My name is Chuck Pennacchio and I am running to take back for all Pennsylvanians the U.S. Senate seat now held by Rick Santorum. Regardless of any other Democrat who announces over the coming days, weeks, and months, I am in this race to stay--I am in this race to WIN.
Update [2005-2-28 18:52:8 by Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate]: Thank you for the tremendous response. I have truly enjoyed the dialogue in the comments and am excited to do it again in the near future.
For now, I have a date with my wife and two children. Please, take five minutes and sign up on the website, learn more about the campaign, and register your blog on the bloggers page so that we can include you in our effort. Best -- Chuck
More to the point, I want to make a better future for my children and your children. Second, I am hell-bent on saving our democracy from the clutching hands of cynical plutocrats, self-serving demagogues, and moral hypocrites. Third, unlike any Pennsylvanian since 1962, I actually know how to win full-term Senate seats and statewide Presidential contests--having done so on behalf of Sens. Harkin ('84), Wirth ('86), and Simon ('88-IL primary).
The absolute key to success in all these victories is--and the club with which we will beat R. Santorum in 2005 and 2006 will be--ORGANIZATION BUILDING. In the 1980s we did it through canvassing, phone-banking, and constituency (peer-to-peer) outreach. In the new millenium, we do it both the "old fashioned" way as well as the non-traditional 'netroots way. In either case we touch people's lives; we embolden their political spirit; and we move the masses to take action--positive, progressive, reform-minded action on behalf of candidates and causes.
As an organizer, professor, and lifelong progressive, I passionately believe that my fight is your fight and your fight is my fight. This is one campaign that will make you proud. I'm in this race to stay. And I intend to win.
I will be checking in over the next several hours to answer your questions and to receive your comments regarding our campaign. We are built to succeed through an open, two-way exchange with the grassroots and Internet communities. I invite you to take part in our organization-building process.