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UPDATE: Well, what do you know... I just got home from work, and it looks like (according to the ActBlue numbers) Kossacks came through and not only met the goal, but are now working on blowing right past the goal. You guys have sent a clear message to the party tonight. I'm so incredibly proud of you. Be sure to look below for messages from Christine... and don't stop now! Put an exclamation point on it!

Remember this guy?

Henry Hyde (R-IL)

Yeah, that guy.  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who presided over the BS BJ impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton.  The guy who, at the same time, fended off news of his own extra-marital affair.  Yeah, you know, that guy.

He's leaving and his seat is ours if we have the guts to take it.

Do you have the guts?  Do you?

Then recommend this diary, because the road to this race begins tonight.

In 2004, Christine Cegelis won 44% of the vote against the incumbent Hyde in what is normally a heavily and reliably Republican district.  That's almost unheard of.

Her name recognition is high.  She has broad, highly-motivated, committed, grassroots support in the area (she was a DFA candidate).  She's smart and capable.  The local GOP is in freefall.  Cegelis is poised to bring this seat home.

But, as of yesterday, she was $5,000 short of her ambitious June 30 filing deadline fundraising goal.  This is it folks.  This is the quarter that she proves to the local Democratic establishment that she's the candidate to throw their weight behind.

That's right.  Just $5,000 stands between a well-liked, high-name-recognition, already proven, grassroots-oriented candidate getting the establishment support she needs and, well... frankly, I don't want to think about the other option.  And neither should you.

$5,000 is nothing.  We can knock that out in one evening here.

Do you have the guts to make this man's retirement party a miserable one?

Originally posted to The Hyperbolic Pants Explosion on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 12:34 PM PDT.

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  •  $20 challenge (3.97)
    I can't do it right now because I'm at work, but I'm throwing $20 into the kitty when I get home.

    How many Kossacks can get to meet it?

    Will you?

    Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

    by hyperbolic pants explosion on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 12:47:19 PM PDT

    •  this is the diary of a true activist (4.00)
      ill throw in $100

      its porn money but they always take it

      I wish I had a penis on the back of my head.

      by anna in philly on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 12:48:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes. (4.00)
      $20 is on its way as soon as I click "post."

      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

      by Maryscott OConnor on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 12:58:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'll see your $20... (4.00)
      And raise you a $1 tip for ActBlue.

      Ignorance is never random. - Gunnar Myrdal

      by ThomasAllen on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:07:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Done. (4.00)
        Matched, that is.

        $21.01

        Good thing Adam and I keep separate checking accounts... He doesn't REALLY mind my DNC, Presidential and local contributions, but that $10.01 to Obama really pissed him off.

        Shhhh.

        Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

        by Maryscott OConnor on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:11:54 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  He doesn't like Obama? (none)
          Or does he prefer to donate to candidates who are less certain/screwed?  Just asking...

          I stand with Howard.

          by obietom on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 12:47:50 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Loves Obama. (none)
            Didn't like it for two reasons:

            First, Obama was a shoo-in and didn't need my $10.01
            Second, Obama is in ILLINOIS.

            I try to explain the global/national need for supporting ALL Democrats, but for some reason he gets pissy if I send money to candidates in other states.

            If he only knew...

            But what he doesn't know won't hurt him. I get a haircut maybe twice a year -- I tell him, considering how many $80 hairdresser bills I DON'T pay in a year, I deserve a little leeway with how I DO spend our disposable (hah!) income...

            So there.

            But, um, don't tell him about this. : )

            Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

            by Maryscott OConnor on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 06:57:46 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Count me in for $25 (4.00)
      It'll have to happen when I get home, though.

      Keep updating this to let us know how she's doing, ok?

    •  I'm in (4.00)
      ...for 20.01

      Rubus Eradicandus Est.

      by Randomfactor on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:18:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  done (4.00)
      $20.01 on it's way, plus two real GW's for ActBlue
    •  50... (4.00)
      ...though slightly worried that every single one of the candidates I gave money to last election lost.

      Go Christine!

      Thanks, HPE, for the headsup.

      "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

      by mecki on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:29:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes and No (4.00)
        None of the Kos dozen won elective office in tough races. But we tied down repub incumbents in what they though were safe seats. Hell, Tom Delay had to campaign for his seat for the first time in years. Win or lose, you show up and fight for every office (to paraphrase Howard Dean).

        Governor Brian Schweitzer: "He's sort of our Howard Dean on the ranch."

        by Ed in Montana on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:44:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  True... (none)
          ...but I'm the kind of guy who wore the same underwear for 2 days straight in hopes that it'd get Kerry elected (they were the ones I was wearing when the Sox won, so they seemed good, y'know), I worry that my every action will have an effect.

          And I forgot the .01.

          Oh well.

          "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar" --1 John 4:20 (NIV)

          by mecki on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:52:12 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Darn straight (none)
          Ed has it right. Your money (and mine) put them on the defensive in 2004. When was the last time that happened? We can win in 2006-2008.
      •  You think that's bad, the first candidate I (none)
        gave money to was Paul Wellstone about a week before he died.  It made me wonder whether I should ever give again!
    •  Done! (4.00)
      And, boy, do I feel good!
    •  you mean $20.01, (3.83)
      don't you?

      Done.  And recommended [tho' that's probably not necessary.]

      Please do provide an update on the loot collected, if possible.  And thank you for bringing this to my attention.

      Cheers,

    •  done and done... (4.00)
      $50 in the kitty...
    •  Czarina asks (none)
      Czarina gets

      It could be worse. msaroff could still be living in Texas.

      by George on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:30:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm sorry I only had (4.00)
      $10 (+1 for ActBlue), but every dollar counts, right?

      who controls the 'raqi war? who tells big lies by the score? Bush do! Bush do!

      by br00mhiLdA on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:09:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm in (4.00)
      A little late, but hey, I'm busy. 20.01 +2 fa da blu. First of the cycle for me. I just realized I've got to do the same for Lampson.

      Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

      by justme on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 10:00:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oh (none)
        it's up to 30,515.53 as of right now. w00t.

        Lampson still needs about 7K. I guess I'm in over there too. He's got an ad on the front page.

        Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

        by justme on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 10:06:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  spoken like a college republican (none)
      Why would progressives want to equate kicking 20 bucks into a campaign coffer with "guts"?

      If you want to equate fundraising with activism, you're shortchanging every progressive who actively works for change, sacrifices for what they believe in and dares to speak truth to power.

      •  And you're behaving like an ass (none)
        Thanks so much for the insult.  So clever of you to wait until the diary dropped off the recommended list.

        You obviously know nothing about me and what I do or don't do.

        Your comments serve no purpose other than to be a jerk.

        A good and worthy candidate was at risk for being dumped by the establishment party because they didn't think she could raise the money to run.  We just met their proof point.  If you don't think that's worth something then maybe you don't understand as much about what it takes to move a progressive agenda forward as you think you do.

        But, you know, thanks for taking a big crap on the efforts and all.  Much appreciated.

        Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

        by hyperbolic pants explosion on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 10:50:32 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  calling names (none)
          Your defining "guts" as opening your wallet defiles the memory of people like Michael Schwerner, James Earl Chaney and Andrew Goodman.
          •  Yes, you did call me names. (none)
            Knowing nothing about what I do in support of progressive causes, you leveled "college Republican" at me.  And for what?  For attempting to save a good, grassroots-oriented candidate from the woodpile by doing what needed to be done at the moment: fundraise.

            Do you have any fucking idea how offensive you're being?  Any?

            Actually, my guess is you do.  Otherwise, you wouldn't have waited until you knew nobody else would be reading.

            Talk about gutless.

            Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

            by hyperbolic pants explosion on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 01:28:03 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  give it a rest (none)
              I'm calling your "guts" assertion as inaccurate and demeaning as College Republicans who "support the miliary" by staying at home to attend business school.  It cheapens the sacrifice many have made by equating guts with money.

              I commented in your diary when I read it, WHILE it was still on the Recommended List.

              •  Give it a rest? (2.50)
                You're the one who brought it up.

                Your comment is completely inane and serves no purpose other than the attempt to hurt.

                I posted an amusing challenge to get a candidate over a very important political hump, and it went over quite well and did the job.  I did nothing wrong.

                You, however, took a cheap shot at me, knowing nothing about me.  Even if you had a valid point (and I don't think that you do), you could have made it without the insulting "spoken like a true College Republican."

                You are the one who went there. You behaved like an asshole, and you did it when there was no one around to hold you accountable.  You know damn well that comment would have been troll-rated out of sight had there been the full readership around to see it.  Deal with it.

                Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

                by hyperbolic pants explosion on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 06:23:17 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

              •  Oh and troll-rated ME on top of it! (none)
                What a lovely, lovely person you are!

                Let's see if I have this straight: You get to call me a "college Republican," knowing nothing about me, and that's perfectly fine.  I tell you that that was an assholish thing to say to me, and I'm the one who gets the troll-rating.

                You're a real peach, ya know that?

                Does the word "hypocrisy" mean anything at all to you?

                Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

                by hyperbolic pants explosion on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 09:51:04 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

      •  You're an idiot (none)
        If you only knew what HBE does...It makes most activists look down right lazy.
  •  Add $.01 !!! (3.90)
    Remember the
    DKos Penny

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:06:21 PM PDT

  •  good luck (none)
    do you know anything about the guy running against her in the democratic primary?  i would hope the dccc would back the person who bothered to run when it wasn't an open seat.
    •  A few links for ya... (4.00)
      Here's what some Prairie State political bloggers have to say....

      And you can find the Cegelis website here and the O'Malley site here. If I were in the 6th (and I'm a few miles to the north of it) I would be suspicious of anyone who (A) didn't have the guts to run when Hyde was the opponent and (B) has supporters claiming the highest challenger's tally against Hyde in modern history (Cegelis had 44% last cycle, better than Melissa Bean in 2002) isn't good enough, especially considering O'Malley garnered a whopping 18% and 9% respectively in his two runs for any candidacy. Stupid.

      PS: Brian McPartlin has also been mentioned as being interested in throwing his hat in the Dem primary. He is a former Clinton advance team guy. He ran a semi-quiet campaign for Cook County Board a few years back. (I requested a yard sign through his website several weeks before the election... it never showed up. Organization, organization, organization.) I believe Sen Clinton headlined one of McPartlin's fundraisers during that race, but any of that campaign's money would be for in-state use only and not applicable to a Federal campaign. McPartlin currently works for the Illinois Tollway Authority under Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich's administration. Considering recently enacted toll increases that may not be an ideal position to start a campaign from.

      •  thanks (none)
        that was really informative, i appreciate it.  i don't know how o'malley can argue electability after she won 44%, especially since dems should have learned from kerry in 2004 that they don't really know who is electable.  i wonder if rahm emmanuel had anything to do with the clinton guy running.
      •  "Electability" (4.00)
        But in another ironic twist, the "O'Malley Gang" seems to be set on making electability a campaign issue.

        I read that statement in the first link about O'Malley.  I think the first sign you'll get that the Democrats have their act together is that they stop talking about "electable" candidates.  "Electable" is a code word for "inoffensive".  What we need is passionate people willing to make a stand.  

        I think we learned in 2K4 what "electable" candidates get you.  

  •  at first I thought your talk about guts (4.00)
    meant you wanted someone here to RUN for the seat!

    I don't have that kind of political courage but I can make a small contribution.

    This is our chance to do the "run twice win once" strategy the Rs have been using against us for so long.  Your first race against a well known incumbent is meant to be a loss, just to get name recognition and learn the basics of how to campaign. Then when you come back--lower the boom!

    Cegelis did an amazing job in '04 and if she had gotten any support at all from the... oh never mind.  why look at the past.  let's get behind her tonight.

    My $ are on the way!

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:08:56 PM PDT

  •  Done did it... (4.00)
    Thanks hpe. This is an especially important one--with the Hyde symbolism and all.
  •  Think of it as an investment in your future (4.00)
    Think of it as an investment in your future -- a future where Social Security is protected, where all workers get a living wage, where being diagnosed with cancer doesn't mean declaring bankrupty, where reproductive decisions are our own, and where everyone with the ability can afford to go to college. Christine is SOLID GOLD as a candidate and if elected to Congress will FIGHT for every one of these things.

