Let's Beat the BlueDogs - and Blanche Lincoln
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I don't know about you, but I've had it with "BlueDog" Democrats.
They claim to be "fiscal conservatives," but they voted for George Bush's trillion-dollar tax cuts for the rich, which turned President Clinton's $6 trillion projected surplus into Bush's $5 trillion added debt.
They voted for Bush's trillion-dollar invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and spend billions more every month getting our soldiers killed to protect dictators.
And now they're blocking healthcare reform that would save billions for taxpayers and patients.
We need to run progressive challengers against them in Democratic primaries. Help us get started with small contributions to three great candidates:
The BlueDogs aren't just bad on taxes, wars and healthcare. They want to outlaw abortions. They support torture and warrantless wiretapping. They oppose every plan to reduce global warming.
They're not "conservatives" - they're tools of big business, secret government, and the religious right.
What can we do? Beat them in Democratic primaries.
In 2008, Donna Edwards (MD-4) beat Al Wynn and is now a rising progressive star in Congress. In 2006, Ned Lamont beat Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary and would have won the general if Lieberman hadn't lied about supporting healthcare reform.
When we have great progressive candidates, we can win!
We're thrilled to have three great progressives in primaries:
* CA36 (Los Angeles): Marcy Winograd is re-challenging BlueDog Jane Harman. Marcy is a dynamic leader of the peace and justice movement. In 2006, Marcy got 38% on a shoestring. This time, she already has great TV ads.
* GA12 (Savannah/Augusta): Last week, Regina Thomas decided to re-challenge BlueDog John Barrow. Barrow won in 2008 by promising to support Barack Obama, who made powerful radio ads for Barrow. But Barrow betrayed Obama in Congress and Georgia voters are flocking to Regina's campaign.
* NY-Senate: When Hillary Clinton left the Senate, Gov. Paterson chose little-known Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, a centrist from upstate NY, to replace her. Jonathan Tasini is a brilliant leader who has devoted his life to progressive causes and would truly change the Senate.
Please support Marcy, Regina, and Jonathan here:
We'd like to support primary challengers against every BlueDog in the House and Senate, but we can't find candidates. If you can recommend a good candidate to beat a BlueDog, please tell us now by posting a comment. Time is running short!
We especially want to challenge Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is working night and day to kill the public option. She might even join the Republican filibuster to block ANY Senate debate or vote. That would devastate 473,000 Arkansans who would get healthcare under the House bill. She's betraying her own voters - and the entire nation.
So we're looking for a great candidate to run against her. Help us find one by joining our new Facebook group and posting your suggestions:
Thanks for all you do!