With less than two weeks to go till Primary Election Day in Massachusetts, I'm writing with a simple request: let's hold Democrats who vote like Republicans accountable.
I got into this race last April because my opponent, Stephen Lynch, asked me to.
Not in so many words, of course. But when he cast his "no" vote on health care reform -- following his continued "yes" votes on the wars, to the anti-choice Stupak amendment, to the Patriot Act -- he was practically begging to be challenged, to be held accountable.
In many ways, I'm the last man standing -- the last primary challenger to a Democrat who voted against the health care bill. This is our last chance to send a message to the Democratic Party, and to those "Democrats" who think it's politically expedient to vote like Republicans.
I'm running for Congress against Stephen Lynch in the Democratic Primary (MA-9) because we don't just need more Democrats -- we need better Democrats. And to get Better Democrats, we need to do more to hold those "Democrats" who vote against the interest of working families accountable.
During his time in Congress, Stephen Lynch has taken some pretty bad votes. Whether it was to deny health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans, to send our troops to war in Iraq, or to restrict a woman's right to choose, Stephen Lynch's bad votes have hurt our community -- and our nation.
Today our campaign is launching a new website to get the facts out there about Stephen Lynch's bad votes, and the harm that's come from those votes. After all, if you can't judge a Congressman based on his voting record, what CAN you judge him on?
When I was at Netroots Nation on Thursday, I pointed out why a majority in the House of members with D’s next to their names isn’t as valuable as a majority populated by Better Democrats:
We currently hold a 37-vote-margin in the House. Yet 34 Democrats voted against the health care reform and 19 voted against financial reform. It doesn’t take a genius to see that it barely matters what happens in November when that many Democrats are voting with - and voting like - Republicans.
That’s why you were there for Donna Edwards when she took on Al Wynn. That’s why you were there for Bill Halter when he took on Blanche Lincoln. And that’s why you should be with me as I take on Stephen Lynch.
As a reminder, my opponent in the Democratic primary, incumbent Stephen Lynch, voted for the Iraq War and its continued funding, for the Patriot Act and its reauthorization, and against health care reform, and has voted to restrict a woman’s right to choose.
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Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.
I have spent most of the last decade as New England political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). I’m proud of my work standing up for working families, hospital patients, senior citizens, and so on – and standing up to special interests like big banks, including one of the biggest banks of them all, Bank of America.
Bank of America received tens of Billions of taxpayer dollars in TARP bail-out funds. What you might not know is that, even after receiving these funds, Bank of America proceeded to lay off 35,000 bank tellers and other workers, employees whose median salary was only about $23,000 per year. Of course, Bank of America didn’t touch its fleet of nine corporate jets. Bank of America even used some TARP money to fund lobbying efforts against the Employee Free Choice Act!
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Over the past decade, three of the most important votes Congress has taken - three votes that have shaped the direction of our nation in fundamental ways - are the vote to implement health care reform, the vote to authorize the Iraq War, and the vote to pass the Patriot Act.
I'm Mac D'Alessandro, the progressive Democratic candidate for Congress from Massachusetts' 9th Congressional district, and I invite you to take our quiz: how would you vote on these three critical issues - and how do your votes compare with the record of incumbent Stephen Lynch?
After taking the poll, you'll see how incumbent Stephen Lynch voted. If you are as disappointed in Stephen Lynch's record as I am and think we can do better, you're a Mac, and I urge you to get involved in my campaign and take action:
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I'm Mac D'Alessandro, the progressive Democratic candidate for Congress from Massachusetts' 9th district, and I'd like to ask you a question. Does it bother you that Stephen Lynch voted against health care reform that gave tens of millions of Americans access to health care and will make "pre-existing condition" restrictions a thing of the past? Does it irritate you that Stephen Lynch voted for the Iraq War and voted to continue funding it? Does it anger you that Stephen Lynch supported the Patriot Act and voted to re-authorize it, invading the privacy of law-abiding Americans? Does it infuriate you that Stephen Lynch doesn't believe that women should be able to make their own reproductive decisions?
If so, you might be a Mac:
(Much more, including "I'm a Mac" video and retired Army Colonel Carl Lundquist, below the fold!)