Day 10: Republicans are still putting Americans’ lives on the line. Beat Ken Cuccinelli, Steve Lonegon, Rick Perry & send a message to extremists around the country that theirs is a losing strategy!
(Down With Tyranny) For the Democrats to take back the House and put an end to fanatic Tea Party excesses, the DCCC has to wrest at least 25 seats away from GOP incumbents (or win in open red districts). That’s because it’s likely that several Blue Dogs and New Dems who have disappointed their constituents– particularly Mike McIntyre (NC), Jim Matheson (UT), Scott Peters (CA), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and John Barrow (GA)– will lose reelection efforts. Right now the DCCC has 15 “Jumpstart” candidates they’re backing.
These are Steve Israel’s priorities so far:
• Ann Callis (IL-13)- vs Rodney Davis (even)
• Kevin Strouse (PA-08)- primary battle (R+1)
• Michael Eggman (CA-10)- vs Jeff Denham (R+1)
• Pete Aguilar (CA-31)- primary battle (D+5)
• Gwen Graham (FL-02)- vs Steve Southerland (R+6)
• Domenic Recchia (NY-11)- vs Michael “Mikey Suits” Grimm (R+2)
• Andrew Romanoff (CO-06)- vs Mike Coffman (D+1)
• Staci Appel (IA-03)- vs Tom Latham (even)
• Erin Bilbray (NV-03)- vs Joe Heck (even)
• Pam Byrnes (MI-07)- vs Tim Walberg (R+3)
• Jerry Cannon (MI-01)- vs Dan Benishek (R+5)
• Jennifer Garrison (OH-06)- vs Bill Johnson (R+8)
• Rocky Lara (NM-02)- primary battle (R+5)
• John Lewis (MT-AL)- open seat (R+7)
• Martha Robertson (NY-23)- vs Tom Reed (R+3)
There are a couple of exceptions– Martha Robertson and Erin Bilbray stand out– but this is a pretty mediocre bunch of garden variety Democrats. One, Jennifer Garrison, is probably the worst candidate ever recruited by the post-Rahm DCCC. You can read all about her anti-Choice, antigay, anti-environmental, anti-minimum wage and pro-NRA/pro-coal agenda here but that isn’t even what I wanted to talk about today.
Today’s discussion is Steve Israel’s incompetence as DCCC chairman based on his putrid targeting and recruitment. Garrison is in an Ohio district with a PVI of R+8, the reddest district of any of his candidates so far. Obama scored 43% there last year and the Blue Dog Israel ran, former Congressman Charlie Wilson, got 47%. Wilson’s strategy was to unify Democrats and win over independents and moderate Republicans. He didn’t win over moderate Republicans or do all that well with independents, although he managed do united Democrats behind him. Garrison is one of the most hated figures in the Ohio Democratic Party and much of the Democratic base doesn’t want anything to do with her. In the past she was able too steal Republican votes by being further right than Republicans. I doubt she’ll be able to to that with incumbent Bill Johnson.
But Garrison is hardly Israel’s only wretched recruit. Israel left the right-wing Blue Dog caucus when he decided to get into the House Democratic leadership but he still bends over backwards to recruit Blue Dogs and New Dems and do all he can to discourage and disadvantage progressives. Great example in Michigan: he recruited a former Guantanamo commander, Jerry Cannon, in a northern Michigan district with a PVI of R+5 and where Obama scored only 45% last year. After spending around $1.3 million attacking incumbent Dan Benishek last year, the DCCC’s Blue Dog candidate came close… but there are no runner-up prize’s in elections.
South of MI-01 are two districts that, at least on paper, are far more inviting targets and one very similar:
• MI- 06- Fred Upton (R+1)
• MI-08- Mike Rogers (R+2)
• MI-04- Dave Camp (R+5)
The big difference is that these three galoots, unlike Benishek, a hapless backbencher, are powerful committee chairmen. Upton wrecks the environment as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Rogers is a pawn of the Military Industrial Complex in his role as chair of the Intelligence Committee; and Camp enables plutocrats and Big Business at the expense of ordinary working families as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. And there’s one other thing these 3 Boehner allies have in common: all of them are friends of Steve Israel. More than friends, in fact. Have you ever heard of the Center Aisle Caucus?
When David Broder first wrote about the determinedly centrist Congressional Center Aisle Caucus in 2005, he almost ejaculated for joy on the editorial page of the Washington Post over the sheer civility of the project. I wonder why they didn’t make him an honorary member. Broder claimed there were 47 invited members (which later grew to 60), roughly equally split between the two parties, although that membership roll isn’t readily available anywhere, almost like it’s being hidden. They meet, or met, secretly, in a Chinese restaurant two blocks from Capitol Hill; no joke. The caucus was founded by Republican Tim Johnson (IL) and the-Blue Dog… Steve Israel (NY) with the stated purpose of bypassing Congress’ partisan ways.
