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BREAKING: CNN Says DSCC To Support Primary Winner in CT


Boltin’ Joe is waking up to some startling news this morning — guess all those call arounds to party elders didn’t go a smoothly as Lieberman tried to spin them yesterday.  When you decide to try and game the political party system, you can’t expect the people who hold power in that political party to say , "Good on ya’!", now can you?

CNN is reporting (video clip) that an anonymous Senior Staffer at the DSCC says that the DSCC will likely support the winner of the Connecticut primary.

Call the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at 202-224-2447 or email them here.  Tell them that the unsourced CNN report from a senior DSCC staffer isn’t enough — although it is an awfully good step, and you are happy to see them take it.  Ask if there is to be an official announcement on this at some point, and report back and let us know what you find out.  Also, try calling the DSCC leadership members: 

DSCC leadership phone numbers – call Reid and Schumer and then your regional leader and Lincoln as the women’s leader:

Harry Reid 202-224-3542
Nevada Senator/ Senate Democratic Leader

Charles Schumer 202-224-6542
New York Senator, DSCC Chair

Barbara Boxer 202-224-3553
California Senator/ California Vice Chair

Barack Obama 202-224-2854
Illinois Senator/ Midwest Vice Chair

Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
Arkansas Senator/ Southern Vice Chair

Jack Reed 202-224-4642
Rhode Island Senator/ Northeast Vice Chair

Ron Wyden 202-224-5244
Oregon Senator/ Western Vice Chair

Blanche Lincoln 202-224-4843
Arkansas Senator/ Women’s Senate Network Chair

(Huge thank you to reader Siun for putting these numbers together for us!)

All that pressure from Monday is having an impact, folks — you are doing a great job.  Let’s keep going until there is an official statement from the DSCC and from Democratic Leadership in the House and Senate that they will honor the decision of of the voting public and support the winner of the Connecticut Democratic Primary, whomever it may be.  That’s all we’re asking them to do.  It’s only fair.

And please remember to be polite but firm with whomever you speak.  The folks answering the phones aren’t the ones who set the tone for the organization, but our being polite but very serious about our position on this sends a powerful message that people all over the nation are keeping an eye on what the DSCC and other Democratic leaders are going to do. 

UPDATE:  Meant to add this as well:  And remember, local offices like to get real, live visitors. So consider stopping by the local office of your Senator or Congressperson today and talking to a staffer (or even your elected representative) about how important this issue is for the continued strength of the Democratic party structure. Joe didn’t just spit on Connecticut voters by trying to have his cake and eat it, too, he’s thumbing his nose at the whole of the party structure by saying that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the primary, he’s running anyway.

This, too, could happen to your elected official someday after their opponent loses, but decides to keep on running against them anway. And how would they feel about that?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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