    The direct link for on-line contributions is:

    http://www.actblue.com/list/cegelis2006

    Checks (dated on or before June 30th and postmarked by June 30th) should be made out to "Cegelis for Congress" and sent to
    Cegelis for Congress, P.O. Box 8192, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.

    I have been emailing every one I know asking them if at all possible to make a second (or third) contribution.  This is the elimination round, folks!!!  Kind of like how Calculus 1 is considered the "weed out" class for engineering students ... :-)

    Take the GCCC Challenge: $20.06 for 2006 and tell the world that you support Christine Cegelis for Congress!

    by citygirl on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:17:00 PM PDT

    •  Yes, I will think of it (4.00)
      in exactly that way.

      My check for $50.00 is on its way to Cegelis for Congress, P.O. Box 8192, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.

      BTW - Just this week, I specifically refused to give to a Democratic U.S. Rep in my own state. Here's what I said about it (names deleted):

      "Sorry, but I can't provide further financial support to X. I've know X for about 20 years, like him personally, and contributed to his previous campaign. My problem with X is he is not a real Democrat or even a moderate-to-conservative southern Democrat. Instead, He is a card-carrying BlueDog Democrat and votes with the BushCo Radical Right Rethuglicans on a regular basis. See, http://www.bluedogdems.com/  For a specific example, see http://www.abiworld.org/pdfs/bluedog.pdf

      When X resigns from the BlueDog Democrat group or otherwise convinces me that he is doing more Good than Bad, I'll further consider my position."

      •  Thank you! (4.00)
        for your response to my post.  What actually made ME think of it that wasy was when I had a meeting with a financial advisor, and I was trying to explain to them why I was contributing so much to campaigns, instead of making those extra payments into my 401K!  :-)

        Take the GCCC Challenge: $20.06 for 2006 and tell the world that you support Christine Cegelis for Congress!

        by citygirl on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:00:11 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  My pleasure. (3.75)
          It is a good way of looking at activism and community activities of all types.

          I spend a fair amount of time on political activities, instead of concentrating exclusively on my business or just trying to make as much money as I might possibly otherwise make.

          But it is IMPORTANT. If more people were good citizens and thought about something other than themselves occasionally, the state of the nation, the world, and the future would be looking a damn sight better.

          •  attydave, apologies for the 3 rating, I (none)
            met to selected 4, because I agree so strongly
            with your comment, and thought your last paragraph was excellent.

            If you practiced in my part of the country, I'd avail myself of your services. I like your style.

            Anyway, round up to the nearest whole number, and curse my fumbling fingers.  

            Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

            by maggiemae on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 05:25:45 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Not to mention (none)
            that politics in America requires money. If we don't individually contribute what fits and starts we can, en masse, we cede power entirely to those with large corporate checkbooks. Reality is, If we want DC to run the way we'd like it to, we have to buy our own politicians, well, more of a timeshare really. It's easier for us, we just need to find honest people tough enough to run and give them enough money to win. We don't even need to get them a yacht named "Dukester" or any sillyness like that.

            Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

            by justme on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 10:29:55 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  I gave. (4.00)
    I consider it my duty as a patriotic American to do what I can to take back the House and to support courageous, smart and strong women candidates like Cegelis.

    Someone has to stop the neocon-men good ole boys from running this country into the ground.

    Might as well be us.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire

    by poemless on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:17:53 PM PDT

  •  Bat? Donoation-o-meter? (4.00)
    Is there anyplace one can look for a quick snapshot of how the donations are approaching the $5K mark?  A link would be handy.
  •  $25.01 (4.00)
    On its way.  She'll get the donation that I made last year to Leonard Boswell.

    The sword of Damocles does its work not by its fall, but because it hangs.

    by GOTV on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:20:10 PM PDT

  •  $50 bucks... (4.00)
    Lets get it done...
  •  Just an FYI (4.00)
    Christine is not the run of the mill, hand picked by the establishment, millionare candidate that we've seen around here. She the genuine article and working her rear end off to make her campaign a sucess.

    For example, last night was her first of a series of "Conversations with Christine." Unlike other politicians who would schedule a "town hall" where they stood up front and spouted off talking points all night, Christine opened the floor to the audience and openly discussed the issue of retirement security with a vocal group of college students, union workers and district residents. The "conversation" was scheduled for approximately sixty minutes, yet the event ran almost 90. You can read my notes from the event here.

    She's the type of representative I want in my district. Please adopt her and help her reach her fundraising goals. Contribute to the Cegelis campaign here.

    •  An idea (4.00)
      Do lots of small ones rather than a few big ones, and try to organize them as group conversations, with the group basically seated in a big circle and her just as a member of the group, rather than standing at a podium.  I think you'd get a much livelier discussion, in which the participants are free to talk to and bounce ideas off of each other rather than only to the candidate.  That would be a real refreshing take on the old town-hall idea, and probably a lot truer to the original concept.
      •  That's how it is organized. (none)
        Small groups of 5-6 that discuss with their, then come back together to the whole group where Christine directs the conversation. It is really a lot closer to an old school town hall, with the participants really running the show and directing the conversation. The first event was excellent.
        •  Small groups (none)
          What is the purpose of breaking into little groups?  When they come back together, how is the discussion run?
          •  asdf (none)
            Smaller groups = easier conversation/discussion... more points of view, experiences, ideas are offered.

            I haven't been to one but from what I understand when the group comes back together as one larger group Cegelis drives the discussion in a sort of moderator role, providing her opinions and ideas as they go along (I think).

          •  To facilitate better discussion (none)
            You can't really hold a decent discussion with 40-60 people at once. This way small groups can discuss in depth, debate, and present opinion without getting lost in the overall crowd or being intimidated by speaking to a large group.

            Then the large group discussion can hone in on the consensus issues as well as any differences that appear repeatedly.

            When the groups come back together Christine facilitates the discussion. She's not there to take the report and then tell what she thinks about it, but instead to facilitate a larger dialog of which she is a participant and facilitator.

