Hey FDL, this is Jason Rosenbaum from the PCCC and Levana Layendecker with DFA.
You can’t seem to turn around lately without someone asking us about the ‘enthusiasm gap.’ It looks like Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee volunteers didn’t get that memo, because our ‘phonebombs’ for key challenger races across the country are going great. When bold progressive candidates stand up, our members will stand with them. The exciting news with our new virtual phone bank technology is that even if you live in a place where you don’t have a progressive Democrat to volunteer for, you can still talk to like minded voters and in key districts — and help bold progressives win.
Two bold progressives — David Segal in Rhode Island and Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire — have their primaries next week – click here to volunteer from home with us and help them get out the vote!
In recent weeks, DFA and PCCC launched the first in a series of phonebombs (virtual phone banks) for candidates around the country. So far, volunteers made over 17,000 calls for David Segal — a progressive super star running in a primary for Patrick Kennedy’s open House seat in Rhode Island against 3 uninspiring hacks. Folks have also made thousands of calls for Ann McLane Kuster — a pro-choice bold progressive running in New Hampshire’s 2nd district against Katrina Swett, Joe Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign co-chair and a big supporter of Lieberman against Ned Lamont in 2006.
For a congressional race, these numbers are huge! And we are just getting started. Both of these bold progressives have primaries coming up on September 14, and DFA and PCCC have multiple phonebombs scheduled between now and then.
Let’s show the pundits that there’s no "enthusiasm gap" when it comes to bold progressives who actually stand on principle. Segal and Kuster are passionate advocates for the public option, holding Wall Street accountable, protecting Social Security, and getting corporate money out of our elections.
A small amount of your time, making calls from home, can help elect them to Congress — sign up here.
These conversations are really making an impact. Here’s what some recent phonebomb volunteers had to say:
"These are meaningful contacts. Many voters are just starting to pay attention… Let’s do this from now until election day. This is a GREAT use of resources. 10k contacts in one day is HUGE." — volunteer for David Segal
"I was pleased to turn around so many voters. These calls are worth the effort!" — volunteer for Ann McLane Kuster
"All in all, it was a productive and very professionally run experience in my opinion and hopefully we changed some minds toward Rep. Segal in the process. Thanks for the experience! I would most definitely participate again." — volunteer for David Segal
"I enjoyed speaking with the folks there in New Hampshire on behalf of Annie Kuster. I had some good conversations with folks and feel certain that the calls had a positive effect." — volunteer for Ann McLane Kuster
Let’s put the enthusiasm gap myth to bed once and for all.