will only have been the 2nd time that we have used the current map as Texas was victum to the DeLay re-redistricting scheme (the 2000, 2002, and 2004 maps were all different).  Since 2004, Bush has become less popular in the state, as has the Republican Governor (drawing 2 independents in the race which may alter some downballot turnout).

We have 32 Congressional seats.
-21 Republican
-11 Democratic (counting Cuellar)

There are Democrats running in 31 of the 31 seats (with my hometown district of TX-11 going empty). The only Democrat with any serious challenge is Chet Edwards, last of the Blue Dogs that hung on in the 2002 'DeLay scrubbing' that knocked off 4 other incumbent Dems, which combined with the Party switch of Ralph Hall and the retirement of Democrat Jim Turner give us a list of seats that I describe as "if we can't win with scads of $$ and incumbent Congressmen, we ain't gonna win them with less money and the people put up this year". (which is why I look to areas we didn't fight for as hard last time where we have better candidates, changing demographics, and a less competition for dollars).

Let's look at the 4 seats we lost in 2004 and what we have this year, none of which I'd nominate for a netroots candidate.

TX-1 Gohmert (Sandlin loss) - Roger Owen (crazy)
TX-2 Poe (Lampson loss) - Gary Binderim (who?)
TX-19 Neugebauer (Stenholm loss) - Robert Ricketts (even Stenholm lost by 58%)
TX-32 Sessions (Frost loss) - Will Pryor (this was the most expensive race in 2004, over $8 mil)

Outside of these, there are a select few candidates who have received netroots coverage among the Texas bloggers, then after that a smaller set that have maintained active fundraising in districts that are actually winnable.

Those on Texas bloggers radar include...

TX-6 Joe Barton (R) - David Harris who is in Anna's territory.
TX-14 Ron Paul (R/L) - Shane Sklar who is out closer to Kuffner
TX-21 Lamar Smith (R) - John Courage with myself  in the Austin end and Matt on the San Antonio end.
TX-31 John Carter (R) - Mary Beth Harrell who has Eye on Williamson county on her.

Courage and Harris are Band of Brothers members. Harrell has a son in Iraq. Sklar is one of the few Dems to get the Texas Ag related endorsements.

Of these four though, Harrell is on the weak side of fundraising, and as of a couple of weeks ago, was still hunting around for a campaign manager. I fear that the netroots pressance over at Kos that the campaign has built is about the only thing built, and little has changed about the district that makes an already difficult seat easier to pick up.

Of the remaining three, Harris (certainly engaged in the netroots as well) seems to have lagged behind in fundraising in comparison to Courage and Sklar as well, though the Net Neutrality issue seems to have raised the profile of his opponent Joe Barton of late, though I'm not sure if that is enough.

That leaves Sklar and Courage, probably out top two netroots targets among Texas bloggers. I will now attempt to run them through the 3 points given in this post.

Shane Sklar

1. Netroots Presence- not in the district as far as I know, though Kuff is close to it. I wouldn't say that there has been any outreach specifically, though the camapaign has been running on a more traditional path that will make it structurally sound and an actual threat to Ron Paul, who voted against the Katrina relief bill, even though his district is on the Texas coast.

2. Populist or Progressive- You can take a look at his issues or endorsements but I don't think we can say that Sklar fits the bill of progressive really.  He's more of a good natured Blue Dog, a better fit the district actually, someone who'd be better than Cuellar, but still no Lloyd Doggett or Shelia Jackson Lee.

3. No Texas candidate would really fit this qualifier, but this seat isn't going to suck up lots of money (Sklar actually outraised Paul last quarter). I'm not sure if there is anything particularly strategic either, though recent poll numbers do suggest an opening here.

John Courage

1. Netroots Presence- Totally. In fact we have 2 bloggers that are just about working on or with the campaign (myself and Matt as listed earlier).  Additionally, in Austin we have PinkDome and In the Pink Texas while tending towards the humor side of politics, have been very effective at becoming snarky attack dogs when needed. There is also the off and on updated http://tx21.blogspot.com/

2. Populist or Progressive- I think I'll have to point out here that Courage was Sen. Russ Feingold's 1st Progressive Patriot as well as DFA's first Grassroots All Star.  You can read his primary issues but Courage was highly active in the Texas for Dean campaign, he was against he Iraq war from the beginning (against it back in 2002 when he ran in the old excessively Republican 21st) and has the ability to not have to run away from Democratic values considering that a huge chunk of Progressive Autin is inside the 21st thanks to the last round of redistricting.

3. Texas is not a blue state, but if there is one place that it is, it's in Travis County (Austin) where the 21st takes in half of it. (see the 21st change from 02-06 in this map in yellow).  The I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio, the anchors of the district, is one of the fastest growing and demographically shifting.  This district had the best performance in terms of votes cast against last fall's Texas Marriage Amendment, including west Austin House swing districts that actually voted against the amendment (in Travis, the only county of 254 to vote against the amendment at all, and by 60%) as well as most all of Hays County just south of Travis, the second best performance county in the state. (map).

More recently, a State House district that was Republican in 2002, 50/50 in 2004, just went 58% Democratic in a well funded and notable special election this spring. And the neighboring district just south which is nearly identical in makeup (and went unchallenged in 2004) has become an open seat with a solid candidate and progressive as the nominee. Two of the three rural counties in the district (Hays and Blanco) are currently being represented by another Democrat who was the only Democrat in 2002 to knock off an incumbent Republican out of 150 state house races and has kept it ever since. Each of these three seats were supposed to be meant for Republicans but because of issues, money, and candidates plus hard coordinated work on the ground, they have won.

Those people are already excited locally about working with Courage who is now somewhere over $130 raised (when he raised $180k total in 2002 without any institutional support).  The campaign manager is a skilled guy but one of the new generation of activists (used to tour in a punk band until he got the politics bug).

The campaign website was designed by locals. And one spinoff site Students With Courage has already launched, as part of a UT-Austin rally against Lamar Smith, which also resulted in this great video clip series that put the campaign on the national map. (The liberal University of Texas is entirely within the district)

Lamar Smith will soon be the second longest serving member of the Texas House, elected just one cycle after Tom DeLay. He's never had serious challeneges until Courage (the 04 candidate Rhett Smith didn't campaign at all and recently ran for the Republican nomination for Governor)  The guy just sits, builds up money, and gives it away (including to DeLay's defense fund).  He needs to be at the least distracted and drained, at best, defeated.

The Unions love John and are IBEW for one is going to be doing a fundraiser for him in DC. Feingold has already come down for a fundraiser with the possibility of Wes Clark coming soon among others.  Word also recently came in that Courage would be appearing on the cover of a certain magazine this fall with other Band of Brothers members.

But even with all this, it does come down to the money at times. The DCCC is willing to target if the campaign hits $250-300k by the June 30 filing deadling. That's the biggie. And that's where in my opinion, the greatest value for a netroots targeted candidate lies. Collectively, the difference can be made to aid ongoing fundraising efforts to hit that goal. And once that is done, it will enable the money to compete in a district that has everything going for it this fall in Texas in what is probably the best pickup chance in Texas outside of the allready well funded TX-22 effort.

If there is wind to be had (and we've already seen it in TX-21 in the state house election inside it) and a wave needed this fall, I give you all of the above analysis in this comment as my thoughts on Texas to digest. I admit my bias in being in the district, but I also would be willing to bet that the other Texas bloggers on here would probably agree with the overall points made here.

Whew, maybe this should have been a diary.

by KTinTX 2006-05-06 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: A Texas Rundown

Darned links... Here you go.

TX-6 Joe Barton (R) - David Harris who is in Anna's territory.
TX-14 Ron Paul (R/L) - Shane Sklar who is out closer to Kuffner
TX-21 Lamar Smith (R) - John Courage with myself  in the Austin end and Matt on the San Antonio end.
TX-31 John Carter (R) - Mary Beth Harrell who has Eye on Williamson county on her.

by KTinTX 2006-05-06 05:42PM | 0 recs
Al Weed challenging Virgil Goode in VA-05

Criteria 1) The VA-05 is a district buzzing with netroots activism (Waldo is sort of the blogfather around here) and a 75-80% Democratic stronghold in Charlottesville (UVA) with a strong DFA, MoveOn presence.