            In education, it's similar to a teaching technique called Jigsaw, where the teacher works as a facilitator rather than information giver.

  •  Recent Ceglis Related Diaries (4.00)
    IL-06: Conversations with Christine
    by michael in chicago
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/29/91557/3297

    Cegelis Event: Protecting Retirement Security
    by michael in chicago
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/28/153536/145

    The number of women in the U.S. house sucks
    by citygirl (a.k.a. me!)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/27/10385/3027

    Take the GCCC Challenge: $20.06 for 2006 and tell the world that you support Christine Cegelis for Congress!

    by citygirl on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:22:25 PM PDT

  •  I gave $10 (3.77)
    She better not turn out to be like Herseth...
    •  Please consider... (4.00)
      ...Who Stephanie Herseth would vote for for Speaker of the House if Dems are in the majority -- and the fact that she contributes to the number of Dem seats  by keeping a typically-GOP seat in the Dem column.

      ...Then consider what sorts of votes Denny Hastert would bring to the floor (or bottle up) vs the sorts of votes Nancy Pelosi would call up (or withhold).

      ...Then, ask youself if it's better to have any Democrat in any Congressional district rather than a Republican, only then should you start to whine and moan about Stephanie Herseth and other conservative Dems.

      No offense, but we have to consider the big picture here. We knew what sort of a Democrat we were going to get if we helped her get elected and she's been true to her word. We shouldn't gripe about the fact that she has a (D) after her name because she also happens to have an important (South Dakota-1) after that...

      •  Ditto Melissa Bean (none)
        What a disappointment!  I'm holding out hope that there's method to her madness, though, and maybe she'll "come out" as a real Dem if she gets reelected.  She's not my rep, however; I've got a good, consistent vote with Danny Davis, but he DID crown Rev. Moon last year..........what was he thinking???
    •  I don't know much but I know this -- (none)
      There is no way in hell that Christine will be a DINO like Herseth.

      Christine will make us all proud in D.C.

      I guaran-damn-tee it.

    •  All You'd Need to Hear ... (none)
      ... is Christine's pro-business case for UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE to know that she's not a Steph Herseth or Melissa Bean clone. I had ample opportunity to get to know Christine through the local DFA meetup, where I was a co-host until I got involved in a new location outside her district.

      I've got Christine's back, though. Hyde was my congresscritter in the 1990s (the only good thing about how Illinois was redistricted from my own viewpoint), and I won't cry when he leaves congress. This race likely will be tough, but the district (incl. DuPage County) is slowly changing. She's just the candidate to hammer the GOP malfeasance and incompetence, and with a break or two, and a whole lot of campaign funds, she'll get the job done.

  •  $40.01 (4.00)
    Thanks for this diary, it reminds me what DKos is really about, activism, activism, activism.
  •  done (4.00)
    hate hate hate...Hyde. $50 on the way.

    And if you've ever heard him speak, you might think he has a couple of completely different types of skeletons in his closet, if you know what I mean.  

    I know, I'm stereotyping....but it's all in hateful gossip-laden fun

    "I have no clue" - Bill O'Reilly quoted completely out of context. Hey fair's fair right?

    by chicagochamp on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:23:52 PM PDT

  •  Here's some $$$ and keep moving in that direction (4.00)
    the universe will move to meet you where you want to go and where you are needed.
  •  I'm not from Illinois... (4.00)
    ...much less the sixth district, but from what I've found Peter Roskam is the one that the GOP looks to be backing thus far.

    What do we know about this guy... and if the GOP is as much in disarray as this journal entry indicates, what's the story on this guy getting such seemingly broad support from the republicans?

    Not picky - but I'd like to know what Cegelis would be up against.

    Ain't it hard to stumble / And land in some muddy lagoon?

    by teedz on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:30:14 PM PDT

    •  DeLayite (none)
      He's a hardcore conservative, anti-gay suit who is inextricably linked (or at least will be in the general election) with Tom DeLay.
    •  Roskam (none)
      Here is an article from the Illinois Leader, a right wing Illinois newspaper about Roskam's endorsements:
      http://illinoisleader.com/news/newsview.asp?c=26786

      the endorsements pretty much tell you all you need to know about him...

    •  Roskam was an aide to Tom Delay (4.00)
      It was a long time ago, but still, that will definitly make a good ad or two!

      An article about that is here:
      http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-roskam22.html

      Roskam is currently an Illinois State Senator, and someone I know who does lobbying there described him as "more right-wing than Hyde but with less personality."  If you can believe that!

      He was appointed to his Senate seat, and in fact I don't think he has ever actually won a campaign.  His last try at a congressional seat was his bid against fellow Republican Judy Biggert for the Republican nomination for IL-13 in 1998, who won basically because she ran as the moderate. In that race, Roskam raised and spent about $423K.  Hyde endorsed Roskam in the primary, according to this conservative web site that gives an interesting analysis of the race:

      http://www.russstewart.com/6-22-05.htm

      I don't have that much else to add except that a Dem friend of mine who is well versed in Illinois politics said that he was praying that Roskam would win the nomination, because "his record on gun control would be a godsend to Christine."  I am curious to find out more about that!

      But the bottom line is that the Republican Party in Illinois are the folks who brought in Alan Keyes.  Can you say, "I heart crazy wingnuts?"  On the other hand, those crazy wingnuts are the ones that tipped the election to Bush.  And Roskam does know the value of grassroots organizing, and is already out there doing it. Gulp!

       

      Take the GCCC Challenge: $20.06 for 2006 and tell the world that you support Christine Cegelis for Congress!

      by citygirl on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:54:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Keyes-Roskam Wing of the Illinois GOP (none)
        CityGirl is dead-on.  

        Roskam is backed by the same cuckoo-bananas who brought in Alan Keyes to take on Barack Obama.

        I have collected some local news stories on Peter "Just Disgusting" Roskam here.

        I think that if you take a look, you will see that it is very important to support a candidate like Christine Cegelis.

  •  Ok, I'm in. $20.01 (4.00)
    I just had my credit card out to by my Democracy Bond anyway....Seriously, I had just finished typing that one!

