Posted by Thomas Nephew on September 22nd, 2010
Below are some of the candidates I support in the 2010 election season. I nominated some on my own, others have been suggested by friends of mine around the country.
Each of the candidates is progressive in his or her politics, and all are facing tough elections. They’ve done the right thing, and we need to have their back now. You can contribute to most of them by clicking the green “Contribute button” to the right. Tom Clements is the exception; ActBlue doesn’t help Green candidates with fundraising, which seems a shame to me.
I’ve set what I hope is a feasible goal — $500. It’s up to you — give them all a little, give one a lot. But give something — and give a little more than you planned to — so they can keep up the good fight. Thanks! (PS: And don’t forget to include a tip for our friends at ActBlue!)
The list so far: Russ Feingold, Mary Jo Kilroy, Alan Grayson, Tarryl Clark, Patrick Murphy, Raul Grijalva, Joe Sestak (Democrats) and Tom Clements (Green). More on each below.
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Russ Feingold (WI-Sen):
I think you’ve heard of him. If not, here are some good links about his recent “Cheddarbomb” fundraiser. He’s in a tight race. Some links:
- Cheddarbomb, baby! (OpenLeft)
- Cheesy in a good way (digby, Hullabaloo)
- Interview with Sen. Russ Feingold (Glenn Greenwald)
- Live Chat with Russ Feingold: Worth Fighting For (Brad Reed, Crooks & Liars)
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15):
From “Time to Double Down on Mary Jo Kilroy (Howie Klein, DownWithTyranny): “Sunday, The Hill, while not explaining their methodology, weighed in with their picks for the 10 most endangered House Democratic freshmen [...] Most of those on the list are there because they’ve alienated the Democratic base by voting against the interests of ordinary working families. Kilroy is the exception and deserves an extraordinary effort to save her seat from a sleazy bank lobbyist and protégé of John Boehner’s.”
Alan Grayson (FL-08):
I think you’ve heard of him, even if you think you haven’t. Remember this? I thought you would. Grayson is one of the fightingest Democrats in Congress, we need more like him.
Tarryl Clark (MN-06):
…is facing the notorious GOP incumbent and so-called ‘Mama Grizzly’ Michelle Bachman, who once called on reporters to investigate which Congressmembers were “secretly against America.” But Howie Klein (DownWithTyranny, HuffPo) argues it’s not just about supporting anyone versus Bachman — Clark is a genuinely excellent candidate: “Instead of running around the country and ranting and raving at tea parties, she proven herself an effective leader for the people she represents, working to secure the funds to upgrade the facilities at Saint Cloud State University, working to ensure Central Minnesota’s nursing homes are paid fairly, working to establish a special law enforcement unit to fight gang activities in Central Minnesota.” Read on to learn about more of the meat and potatoes, jobs related initiatives Clark has championed in Minnesota. Wish we had more like her in DC.
Patrick Murphy (PA-08):
A friend of mine from Pennsylvania talks about him all the time; here’s her latest summary: “He’s the Congressional leader on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He was out front on health care reform – specifically the Public Option – and stayed there. It was a hard position to take in this district. Most recently he’s been out front on ending the high-income tax cuts – another difficult position to take, but he won’t back down. He could use support because he’s in a tough race against a former Congressman – the one who cast the tie-breaking vote to pass CAFTA back in the day. Holding this seat is very important and is probably our best chance in PA. Full disclosure: Murphy’s not great on immigration, which makes me sad. “ Click here for various Patrick Murphy links.
Raul Grijalva (AZ-07):
Grijalva is co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House — a group *my* Congressman (Van Hollen) isn’t willing to belong to. While he may seem invulnerable in his district, appearance may deceive, says digby (“On Chicken Counting) — Republicans are willing to spend millions to defeat him, esp. after calling for an AZ boycott in the wake of SB1040.
Joe Sestak (PA-Sen):
Sestak deserves support just for opposing the Incumbent Party’s choice Arlen Specter in the May primary. But Sestak also voted for health care reform in early 2010, and the veteran ex-Navy officer supports repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
A… curious primary election in June resulted in one Alvin Greene becoming the Democratic Senate candidate. Unfortunately, Mr. Greene has appeared incompetent to represent himself, let alone the state of South Carolina; he faces felony obscenity charges, and was involuntarily discharged from the armed services. The Nation’s John Nichols writes, “If only there was an alternative! If only there was a credible contender with a record of local, state and national activism, with a firm grasp of the issues, thoughtful progressive positions and an easygoing yet professional style.
Well, there is. Green Party nominee Tom Clements will share the November ballot with DeMint and Greene. Clements is a native Southerner who worked for thirteen years with Greenpeace International and directed the Nuclear Control Institute before taking over in 2008 as southeastern coordinator for Friends of the Earth. He was a campaign manager to former Georgia Congressman Doug Bernard, an experienced player on the international stage since his days as a leading antiproliferation campaigner and an able spokesman on issues ranging from environmental racism to global warming to the green economy. Clements is economically populist, socially progressive and antiwar. And he knows the race should be about DeMint, not the foibles of his Democratic challenger.”
UPDATE — late adds:
Lloyd Doggett (TX-25):
A Texas friend writes, “Texas Senator Lloyd Doggett has been tried and true for a long time. He has fought very hard for education at all levels — from Head Start to college/university. If I remember correctly, he was one of the few to really stand up for a real health care bill (not the watered down corporate handout that we got). This year he is in the tightest race of his life against a Dr. Donna Campbell who, from what I can tell, is a political opportunist riding the anti-incumbent wave.”
Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
I’ve followed Ms. Pingree since she was running for this seat in 2008; I gave to her then and I haven’t regretted it since. A former director of Common Cause, she was also a signatory to the important “Responsible Plan to Get Out of Iraq” initiative developed by our own Donna Edwards and others. She’s strongly pro-labor, and was one of the leaders in the effort to include a ‘public option‘ in the health care reform package. Maine can be a tough environment for progressives. Let’s make sure she stays in office.