Would YOU step up to help a progressive challenger to Specter?

On the very day Arlen Specter became a Democrat, he lamented that not enough right-wing Bush judges got confirmed, he opposed workers' right to organize, and he compared himself to Joe Lieberman. The DSCC and Pennsylvania Democratic Party will be supporting Specter in the primary.

If there is a potential progressive challenger to Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, they are probably scratching their head right now asking, "Would I have any chance at all if I ran, or is the fix in?"

What can progressives to do create an environment where this person feels they can run?

Legally, we can't put money in a pot for a fictional candidate. But we can pledge now that if a real progressive steps up, we'll get their back.  

So, here's a little experiment. I just created a Facebook fan page (like a Facebook group) called "I support a real progressive against Arlen Specter."

People who join are pledging to give at least $25 to a credible progressive challenger who steps up.  It'll either succeed or flop -- and that will solely be determined by whether the energy is there for people to join and pass it along to their friends. 

If enough folks join, media will probably pay attention -- but more important, a progressive challenger would be paying attention. If not many people join...same thing. The destiny of a "challenge Specter" movement is in your hands. And the window to make this idea credible is likely short.

So, what say you? Click here or on the image to the right if you want to join.

(Not on Facebook? You can sign up to support a progressive challenger here.)

Let's see what happens...

Tags: Arlen Specter, Democratic Party, DSCC, Pa, progressive challenger (all tags)



Primary challenges in the House are tough: you're working with a more circumscribed geographic area, there might not be any credible progressive politicos in the area, many of our bad Dem Reps are in areas with weak party performance, and the ones in the cities frequently have powerful machines behind them. But you take your search statewide, and damn near everywhere we have a Democratic senator you can find stronger, more progressive alternatives to recruit. And in a state like Pennsylvania, with a "Democratic" senator like Specter, finding someone who can create a parallel operation to the state party apparatus shouldn't be too hard. So yeah, you find someone who will be an actual, factual honest-to-gosh Democrat from PA who's willing to work his or her ass off to build a statewide organization and recruit disaffected Dems who don't want to help "Arlen!" keep the job he should have given up two terms ago, and you've got $25 right here.
by Jay R 2009-04-28 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Would YOU step up to help a progressive challe

From Shippensburg... No.  :-)

by JimR 2009-04-29 04:51AM | 0 recs

I am not from PA, but i went to school in Scranton, and a lot of my Dem friends there voted for Specter. They genuinely liked him.

by sepulvedaj3 2009-04-29 06:24AM | 0 recs
I'm with Joe Sestak on this....

Let's see how Arlen votes with his new party.

We have quite a number of key issues to see if he is a Democrat or just a self-serving Republican who was going to be primaried out of the Senate.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-29 10:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Would YOU step up to help a progressive

I'm from Texas and only wish I could vote for him!

For the first time in a long time I feel the Democrats may have a chance for change here in Texas.  Huthinson has been a milktoast Senator at best whose time I believe may finally be up.  Two great Democrats are running against her, White and Sharp (There are others but I don't know any of them.)that I believe have a good shot at winning the seat.  Either of them would be good to see as my next Senator from Texas.  

I'd rather see you put the money into the Texas fight for a progressive Senator.  Please???

by krwheaton 2009-04-29 10:59AM | 0 recs
Money for Sestak

This depends 100% on his EFCA vote.  If he helps us clear the cloture hurdle... no.

I know that he has said he won't vote for cloture of EFCA, but he is a politician.  Who knows what pressure will do.

To that end, I would sign an online commitment NOT to send money to Sestak in EFCA gains cloture.

by lockewasright 2009-04-29 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: PA is a blue state

and we deserve a democratic senator, not this self-serving opportunist.  Specter was an unapologetic Bush rubber stamp for eight dismal years.  Maybe Ed Rendell and Harry Reid have forgiven him but I haven't.  I would gladly support a progressive challenger.  

by half nelson 2009-04-29 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Would YOU step up to help a progressive challe

YES!  I'm a Pittsburgh native, and former 30 year resident of the state.  I campaigned for progressive Rep Bob Edgar against Arlen in the eighties.  We NEED a MAJOR progressive challenger against him, if one will step forward, such as one of the state's eastern Dem. representatives.

by dogenman 2009-04-29 07:39PM | 0 recs
yawn i'd have to see.
but i dont' think you can beat specter in pa.
not even in a dem primary.
by RisingTide 2009-04-30 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: yawn i'd have to see.

In interviews many Democratic strategists who know the state say you are wrong. There are several challengers who could beat him in the Dem primary.

by bruh3 2009-04-30 08:52PM | 0 recs


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