    The photo of Hyde helped a lot--good idea.

  •  I contributed $20 (n/t) (4.00)
  •  Question (none)
    What Republican is running for Hyde's seat?

    -fink

  •  Unfortunately, (4.00)
    I can't contribute at the moment, but I can at least recommend.
  •  In for 30.01 (4.00)
    Hope she makes the deadline.
  •  Can someone call the campaign? (none)
    I'm still at work so can't do this, but if someone gave the campaign a heads-up about this diary and fundraising effort, they might pop over and update us on how it's going.

    And, thank you everyone.

    You guys are just plain an inspiration.

    Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

    by hyperbolic pants explosion on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:46:18 PM PDT

  •  another contribution (4.00)
    the Actblue total is over $26000 now.  HPE the photo of Hyde was a great sales prop, bringing back enough bad memories to inspire a $100.01 donation.
  •  105.01 (4.00)
    OK. I'm stupid. Drunk with power. Since the MSM is sure it is really only six of "us" this kind of stuff makes life fun.

    I didn't need the eight flimsy plastic patio chairs from Wal-Mart anyway. I'll sit on the lawn. Hmmm. better yet I think I'll increase my billing rate. But only for clients with "W" stickers...they can afford it. What with all the tax cuts and economic upswing.

  •  In for 25.01 (4.00)
    I'm in for $25.01 - good luck Christine!
  •  I'm in too (4.00)
    A humble $20.01 from me.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:52:20 PM PDT

  •  Guys, this is amazing (4.00)
    By my count, you guys have raised about $1k in 90 minutes. Bravo. I mean seriously, you guys rock.

    I wish I could give, even $20, but I'm just not in a position at the moment. I'll earmark a Ulysses S. Grant for her campaign in the next quarter, when my wife is, like, employed and stuff.

  •  I'm in, too (4.00)
    20.01, plus a $2 tip for ActBlue. Go, Blues!

    "The things you do when you're supposed to be doing something else are always more fun. Digression is the spice of life."--Raymond Chandler

    by lulu57 on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:04:34 PM PDT

  •  Christine Is My Hero... (4.00)
    And friend, and former fellow candidate.

    Even though I am currently not working, I'm STILL going to chip in $20.01.

    Won't you join me? She's worth EVERY penny!

    Mike Kisler

    Tom DeLay is so corrupt...<HOW CORRUPT IS HE?>...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he holds his hand OUT instead of UP!

    by mlkisler on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:04:38 PM PDT

  •  Thank you so much (4.00)
    I want to let you all know that we are getting very close to the goal.  By my calculations it is just a little more than $2000.00 now.  I am at my day job so I can not really get closer to what the totals are than that amount.
     I have to say I feel like Jimmy Stewart  in "It's a Wonderful Life".  The outpouring of support has been tremendous.  
       I want to also thank you for the large amount of people giving.  We have a large donor base that shows our broad support.
       Again I can not thank you enough for helping our campaign.  More importantly I want to thank you all for remaining engaged in the politics of country.  Your desire to make this a better country is inspiring to me.
  •  I'm In (4.00)
    Just sent my $20.01.

    What's the total now?

  •  my 20.01... (4.00)

    feel good dollars and lots of sense...
  •  Count me in for $50 (4.00)
    Eating every day has become a habit anyway.
  •  $20.06 (4.00)
    and a $2 tip - let's go, Kossacks!
  •  Done (4.00)
    The check is going into the little old-fashioned glass mail chute that extends vertically throughout the hallways of my offices . . .
  •  Would someone please enlighten me? (none)
    How DO you pronounce Christine's last name?

    There is nothing noble about voting based on who Jesus tells you to hate. ~ JamesB3

    by CJB on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:13:40 PM PDT

  •  $20.01... (4.00)
    best $20.01 I've spent in ages...
  •  I'm in for 20.01 n/t (4.00)

    Embrace diversity. Not everyone is intelligent.

    by FLDemJax on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:20:00 PM PDT

  •  Holy cow! (none)
    We beat Ted Kennedy!

    Sorry, Senator!

    We're doing our best to send you a little House help, though.

    Coming Soon: Left Flank, March! Care packages for deployed Kossacks.

    by hyperbolic pants explosion on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:22:03 PM PDT

  •  I just gave (4.00)
    $20.01. I love this diary.

    Culture of life? More like Republican cesspool of violence.

    by vancookie on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:25:35 PM PDT

  •  My office ran the numbers (4.00)
    When the numbers were last calculated we were $1478 from our goal.  

    Thank You!!!  

  •  I'm in for $20.01 n/t (4.00)
  •  I'm in! (4.00)
    25 plus a tip for ActBlue....

    "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    by JayIsConfused on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:34:09 PM PDT

  •  Done (4.00)
    20.01 and a 2 dollar tip for Act Blue. Thanks for the diary!
  •  I'm in for $50.01 (4.00)
    I have no idea what the penny is about but figured it couldn't hurt. What is it about by the way?

    Also working for more years than I care to remember as a waitress I'm a sucker for tipping. :)

    Good luck Christine!

    Does the devil wear a suit and tie, Or does he work at the Dairy Queen- Martin Sexton

    by strengthof10kmen on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:45:17 PM PDT

  •  $20.01 sent, plus $2 for ActBlue (4.00)
    I shall miss the cheeseburgers I could have bought with $22.01. Tasty, tasty cheeseburgers.

    Spare the poor people of Crawford, Texas. Send Bush a one-way ticket to the moon instead.

    by JacksonBlogs on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:45:42 PM PDT

  •  Just contributed $10 (4.00)
    with a tip to Act Blue
    Didn't know about the Kos penny...shoulda read the comments before contributing
  •  Hold the phone! (none)
    A lot of people here gave money to Melissa Bean, Il-8.  And she's turned out to be a misreable congresswoman voting in favor of, among other things, the bankruptcy bill and eliminating the estate tax.  So, caveat emptor.  People should get assurances from Cegelis before sending her money.

