Our People-Powered Campaign To Defeat Bachmann Is Coming To Netroots Nation
by tarrylclark, Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:57:47 AM EDT
Bumped to the front page.
Two years ago, in the final days of the 2008 campaign, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on Hardball, and said the words that propelled her to the national stage:
Across the country, you rallied to send a message that Bachmann’s unique brand of divisive rhetoric would not be tolerated. You raised almost a million dollars in a matter of hours for her opponent. And while the campaign fell just short of defeating her in 2008, you knew what you had to do.
You’ve kept vigilant watch as Congresswoman Bachmann has gone under the white-hot spotlights of the cable talk show circuit again and again.
And you’ve called her out: when she called on a conservative crowd to “slit our wrists” and “become blood brothers” in the efforts to defeat health care reform. When she called net neutrality an Obama plot to censor the Internet. When she said the American people needed to be “weaned off” Social Security and Medicare.
Her comments aren’t just outrageous or headline grabbing – they’re part of her agenda for America. They tell whose side she’s on, and it’s not ours.
And now, as Congresswoman Bachmann has defended BP, your contributions helped us to air the first television ad of the campaign, calling Congresswoman Bachmann out for her defense of BP in the wake of the biggest environmental disaster in our nation’s history:
We’re holding her accountable. But our work won’t be done until we bring an end to Congresswoman Bachmann’s agenda by winning this election.
I’m coming to Netroots Nation 2010, and I’m asking you to be a part of my campaign for Congress.
Washington isn’t working for the people of my district, and neither is Michele Bachmann. They deserve better.
They deserve a representative to will always be on their side. And that’s exactly where I’ll be.
As the Senator from Central Minnesota, I’ve stood with the people I represent, not the special interests. When insurance companies refused to give consumers the coverage they paid for, I wrote a law to hold them accountable. The insurance companies spent nearly a million dollars to defeat the bill – but we fought back. And we won.
When banks targeted seniors offering risky reverse mortgages, we empowered seniors to get the facts and take action. When predatory lenders put families at risk, we helped them stay in their homes through the Subprime Borrower Relief Act.
And when Congresswoman Bachmann has flat-out refused to help our area – to rebuild an unsafe bridge, to bring new forms of transit like the Northstar commuter rail, or to invest in our colleges and universities – we stepped up and got it done without her.
I’ve never shied away from the tough fights. And this is the fight of our life. For the past four years, the people of the 6th have had a representative who fights every day for a personal agenda that benefits the special interests – who has left them behind as she travels the country speaking at Tea Party rallies.
And they’ve had enough. They’re ready for new leadership who will fight for them.
And we’re poised to win. We’re running an unprecedented campaign – we’ve already raised more than $2 million from more than 24,000 individual donors. And the polls show us within striking distance with almost four months left to go.
But to get the job done, I need you. You – the Netroots – have been able to shine the spotlight on Congresswoman Bachmann’s controversial, misleading, and flat-out-wrong pronouncements. You have been the voice for what is right: calling on Washington to do more to create jobs, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to make health care work for real Americans.
This is a people-powered campaign – powered by the more than 24,000 individual donors, powered by people like you who are helping us organize at the grassroots level and get the word out about what’s at stake. I am coming to Netroots Nation 2010 because I need your help to continue growing our grassroots campaign.
I’ll be speaking as part of the closing program on Saturday night. I hope you can be there.
I’d also like to invite you to join me Saturday night for a dessert and wine reception with native Minnesotan Lizz Winstead: writer, comedian and co-creator of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
Saturday, July 24th, 8-9 p.m.
Wine Cellar inside the Rio All Suites Hotel
Suggested contribution: $25 (more if you can, less if you can't)
Whether I see you at the convention or the reception, I’ll look for you again this year at Netroots Nation, and ask you to join our campaign to defeat Congresswoman Bachmann.