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I have teamed up with Majority Report Radio to feature a Fighting Dem every Tuesday. Today's edition features Bill Winter in Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

The concept of the "Fighting Dem" has really taken off as of late. The Atlantic Monthly is the latest to note this phenomenon:

The midterm elections this fall will be the first in which a sizable number of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq run for Congress. At least fourteen have declared so far. But in an era when military and national-security issues have long been the province of the Republican Party--indeed, are thought to have strengthened the GOP's grip on the White House and Congress in the past two elections--the bigger surprise is under whose banner these veterans are choosing to run. Like Walz, nearly every one of them is a Democrat [...]

The subsequent group of veterans very much resembles Hackett: they are generally young (most in their thirties and forties), new to electoral politics, and, with varying degrees of intensity, critics of the administration. At a time when the public's opinion of lawmakers in both parties is abysmal, these veterans are running on the attractively civic-minded notion that service in Congress is a patriotic extension of service in the military. They are spread throughout the country but concentrated in military-heavy states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas, where the war and its effects are most keenly felt.

Republicans are worried. As the NRCC's David Forti said, dismissing the pedigree of our Fighting Dems in an election where hardly any veterans are running as Republicans:

"These are Democrats who happen to be military veterans who are running for Congress," he said of Veterans for Security. "It's one résumé item."

Bill Winters is running against one of the House's most high-profile haters -- the xenophobic Tom Tancredo. Tancredo has led the GOP's fight to seal the borders against immigrants for some time, and is rumored to be considering a vanity presidential bid to promote his issue in 2008. Tancredo is virtually a one-note wonder, rarely straying from his seething outrage at the brown menace crossing our southern border and keynoted the kickoff meeting of the Minutemen -- those vigilante weirdos "patrolling" our border. He's also brought us such classics as bombing Mecca if terrorists nuked us.

As for Winters, a Colorado Statesman piece (reprinted at Winter's campapign site) summarizes his bio:

Bill Winter, a 41 year-old local attorney, recently declared his candidacy against incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo. And while the suburban district is still comprised mostly of Republicans and Unaffiliateds - with only 23.2 percent officially registered as Democrats as of last month - Winter is hoping his candidacy will catch fire.

"I want to reach out to everyone - Republicans and Unaffiliateds included, not just Democrats," Winter said this week. "I believe it is time that we all stopped saluting donkeys and elephants, and began to salute the American flag."

Tancredo, who was first elected as congressman in the district back in 1998, received 67 percent of the vote in 2004.

"I know the odds say we can't do it," Winter said about his ambitious plans for next year, "but I don't worry about the odds too much... you've got a mission, you go out and find a way to accomplish it."

If the rhetoric sounds a little military-like with its call for action, it might be because Winter is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy.

In fact, Winter is one of 31 veterans nationwide who are running for Congress as Democrats against Republican incumbents [...]

Winter is the former president of Be the Change, USA, a grassroots organization that promotes progressive ideals. The organization evolved from Mike Miles' 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, and continues to support "progressive political issues and work to increase grassroots involvement and influence."

The Colorado 6th:

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This is a tough district, no doubt, but the kind of place we must challenge to take the battle to Republicans in every corner of our great nation.


The segment will run at around 9:20 p.m. ET, though your local Air America affiliates may have it at different times.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:00 PM PST.

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  •  Winter is the real deal!!! (4.00)
    I know that there's been a lot of aprehension around these parts in regards to the Fighting Desm, so I'd like to share a comment that "soon-to-be Rep" Winter left on my blog when I posted about his run against Tancredo: is time for Tom Tancredo to retire and I'm going to help him do it! In addition to being a veteran of the Marine Corps and the Navy, I was also born in Colorado and grew up in what is now CD6, where I am running against Tom Tancredo.

    I'll be damned if the State where I grew up, the State I love, is going to be known to the rest of the Nation as the home of Tom Tancredo, Marilyn Musgrave, and Focus on the Family. I can't do anything about Focus and James Dobson and their brand of hate that they push from Colorado Springs, but I guarantee you this--my friend Angie Paccione and I are going to take care of Tom Tancredo and Marilyn Musgrave. Their narrow minded hatred of all things different from them does NOT represent my native State.

    This Republican Congress wants to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the middle class. The richest among us get massive tax cuts while the rest of us get cuts in services. Many of their budget cuts come from programs that help students and seniors. They are waging economic warfare on most of America.

    Meanwhile, they pour billions of dollars into Iraq without demanding any oversight, and without demanding that President Bush give even a hint of a plan for how all that money will make America safer. The Iraq War has become a way to put our tax dollars into the pockets of huge corporations like Halliburton, while the poor and the middle class get nothing but cuts. That isn't fair, that isn't American, and I won't support it!