Applicants for membership weren’t admitted unless they recruited companion members from the opposite party. Caucus members avoided lightning-rod issues and focused only on areas that most likely would produce agreement. Under one unwritten bylaw, members vowed never to engage in political campaigns against other members. That’s nice… but does it make sense to appoint the person who came up with that chairman of the DCCC? I’ll answer that for you– NO! These are the exact candidates the DCCC should be going after… but regardless of how vulnerable they are, Israel keeps the DCCC off their backs oneway or the other. In a rational world, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would be a top tier DCCC candidate, but Steve Israel doesn’t live in a rational world; he lives in a Center Aisle world and ignores the fact that Ros-Lehtinen is in a blue district that Obama won last year 53-47%. That’s a way stronger margin than just about all of Israel’s targeted districts. But Ileana gets a reelection free-pass from Israel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Last year Wasserman Schultz was complicit in recruiting a cardboard candidate, Manny Yevancey who no one ever heard of, who raised zero dollars and who campaigned exactly zero days. His only job was to occupy the Democratic ballot slot so no one else could run against Wasserman Schultz’s and Israel’s BBF.
There are 21 seats like this in the House, winnable seats Steve Israel willfully ignores, even if they are much easier than impossible targets in deep red districts where he can run his handpicked Blue Dogs and New Dems. All of these incumbents represent districts where Obama won in 2008 and/or 2012 but where Israel has refused to back the grassroots local candidate or has frightened off anyone from running against his Republican pals:
• NJ-02- Frank LoBiondo- D+1
• MI-06- Fred Upton- R+1
• WA-08- Dave Reichert- R+1
• FL-27- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen- R+2
• PA-06- Jim Gerlach- R+2
• MN-03- Erik Paulsen- R+2
• PA-07- Pat Meehan- R+2
• MN-02- John Kline- R+2
• PA-15- Charlie Dent- R+2
• MI-08- Mike Rogers- R+2
• WA-03- Jaime Hererra Buetler- R+2
• VA-10- Frank Wolf- R+2
• CA-25- Buck McKeon- R+3
• WI-01- Paul Ryan- R+3
• MI-11- Kerry Bentivolio- R+4
• IL-06- Peter Roskam- R+4
• PA-16- Joe Pitts- R+4
• CA-49- Darrell Issa- R+4
• IL-16- Adam Kinzinger- R+4
• MI-03- Justin Amash- R+4
• MI-04- Dave Camp- R+5
Can the Democrats win back the House in 2014? In theory, absolutely! With Steve Israel running the DCCC– out of the question.
Thanks, Nancy Pelosi, for 2 more years of GOP nihilistic control of the House.
Day 10: Republicans are still putting Americans’ lives on the line.
When will this madness stop?
You know it just as well as we do, there’s only one way to put an end to all this: beat these Republicans with pro-choice Democratic women.
We must do whatever it takes to put a stop to the GOP. Contribute to EMILY’s List and help elect Democratic woman to oust Republicans and take back the House.
It just blows my mind to see the lengths the GOP is willing to go to — and how little they care about the women and families they are hurting along the way.
The longer this goes on, the worse it gets for all of us. And everyday Americans are speaking out against Republicans’ reckless behavior. In a brand new poll, barely 1 in 4 Americans has a favorable opinion of the GOP.
We can’t stand for this. Get in with us right now and help send these guys home just as soon as possible.
(People For The American Way) Recent polls show the Tea Party shutdown and threats about the debt ceiling are making Republicans vulnerable for 2014 – if we play our cards right, they could even lose the House!
That’s why we need a critical win NOW in the most-watched 2013 race that could be a bellwether for 2014.
Help us defeat Tea Party dream candidate for Virginia governor, Ken Cuccinelli, with an urgent donation now.
This past weekend, shutdown leader Ted Cruz campaigned at a Religious Right fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli … even though the government shutdown hurts Virginia, as a state with tons of federal employees, perhaps more than any other state.
Cuccinelli is brazenly wearing his extremism on his sleeve and flouting the interests of voters in his state … but unless we turn out enough voters to stop him, he’ll be the next Tea Party governor of a critically important battleground state!
That’s why I’m asking that you to chip in $10, $25, $50 or whatever you can right now to PFAW’s campaign to stop Cuccinelli.
There are only a few more weeks until Election Day, and that means it’s crunch time.
That’s why this week, we’re on the air with our first major six-figure TV ad buy targeted to turn out the all-important Latino vote.
And we now have a Virginia organizer on the ground specifically to mobilize voters in Latino communities against Cuccinelli.
We’ll be running even more ads … making calls … knocking on doors (this weekend and through Election Day) … doing whatever it takes to win and take down this dream candidate of Tea Party extremists.
But we can’t do it without the help of our members and activists, so please make a donation to support our campaign to stop Ken Cuccinelli now.
- Lawsuits challenging Obamacare
- Witch hunts against climate scientists
- Attacks on women’s health, abortion and birth control that rank among the most aggressive and extreme in the nation
- Anti-LGBT bigotry
- He even compared immigrants to rats!