Criteria 2) Al Weed is a 42-year veteran and a farmer running as a populist progressive in every single way, against Virgil "MZM-Scandal" Goode, a socially-backwards, xenophobic bigot embroiled in scandal. He ran in 2004 and was skewered for his reasonable defense of gay marriage, and strong opposition to the war. Now the district is tired of Jerry Kilgore politics and suffering terribly from republican leadership (Martinsville I think has the highest military enrollment rate in the country).

As for criteria 3, this district went for Kaine in 2005, and Virgil was elected as a Democrat. In an electorate dominated by independents, no one noticed when Virgil switched parties, but they notice what's going on in the country today.

Al has been campaigning for three years, started a thinktank to promote Switchgrass and National health care in rural Virginia, and outraised Virgil in Q1. Your money will go twice as far in this district, if not farther. First of all, it's a cheap district in which to run an election, much cheaper than most northeastern states (We're talking about $700k, not 1.4 mil, and Al raised 500k last time around); second of all, Virgil is hurting from MZM, awaiting further implications out of the Wade confession, and needs nothing more than some voter education to get himself kicked to the curb.

Suck up resources or have strategic implications? Virgil is going to have to run a lot of smear ads to distract voters from his vote-selling practices, and he can certainly spend a lot of republican cash; plus, every voter turned out for Al will vote for Jim Webb in an area he has not focused much on so far.

(FD: I volunteer for Al when I'm not being a student, but I don't get paid. I write a blog to encourage people to get involved with his campaign.)

by msnook 2006-05-06 05:32PM | 0 recs
Darcy Burner, WA-O8
The netroots in WA is already behind Darcy Burner http://www.darcyburner.com/
and bloggers were instrumental in helping her raise enough money to qualify to get $250K from the DCCC Red-to-Blue program.
http://www.horsesass.org/index.php?p=151 6
by Cherisse 2006-05-06 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

STRONGLY, STRONGLY SECONDED

Darcy Burner is trailblazing her way to capturing the 8th District, which no Democrat has ever won before. She's taking on weak freshman Dave Reichert, who can be defeated with a strong campaign.

Darcy is one of the few candidates in this country who has made reaching out to the netroots a priority. Take her three diaries on Daily Kos and her willingness to reach out to local bloggers.

We can make a difference in this district and this race. Darcy must be one of the Netroots Endorsed Candidates.

by nwprogressive 2006-05-06 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

STRONGLY, STRONGLY SECONDED

Darcy Burner is trailblazing her way to capturing the 8th District, which no Democrat has ever won before. She's taking on weak freshman Dave Reichert, who can be defeated with a strong campaign.

Darcy is one of the few candidates in this country who has made reaching out to the netroots a priority. Take her three diaries on Daily Kos and her willingness to reach out to local bloggers.

We can make a difference in this district and this race. Darcy must be one of the Netroots Endorsed Candidates.

by nwprogressive 2006-05-06 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

* Double posting not intended.

by nwprogressive 2006-05-06 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

I second the nomination of Darcy Burner.

by charlabob 2006-05-06 08:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8
I agree.  Burner is exactly the sort of candidate who should be a netroots favorite:
  • The district is trending increasingly Democratic at both the presidential and state legislative levels.  Though Microsoft is in a different CD, a vast number of its employees live in the 8th; this is a tech-savvy, net-connected district.
  • The incumbent Republican is a do-nothing freshman, who votes the Bush/DeLay way all the time and has taken contributions from DeLay's PAC.  He's the quintessential "all hat, no cattle" type, a pretty face with no brain behind it, who bases his appeal entirely on the misconception that he's a heroic ex-sheriff.
  • There's supportive energy and grassroots volunteers aplenty both within WA-8 and in neighboring WA-7, WA-1, and WA-9 (safely Democratic CDs, represented, respectively, by McDermott, Inslee, and Smith).
  • Burner has a compelling personal history and has also shown herself to be articulate, thoughtful, progressive, and a top-notch fundraiser.  In addition, she has reached out strongly to the netroots, posting dKos diaries and meeting often with the regional blogging community.
I'd also like to put in my two cents for my Dartmouth classmate Paul Hodes in NH-2.
by N in Seattle 2006-05-06 09:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy, indeed!   I've met her a number of time, and she is for real!  She definitely has the potential to eliminate the freshman Congressman Republican Dave Reichert.  

As I understand it, this is one of the top priorities for the RED TO BLUE program.  Additionally, she has been astonishingly effective in fund raising.

by djholman 2006-05-06 10:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy Burner meets all three criteria in spades.  

WA-08 is a blue-leaning district in a blue state... a district that went for both Gore and Kerry, and which supported Sen. Patty Murray by a comfortable margin in 2004.  The freshman incumbent, Dave Reichert, has worked hard to recast himself as a moderate, but his rubber stamp voting record belies his claim.

Burner is without a doubt a progressive;  I believe she labels herself a "pragmatic progressive."  This is not just rhetoric.  I've known her for the past year, since we were classmates together at Camp Wellstone, and I've had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with her about a variety of issues.  She is not far removed from her military brat/working class upbringing, and shares many of the populist values it instilled.

But most significantly, there may not be another region in the nation where the local netroots are more developed, have more impact, and are a more integral part of a successful campaign.  Here's what Markos wrote after his Crashing the Gate tour to Seattle:

Darcy Burner is taking on freshman Republican Dave Reichert in WA-08. She will report numbers of over $300K for Q1, which is impressive. But more so than that, the Washington state blogosphere helped her raise over $90K online in the closing hours of the fundraising quarter without any national buzz. That's not Daily Kos or Atrios, that's the local bloggers, and $90K is more than what we "big boys" can usually raise. If that's not a sign of the growing power and influence of the local blogs, I'm not sure what is.

If any candidate deserves the support of the national netroots, it's Burner... not just because this is the kind of race we want to win, but because this is exactly the kind of race we can win.  Based on Burner's performance thus far, The Rothenberg Political Report recently moved WA-08 into the top 14 most competitive races nationally, while the DCCC placed Burner in the first round of "Red to Blue" candidates... and local media is already giving the local netroots credit for helping her get there.

National netroots support will make a huge difference in a race that is perhaps our best opportunity to prove the value of the netroots strategy... by winning.

by Goldy 2006-05-07 12:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

I further second the nomination of Darcy Burner for the MyDD netroots page.  Here are some arguments as to why...

1) There should be a netroots presence in the state or district.

Darcy Burner is a true netroots candidate with an understanding of what the netroots are.  She has met with the local bloggers many times, and developed a dialog with them that goes beyond mere cheerleading.  She listens to what we have to say.  Her professional technical background gives her a unique vantage point from which to engage with the local blogosphere, and one that is coordinated and committed like never before to getting her elected.

2) The candidate should be a populist and/or a progressive, preferably both.

Darcy Burner represents the WA-08 district perfectly.  Her upbringing and modest background relates well to the working class families in more rural areas.  Her education and career in technology relates well in the high tech urban centers.  She's a student of Camp Wellstone and a self starter that has turned heads at the DCCC with her fundraising prowess from grassroots donors.

3) Candidates falling into the 'blue state' or 'northeastern strategy' bucket make sense.  These are people running in Democratic leaning states against moderate or right-wing Republicans.

The WA-08 district has never had a Democratic representative yet the suburban and rural area voted Democratic for both Presidential and Senatorial races in 2004.  Darcy Burner's opponent, freshman incumbent Republican Dave Reichert only picked up 51% of the vote in 2004, and the district continues to show signs of moving further blue, with state legislators flipping from R to D (Rodney Tom), or R's casting deciding votes in favor of progressive legislation (Finkbeiner on Gay Rights).

3 months ago the national outlook on the WA-08 race was that Reichert was a lock and the Dems could have chosen a better candidate.  Today, Reichert is losing the fundraising battles, Burner is turning heads and people are calling this race a toss up.

The local blogosphere has done much to help.  In the last 2 days of March she pulled in $90,000, and credited the blogs for helping produce much of the buzz and final surge for the quarter.  Now we need to take this up another notch and we need national buzz to help us do that.

by Daniel K 2006-05-07 12:20AM | 0 recs
Definitely Darcy

For all the reasons mentioned in the above posts.  In addition, Darcy has a freshness that is well, refreshing.  While she is bright and articulate and personable, she is also just one of us and is easy to talk with.  I really think it's time we send people to Congress that we feel like we can sit down and have coffee with.

by lynnallen 2006-05-07 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy Burner gives us an opportunity to rid the Republican Congress of one of its most reliable rubber-stamps.  Dave Reichert has been in Tom DeLay's pocket from the outset and, to my knowledge, has never deviated from the Republican line.  The People of Washington deserve better and Darcy Burner can provide that by being an effective Congressperson.  Darcy deserves our support.

by bhelverson 2006-05-07 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy absolutely must be on this list.