    Democrats must confront the cultural populism of the wedge issues with genuine economic populism. Thomas Frank.

    by Paleo on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:47:48 PM PDT

    •  C'mon y'all -- wake up! (4.00)
      Poster's Note: I'm going to substitute the name "Melissa Bean" for the name "Stephanie Herseth" and repost the reply I put above to someone complaining about the only Representative from South Dakota. The only thing I would add is that we first have to get the majority back before we can act like we have the majority.

      Please consider...

      ...Who Melissa Bean would vote for for Speaker of the House if Dems are in the majority -- and the fact that she contributes to the number of Dem seats  by keeping a typically-GOP seat in the Dem column.

      ...Then consider what sorts of votes Denny Hastert would bring to the floor (or bottle up) vs the sorts of votes Nancy Pelosi would call up (or withhold).

      ...Then, ask yourself if it's better to have any Democrat in any Congressional district rather than a Republican, only then should you start to whine and moan about Melissa Bean and other conservative Dems.

      No offense, but we have to consider the big picture here. We knew what sort of a Democrat we were going to get if we helped her get elected and she's been true to her word. We shouldn't gripe about the fact that she has a (D) after her name because she also happens to have an important (Illinois-8) after that...

      •  Re: (2.50)
        I didn't say I didn't want her to win.  But that doesn't mean she's entitled to money from the progressive community.

        In addition, Misreable Melissa voted for the flag burning amendment.

        Democrats must confront the cultural populism of the wedge issues with genuine economic populism. Thomas Frank.

        by Paleo on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:05:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I can't imagine Christine voting for either (4.00)
      I've spoken with her. Been to her events. Watched her as she talked with people at her events. I just can not fathom her voting for those types of bills.

      He campaign theme is "Reclaiming the American Dream." One of her core values is "if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to realize the American dream." Neither of those bills supports this value or the American dream.

      Don't lump Christine in the same catagory as Melissa Bean.

    •  I have been with the campaign for well over a year (4.00)
      and I can also guarantee that Christine is no Melissa Bean!  Melissa ran as a conservative, and made no pretentions about being otherwise.  

      One of the reason that some of the Chicago Dems are looking around for someone to back instead of Christine is that they think she is "too left" to win in that district.  One of the positions they think she is "too left" on is her vocal opposition to the Iraq war!  I have heard they are encouraging the other potential Dem candidates to be more "pro war!"  Which just goes to show how stupidly short-sighted and devoid of all backbone they are.  

      A quick google search pulls up this quote:

      WCT: Where do you stand on GLBT issues?

      CC: I'm definitely against a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Also, I'm against any sort of sexual orientation discrimination whatsoever.

      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=6480

      Here is an even better one from a conservative local cable show:

      Berkowitz: You know on the War issue, you are very different from [Cong.] Melissa Bean [D- Barrington, 8th Cong. Dist.], going back to that. She won in a district--she moved to the center. Could you say you are on the left? Is that a problem?

      Cegelis: I said that on the war issue I still am very much against the war. I still am very much against us having gone into that war and I think that there are many people in my district who are beginning to feel that--

      Berkowitz: Really, a majority? You think a majority will turn out and say you were right on the war?

      Cegelis: I think it might be. Very much so. In fact, I wouldn't doubt that that was one reason why I did so well the first time [in 2004].

      [Show concludes, Cegelis gets the last word. How did that happen? The guest is not supposed to get the last word. Berkowitz better talk to his crew.]

      http://jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com/2005/03/could-bush-have-been-right-no-says.html

      A final quote, and this is from the IVI-IPO, a very well respected independent political organization in Illinois that endorses a full slate of candidates for every elections, and produces the voter guide that I use for races I am not familiar with:

      CHRISTINE CEGELIS, Congress 6th District - Democratic Christine Cegelis is running for Congress because she believes too many office holders have lost touch with the reality of the American economy and the social structure that has changed in recent years. She supports a fair trade policy that would stem the loss of jobs, a universal health care system that would ensure no one lacks medical services and a sensible foreign policy that is sensitive to world opinion. Cegelis is running a dynamic and energetic campaign that is resonating through all areas of her district and she is enthusiastically endorsed.

      http://www.iviipo.org/2004GEEndorsementBios.html

      Take the GCCC Challenge: $20.06 for 2006 and tell the world that you support Christine Cegelis for Congress!

      by citygirl on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:46:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  seeing as how (none)
        it is now seeming that even Republicans who aren't of the "head-so-deep-in-the-sand-they-need-to-buy-the-mineral-rights" variety are questioning the war, I don't see why she'd want to change her position a bit.

        Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

        by justme on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 09:04:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  In for $20 (4.00)

    Howard Dean speaks for me

    by EuroDem on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:48:52 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for Act Blue as well! (4.00)
    I want to also thank you for supporting Act Blue. I had my own credit card processing last campaign and the cost was more than double what I am paying through Act Blue.  That is a significant saving for my campaign.  
  •  Added my $20.01... (4.00)
    ...and it feels good.

    When the People lead, the leaders will follow..(a bumper sticker)

    by just us on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 02:53:11 PM PDT

  •  $20.01 also (4.00)
    and that was the first time i have ever given money
  •  We are in for $20.01 <NT> (4.00)
  •  By my count... (4.00)
    ...this thread has raised at least $1,532.34 for future Congresswoman Cegelis.

    (Hey, I can't pitch in any cash right now, but at least I can act as a cheerleader, right?)

  •  $40.01 (4.00)
    You go girl!
  •  As of 5:07 CST: (none)
    Act Blue is up to $27,578 from 346 donors for an average donation of $79.70.

    She's the genuine grassroots article.

    Link

  •  I've pitched in... (4.00)
    my $22.01 is in the hopper.

    You go gurl!!

    The women of this country are still suffering from the Hyde Amendment which cut off Medicaid funds for poor women's abortions in the late 70's.  

    Henry...stick it!!

    HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

    by annrose on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:13:26 PM PDT

  •  ahh hell. (4.00)
    BJs are good.  I'm in for $600.01
  •  Money where my big fat mouth is (4.00)
    $25.01 on its way...plus a $1 act blue tip - they deserve our support too.