    I believe our district needs a Congressman who makes headlines for providing better health care and better education and roads for our district, not for wanting to nuke Mecca or build a new Berlin Wall from San Diego to Houston.

    I hope you will support our campaign. Go to our website at to find out more or to donate!

    Talk about a Fighting Dem!!! I can't wait to hear him on Air America tonight!

    Draft Zinni! & Blue Force Progressive Security/Security Progressives

    by Minister AlX on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:06:13 PM PST

  •  Oh man (none)
    That map gave me the chills. Spent so much time there in the last three years (great biker bar in Castle Rock). After that experience, I just don't see how he has a chance. I wish him luck, though.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:07:00 PM PST

    •  Yeah (none)
      I used to live in Jefferson County and work in Castle Rock.  The answer is that there's no way someone like Pat Schroeder could represent that district.  But take a guy who was in two branches of the military who played and coached football and stands like a goliath, and this becomes a contestable race.  

      Oh, I can't say he's gonna win.  But the fact that he might should be sending chills down the GOPs backs.  They pack their crazies into districts like CO-6 figuring they're safe there.

      Well, not this time.

      Bill Winter has been one of my Act Blue candidates for awhile and I'm just pleased as punch with the guy.

      -8.75;-5.28. But it don't mean nuttin if you don't put your money where your mouth is

      by ultrageek on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:36:37 PM PST

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      •  Oh, just realized I mixed up (none)
        Castle Rock with...what the hell town is it? Parker! is it parker? 86 and 83, or something? Ah well.

        Good luck to you, and Bill  Winter. Hope he can persoanlly talk to a lot of  people---in their churches.

        You didn't do it.

        by Earl on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:48:26 PM PST

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      •  Take a deep breath... (none)
        ...and repeat after me:

        "Bill is going to win!"

        Okay, I hate referring to myself in the 3rd person. Seems so...well...Bushlike!

        If you want to see a real goliath, look at the photo galleries on my website and find the photo of Mike Babyak, the young man I coached in North Carolina--now THAT'S a goliath!

        Look, there are no safe places for corruption and hate anymore. I believe we have to stand and fight like mad in all 435 House districts. We have 44 Veterans now running for Congress as Democrats, and I've got news for everyone--we aren't taking orders from the DNC or the DCCC or Rahm Emmanuel or anyone else.

        We KNOW what we believe in and we KNOW what we stand for and we are going to go out and fight for it!  I hope you will join us!

        Bill Winter

    •  There's always a chance! (none)
      Earl, you can't worry about odds. You just go out and accomplish the mission--improvise, adapt, overcome.

      I'm going to give Tom Tancredo all the time he needs to run for President in 2005!

      Which bar in Castle Rock?

      Bill Winter

      •  Ah ha! (none)
        I got it! The Stagecoach in Franktown! do you know it? Unbiker lefty me got a special pass in that place because of my sis and bro in law. Hey, thanks for the great messages back. I will vanquish that hopelessness for you there, Mr. Bill Winters, go get em. And if I get the right info, I'll even send it to who I know in Elizabeth and around.

        You didn't do it.

        by Earl on Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 09:04:06 PM PST

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  •  I have a friend from Colorado who knows (4.00)
    Bill very well and speaks very highly of him as being a really nice and articulate person.  I think he has a really good shot at beating Tancredo if we can fund this race and make it competitive.

    The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

    by mikepridmore on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:11:04 PM PST

    •  I wonder... (none)
      ...who that could be, Mike?  Be sure they come by and get their paycheck for saying nice things! I try to be a nice person and I like to think I succeed at it for the most part. Now about that funding part...

      Bill Winter

      •  Freebie 4 (none)
        for the future Congressman from Colorado Congressional District Six!

        Welcome to your conversation, Bill.


        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

        by Phoenix Rising on Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 10:17:49 PM PST

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  •  I'm a Colorado girl now (4.00)
    and I'll head south of my parts (where I actually have a Democratic Congressperson - (Mark Udall) - and see what I can do to help Bill Winters.

    Good job, Kos, Bill, Howard Dean, and all Fighting Dems.

    •  I'm a Colorado guy (none)
      and I will sure appreciate your help, Kim.  I had a meeting with Congressman Udall on Monday and he's very much behind me in this race. He's a great man and we are going to have to work hard to get him elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008!

      Bill Winter

  •  Tancredo (4.00)
    I had not heard this! Sorry to use one of the disallowed words, but Awesome!!

    I'm in CO and supporting and sending small amounts of money to Paccione to defeat Musgrave. Now I have another one I will have to help!