This is a key seat nationally.  We have a real chance to win.  Netroots endorsement would up these chances, help put things over the top in this competitive race.

She meets all the criteria, as outlined above. And she's a true-blue progressive in the best sense -- down to earth and focused on the fundamental and real needs of people and community.  It's a campaign that unifies people, rather than divides them. It's also a campaign that has, from the very beginning, been extemely well-organized and responsive to volunteers.  These people know how to use the donations that are sent to them.  They know how to use volunteer time.  

I live in the 8th CD in the 47th LD -- a key swing legislative district that's anticipated to have a big impact on the result.  It's been like a "barnraising" here in the 47th, pretty far south of the city - with help coming from all over the area outside of the 8th.  That's the attention of the netroots both with words and money.  And it's been feet-on-the-ground -- progressives coming in to doorbell and telephone.

We're working as hard as we can.  I'm going out to doorbell today with others -- probably in the rain.  We need as much national attention to put it over the top.

by Noemie Maxwell 2006-05-07 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Burner. Yes.

From everything I've read on the blogs and newspapers, Burner sounds like the real deal. And since our incumbent US House Dems are relatively safe, the focus should be on Burner. It sure looks like a genuine pick-up opportunity.

by jondevore 2006-05-07 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

I'll second it. She's been reaching out to the netroots. She gets it.

by patriotboy 2006-05-07 11:24AM | 0 recs
Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Oh, yes! Great potential pick up in  WA '08

by cmk 2006-05-07 01:29PM | 0 recs
I agree: Darcy Burner

Darcy is a perfect candidate for this kind of attention. Everyone who meets her is impressed. Progressives need Darcy Burner in the House of Representatives.

by lookinglass 2006-05-07 03:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy is an awesome candidate (well spoken, great background, friendly, excellent chance of winning) and she done an excellent job reaching-out to the Netroots.  

by robdolin 2006-05-07 05:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

I second the nomination of Darcy Burner.

by illinois062006 2006-05-07 06:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

The future of the 8th Congressional District.

'Nuff said.

by palamedes 2006-05-07 06:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Darcy Burner deserves endorsement and support from any and all capable and looking to make a positive contribution to the future of the Democratic Party.

Burner represents exactly what we have been hoping to see come out of the 2000 and 2004 debacles. New powerfully communicative and gifted candidates who aptly contrast lock-step Republican candidates and incumbents married to negative campaigning who think attack ads are more important that substance and integrity.

She makes you smile because what you see is what you get and not what someone else wants to fool you into accepting.

by Arthur Ruger 2006-05-08 05:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Unquestionably Darcy Burner.  Darcy's a class act - so much so that, when I was running for office last year, she donated money to MY campaign at HER kickoff event.  Darcy is the perfect candidate for this district, which is largely blue-collar working-class (sure, everyone pays attention to the folks with money in the Bellevue area, but they are not the majority of the voters in the district).  Reichert has been appallingly unresponsive to the concerns of his constituency, other than the aforementioned Bellevue monied contingent.

Darcy's from a military family of very modest means, and pulled herself up by her own gumption and initiative, gaining herself a scholarship to Harvard.  Coming from a disadvantaged background myself, I know what an accomplishment that is in a working-class family.  She speaks to the issues that matter to the voters of the 8th CD, and will be a wonderful representative for us in Congress.

More to the point of this thread, she has a great chance of winning this election and unseating a vulnerable freshman Republican.  Darcy could be the seat that takes back the House for the ordinary working folks.

by Geni 2006-05-09 11:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Darcy Burner, WA-O8

Let me add my strong endorsement for Darcy Burner.  She makes a fine candidate and will represent the 8th CD admirably.

by JWMchew 2006-05-10 04:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I would like to suggest my candidate, Coleen Rowley in MN-02,who today received a unanimous endorsement from the district's DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Laborer) party.

Here's my pitch:

1) Minnesota has a fairly active netroots community, with a number of politically-oriented blogs.  At the moment, there are two blogs I know of focused on this campaign, Dump John Kline and John Kline's Record (full disclosure: I publish the second of these blogs).

2) Coleen is a true progressive.  Her main priority is ethics reform, but she's also campaigning on universal health care, energy independence, and protection of civil liberties.  She has also spoken out strongly on how Republican control of Congress weakens our national security, and supported Russ Feingold's call to censure Bush.  Earlier this year, she came in a close second behind John Courage in Feingold's first Progressive Patriots competition.

3) MN-02 is a red district in a blue state.  It seems Minnesota has been trending away from blue and more into the purple in recent years, but I believe that 2006 will see the Democratic party rebound strongly in Minnesota, with not only Coleen's candidacy but that of Tim Walz and Amy Klobuchar as well (it remains to be seen which Democrat will represent Minnesota's 6th Congressional District).

4) I thought I would make this point since someone else made it above.  Coleen has done well in fundraising --- nearly $270,000, with over $100,000 on hand at the end of the first quarter --- but not outstanding.  In other words, she's clearly viable, but it's also true that a little bit of financial help from the netroots will go a long way toward picking up another House seat for the Dems --- and sending another RSC member packing.

Thank you for your consideration.

David Bailey
Rowley for Congress

by edwardpig 2006-05-06 07:09PM | 0 recs
Pete Ashdown

I nominate Pete Ashdown, Utah- US Senate, to be added to the candidates page. Utah is a very blue state-Vush still has the highest approval ratings here, but things are changing. Over half of Utahns surveyed want someone new instead of re-electing Hatch. Hatch has been in the Senate since 1976.

You may think that there's not much of a netroots presence in Utah, but there really is. We recently organized a blogswarm for Pete Ashdown's candidacy and we are being talked about in all the political circles even Conservative ones.

IPac is interested in the race and so should the national Netroots. The more national attention that Pete gets will increase his name recognition and he definitely needs the money.

Pete's website is www.peteashdown.com
go and check out his blog and his blogroll
we need the help

Chris at YDems- www.ydems.com or ydems.blogspot.com

by YDems 2006-05-06 07:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Pete Ashdown

I second. The netroots can have far more of an impact in a race like this than piling on in blue states.

The action is out west.

by Bob Brigham 2006-05-07 07:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Tim Walz, MN-01

1. Minnesota has a strong netroots community: Drinking Liberally community of bloggers, minvolved, MnPublius, DFLers, Mn Campaign Report, etc.

In the district, Vox Verax, Blue Ox, Rochester Democrats and others (sadly, Backbone Minnesota just went on hiatus).

2. Walz is a high school math teacher and recently retired 24-year veteran of the Minnesota National Guard who decided to get more politically involved when two of his students were not allowed into a 2004 Bush rally in Mankato.

He's both populist and progressive, and reaches out to the netroots. See this additional example.

He out-fundraised the GOP incumbent last quarter.

3. The 1st is fairly conservative, but has been captured by Democrats--last one, Tim Penny, who retired from the House in 1994.

by Sally Jo Sorensen 2006-05-06 07:35PM | 0 recs
two candidates for senate...

Jack Carter-NV-sen.

and Jim Webb-PA-sen

-C.

by neutron 2006-05-06 07:39PM | 0 recs
Re: two candidates for senate...

AGREED!

Also,
Darcy Burner in WA-08

by roller 2006-05-07 01:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Jim Henley TX-07

I nominate Jim Henley, who is running against the Republican incumbent John Culberson for TX-07 (Houston area).  Henley is a teacher and former Baptist minister whose progressive grassroots campaign has already galvanized many supporters with little or no previous political experience, as well as many young people.  He supports ethics reform, phased, rapid withdrawal in Iraq, energy independence, and comprehensive immigration reform.   He received over 65% of the vote in the primary.  Henley is not accepting PAC donations, and netroots support could have a significant impact on his funding.  

    His opponent John Culberson has a voting record nearly identical to Tom DeLay's. He is a  co-sponsor of the Sensenbrenner "Build a Big Fence" immigration bill and has staked an extreme conservative position on most issues.  He and DeLay have been a major obstacle to the development of public transportation in Houston, and much of his support comes from energy companies, developers, and others whose "special interests" are in conflict with the interests of his constituents.  In 2004, he took his district with 64% of the vote against a Democratic candidate who failed to mount a credible campaign.  However, with Tom DeLay's fall from power, Culberson is much more vulnerable now than in the last election, and the urban part of the district in particular is unenthusiastic about his extremist positions.

