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  •  Okay, so write that seat off for the DCCC (7+ / 0-)

    But who have progressives put forward to run for this seat?
    Anyone we've heard of?

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:48:19 AM PDT

    •  Best comment of the diary. (3+ / 0-)
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      Exactly. Who's willing to run against her in the Dem primary?

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:54:54 AM PDT

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    •  So write off women's and LGBT rights (7+ / 0-)

      Democratic Party cedes those to bigoted GOP?

      No thanks. Women sat down in 2010 thanks to Garrison, and we don't need that again. Some people here really do not understand the degree to which she was responsible for our losing the governorship in 2010.

      Her first appearance up here in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) when she was running for secretary of state was a debacle. When her name was announced people booed (poor Kevin Boyce, who was announcing the ticket, was completely baffled) and a group of women stood and turned their backs when she spoke. They tried to organize a fundraiser for her up here and could not find one single person to be on the host committee.

      So they brought her up to try to charm several of our key women activists. One of them posted a screed on Facebook afterward with a litany of things she disagreed with that went far beyond just her radical anti-choice positions. The women told the party "We won't support here, we won't raise money for her and we won't even vote for her."

      They yanked her off the ticket after that and replaced her with an excellent candidate — Franklin County (Columbus) clerk of courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy. She worked hard but it was just to short a time for her to make any inroads.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:31:13 AM PDT

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      •  So whom then? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        •  Whom what? (4+ / 0-)

          We've had plenty of other choices in this district over the years. We do not need to go crawling to a candidate who supports stripping women of their rights and blocking LGBT people from having them. Ted Strickland, who represented this district, did not. Lou Gentile, who is thinking about running here also, does not.

          Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

          by anastasia p on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:30:53 AM PDT

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          •  Are there not any issues that Gentile would (1+ / 0-)
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            advocate that progressives would find objectionable?

            What candidate can we support that would be a 'better' Dem on all of the issues of concern?

            •  Sure. Guns. (0+ / 0-)

              It's southeastern rural Appalachia.

              But this is not a litmus test issue for me, and it played very very well for Ted Strickland, who is a very pro-gun guy.  I wasn't enamored of that but he was a good governor.

              Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

              by anastasia p on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 02:02:28 PM PDT

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      •  Don't put words in my mouth (0+ / 0-)

        Everyone wants to sit around and complain about the centrist and right leaning candidates the DCCC puts forward (in a red district), let's come up with someone we CAN support.
        It's a red district, but not by much. We have to get people to support the right candidates, but that's hard to do when there isn't one.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 04:02:42 PM PDT

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    •  Progressives don't have a nationwide (1+ / 0-)
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      well-funded organization like the DCCC.

      We have no power in the party. If we did, it sure as hell wouldn't look like this.

      Big money tends not to fund us.

      So, if "progressives" put forward someone to run for the seat, it would have to be a handful of progressives on the ground in Ohio. And they would have to get money for the race from somewhere.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 12:53:25 PM PDT

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      •  We DO have power in the party (0+ / 0-)

        The Progressive caucus is the majority caucus in the House.
        It doesn't take a lot of money to run for a House seat.
        We have to have options, or there is no point in complaining.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 04:05:16 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely true about Prog Caucus being (0+ / 0-)

          biggest Dem Caucus in the House.

          But they're nowhere on power. Never stand up to leadership, ever. Produce alternative budgets that no one ever hears of, b/c they're completely denied O2 by leadership and by the mainstream press.

          If they have power, they sure aren't using it.

          I am not saying this to discourage. I'm saying it because we need to know why and it's really hard to get that information.

          The last time they sorta kinda stood up was on the public option, and you see what happened with that. No matter how you feel about the ACA, if a politician swears up and down that s/he will never vote for something unless a particular thing is in the bill, and then s/he folds like a shirt, no one is going to believe him/her next time they say anything.

          Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:17:23 PM PDT

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