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  •  Down the Ballot (3+ / 0-)

    I wanted to draw your attention to the statewide races mentioned. Kossacks do a great job covering and commenting on U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, but, for some reason, other statewide contests don't get the attention they deserve.

    Races for things like Comptroller, Attorney General, etc. matter because not only do these offices have HUGE influences on their state, they also serve as the farm team for future Governors, Senators and Presidents. Just like it's important for us to elect progressive state legislators so that they can redraw Congressional districts favorably, it's important to elect progressives in down ballot statewide races.

    In Maryland, the fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party is in the Comptroller's race and the Attorney General's race.

    First, the AG's race. Tom Perez is a clear progressive running against a well funded hot dog and media whore, Doug Gansler. Stu Simms is a well respected and quiet moderate while Tom Perez is an outspoken progressive. We need to reshape the party by electing Tom Perez!

    Second, in the Comptroller's race, Peter Franchot fancies himself "the Only Democrat for Comptroller" because the incumbent, DINO Don Schaeffer is a right wing Democrat who has consistently sided with Ehrlich and undermined O'Malley. Not only that, but Janet Owens, the other contender, describes herself as a "conservative." Check out Franchot.

    I mean no ill will toward Gansler, Simms, Schaeffer and Owens. They're all fine Democrats. But, when we talk about building progressive infrastructure, this is our opportunity. We have two unabashed progressive champions - Perez and Franchot - running against the old Maryland Democratic machine. I hope that this year, Maryland rejects machine politics and elects two strong progressives to these down ballot statewide races.

    •  Down Ballot (0+ / 0-)

      I actually think the most interesting race will be for AG. In my mind Perez is the most outstanding candidate, I saw him speak recently and he has a
      great view of the power of the AG's office. He has a history of working for the disenfranchised and his anti predadtory Lending Bill that he got through in Montgomery County (with by partisan support!) really pissed off the banking industry.
      He's got a great website too!

      •  That was a bad bill (0+ / 0-)
        Or at least a sloppy bill. It banned "predatory lending" without defining it, leading to many lenders pulling out of the MoCo market and thus less competition.
        •  Bad Bill (0+ / 0-)

          Give me break.
          The actual numbers of lenders pulling out of MoCo was zero. Fairfax County Va has a far more draconian bill than the Perez Bill and when the Bankers reps came before the MoCO County to testify they acknowledged as much. In fact they also said that none of the reputable lenders had pulled out of Fairfax or Moco.

    •  A lot of people... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...might take issue with you that Schaefer is still a fine Democrat.  Endorsing Bush I, "endorsing" KKT while sending his old staffers to work for the fratboy.  His love affair with Bobby the last four years.  The Neo-bigot he has become.

      In the AG race, I'll vote Perez but accept Simms.

      In the comptroller race, I'll vote Franchot knowing that Schaefer would have to physically molest one of the "little girls" he always talks about before he'd even have a chance of defeat.  Since many of you have wised me up about Owens I'd be disappointed if she won, but it's still better than four more years of Schaefer.

      •  Conceeded (0+ / 0-)

        I thought about not including Schaefer in that list... you're right, we need him out.

      •  Schaefer (0+ / 0-)

        I get the impression that there are a lot of people out there who supported Schaefer in the past who are convinced that he's now well beyond it.  I've talked to a lot of women who are coldly furious about his "walk again" line to the Governor's young female aide, and who would vote against him on that basis alone (and who are also pretty angry that Ehrlich didn't object to his comment on the spot).  

        I haven't seen any polls on that race, but I'm not at all convinced that Schaefer will have as easy a time of it as everybody thinks.  The problem is that I think the election will be a referendum on Schafer, and while Franchot might have an excellent shot in a one-on-one contest, I'm concerned that Owens might siphon off enough of the anti-Schaefer vote to allow Schaefer to get the nomination with substantially less than a majority of the vote.

    •  They are now on my diary list (0+ / 0-)

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      Support Anna Lord a progressive kicking the Republicans where it hurts - right in Fort Dobson

      by tjlord on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 07:57:37 AM PDT

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    •  Not fair to Gansler (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr CM Burns
      Sure, he's ambitious, but what's wrong with that? He is a solid progressive, and an experienced, effective prosecutor.
      •  Name one local District Attorney in the US (1+ / 0-)
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        who is not ambitious.

        •  Yeah, but Gansler is STUPIDLY ambitious (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not really sure that he's about anything other than his overwhelming ambition.  I don't live in Montgomery County, but my impression from liberal friends who do live there is that Gansler's ridiculous publicity hogging in the Beltway sniper case is pretty much par for the course with him.

          But the AG nomination isn't really worth talking about at this point.  I think Stu Simms is going to win it easily by winning overwhelmingly in Baltimore City, with a significant margin in the rest of the Baltimore area, quite possibly winning PG County, and getting significant support (although certainly not winning) in Montgomery Co. as a result of having been Duncan's running mate -- all while Gansler and Perez are basically fighting for which of them wins Montgomery County.

          •  Simms has baggage (0+ / 0-)

            I believe Simms was in charge during the Juvenile Detention scandal in Maryland a couple of years ago. I would not cede PG county to Simms just on race because Perez, an Hispanic, can galvanize the Hispanic vote in both the PG and Montgomery county communities, plus win a large amount of African American support. He is well known for standing up for the little guy and his record and background as a US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Admin should count.

      •  Gansler (0+ / 0-)

        The sniper trial epitomized Gansler's ambition. He did it for a publicity platform to run for AG and spent millions of taxpayer dollars trying a guy already sentenced to death in Virginia. What progressive positions has he taken?  None!  
        Just look at the record. It's not pretty.

    •  In Maryland (0+ / 0-)

      the State Attorney General or Comptroller have a lifetime tenure- they usually stay onto office as long as they Joe Curran and William Donald Schaefer.

      In determing who is the Democratic Nominee for MD Attorney General one must determine who will be attorney General in the mold of Eliot Spitzer- going after White Collar Crimes- Insider Trading,Price Gouging.- He not only must be a tough cop but a fighter for the little guy.

      In the Comptroller Race- i will pick someone with Business Experience.

      The future Governor of Maryland will be the Lt Governor- Anthony Brown.
      The future US Senator of Maryland in 2010 if mikulski retires is US Reps- Al Wynn,Elijah Cummings or Chris Van Hollen.

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