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The piece introduces three candidates who seem to be ready to battle using their own approaches.
Derek Cressman is running for a state Senate seat in California. He penned a powerful OpEd for the Sacramento Bee on Thursday about how Democrats can win in 2018 and 2020, a point of view that the establishment– whether Jeb Bush or Nancy Pelosi– will never understand. “If the past year has taught us anything,” he wrote, “it’s that too many voters have lost faith in key civic institutions such as the news media and political parties. If we are going to rebuild public trust, legislators need to become more partisan.”
You might be surprised to hear someone like me, who has spent most of his career with nonpartisan good government groups, advocating for more partisanship. But that’s precisely what America needs right now.
Done correctly, political parties can serve as vehicles for volunteers and small donors to band together around a set of ideas– a platform. Party endorsements inexpensively inform voters of candidates’ positions on the issues, but only if endorsements go to the candidate who most closely sticks to the platform.
Here’s Derek Cressman – oh, I like his colors! 😉
I think most of use are painfully aware of the way party endorsements often seem to go to those seen as good fundraisers rather than those with good platforms.
Sam Jammal, the progressive running for the suddenly open Orange County congressional seat that Ed Royce is abandoning (CA-39), told me this morning that “We win if we actually focus on what people are concerned about– housing affordability, out of pocket health care costs, student debt and whether they can get a raise. We lose when we obsess over Trump and don’t stand for anything. This isn’t science– Democrats need to be for something. But most importantly, we win when we are on the ground and in the community. We need to elect people who reflect their districts and will fight for their districts.”
That all sounds very reasonable to me Sam! Here’s a pic of Sam, lots of images to choose from, seems like an Obama supporter, climate groups like him, a lot of different colors though, lol, seriously, google him. I’m seeing red/white/blue, purple/red, blue/white, hmmm, but here’s one from his site.
The next profiled candidate has a familiar story. David Gill lost by a tiny margin in IL’s 13th District to the Republican in 2012 after having to battle against the party’s first choice, Matt Goetten, in the Democratic primary. (Gill beat Goetten in the Democratic primary by 163 votes.)
The fly in the soup in that race was the fact that a liberal Independent, John Hartman ended up slicing off over 7% of the total vote. I don’t know why Hartman decided to jump in, but his views seem to land mostly on Gill’s end of the political spectrum, so certainly his presence may have swung that race to the Republican, Rodney Davis, who by at least this account sounds like quite the smooth operator, btw.
The reason this story is familiar though, other than the fact that the Democratic party had initially supported the moderate candidate over the progressive candidate, is that after that narrow loss in 2012, it appears that the party is still trying to move right. In other words, stick to the same often-losing formula.
“The situation here in IL-13 is ridiculous. My progressive message of single-payer healthcare came within 0.3% of victory in the 2012 general election (my message actually WON by 7 points, but a liberal independent took 7.3% and split the vote just enough to allow the Republican to become an ‘accidental Congressman’). Since then, the DCCC has insisted on running conservative candidates with bland messages, and they’ve been slaughtered by 18-20 points. It’s amazing that my lifelong party can’t get behind me, and instead persists with a message that loses by 50-60 TIMES my margin of defeat. It appears as though they don’t want a single-payer pushing practicing doctor anywhere near the halls of Congress.
Gill is still battling for support from his party. He’s been doing that for awhile actually, since 2004. This will be the fifth time that Gill runs. Phew, talk about persistance! Here’s Gill.
I’m glad to see passionate candidates who are insisting on being progressive. I hope to share profiles on some lady warriors next.