While the Democratic establishment writes us off as a hopelessly red state, Texas Democrats are out for blood this year, with vigorous campaigns at local, regional, and state levels.  Our state and local progressive blogs have already played an important role in developing momentum for Democratic efforts, including the Henley campaign. Coordination of campaign GOTV efforts means that netroots support for Jim Henley could reverberate through campaigns across the Houston area.

by amykate 2006-05-06 09:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Jim Henley TX-07

I agree fully.

Jim Henley is relatively new himself on the netroots level, but he understands the importance of the netroots.

He is getting a lot of help from young followers of the campaign and will continue to get even more in summer once school is let out in many places.  He has recently started a blog, and there is discussion of a Students for Henley blog and website starting up soon.  I can see the Students for Henley idea panning out, too; because a HIGH amount of campaign volunteers are high school and college students, and because I might be the one volunteering to run the blog as someone with my head stuck in the netroots myself.

This district is increasingly blue, as well.  Areas that should firmly support Henley, such as Montrose and Meyerland, were added into the district when DeLay gerrymandered the state.  Parts of the district now are also part of a Texas House of Representatives district (146) that has had a Democratic representative for decades.

With Charles Kuffner of www.offthekuff.com at the head, this area is certainly one that has a netroots presense.  And with teenagers such as myself involved, this campaign has the potential to drive VERY deep into the netroots.

by Michael Hurta 2006-05-10 07:02PM | 0 recs
Chuck Pennacchio

Chuck Pennacchio for PA-Sen

1)Pennsylvania provides Pennacchio with solid, growing netroots  support (Booman Tribune, Fasctesque, Chris Bowers of MyDD, Dragonballyee, The Cajun Jew, A  Big Fat Slob).

2)Chuck is running a PAC-free, corporate-free campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania against Bob "Santorum-lite" Casey. Chuck is a populist like no other. He has personally spoken to over 30,000 Pennsylvanians at more than 300 events. Chuck's vigorous grassroots campaign is run solely by over 6,000 volunteers. Just the other day, The Centre Daily Times (Centre County, PA) published 9 letters to the editor favoring Chuck and zero supporting Casey.

Chuck is a progressive like no other. Unlike Bob Casey, Chuck Pennacchio wants to get out of Iraq, keep the nuclear option off the table for Iran, is pro-choice, wants universal health care, and wouldn't support judges like Alito and Roberts. Most importantly, his campaign is people powered--no corporate or PAC money--so he really needs and deserves netroots money. Some people have called Chuck a "non-viable candidate," because he doesn't have enough money--that's too be accepted from someone who doesn't accept PAC and corporate money. To the naysayers, we can make Chuck "viable" by funding him!

3)Pennsylvania is a blue state in the northeast. Rick Santorum is so disliked that any Democrat can beat him. A recent Zogby poll confirms that Pennacchio can beat both Casey and Santorum when people are informed about their positions (info at www.chuck2006.com). Why should we settle for another Lieberman like Bob Casey when we can have a real Democrat in Chuck Pennacchio?

by Shlomo Boudreaux 2006-05-06 09:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

I second the nomination of Chuck Pennacchio BUT HURRY because our primary is in NINE days.

Shlomo has laid out how Chuck meets the criteria.  Let me address the electability issue.

I am a County co-ordinator for Chuck in Luzerne County -- Casey's home area.  We have been astounded at the receptiveness of the Super Voter population, which we have been canvassing for five months, to Chuck's candidacy.  Our canvassers have unfailing reported that three out of five Super Voters with whom they speak will strongly support Chuck.  The problem is that 9 of ten didn't know he was running or didn't even know there was a Senate race.

The reason in our area is the direct complicity of the local media in the Casey stealth campaign -- the Lynett family of Scranton have been shoveling money hand over fist to Casey, and they own two-thirds of the newspaper outlets in this area.  They have refused to print letters, press release, and to cover visits to the area.  The third paper in the area is, basically, more interested in their own survival and is not going to "rock" the Casey boat.

I know Chuck is in single digits in the polls.  But, remember, these polls are of ALL registered voters.  In Pennsylvania, off-year primary turnout of Democrats is generally around 8-12% of the regostered Dems.  This means that up to 92% of the people supporting Casey in these polls are not going to be voting on May 16.  That's why we have been concentrating on the Super Voters -- voters who have voted in the last five elections.  They are pretty sure bets to vote and canvassers across the state are reporting that those voters overwhelmingly support Chuck over Casey.

If the 3-8% Chuck is pulling in the polls voter at a 92% rate -- and they are the most motivated of voters so I don't think that that is unrealistic -- and Casey supporters vote at the traditional 8-12% rate (and the general impression that (1) there is no race or (2) Casey's got it sown up, will depress those numbers), then Chuck has a very, very realsitic opportunity ala Wellstone or Feingold.

Chuck needs the donations to get on the air this week and get his message out.  I am personally doing an air-time buy in my local market.  We need the netroots to get behind a real Democrat, who supports core Democratic values because, if we want to defeat Santorum in November, we have to defeat Casey in May.

Tom

by Tom Ford 2006-05-07 04:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

Give the love to Chuck.

More importantly, give the Bucks to Chuck!

Why?

Because he can beat Santorum.

Because, if you don't Pennsylvania will have a Senator who:

Supported the war in Iraq;
Supports staying in Iraq qith no exit strategy;
Supports threatening and "if need be" actually USING nukes on Iran;
Supported Alito;
Opposed censure resolution;
Opposed filibuster of Alito;
Takes money from lobbyists (including Abramoff's firm);
Wants to criminalize choice;
Wants to keep the Bush tax cuts with virtually no changes;
Opposes fair trade;
Opposes a Living Wage;
Has no problem with the Bush wiretapping;
Supports Patriot Act;
Is opposed to all new gun safety regs;
Opposes moritorium on the death penalty;
Has opposed gay adoption;
No problem with ten commandments in public buildings;
Opposes stem cell research;
among others.

The really BIG problem, is that all of those positions describe Bob Casey Jr.

THAT'S why we need to get behind Chuck Pennacchio NOW!.

by A Big Fat Slob 2006-05-07 08:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

well casey is for fair trade, for a living wage etc. he is liberal on economic issues, i wish you winograd/pennachio people would just stfu with the bullshit propoganda

by yomoma2424 2006-05-07 11:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

Your information is not entirely accurate.

1) Casey's position on trade is not as robust as is Pennacchio's fair trade position. While Casey opposes CAFTA and other treaties that harm US workers, Pennacchio wants to pursue trade policies with other nations that do not exploit workers--ours or theirs. If I am wrong please provide me with the relevant citation.

2) Casey does not support a living wage. He does advocate increasing the minimum wage, but not to an extent that would actually get people out of poverty. Pennacchio wants to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of about $9/hr.

3)Yes, Casey is liberal on some economic issues, but by and large, his positions are less progressive that Chuck Pennacchio's.

by Shlomo Boudreaux 2006-05-07 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

i agree they are less progressive but pennachio will get stopped in the general while casey will win, so thanks for the troll rate

by yomoma2424 2006-05-07 04:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

Yomona2424 how do you know Chuck will loose? The votors decide, not the pollster's, pundits and party hacks.  Only 8-10% of the registered party voters show up in off year elections.  That is to the advantage or Chuck's grassroots campaign.  He may not have the money for polls and tv adds.  But it beats Casey's "stealth" campaign anyday. Pennacchio is the only true Democrat in this race. Casey is a "Dino" Democrat in Name only. Casey takes PAC money from the same sources as Santorum. He has the same positions on abortion, stem cell research, the Iraq War and other issues. So how does that make Casey the better candidate?  The public and the registered Democrats, once they know the truth will see the phoniness of it, and vote their values and not their fears. Casey has no passion and his stealth strategy will not work.  Sure, he has name recognition and lots of money.  We have to change politics by changing politics.  Stand up to the corporate interests and the party big wigs. Vote for Pennacchio. So the netroots should support Chuck Pennacchio. Blogging is not enough.  Get out in the real world and ring door bells of all the Democrats you know. E-mail all the Democrats you know.  Call all the Democrats you know in PA. Tell them to vote for Chuck.

by Paul53 2006-05-07 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

The troll rating was because of your bellicose response. "[I] wish you winograd/pennachio people would just stfu with the bullshit propoganda."

Dissent is fine, I just didn't appreciate the manner in which you responded.

