Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked [Updated]

The past couple months, there have been many accusations from people (including myself) of the DCCC recruiting giving support to Tammy Duckworth while ignoring Christine Cegelis.  The argument from many Duckworth supporters is that the DCCC was not getting involved, it was just individuals who happen to run the DCCC (like Rahm Emmanuel) who decided to jump in on their own.

I think today's online chat with DCCC Executive Director has cleared up that controversy.  In that brief chat, he took the opportunity to mention Duckworth's name specifically three times, in response to two different questions.  One of the questions was about veterans running for congress, so I'll let that one slide (even though he didn't make mention of the other 50 or so Fighting Dems), but the other question was specifically about Patrick Murphy in PA-08.

I'm a huge Duckwroth fan. Check out her website -- -- and recent THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE appearance

I hope this clears up any confusion of whether the DCCC is or is not supporting Tammy Duckworth.

[Update] jakester points out the money quote that I somehow missed:"We have been actively working with veterans running for Congress. We couldn't be more proud and excited about people like Tammy Duckworth and Patrick Murphy to name a few. Helping them build good teams, providing strategic advice, and building the resources necessary to run a modern campaign." The text of the chat is available here.

Tags: Christine Cegelis, dccc, IL-06, Tammy Duckworth (all tags)



Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

Yes, I also reviewed that thread, and I too found his gratuitous references to Ladda D. very curious.  It is clear they are parlaying everything, going for broke, as it were, with Ladda D.  That everyone denies their orchestration and complete coordination of Ladda D.'s utterly artificial and vapid campaign reveals that many prefer to exercise bad faith instead of acknowledge the truth about Ladda D. and her complicity with outside interests out of touch with the priorities and concerns of the voters of District 6.  People want representation, not a disembodied image who will vote against their best interests.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

Those of us who have lived and politiked in this area for some time know exactly what happened. Rahm Emmanuel used his position as DCCC chair to run his candidate. I don't quite know how to explain it but there is a long time lack of trust and cooperation between Chicago and DuPage County (where some of District 6 is). And this is just one more time. When we finally have a chance to elect a democrat in an all republican county what happens -- Chicago is finally interested. But instead of supporting us they run against us. We'll see just how well that works on the 21st.

by feminist123 2006-03-10 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

Honestly, the real money quote is here:

"We have been actively working with veterans running for Congress. We couldn't be more proud and excited about people like Tammy Duckworth and Patrick Murphy to name a few. [B]Helping them build good teams, providing strategic advice, and building the resources necessary to run a modern campaign.[/B]"

Not even a little bit sly about it.

And of course, no mention of primary opponents, grassroots support, etc.

And also, does this guy really think that calling Duckworth "macho" is going to play well?  There are so many layers of gender politics running through that it makes my head spin.  Fightin', sure, whatever.  MACHO?!?!?  Golly geez!!

by jakester 2006-03-10 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

whoa how did I miss that?  I caught the reference to Duckworth and just stopped reading there I guess.  I'll edit the diary to include that quote.

by Fran for Dean 2006-03-10 09:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

I too found that somewhat egregious and patently misogynistic.  But then again, you have Rahm and his Napoleonic complex inflecting the discourse of the Democratic party.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 09:39AM | 0 recs
I was wondering about this claim

Especially in light of these repeating memos in Duckworth's latest FEC reports:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Note: Above Contribution earmarked through this organization.
Conduit total: 46800.00

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
* In-Kind: In-Kind: Fundraising Services

That's some bang for $6.91.

Lapp also donated $250 to Duckworth's campaign.

by michael in chicago 2006-03-10 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: I was wondering about this claim

Lapp (dog) must be a "really big fan" of Duckworth.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: I was wondering about this claim

Too bad Lapp (dog) does not reside in the district.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: I was wondering about this claim

If only Duckworth could get voters from outside the district, she'd be on to something!