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:15:25 PM PDT

  •  I just gave 2006 cents :-) (4.00)
    I'm from Massachusetts, where the congressional races are pretty well sewn up, so it feels good to contribute nationally in strategic places that make a difference.  Thanks for alerting us!
  •  I contributed (4.00)
    $10.01 for Cegelis; $0.50 to ActBlue.

    Feeling impecunious today; elderly cat vet bills weighing heavily on bank account.


    + + + That crazy neighbor, you know, the one with all those cats

    by cvannatta on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:16:55 PM PDT

  •  I'm in for $30 (4.00)
    Bye-bye Henry!
  •  I couldn't get the computer thingy to work... (4.00)
    but I'm sending in bills today so I just wrote a check for $25.01 and it should arrive in a week or so...  Man, I'm sorry I missed the wrigleyville House Party last week (having just read about on Christine's website) - it's only a fe blocks away from my home.
  •  $20.01 to Christine (4.00)
    just posted from Fargo. That'll be the end of the mochas for this weeek! And they say you can't get blood from the turnip, ha!  

    If they weren't on to me I'd be worried. To not be part of their dossier is to not leave a record, to not be part of the passion of our time- LewLubka

    by NorthDakotaDemocrat on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:23:19 PM PDT

  •  With my (none)
    horrible additionating skillz, I've counted just about $2500 so far this thread.

    Wow!

    Now about this mortgage payment I have...lol

    who controls the 'raqi war? who tells big lies by the score? Bush do! Bush do!

    by br00mhiLdA on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:32:24 PM PDT

  •  I'm in! (4.00)
    $25.01 plus a tip for Act Blue.
  •  Good work (none)
    Christine is the only thing that would bring me back to Kos -- even temporarily.
  •  $28,000 + AS OF 6:40 EST (4.00)
    Kicked $70 in to get her over the hump.

    I donated to ePluribus Media. Support citizen journalism!

    by mlk on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:42:18 PM PDT

  •  One more (4.00)
    $20.01 from Maryland, safely blue so I can help out our friends in the other lesser states.

    And I see that ActBlue is over $28,200 now, so I guess we know the $5000 has been raised.  Fine work Kossacks :D

  •  21.01 sent (4.00)
    Felt pretty good.

    The chips are down. Find your outrage.

    by sj on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 03:58:31 PM PDT

  •  I just got to the campaign office (4.00)
    I can not thank you enough! Just got into my campaign office and we have past the goal. As any one can who has run for office can tell you there are some really down days and some really high days.  I will always remember this as one of the high days. This was particularly critical goal that I needed to reach. Thank you again!
  •  i don't know who she is (4.00)
    but the poster's name "hyperbolic pants explosion" was good enough for me.... seriously, the more "blues," the better because it's "hard work" getting a "blue" to the hill living in south carolina

    my donation is complete.

  •  Read first, then click (4.00)
    Just sent $20 + $2 for ActBlue. It felt great until I returned to read the comments to your post and saw the $.01 tag. Drat. Please credit yourself with having raised at least $20 more than you and dkos are credited for.
  •  $50.01 n/t (4.00)

    Honest to God. The Daily Show jokes just write themselves these days, don't they? --Kevin Drum

    by Susan S on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 05:44:59 PM PDT

  •  I Love To Be Broke (4.00)
    On the theory that early money is a good thing, I threw in $250.01.  

    This is my grandmother's old Congressional District and I think my grandmother would have voted for Christine.

  •  I just gave to this cause (4.00)
    and will give more as soon as my money situation gets better. And I want to volunteer for Christine in the next election, too. I live in the IL 6th. My house was the only house on the block with a Kerry & Cegelis sign on the front lawn in the last election. In fact the day after I put up my signs out front I noticed Bush & Hyde signs all over the block...like my neighbors had to get me back or something. She was close last election. I bet the numbers made my neighbors nervous....or maybe they've come to their senses and will vote for honest representatives in government next time.
    •  I'm also in IL 6 (4.00)
      and have been donating to Christine where I can.  My dad is one of the first Dems in this town, and years ago, they had to send to another town to get him a Democratic primary ballot.  No one had ever asked for one before, according to the judge.  Perhaps an apocryphal tale, but he's 80 now and his hope is to see a Democrat as his congressrep before he checks out.

      So - he's a WWII vet and a very good guy, a huge FDR fan, and an old lefty -  kick in what you can for my dad : )

      •  Your dad sounds like a great guy! (none)
        I come from a hard working...born and raised Chicago Dem family. Moved out repubsville Lombard, IL. when the city schools got too rough for my daughter to handle and the housing prices were still affordable. My dad is gone now but he was a Korean War Vet, more moderate than me, but a true blue Dem.
        •  I hate losing this generation (none)
          day by day they are leaving us.

          My dad is from Western Pennsylvania.  He comes from a family of 12, 8 brothers, one died in WWII and the rest went to college on the GI bill.  

          He's been a pretty solid lefty all his life.  He was an optometrist and ended up leaving that job because he kept giving away glasses to families who couldn't afford them.  He got a degree in electrical engineering and ended up working for the FAA.  When Reagan fired the air traffic controllers, he vowed never to fly again, and he hasn't.  

          I am horrified at the thought of him leaving us while Bush is in office.  It's one of the reasons I worked so hard for Kerry.  And Christine, last election.  I sure hope she wins this time.  It would mean a lot to a lot of us.

          I'm very familiar with Lombard - it's less revolting Republican these days.  The Milton Township Dems put up a good fight in the spring elections.  Here's hoping the winds of change blow cool blue through DuPage County....

  •  ahhh. (4.00)
    $10 from me. I forgot the .01 in my excitement, but it's $10 all the same.

    "If a child doesn't have healthcare, he doesn't need a lecture. He needs healthcare." - Barack Obama

    by Worship Your Toaster on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 05:55:32 PM PDT

  •  Caution! (4.00)
    Before you donate money to the Christine Cegelis campaign, be aware of the message that you will be sending to the Democratic "leadership" in D.C.

    You will be telling the leaders that the members of the Democratic party can decide for themselves who they will send to Washington.

    You will be expressing the strength of grass-roots progressives as opposed to establishment party politicians.

    You will let the party know that you fully support a brave candidate like Christine, a candidate who took on a petrified GOP fixture like Henry Hyde, backed only by some die-hard supporters and a willingness to work damn hard.