According to a zogby poll, (http://www.chuck2006.com/info.asp?conten t=zogbypoll) when voters are informed about Pennacchio's and Casey's positions, Pennacchio gets the most votes against Santorum. Also, given Casey's freefall in the polls, there is no guarantee that Casey can beat Santorum in November.

by Shlomo Boudreaux 2006-05-07 05:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

yes but at the voting booth, there is a paragraph saying stuff about the candidates

by yomoma2424 2006-05-13 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

I agree and couldn't say it any better myself

by Paul53 2006-05-07 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Chuck Pennacchio

Shlomo, Tom and Big Fat Slob have amply documented Chuck's credentials and electability and Casey's failings. What more can anyone say?! We will never find a better, more progressive, more knowledgeable, more independent-of-special-interests candidate than Chuck!

by progblogr 2006-05-10 01:23PM | 0 recs
Nevada

Some people here have already suggested Jack Carter and I absolutely second that. With the help of his daughter Sarah he is right now one of the most active Netroots candidates out there. He definitely needs our help since the DSCC hasn't really put this race on their map yet. So, the money from the netroots would make a very big difference. Also, Nevada is a relatively small state with a relatively cheap media market so our money could really have an impact. And if you go through all the Senate races you just realize that without trying to win in Nevada, Arizona or Virginia we will not win back the Senate this year.

Furthermore, Nevada has the potential of turning blue this year. CD-01 is held by Democrat Shelley Berkley, the in 2002 created CD-03 sees a very serious challenge by former Reid staffer Tessa Hafen against incumbent Jon Porter.

CD-02, which covers virtually all of Nevada except the area around Las Vegas, is an open seat. The Republicans are battling it out in a three way primary with one club of growth style candidate largely financed from out of state and another candidate being the wife of the incumbent (who is now running for Governor) the Democrats have a very strong candidate in Jill Derby.

Derby managed to outraise her Republican opponents in the first quarter, she was within the margin of error in a recent poll against the incumbent's wife. I have recently written a diary on this race: Jill Derby within the Margin of Error in Republican NV-02.

Interestingly the DCCC has actually realized the potential of Nevada and has included both Hafen and Derby on their "Red to Blue" list.

All I'm saying is that we need to put Nevada on the map as well and I suggest we do so with at least one of the candidates mentioned above.

by jedinecny 2006-05-07 01:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Nevada

Seconded. Carter can help put the CDs in more play and build the infrastructure we need in such a critical state. With all the immigration stuff going on, he could pull it out if all his stars aligned (including heavy netroots support).

And yes, I think Sarah has been doing the best job of netroots outreach this cycle (of course, Tagaris will regain his title, probably Monday morning).

by Bob Brigham 2006-05-07 07:15AM | 0 recs
Chuck Pennacchio is a Natural

His primary is in nine days. A burst of net roots support could give him the ability to increase his visibility. He has made over 300 campaign appearances. He is the darling of the netroots throughout the state and is a charismatic progressive leaders who MANY say could be the next Paul Wellstone. He is running against Bob Casey, who the centrist and DLC elements of the DLC "annointed" as their chosen candidate. Zogby polling shows that Casey loses his big 17 point  lead entirely(as he did in his losing race against Rendell for the governor's seat) when voters find out about his stand on issues.

Pennacchio has great positions on the issues and could be a dream senator for progressives.

A one week burst of funding from progressives could give him the money to buy media that could help him point out the differences between him and help him GOTV.

If Pennacchio beats the odds and wins, he will become the most famous person in America on May 17th, the day after the primary. All the news weeklies will put him on the cover and he will become the beloved underdog who will be catapulted into an incredible populist position to beat Santorum. Money will pour in. The same senators who did fund raising for Casey will do it for Pennacchio. Net roots will pour money into his campaign because his coattails will carry other democratic candidates throughout the state. And then, when he gets to congress, he'll be the only senator elected without PAC money.

The beautiful thing is, putting money into Pennacchio is a no-lose situation. If he wins, it's an incredible investment. If he loses, but pulls more than he's predicted to, then that's a strong statement about the netroots power. And if he loses, then Casey, the annointed one, will be there, ready to carry on the race.

by robkall 2006-05-07 04:31AM | 0 recs
Chuck Pennacchio

Chuck is a small d Democrat, which means he stands for a set of convictions; convictions the majority of Democratic voters share, and that the PA and national Democratic parties have chosen to deemphasize or disregard.  You don't act on your convictions (or build unity) by selling them out.  How often do we have to hear people say that Democrats don't stand for anything before we get it that people won't vote for Democrats if they don't stand for anything?

Why are people are so passionate about Chuck?  Why are large numbers of them willing to spend a beautiful day like today canvassing?  It's precisely because he is advocating hard for Universal Health Care, Expanded Stem Cell research, Living Wage, Choice, World-class education, an end to the War, progressive taxation, and everything Democrats actually believe in.  And because he's willing to fight.  The Democratic Party that asks our unquestioning allegiance has lost 10.5% of its turnout since 1998 by selling out.  We can't continue to do it and remain a viable party.

There is an opportunity here to take our party back from the brain trust that has been losing elections -- the House, the Senate, the Presidency -- since the early 'nineties, but still maintains they know best.  I'm personally sick to death of party paternalism.  And with Casey crashing in the polls, I gather I'm not alone.

I agree with everything Chris said on this matter the other day.  It's a primary; vote your beliefs.  Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate.

by Eligere 2006-05-07 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Jerry McNerney for CA-11 fits all your criteria exactly.

1) Strong netroots support--His first run was primarily supported by East Bay for Democracy and Silicon Valley for Dean. This time, support has spread through most of the former Dean groups in Northern California from Santa Cruz to Sonoma. Lacking Pombo's war chest, volunteers are holding cellphone phone banks and driving all over the huge district to canvass. The volunteer energy is amazing.

2) Strong populist/progressive stances--Jerry is a quiet man, not given to passionate speeches. But, as a man who has spent his professional life working in the alternative energy field, he is passionate--and knowlegeable--about ending American dependence on foreign oil. As a father with a son in active duty, he is passionate about ending an unwinneable war in Iraq and preventing one in Iran. As a small businessman, he is passionate about supporting the American economy. Though he expresses these passions quietly, his quiet strength on these and other issues has continued to win him dedicated supporters.

3) Blue state--Though the California coast is true blue, inland areas have been strongly Republican for many years. As population density grows in these inland empires, California is precariously balanced. This district has been considered a safe Republican one for many years. But with McNerney's surprisingly strong showing last time (suprising because he was running as a first-time candidate with no money and no name recognition), and the number of environmental and clean-money groups arrayed against his Republican opponent Richard Pombo, the seat now looks winnable. And, after winning the endorsement at the California State Democratic Party convention last weekend over his DCCC-backed primary opponent with over 70% of the vote, and the backing of the Progressive Democrats of America--McNerney looks like an even more viable opponent.

This is a true chance to beat back the Republican tide encroaching on coastal California. To beat an incumbent congressman who is dirty in more than a few ways, and to support a progressive candidate with strong netroots backing. Like Francine Busby, Jerry McNerney is not the choice of the Party establishment. They've backed a former Republican who, in the words of one convention obserever, gave a "mean" speech at the endorsement caucus when it was clear he was losing. And lost, even with the physical support of former Senator Max Cleland (there to give the keynots speech and to support the stupid "fighting Dems" strategy). But, like the Busby campaign, local Democrats are sending the DC establishment a clear message about who they want--Jerry McNerney!

To find out how you can support Jerry McNerney, go to www.jerrymcnerney.com

Chris in Santa Cruz

(Truth in posting, the campaign paid me $100 in January to help write a brochure. However, I am not paid to blog. Nor have I received any payment for the writing I did for the the campaign before or after that.)

by cfinnie 2006-05-07 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I echo everything Chris has said here.

Jerry McNerney is a strong and credible candidate, and the DCCC is backing the wrong horse in this race. And given the new emphasis on energy costs this season, McNerney is uniquely suited to fatally wound Pombo on issues that Filson can't even begin to be credible on.

by Malacandra 2006-05-07 04:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I'd like to second the nomination of Al Weed -- VA-05.  He meets 2 1/2 of your criteria.

1.  Good netroots presence in the District.

2.  Excellent progressive candidate.

2 1/2.  Virginia is not in the northeast, and it is not in a state recognized as being blue.  But Virginia is going to be a netroots battleground state in 2006, going up against George ("Mr. Confederate Flag 2006") Allen.  The netroots candidate is Jim Webb for Senate, and if he gets the nomination for Senate, it's GONNA BE FUN!

