Last year Democratic women running for Congress suffered a serious drubbing:
In 2006, of the thirty Republican-held House seats most heavily targeted by Democratic Party committees and allied progressive organizations, twenty-one of the Democratic nominees challenging for those seats were male, and nine of the Democratic nominees challenging for those seats were female. With the elections over, twenty of the twenty-one men in that group are now serving in Congress. However, Kirsten Gillibrand in NY-20 is the only woman in that group who is now serving in Congress. For some reason, of the top thirty Democratic House targets in 2006, Democratic men won 95% of the time, while Democratic women won only 11% of the time.
We have amazing women running as Blue America candidates. Sam Bennett in PA-15 who appeared here last Saturday was probably one of the most popular candidates we’ve ever had, and she broke our one day fundraising record ($3,292.00). Our other female challengers include Darcy Burner, Donna Edwards (running against the creepy Al Wynn), Angie Paccione (running against the even creepier homophobe Maralyn Musgrave) and Victoria Wulsin (Mean Jean — words fail me) all need our support now, with early money that reaps its value many times over during the course of the campaign.
If you want to see more women in congress, now is the time to step up and open your pocketbooks. Five, ten dollars, whatever you can afford.
Let’s give the ladies a hand. As Atrios says, don’t let the terrorists win.