    You will be saying that 44% against Henry Hyde matters, that driving Henry Hyde from the House of Representatives matters, that courage and hard work -- not connections and deep pockets -- matters.

    So proceed with caution, because your contribution will send a very powerful message.

  •  Marching on the 4th? (4.00)
    Wow!  What a tremendous outpouring ...

    If there's anyone in the Chicago area who is free on the 4th of July, there's a great volunteer opportunity.  The campaign is looking for marchers in a few different parades.  I walked in Roselle a couple of weeks ago and it was terrific visibility and we got LOTS of cheers.

    I'm arranging rides from Chicago, and if you're interested, email me at jonathanmkelley at yahoo.com.  Or just go to Christine's Web site & let 'em know you're coming...

    Thanks, everyone, for the terrific outpouring of support.  This is a true grassroots campaign that will end up providing one of the great stories of 2006!

  •  Sent! (4.00)
    $15.01 + $1.50 for ActBlue.
  •  $10.01 a month for 15 months... (4.00)
    ...plus $1 a month for Act Blue.

    Wish I could do more, but everything else we have to save for our new baby.

    Go Christine.

  •  k... (none)
    20. + two to blue
  •  11:54 ET (4.00)
    Recipient      $/Donor      Donors      Total $
    Christine Cegelis     $73.32       409       $29990.47

    Please, someone kick in the last $10 to get us to $30k!

    Whoa, it happened while I was previewing!

    Recipient      $/Donor      Donors      Total $
    Christine Cegelis     $73.19       410       $30010.47

  •  $ 21.01 done n/t (none)

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 09:15:16 PM PDT

  •  $30,602.55!! (none)
    As of 2:37am on June 30th...And she has the rest of the day to collect even more, with no pressure!

    GO CHRISTINE!

    Tom DeLay is so corrupt...<HOW CORRUPT IS HE?>...He's so corrupt that when he takes the Oath of Office, he holds his hand OUT instead of UP!

    by mlkisler on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 12:38:37 AM PDT

  •  Revisting Hyde and Impeachment (4.00)
    Yesterday I gave a small amount and forgot to add the $.01(sorry).  But this Hyde thing made me think and I wanted to revist what he said on the impeachment of Clinton.  I found his summation here .  It's amazing reading now and basically boils down to Clinton should be impeached because he broke the bound of trust between the American people and the President.  I never felt that with Clinton but I certainly feel that with Bush.  Some choice quotes:


    "The debate about impeachment during the constitutional convention of 1787 makes it clear that the framers regarded impeachment and removal from office on conviction as a remedy for a fundamental betrayal of trust by the president."

    "If the president calculatedly and repeatedly violates his oath, if the president breaks the covenant of trust he's made with the American people, he can no longer be trusted. And because the executive plays so large a role in representing our country to the world, American can no longer be trusted."

    "Senators, as men and women with a serious experience of public affairs, we can all imagine a situation in which a president might shade the truth when a great issue of national interest or national security is at stake. We've been all over that terrain."

    Has any President before him done more to break the bond of trust?

    Howard Dean speaks for me

    by EuroDem on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 02:13:23 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning and Thank You (4.00)
    Good Morning!  I want to thank all of you that have contributed.  I will post a diary later today with an estimate about where will end up money wise on the FEC report.
      We often hear the naysayers  deny the strength of the grass roots in electing our representatives. I never believed it.  I think the grass roots community has proved time and again to be effective in getting the message out and in helping to fund that message with small but numerous donations. Your faith in me has strengthened my resolve.  
     I believe the people of IL District 6 are ready for a representative that has worked in the real world, knows the importance of a good education for all, and is willing to put into action ideas tha will help us compete effectively in the global marketplace.  
      I digress but your support has just fired me up so I want to again say thank you.  
      Now I need to go the that real world job I was speaking about!
     
  •  25.01 (none)
    Plus $2 tip.

    We're with you, Christine!

  •  Cegelis deserves a pic (none)
    So why not replace one of the two Hyde photos with one of her?

    "There's more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line" - Indigo Girls

    by AlanF on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 06:59:17 AM PDT

  •  We have not finished yet.. (none)
    I will be donating tonight, so busy last night i didn't have chance.

    Indeed and inspiring thread.

    Thanks to everybody for making my eye well up on a Thursday morning.

    This IS what it's all about.

    Good luck Christine.

  •  WAY TO GO, KOSSACKS! (none)
    Wow! I didn't see this diary yesterday, but just read the whole thing and you guys ROCK!!

    I've gotta make my contribution to Nick Lampson today, so I will also kick a bit into Christine's kitty.

    GO CHRISTINE GO!!

    •  Mindmouth-- (none)
      Are you in SE Texas? My mother knew Nick Lampson; it's a name I remember hearing her say quite often. She was the Tax Assessor-Collector of Orange County when she passed away in 1996.

      If I could spell the opening riff from "Barracuda," I would put it here.

      by Worship Your Toaster on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 09:26:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, I am! (none)
        Orange County isn't far from me - maybe a two hour drive or so.

        Nick's going to win DeLay's seat! Whoo hoo! (He better, anyway! GO NICK!)

        •  Oh, AWESOME! (none)
          I don't live down there anymore, but that makes me incredibly happy. I might have to donate to him as well, and try to get my dad to.

          (I moved to Houston after high school, so this is definitely close to my wee little heart.)

          If I could spell the opening riff from "Barracuda," I would put it here.

          by Worship Your Toaster on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 07:05:16 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  A little late to the station... (none)
    ...but I didn't miss the train.

    $20.01

  •  I'm helping Christine...and Jamie Wall (none)
    About to send my donation to Christine, and already have contributed to Jamie Wall, another Dem who's raising on ActBlue this quarter.  Jamie's fighting to take back the seat held by extreme right-winger Mark Green in '06.  

    http://www.actblue.com/list/wallforcongress

  •  $20.01 done n/t (none)

    "There's more than one answer to these questions, pointing me in a crooked line" - Indigo Girls

    by AlanF on Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 06:09:31 PM PDT

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