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Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) is looking out for four red state Democrats who are all top targets in next year's election:
WASHINGTON - APRIL 13: &nbsp;U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks as during a news conference about Planned Parenthood April 13, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The women Democratic senators held a news conference to call on the Republicans not to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. &nbsp;(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Unacceptable.

The House GOP, held hostage by their ties to the tea party, would rather shut down the government than come to the table and work out a compromise on the budget.

They have absolutely no regard for the damage even talking about a shutdown could do to our economy, and are more than willing to derail our fragile economic recovery just to score some cheap political points with their base.

Thankfully -- at least we have enough responsible votes in the Senate (even a few on the other side of the aisle) to hopefully head this crisis off.

And that is largely due to the work done by my friends Senators Mark Begich, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, and Mark Pryor -- but they're all facing tough re-election fights this year.

Join me, and contribute today to keep these four problem-solving Democratic Senators fighting alongside me in the Senate!

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Senator Begich of Alaska has served in the Senate as a champion for working families and small business owners. He has taken the reins and shown refreshing leadership from the Commerce Committee on oceans, fisheries and the Arctic. He is truly an agent of change, and it is imperative that he stays in the Senate to help move our country forward.
Senator Hagan is a trailblazer from North Carolina, a red state that has seen a surge of tea party legislation in just the past few months. The right is eyeing her Senate seat, and we cannot afford to lose it to another extreme right-winger that would have voted to shut the government down instead of working towards a budget deal.
Senator Landrieu is in the Senate serving the state of Louisiana -- a red state -- and is facing her toughest race yet. She is easily one of the toughest senators we have, and losing her vote to a tea party candidate would be devastating to her state and the country. We need her no-nonsense leadership -- especially now, as the far right continues to put on theatrics and distractions.
Senator Pryor of Arkansas knows how to put the people first, and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of our veterans. Right now he's facing a radical right-wing opponent who compares himself to the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. We need your help in ensuring that we don't give the tea party another vote in the Senate.

Contribute today to keep these four voices of reason in the Senate and help us prevent the Tea Party from doing even more damage to our fragile economy.

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The vote in the Senate to keep the government running is around the corner -- and it's going to be close. Without their voices -- and votes -- I just don't know how we'd be able to hold off the tea party.

Thank you so much -- and I'll keep you posted as to how this crisis is going.

Patty Murray
U.S. Senator

You can click here to donate to their campaigns:

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Louisiana Kossacks, Social Security Defenders, and DKos Asheville.

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