As for the 5th District -- it went for Mark Warner in 2001, and Tim Kaine in 2005.  The incumbent is Virgil ("MZM's Representative 'A'") Goode.  For those of you who have not been following things, when MZM's Mitchell Wade was indicted, the indictment to which he pled guilty alleged that MZM illegally funnelled $46,000 in campaign contributions to Representative A's re-election campaign account, and that MZM was looking for (and received) Congressional approval for an earmarked $9 million expenditure to locate a new facility in Representative A's district.  Those familiar with Patrick Fitzgerald's prosecutorial style suggest that those who have been named as "Representative A" in one indictment tend to end up as "Defendant A" in a later indictment.

I believe that Virgil is either going down or is going to be seriously wounded in the next few months.  

Al Weed ran two years ago and got clobbered.  So what's different now?  

1.  Even in the 5th, folks are fed up with Washington.

2.  Al has learned something.  As has been said before, the only way you learn how to be a Congressional candidate is to be a Congressional candidate.

3.  Al now has some name recognition.

4.  His work on biofuels has begun to attract some serious attention in the District, which has been heavily dependent on tobacco for generations and is looking for another crop.

5.  MZM.

Al Weed is a candidate that netroots folks would be proud to support.  Virgil Goode is a candidate that netroots folks would be proud to defeat.

by cvllelaw 2006-05-07 07:10AM | 0 recs
Re:

A simple choice is offered to you all

here are some great cannidates.

James Webb VA - Senate.  

Deval Patrick - MA Governor (the only person when the time comes who will be able to keep a lock on Kennedy's Senate seat)

Kirstan Gildabrand - NY 20th CD

and last but not least

Jack Carter NV - Senate

by strrbr 2006-05-07 07:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I would like to nominate Patrick Murphy in the PA-8 District.

1. Netroots wise, several larger bloggers in the area have been covering the race including AboveAverageJane, Atrios, and a few others.

2. He's in PA, in a race that many put in the top 25 house races, with a decent chance of beating the incumbant Congressman.

3. The incumbant is a freshman, and one with close ties to Rick Santorum and the current GOP establishment.

4. Murphy outraised the incumbant last quarter, but is still down money, and needs the help.

5. The campaign has worked to reach out to the netroots, working with its own blog www.murphy06.com/blog, and getting coverage on blogs at events like Drinking Liberally.

by PAprogressive 2006-05-07 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Amy Klobuchar

I think we should support Amy Klobuchar. The MN-Sen race is a critical race. Amy has taken the time to post on DailyKos and take questions from folks in the community. She also reaches out to local bloggers. She invited local bloggers to chat with her over drinks recently.

I think the netroots should start picking some Senate races to get involved in and of course, I wouldn't mind a little more gender balance on the list.

Visit AmyKlobuchar.com to learn more.

by Gopher Bob 2006-05-07 08:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Amy Klobuchar

Also, Amy was against the Iraq War from the beginning. And I know everyone is talking about gas prices these days. She proposed, last fall, a comprehensive energy plan that will help us move away from our reliance on oil by focusing on developing renewable energy sources.

by Gopher Bob 2006-05-07 08:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I see some great nominations in this comments section that I agree with, particularly Patrick Murphy, Al Weed, Chuck Pennacchio-- something we should have done in January when Casey showed his true colors by gratuitously endorsing Alito-- Coleen Rowley, John Courage, Paul Hodes, Chris Carney, Marcy Winograd, Bernie Sanders, Lois Murphy, John Laesch, and Linda Stender. But there are 2 candidates facing primaries from shills representing the Inside the Beltway Democratic Establishment that I really want to get behind: Jerry McNerney (CA-11), who has been mentioned here a few times already, and Jan Schneider (FL-13), who has not. These are both great candidates who I have already added to the Down With Tyranny ACT BLUE Page. But that isn't all they have in common. Both ran against entrenched incumbents last time and both did shockingly well, McNerney as a write-in candidate against Richard Pombo! Jan, running a progressive, grassroots campaign against the execrable, lavishly financed Katherine Harris, garnered the strongest showing against a Republican incumbent in the state of Florida.

Instead of recognizing an opportunity to take these two districts by nurturing the grassroots candidates, Rahm Emanuel (speaking of execrable) and the Inside the Beltway Democratic Establishment found their own shills to run. McNerney and Schneider are far two independent-minded for the likes of Emanuel and Hoyer. Schneider, though badly outspent, already beat Emanuel's hollow ex-Republican shill once before. And in California, McNerney seems to have all the grassroots support and was even endorsed, overwhelmingly, last week-- the same week the disgraceful DCCC endorsed his ex-Republican opponent (gotta hand it to Emanuel; he's consistent in his love for people who switch party registrations even if they hold on to their old ideas)-- by the California Democratic Party convention.

We should have gotten behind Christine Cegelis in a big way. She could have won. We have an opportunity here to go to bat for two true grassroots progressives who will make great members of Congress. And, in the process, we can perhaps cut down the folks we will be fighting after the Democrats become the congressional majority and Emanuel starts proving what we all claim is untrue-- that corruption and elitism are indeed bipartisan.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-05-07 08:34AM | 0 recs
DWT: Your ActBlue Page

DWT:  As a result of your post, I just chipped in at your ActBlue page for McNerney and Schneider.  Thanks for the nudge.

by Arthurkc 2006-05-07 08:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Jim Webb in the Virginia Senate race fits this definition to a tee.  His candidacy, in part, started from the netroots.

Listen to the new audio on the front page of the Jim Webb for Senate campaign site and find out why.

by Corey D Hernandez 2006-05-07 08:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page

Jack Davis, NY-26, running in a rematch of his 2004 race against Tom Reynolds.  He got 44% of the vote in 2004, but since this is a potential Democratic sweep year he could win this time.  Tom Reynolds is chair of the NRCC.  Jack Davis is founder of http://www.saveamericanjobs.us/index.sht ml, Save American Jobs which supports fair trade as opposed to "free" trade.

I also support all the Jim Webb nominations.  Webb is our best hope for taking out George Allen, and he needs all the support he can get to overcome Allen's $10 million war chest.  Paul Wellstone overcame a huge Republican war chest in 1990 with an entirely grassroots campaign and Webb can too.

Also please consider:
Allan Lichtman (MD-Senate), especially if you are getting sick of all the attention on the Cardin-Mfume horse race.  Horse races should not be what the netroots is about.  You can say no to the horse race by supporting somebody besides the two frontrunners.

Cynthia Matthews, CA-26, rematch against David Dreier.  Matthews gave Dreier his strongest ever competition for the seat two years ago.

Peggy Lamm, CO-7.  If nothing else, as a way of showing disapproval of the person posting astroturf to MyDD attacking her.

by ACSR 2006-05-07 09:24AM | 0 recs
Candidate Nomination--VA-05

I also think Al Weed (VA-05) is an excellent choice. He has been working against a conservation opponent in the Primary Caucus process and the district Convention is two weeks away. Even though Al has gotten enough delegates to effectively take the nomination, his opponent is now trying to get these pledged delegates to change their votes at the convention. So, it will be a fight just for the nomination until the very end.

The 5th District is the largest district in Virginia and covers 22 localities (cities and counties). Al has put lots of miles on his vehicles and lots of time on the clock visiting every one of these areas. He has worked very hard over the last few years to find out more about the district's problems and to identify possible solutions. He has come up with several ideas that could benefit the district and help the constituents in this time of economic hardship.

He also answers the hard questions about his stand on the issues. He has developed position papers on each issue and posted them on his website for all to see. There is no hidden agenda with Al Weed. He is as dissatisfied with our representation in Congress (Virgil Goode) as everyone else. Virgil has been around for 10 years and things have gotten worse, not better. He spends more time worrying about building a fence along the border than developing working solutions for his district.  

I know that Al would appreciate any help that could be sent his way.

by Fed Up in Southside 2006-05-07 10:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nomination--VA-05

Ditto on the Al Weed nomination

  -Jim Webb for Senate

by Corey D Hernandez 2006-05-07 11:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nomination--VA-05

Third on the Al Weed nomination.  Al's really energized people in the district to come out and support him and volunteer.  I recently attended one of the nominating caucuses and I was overwhelmed by the number and diversity of his supporters.  The great thing about Al appears to be his ability to reach out to so many different consituencies.  He's able to do so because he spends his time talking to voters about real solutions for their problems.