Or if she could even, you know, vote for herself...

by jakester 2006-03-10 10:14AM | 0 recs
voting for herself

Even if she could, she might not: She has never bothered to vote in a primary -- at least not since she moved to (DeKalb) Illinois over 10 years ago. (If anyone has records from further back than 1996, please post that information.)

by Jim in Chicago 2006-03-10 11:01AM | 0 recs
Re: voting for herself

And DeKalb is in District 14, or Dennis Hastert's district, which again demonstrates how Duckworth never lived in District 6, never had ties to District 6, and never plans to have any real relationship to District 6.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 11:05AM | 0 recs
Public Record

Someone seems to have "troll" issues with voting records that are available to the public -- should anyone decide to make the effort.  The very helpful DeKalb County Election Commission confirms that Duckworth was registered to vote  and voted in the general in DeKalb in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. She never voted in a Primary while she was registered in DeKalb.  One wonders -- what type of ballot would she have pulled?

I'm betting the records are the same for her short time in HI, D.C., (Enterprise) AL, (Madison) WI, (Woodstock, Manassas, & Centreville) VA, and any other locations within the military.   Since she's a weekend warrior, absentee ballots should be part of her voting record IF she has one outside of DeKalb.  

No one's ever come forward with any other voter info on Duckworth either.  Imagine that!

by Philosophe Forum 2006-03-10 05:08PM | 0 recs
Re: I was wondering about this claim

Also notice from the FEC filing that over $250,000 was spent on mass mailings and media buys for Duckworth.  There was also $30,000 spent on polling, yet not a peep as to what the poll found.

by minvis 2006-03-10 11:15AM | 0 recs
Re: I was wondering about this claim

Very interesting.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 11:18AM | 0 recs
Low Numbers

The Duckworth PR handlers are spending massive amounts of money as the reports prove.  If the poll numbers were even close to their predictions, they'd be all over every form of media.  

The DCCC Machine is now running scared.  More IL-06 voters than not have eliminated the rose-colored glasses her supporters use to see her with.  The campaign-in-a-can is nothing more than a smoke-&-mirrors illusion.  Long on gloss.  Short on substance.  The low numbers are embarrassing so they have to make things look good.  There's nothing happening except more high-profile fundraisers -- out-of-state fundraisers to pay for the expensive media buys & polls that are going going nowhere fast.  

The Primary is in 10 days.  The last acts of a totally desparate campaign are in full swing.

by Philosophe Forum 2006-03-10 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked [Updated

Lost in this post and discussion is the fact that it was only a month or so ago when people were accusing Rahm and the DCCC of backing Murhpy's primary opponent, Republican-turned-Democrat Warren because he was "older" and had "cross-over appeal."  Um, well, guess not, folks.

by HellofaSandwich 2006-03-10 11:21AM | 0 recs
And this contributes to the discussion, how?

except to divert attention away from all the money spent in this race and why polling numbers haven't been released even though they've been done by Duckworth.

by minvis 2006-03-10 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: And this contributes to the discussion, how?

Just saying that in some cases, the DCCC isn't the devil incarnate.

Why my comment merited a 1 is beyond me.  I guess merely POINTING OUT that the DCCC and the netroots ONCE IN A WHILE (at least) agree on candidates is enough to earn the wrath of some posters here.


by HellofaSandwich 2006-03-10 02:13PM | 0 recs
Isn't that a little like an untrue spouse

pointing out that he/she has been faithful "lots of times"? ;)

by Jim in Chicago 2006-03-10 08:13PM | 0 recs
More relevant to the discussion than Hell's post

Read this summary of an endorsement Cegelis received:

"Dick Simpson, the former Chicago alderman whose anti-machine political battles and government reform initiatives are legendary, has endorsed Congressional candidate Christine Cegelis in the Democratic primary election.

In an open letter of support, Simpson, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said Cegelis "is clearly the best candidate in the race. She understands the issues in the District because she's lived there for 20 years and spent the past three years meeting with residents, talking to them, and, most importantly, listening to them."

Simpson, who is also an author, a film producer, a newspaper columnist, and a highly sought political commentator, said Cegelis "is right on the issues."

