Blue America: Primary the Bastards
You can donate to Donna Edwards and Mark Pera through Blue America here.
As we near the end of the fundraising quarter, remember: the way to change the climate of insider politics in Washington DC is to kick out the insiders. Blue America has two really good candidates in primary races this year: Donna Edwards and Mark Pera.
Donna is in a tough battle with the entrenched Al Wynn in MD-04, who managed to get the NARAL endorsement despite voting with Republicans to let people who bomb abortion clinics escape from the debt by filing for bankruptcy.
The CBC Monitor has been watching Wynn’s record– and all members of the Congressional Black Caucus– and his ratings have been an absolute disgrace. He is a pawn of corporate interests and, even though he was frightened enough by Donna’s challenge to try to clean up his act, he’s still one of the least progressive members of Congress with an overall score of D+ (up from an F).
Donna has been racking up progressive endorsements — Emily’s List, SEIU and UFCW, the Sierra Club — but the financial support hasn’t been forthcoming. Donna very nearly beat Al Wynn last time (and some ballot boxes that had been tampered with indicate she actually did beat him) but she took Wynn by surprise that time. This time Wynn was ready and has been pulling out all the stops.
Mark Pera is running against the anti-choice, anti-stem cell research, anti-immigrant, pro-war Dan Lipinski in IL-03. Lipinski inherited the seat from his father (and I think we all know how well that works out).
As Howie Klein said during Mark Pera’s Blue America visit:
His prosecutorial specialty, by the way, is environmental law. Sandra from the Northside DFA described him to me as "right on all the issues that Lipinski is so wrong on, he’s charismatic, confident, and well spoken. And unlike Lipinski, if elected he will owe his allegiance to the people instead of to the Democratic machine. If you are a voter in District 3, it’s a no-brainer."
Some battles we take on just because it’s the right thing to do, regardless of the odds. But in both of these races, the candidates stand a very good chance of winning — and shaking up the do-nothing DC Democrats. If you have a little cash to drop in their Blue America coffers, even $5, it’s a great way to express confidence in progressive values and hope for the new year.