Virgil Goode is going to be vulnerable this year, due to the national climate and his own misadventures with dubious campaign contributions.  Al's campaign is definitely a solid investment and I can't think of a candidate who is more netroots-friendly.

by UVADem 2006-05-07 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nomination--VA-05

I also support Al's nomination in VA-05.  There is certainly a big netroots population in Virginia, and this has already become a big part of the campaign.  Al lost to Virgil last time, but this is a very different year.  While some see this district as untouchable, that is certainly not the case.  Republicans are vulnerable, and Virgil is high on the list.  We just elected our second consecutive Democratic Governor (who won in Al's district), and this will be a high profile election year with George Allen getting outsed.  Al is ready to campaign with the Senate nominee and bring real solutions to Southside Virginia, which is in desperate need of action.  While social issues controlled the debate in 2004, this year it is all about jobs and the war.  Al, a 42-year military veteran and lifelong farmer, will have answers his opponent hasn't had for the last decade.  We outraised Virgil in the first quarter, and with the nomination now locked up, more money is rolling in.  Don't ignore this race, it is winnable - and Al will do it.

by Curt 2006-05-08 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nominations - Latas AZ-08
Jeff Latas entered the race before the incumbent, Jim Kolbe, announced his retirement. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War. He doesn't have enough money as other candidates, like Giffords; but that's because, unlike Giffords, he isn't backed by the official party apparatus. He is consistently ignored by the local media.
He has gotten the local DFA endorsement. He has the local PDA endorsement. He's a fighting Dem. and the only true progressive in the race (unless you count DLC backed candidates, like Giffords, as progressives).
by andyw 2006-05-07 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nominations - Latas AZ-08

latas doesnt have a chance with 10 k raised versus Giffords 500k and Weiss' 200 k.  He just hasnt raised enough money to be a credible candidate.  A sinkhole for netroots money.

by yomoma2424 2006-05-07 01:54PM | 0 recs
Peter King= The Most Disgraceful Congressman Ever
Peter King, who "represents the 3rd district of New York" must be defeated for one reason. He blatantly treats his consituents like they have no right to speak.
About a year ago, a constituent wrote him a letter asking him to support impeaching President Bush and Congressman King wrote a letter back lambasting the man and assassinating his character for even suggesting it. That's wrong.
We elect our congressmen. They're supposed to represent us. This isn't about impeachment. This is about a congressman's relationship with his constiuents. Peter King has no right serving in Congress if he won't treat them with respect.
Also, King is a nutcase in general. This is the Peter King that suggested on national TV that Tim Russert should be shot.  
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg announced today for the seat and has a good shot at defeating him. The Netroots should support him.
New York is more than promising for taking back the house in 2006. We have a potential to take EIGHT Republican seats. We will have an amazing group leading the ticket. Uber-popular Elliot Spitzer for Governor and Hillary Clinton, love her or hate her, for the Senate seat. That only brightens the hopes for this election. The NE is a great idea, especially for taking down conservative wingnuts like Peter King.  
by pbcliberaldem 2006-05-07 02:29PM | 0 recs
Mark Wilson for US Senate

I would like to recommend Mark Wilson - Democrat for US Senate in Washington. Mark is running as a Progressive alternative to incumbent DLC Senator Maria Cantwell in the September Primary Election. The winner will take on recently retired Safeco Ins. CEO, Mike (Don't call me Slade) McGavick.
   Many will say that Mark is undeserving because he can't match the $$$$$$ of the incumbent. I would ask if that isn't exactly why he should be endorsed? Mark's campaign is about and for the people having a true representative voice in DC. He does not have the connections of a corporate (Real Networks) millionaire or the reach of the state party and its "protect our incumbents" fundraising machine. Mark is reaching out directly to the people via his website, email, word of mouth and, most importantly, direct outreach to as many organizations as will allow him access. For his efforts, Mark has earned the personal endorsements of Democrats from across the state, the Progressive Caucus of Snohomish County Democrats, and the 38th LD Democrats.
   Mark's platform speaks volumes to the true Progressive Democratic agenda:

http://votemark.org

As your next United States Senator
Mark Wilson will work to:

* Bring an immediate end to our nation's ill conceived costly adventure in Iraq

  • Protect Social Security
  • Oppose: NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO. Repeal Taft-Hartley
  • Direct 50% of weapons spending to conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which will build bridges to peace while creating jobs
  • Refocus our troops on national defense
  • Enforce air and water quality standards
  • Establish a National Peace Academy
  • Support basic education, kindergarten through age 20
  • End the tragic, costly, and misguided war on drugs
  • Make sure health care becomes the right of all Americans

  I hope that all who are concerned about true Progressive ideals and values will give serious consideration to this campaign.

by chadshue 2006-05-07 02:29PM | 0 recs
I second Mark Wilson

I'm convinced of his sincerity, determination, ability, and genuine progressive values, as described by Chad Shue.

by lookinglass 2006-05-07 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: I second Mark Wilson

I've had ocassion to speak see Mark Wilson and speak with him several times over the past year.  Mark is absolutely the progressive candidate in this Senatorial Primary race.  I highly recommend Mark Wilson for your consideration.

by JWMchew 2006-05-10 04:11PM | 0 recs
Some Southern Ideas
How about Vivian Beckerle who's running to unseat wingnut Jo Bonner in Alabama's 1st District. Vivian is the former Mobile County Treasurer. She crossed over from the dark side a few years ago and her top issues appear to be gas prices, an issue that will resonate with poor voters in Alabama and also the Iraq War which will be pivotal with progressives.
Also, Nancy Boyda is running against Jim Ryun in Kansas's 2nd district for the second time. Jack Ryun squeaked by with 56% of the vote in '04 as a four term incumbent. She very well could beat him if there's a tsunami. We need to get more Democrats elected in red states. These are good examples of progressive women seeking office in those areas.
by pbcliberaldem 2006-05-07 03:45PM | 0 recs
Comment on Strategy

No new names from me, but I suggest strongly that we keep the number of chosen candidates low.  Support of too many risks dillution of our strength.

Also, I would include a standard of a small enough venue where net support can have an impact.  For example, stay out of state-wide races in big states.

Finally, although I do not know of particular candidates, I suggest we fight in a couple of state legislature and state senate races in Colorado, Michigan, and/or other states where a close majority can be seized or needs protection.  

by hilltopper 2006-05-07 04:30PM | 0 recs
Floridas 15th Bob Bowman.

One of the most Progressive candidate out there running in a race that the netroots money can make a big diffrence in. Bob Bowman is a fighting Democrat a pilot during the vietnam war who in 2000 ran for President on the Reform party ticket this time he is running for Congress as a Democrat to defeat Dave Weldon. Dave Weldon is connected to Abro-Gate or whatever you want to call it and is known for breaking his term limits pledge and for breaking the Checks and Balences system of our government by keeping Terry Schivo alive agenst her will. He needs to go this year and we need to make this seat Blue again. http://bowman2006.com/

by Liberal 2006-05-07 05:30PM | 0 recs
Jim Webb is a "Born Fighting" Democrat!

Jim Webb is EXACTLY the kind of candidate we Democrats need to "Crash the Gate." In short, Webb is an outsider, a populist/progressive/social libertarian, and a reformer in the year of Jack Abramoff.  Webb has been endorsed by Wes Clark, Paul Hackett, Bob Kerrey, Tony Zinni, and many others, like liberal former Congresswoman Leslie Byrne and openly gay Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette.  Word is that Harry Reid is going to back Webb as well.  Mark Warner is holding a fundraiser for Webb this coming Thursday in Arlington. Finally, Webb is THE candidate of the netroots in Virginia, supported by nearly every blogger in the state and hundreds of grassroots activists who "drafted" him to run.  In contrast, Webb's opponent Harris Miller is a long-time lobbyist (for outsourcing, H1-B visas, Diebold, etc.) who has almost no grassroots support at all.  

For more on Jim Webb, please see here.

Thanks.

by lowkell 2006-05-07 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Nomination

Mark Wilson, a veteran for peace, is the Democratic challenger for US Senate in Washington State. The seat is now held by a pro-war Democrat who voted for the PATRIOT Act (twice), for NAFTA & CAFTA, and recently co-sponsored a bill with Rick Santorum. Mark is a champion of civil liberties and a sensible progressive Democrat. His campaign is picking up steam but the incumbent will outspend him. Grassroots support is the key.

by Vernon 2006-05-07 05:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

My recommendation: support Jim Webb for US Senate in Virginia, running against George Allen. Virginia is shifting from red to purple, a bluer purple every day. Webb is the only candidate who can defeat Bush-clone George Allen and forestall Allen's delusions of grandeur--- Allen thinks, if he wins re-election to the Senate he is a natural to become POTUS in 2008. God help us all.  