He pointed to her opposition to the Iraq war, her stance against NAFTA and CAFTA and their devastating impact on American jobs, her appreciation of the critical importance of education, and her economic stimulus proposals to protect and create jobs and encourage the growth of small businesses.

Simpson wrote that he was also impressed by Cegelis' ability to mount a large and effective grassroots campaign organization that is not beholden to the Democratic machines in Chicago and Washington.

"It's difficult to be competitive when the party bosses are supporting their own hand-picked candidate, but Christine's independence from those political pressures ensures that the voters will have a strong representative whose only loyalty is to them."

During the past 35 years, Simpson has published numerous studies on elections, voting patterns of elected officials, local government, public policy, and government budgeting. He is also author or co-author of 16 books on political action, ethics, and politics, including Winning Elections (1996), The Politics of Compassion and Transformation (1989), and Chicago's Future in a Time of Change (1993). In Rogues, Rebels and Rubber Stamps (2001), Simpson challenges and recasts current theories of Regime Politics as he chronicles the often turbulent story of the internal wars in the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the present. His latest published book is Inside Urban Politics (New York: Longman 2004). He also has produced eight films and video documentaries winning a variety of film awards including an EMMY nomination. Simpson has published more than 80 professional journal articles, magazine articles, book chapters, and book reviews."

Visit for more information.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 11:44AM | 0 recs
Re: More relevant to the discussion than Hell's po

In case the unjustified "Troll" rating is really about the lack of properly citing an archived Chicago-Trib Op-Ed letter, is appears below:

November 29, 2005 Tuesday

SECTION: EDITORIALS; Dick Simpson; Pg. 39

LENGTH: 645 words

HEADLINE: Time for Emanuel to support Cegelis in 6th

BYLINE: Dick Simpson, Special to The Chicago Sun-Times Final Edition

LOAD-DATE: November 29, 2005

Feel free to look it up in the DBs.

by Philosophe Forum 2006-03-10 01:02PM | 0 recs
Re: More relevant to the discussion than Hell's po

Just review his ratings record.  For whatever reason, TrueBlueDem is obsessed with me and my comments.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: More relevant to the discussion than Hell's po

But.. but... he's hurting your mojo. Doesn't that mean anything to you...

Me either.

by michael in chicago 2006-03-10 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: More relevant to the discussion than Hell's po

No, articulating the truth and defending my beliefs matters much more than someone else's opinion about a race to which they have little or no contact or knowledge.

by illinois062006 2006-03-10 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked

Near the end of the transcript, Lapp says

"We at the DCCC bucked the conventional wisdom and stood by Paul Hackett."

Who does he think he's kidding?

by pascal1947 2006-03-10 07:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Hackett

It is interesting and quite telling that the DCCC waited until bloggers had raised $500,000 for Hackett and THEN only gave him $200,000 very late in the race. But of course, Hackett was running against a vicious right-winger (Jean Schmidt), not a progressive Democrat with strong grassroots support. So you can see why the DCCC put a lower priority on Hackett's race....

by Jim in Chicago 2006-03-10 08:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Duckworth and the DCCC: myth debunked [Updated

First of all, never underestimate what can happen in the final days of an election.  Sometimes the rats on the sinking ship get desparate, and sometimes the desparate tactics work.  Sad, but true.  That said, I'm hopeful about this race.  

I was thinking about this: what I want in Congress is more Democrats who represent Democrats.  I no longer care about Democrats who are trying to represent the "middle of the road, center" voter.  The "center" keeps getting pushed farther and farther to the right, and frankly, enough already.  I deserve representation as much as the right-wing zealots do.  What we need to do is persuade the "middle-of-the-road" to lean toward us. I want Democrats in Congress who represent those of us who did our homework, read what the experts were saying, and said "hey, wait a minute, why are we rushing into Iraq?  This makes NO SENSE." And there were a lot of us outside Washington who always saw the Iraq War as an unmitigated disaster, and who always saw the Bush Team as incompetent and dangerous ideologues.  

by Maven 2006-03-11 06:01AM | 0 recs


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