Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Kid Oakland makes an important observation:

In my view, the most powerful way to bring progressive pressure on any legislator is to identify an elected official overlapping their district who shares our progressive views. Even if your Congressperson is a staunch progressive, we should always be on the watch to identify and share young, promising leaders emerging in our districts.

This process is a win-win. We identify more and better progressive legislators and, when it comes to health care reform, this has the potential to be very powerful.

If you are, say, a congressperson who is on the fence about real healthcare reform, whether a Blue Dog or a Progressive, it’s a true threat to have a municipal or state legislator whose district overlaps with yours who is willing to take a clear stand on comprehensive health care reform including a firm stand in support of a robust public option.

Nothing offers a clearer wake up call to an elected official than to realize that there’s a popular, progressive elected official who shares voters with you. If that progressive official can raise funds, deliver results and organize support in your district then they can easily replace you someday if the voters so choose. And, yes, if that progressive, local elected is an outspoken advocate of true health care reform, then it is all the more powerful. This reality is a natural part of politics in the USA and it doesn’t take a primary for that pressure to be felt. In fact, the impact can be quite immediate.

No one owns political power in the United States.

What electeds fear, more than anything else, is a legitimate, principled challenger in their own district. New leaders emerge, in particular, over fundamental struggles like the one we are engaged in over healthcare reform.

We’re going to see what our progressive leaders are made of in the coming days and weeks — some will make us proud, some will come up short. It’s a transitional moment and it’s important to have a bench identified, progressive leaders who will step in and take the place of those who prove they are not equal to the task of challenging the entrenched corporate interests.

If you know anyone we should be aware of, especially if they live in the district of Sander Levin (D+12), Dan Lipinski (D+11), Susan Davis (D+14), Anna Eshoo (D+21) or Xavier Becerra (D+29), let us know.

Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

Kid Oakland makes an important observation

In my view, the most powerful way to bring progressive pressure on any legislator is to identify an elected official overlapping their district who shares our progressive views. Even if your Congressperson is a staunch progressive, we should always be on the watch to identify and share young, promising leaders emerging in our districts.

This process is a win-win.  We identify more and better progressive legislators and, when it comes to health care reform, this has the potential to be very powerful.

If you are, say, a congressperson who is on the fence about real healthcare reform, whether a Blue Dog or a Progressive, it’s a true threat to have a municipal or state legislator whose district overlaps with yours who is willing to take a clear stand on comprehensive health care reform including a firm stand in support of a robust public option.

Nothing offers a clearer wake up call to an elected official than to realize that there’s a popular, progressive elected official who shares voters with you. If that progressive official can raise funds, deliver results and organize support in your district then they can easily replace you someday if the voters so choose. And, yes, if that progressive, local elected is an outspoken advocate of true health care reform, then it is all the more powerful. This reality is a natural part of politics in the USA and it doesn’t take a primary for that pressure to be felt. In fact, the impact can be quite immediate.

No one owns political power in the United States.

What electeds fear, more than anything else, is a legitimate, principled challenger in their own district. New leaders emerge, in particular, over fundamental struggles like the one we are engaged in over healthcare reform.

We’re going to see what our progressive leaders are made of in the coming days and weeks — some will make us proud, some will come up short.  It’s a transitional moment and it’s important to have a bench identified, progressive leaders who will step in and take the place of those who prove they are not equal to the task of challenging the entrenched corporate interests.

If you know anyone we should be aware of, especially if they live in the district of Sander Levin (D+12), Dan Lipinski (D+11), Susan Davis (D+14), Anna Eshoo (D+21) or Xavier Becerra (D+29), let us know.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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