That’s just a tiny glimpse of Cuccinelli’s resume … we can’t let him get in power, especially in such an immensely important state as Virginia, where he’ll be able to influence presidential elections.
Please contribute to help us stop him now.
A win here will not only draw the line on the Tea Party in an important state, but send a message to extremists around the country that theirs is a losing strategy.
Thank you for all you do and your continued support of our work.
P.S. There are only 26 days until Election Day in Virginia and we have a lot of work to do to counter all of Cuccinelli’s Tea Party grassroots support and right-wing corporate money. Please help our campaign to defeat Cuccinelli — donate today.
Check out Louise Slaughter on MSNBC
Thanks for adding your name along with thousands of other frustrated Americans about the shutdown in Washington. As the shutdown nears the two-week mark, your voice is more important than ever.
Before her meeting with President Obama yesterday, Louise was on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC program talking about the impact the shutdown is having on middle class Americans. Check out Louise’s segment here.
Thanks for standing with us,
PS: If you haven’t had a chance to add your name to our petition, it’s not too late. Join thousands of Americans in expressing your frustration here.
(Center For Reproductive Rights)
Taking the fight to Texas
We’re ready to fight for Texas women and their right to make personal decisions about their health and future.
Join us in the battle to reclaim our rights. Make a gift today.
Over the past few days, more than 13,000 advocates like you sent a message to Rick Perry, condemning the way he and Texas politicians have trampled on women’s health and their right to make very personal decision.
On October 21, we’ll take this fight to the next level, when we head to court. And we need you with us.
Alongside health care providers, medical experts, and our legal allies, we intend to stop the law that Perry forced through the Texas legislature this summer, intent on choking off access to reproductive health care.
The new restrictions are dangerous to women, period. Lower-income and rural women face perhaps the greatest barriers, as one-third of clinics in the state would be forced to stop providing abortion services, leaving women in vast stretches of Texas stripped of essential medical care.
Make no mistake. Restrictions like these don’t eliminate the need for abortion. They simply eliminate a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion. Help us keep health care safe for Texan women. Give a gift today.
Gov. Rick Perry has a deplorable record of targeting the women in his state. Hundreds of thousands of Texans have been without access to birth control, preventive reproductive health services, and abortion care since 2011, when he slashed funding for family planning services.Please make a donation today to help us stop him.
It’s time to remind extremist politicians that all women have a fundamental right to make personal decisions for themselves—no matter what state they live in. Join us in the fight to reclaim our rights with a generous gift today.
Thanks, as always, for all you do,
(Terry McAuliffe) You can add Karl Rove to the (very) long list of right-wing groups running ads attacking us.
His Super PAC just made their first buys in support of my opponent’s campaign — and that’s on top of millions pouring in from the same groups that tried to smear President Obama in last year’s election.
These guys have deep pockets, and no strong allegiance to the truth. They’ll say just about anything to tear down what we’re building.
But we knew their attacks were coming, and have a plan to fight back: will you donate $5 today to help us hit our last Rapid Response goal by Tuesday? That’s when voter registration ends, and we’ll make our final decisions about the campaign.
Look, I’m incredibly proud of the team we’ve got on the ground. They’re the best at what they do — reaching voters, talking to them about our plans, and making sure they’ll get to the polls just 26 short days from today.
And we know we have the winning agenda and message. The more Virginians know about us — and the contrast in this race — the more they support us.
But with extreme Super PACs like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads piling on, the game changes and everything we know could shift.
Chip in $5 before Tuesday’s deadline to make sure we can fight back against Karl Rove’s attacks.
We won’t be distracted by their misleading attacks, but we will respond to them — forcefully, with your help.
(This Is Personal) Last week, you took action and told Congress to keep women’s health off the bargaining table. Well, in the week since then, the House of Representatives has managed to shut down the government and make zero progress toward a solution to fund and reopen the government. Way to go, Congress!
We need your help again to let politicians know that we’re tired of their stubborn demands — they say they will end the shutdown only if they can take down the new health care law.
Add your name & tell House Speaker John Boehner: Vote to end the government shutdown — no strings attached.
Let’s break it down. The government needs to get funded. On top of that, Congress is responsible for voting to raise the debt ceiling — authorizing the government to borrow money to pay for things like tax refunds, military benefits and Social Security. If Congress fails to act, our bills won’t get paid and we’ll default on our debt. This could potentially cause a global economic crisis. They’re basically playing a giant game of chicken — in which we all lose — big time.
To get out of this mess, Congress must pass a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government and end the shutdown. Up until this point, House leadership has refused to put forward a clean CR meaning one that doesn’t have giant strings attached — like delaying and defunding the new health care law. But now it’s time for Speaker Boehner to get real and put a clean CR to a vote.
Speaker Boehner: Stop messing around and bring a clean CR to a vote.
It’s time for these politicians to stop playing games with our future and start actually legislating. We’re here to send them a not-so-gentle reminder.
Seriously, Speaker Boehner — Just vote on it.
Thanks for keeping it personal,
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