Webb is truly a grassroots candidate, drafted by the progressive grassroots to run, supported by the largest volunteer army in Virginia's history, and running in a primary against a machine Democrat (who is more Republican than Democrat in reality--- Harris Miller). Webb has the credentials and the charisma to clean Allen's clock. All he needs is money to run a strong  campaign with a powerful progressive message..

Webb is a progressive Democrat (he began life as a Democrat, became a luke-warm Republican when, upon returning from Vietnam as a wounded Marine, he found Carter granting amnesty to draft dodgers; he returned to the Democrats because he could not stomach the hypocrisy and the social agenda of the Repubs). He served as Asst. Sec. of Defense and Sec. of the Navy under Reagan, resigned over a policy disagreement. He is a successful, award-winning author ("Fields of Fire" and other combat novels), author of a successful screen play ("Rules of Engagement"), a prize-winning journalist, and, more recently author of "Born Fighting." It was while researching this book, a history of the Scots-Irish in America, that he realized he was a progressive, Jacksonian Democrat, and that this country under Bush had gone far off track, leading him to accept a grassroots draft to become a candidate for the US Senate.

With this war hero, this articulate, thoughtful and charismatic leader in the US Senate, we would be well on the way to putting America back on the right track. Help now, put Webb on your list of Netroot Candidates please.

by TeddyG 2006-05-07 06:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Support Jim Webb for US Senate in Virginia, running against George Allen. Virginia is shifting from red to purple, bluer daily. Webb is the only candidate who can defeat Bush-clone George Allen and forestall Allen's delusions of grandeur--- once re-elected, Allen intends to become POTUS in 2008. God help us.  

Webb is truly a grassroots candidate, drafted by the grassroots to run, supported by the largest volunteer army in Virginia's history.  Charismatic, with a strong progressive message, Webb can win.

by TeddyG 2006-05-07 06:52PM | 0 recs
Candidate Nominations

Kirsten Gillibrand most definitely.

by Andrew C White 2006-05-07 06:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

Another vote for Pennacchio.  He is just such a breath of fresh air.  We need his wisdom and passionate commitment to progressive politics in the Senate.

by Jpol 2006-05-07 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

PATTY WETTERLING, MN-6

Patty is a progressive populist running for a seat she lost by only 8 points in 2004 to incumbent Mark Kennedy. This year,  the seat is OPEN and the lady she's running against, Michelle Bachmann, is an extremist, openly anti-gay, right-wing republican. Wetterling was leading in US-SENATE polls (over Klobuchar!!) before she dropped out to run for congress for financial reasons (Klobuchar is the insider). In short, this race is extremely winnable, and Wetterling is a very strong candidate. She is immensely popular in Minnesota, with a history of child-rights advocacy since the disappearance of her son 16 years ago. I urge the blogosphere to contribute to this race.

by AaronE 2006-05-08 06:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nom

I also support Rich Lesh for MO-2; it will be difficult, but Akin=Bush, and Missourians really hate Bush.

by AaronE 2006-05-08 06:49AM | 0 recs
Darcy Burner

Darcy Burner, 8th CD, Washington State.

by DakotaOutlaw 2006-05-08 08:29AM | 0 recs
Larry Grant, a netroots champ in ID-1

Hello Matt,

Previous people have mentioned Darcy Burner (WA-8) and Jim Hansen (ID-2), and I will second those nods. Hansen is especially interesting; he isn't taking more than $100 from anyone, so his is truly a grassroots campaign, plus he has a good web presence.

But I also want to give a nod to Larry Grant,

http://larrygrant.typepad.com/blog/

who will be the Dem nominee for the OPEN Idaho-1 seat being vacated by Butch Otter. He'll face the winner of a six-way GOP primary (May 23) that features such bomb-throwers as Bill Sali and Robert Vasquez. Whoever emerges from the GOP dogfight is going to be bloodied and broke, making this an unusually good year for Dems' chances in ID-1 even before you take the national GOP's woes into account.

On top of that, Larry Grant is an unusually strong Democratic candidate in ID-1, a district that has seen its share of sacrificial lambs since the last Dem held the seat (Larry LaRocco, 1990-1994). As a vice president of Micron in the 1980s and 1990s, Larry Grant helped build a then-fledgling semiconductor company into Idaho's largest private employer (and the reason Idaho even has a tech sector in the first place)! He later worked in Silicon Valley before retiring. His business smarts and high-tech background make him a great fit for this race, this year.

Larry is a progressive (though pragmatic) candidate who has never before run for public office. His main aims are to end the corrupt atmosphere and inept bungling in Washington, to attack deficit spending by reinstating the pay-as-you-go rules in Congress, and to get U.S. troops out of Iraq by encouraging Iraqis to resume running their own country.

Full dislosure: I run Larry Grant's blog, Grassroots for Grant. I'd been active in the Dean campaign, DFA, etc. and Larry came to me last fall and asked whether he could hire me to start an online community for him. You have to appreciate someone who not only seeks netroots support but will actually pay to make it happen!

Please consider Larry Grant for Netroots support.

by Julie Fanselow 2006-05-08 09:44AM | 0 recs
I'm for Coleen Rowley, US House MN 02

Coleen Rowley is a grass-roots type candidate running a self-directed and independently minded campaign in Minnesota.  Though she has just received the endorsement of the Minnesota DFL (Democrat/Farm and Labor) party, she is definitely not a woman to be led around by her nose. Her main issues are:
Fighting the middle class squeeze,
Getting out of Iraq in as quick and orderly a manner as possible,
Maintaining our drive for national security without a draconian attack on civil and human rights,
A drive for greater educational funding and policy,
Improving health care on the road to universal health care.

Coleen has gained my respect with her dedication to ethical behavior, personal integrity and independent thinking.  I believe she would be a congresswoman who would offer, support, and vote for, legislation that will benefit working families and that encourages fairness and justice.  Coleen knows what it means to earn a living and seems very well-grounded in the realities of the working class.

Mrs Rowley's opponent in the district is a one-termer who narrowly won in the last election and has done no independent work for the district during his term.  He has nearly universally voted with the party leadership and has done nothing to distinguish himself.  Minnesota voters have a lot of common sense.  They do not like extreme candidates.  I think this bodes well for Mrs Rowley, a no-nonsense, common sense candidate.

Most sincerely and earnestly,
Steve Symeonides

by symeonides 2006-05-08 05:30PM | 0 recs
Chuck Pennacchio

Chuck Pennacchio gets my vote.  He needs our support.  He is the clear grassroots, populist candidate running against a candidate who is the complete opposite of your criteria.  We need to show the Democratic Party that this IS a direct democracy and we support grassroots candidates who are responsive to the people.  Thanks.

by nuggetcat 2006-05-08 07:57PM | 0 recs
John Pavich in Illinois 11

I'd like to nominate John Pavich to the netroots page. I created a diary about him with more information at MyDD-- http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/5/9/18294 1/8221

John perfectly fits almost all of the criteria listed, but beyond this, he's a great candidate with a notable outsider resume and credentials. John was an undercover officer in the CIA--until he decided to run for congress out of extreme concern for the way things were being run in D.C. and the Agency.

Here are some basic reasons why John deserves the Netroots' support:

  • The district is becoming more Democratic. Dem registration is surpassing Republican. It went 48% Kerry, and heavily for Obama and Durbin. The partisan voting index is less than +3R.
  • Jerry Weller is tied up in both the Wilkes scandal and some of his own ethical misadventures.
  • John's campaign has shown a willingness to engage the grassroots and netroots and get people involved.
  • John's has gained endorsements and great support from labor, and has outpaced the incumbent in individual contributions.

Read more about John at http://www.pavichforcongress.com

Thanks!

by Ryan11 2006-05-09 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: John Pavich in Illinois 11

John Pavich is a great candidate.  To date, he has raised over $350K.  With some financial help to get his message out, he could win this race.

by chicagodavid 2006-05-09 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Opening Up the Netroots Page

Chuck Pennacchio!  For all the reasons already stated.  And HURRY!  Our primary is on May 16th.

by marianne22 2006-05-09 06:31PM | 0 recs

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