    I can see it's going to be a frustrating campaign season. Not enough time or money to help all of our outstanding Democratic candidates!

    As former President of Be the Change, Bill Winters should have a ton of grassroots support here in Colorado.

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:12:24 PM PST

    •  Well, then (none)
      You should give to Jay Fawcett, another fighting dem who, for reasons only known to the all-powerful, has yet to be included in the official "Fighting Dems" program despite the fact he announced his candidacy well before Winters and he's taking on the toughest district in CO, the 5th, which includes Focus on the Family's HQ, and all other wingnuts in Colorado Springs. is his site.  Air Force, Gulf War vet, on the front lines (actually, on one of the first Blackhawks to cross into Iraq), smart as a whip, articulate, and has been generating some good buzz in CO.

      There was a news item about him being a force to be reckoned with.  

      beat them at their own game, then pursue the high ground

      by wj on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:03:31 PM PST

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    •  Thanks, Linda (none)
      Be sure you keep on supporting Angie Paccione. She's just great and she's going to do a number on Musgrave.

      Go to the Be The Change USA website at and get the scoop on an event they are going to have on Saturday, January 28th. I hope to see you there!

      Bill Winter

  •  Omission of a fact changes the truth (1.00)
    "Bill Winters is running against one of the House's most high-profile haters -- the xenophobic Tom Tancredo. Tancredo has led the GOP's fight to seal the borders against immigrants for some time, and is rumored to be considering a vanity presidential bid to promote his issue in 2008."

    The GOP effort is not to seal the borders against immigrants, the effort is to seal the borders against (illegal) immigrants.

    If they want to come here follow the proper channels, as my family did in the 1910 range and the rest in the late 40s.  The way, that is legal, may have changed but there is still a legal path they could follow.  What never ceases to amaze me is that people keep forgetting/ommiting the word illegal, when talking about immigration.

    •  One has to wonder (none)
      With Tancredo, one has to wonder if he's really talking about illegals.  His spew frequently fails to separate out the legal from the illegal, and he certainly doesn't single out violent Muslims when talking about bombing Mecca...

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:27:11 PM PST

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      •  And a good response to a nuke hitting a US city? (none)
        "chirp chirp chirp" crickets
        Oh yeah, and Blame Bush or whatever other Republican that is in charge.  

        And I don't think bombing mecca is the answer.  If we bombed every one of the Most Holy Mosques, sites, or locations in the middle east we wouldn't have enough bombs in the US to do it anyway.  :-)

        We would need some kind of show of force, and since I haven't heard a better one yet.

        •  A good response to a nuke hitting a US city? (none)

          Let's see -- 19 hijackers, 15 Saudis, 1 Yemeni, 1 Egyptian, 1 from Lebanon, and 1 from the UAE....  with the grand designer being a Saudi Exile based in Afghanistan.

          Despite zero, zip, zilch, nada evidence showing even the slimmest of ties to Iraq, the answer then was invade Iraq.

          So I guess in this case --- the answer would be:  NUKE SAN FRANCISCO?

      •  No Need To Wonder (4.00)
        TANCREDO'S A FUCKING RACIST! Don't get wobbly kneed on me here folks. Say it loud and clear. Tancredo's a fucking racist.

        "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." Bush on Osama-3/13/02

        by chuco35 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:08:41 PM PST

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    •  False (4.00)
      Tom Tancredo is opposed to both legal and illegal immigration.  In his interview with the Denver Post, he explained that his anti-immigrant positions are motivated by his opposition to the "cult of multiculturalism."  Multiculturalism, of course, will be a "problem" regardless of whether the immigrants are legal or illegal -- it is the fact they are culturally different from his white mainstream that is the problem.

      Stop making apologies for Tancredo and his supporters.

  •  From Winters' Web site (none)
    Bill Winter
    Bill will be a guest for a live nationwide interview on The Majority Report on Air America Radio at 7:34 p.m. [MTN Time - would be 9:34ET] on Tuesday, January 10th. This will be part of their series on "The Fighting Dems" about the 31 (and counting) Veterans who are currently running for Congress as Democrats. The interview will be hosted by Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos blog and will be available on both our website and on The Daily Kos after January 10th. Tune in live for Bill's first national radio interview!

    [emph. mine]

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:19:38 PM PST

  •  I believe my (none)
    retired General friend is from littleton. I'll have t ask him about this when I see him down in Cabo.

    "I was Rambo in the disco. I was shootin' to the beat. When they burned me in effigy. My vacation was complete." Neil Young. Mideast Vacation.

    by Mike S on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:19:53 PM PST

  •  "One Resume Item..." (none)
    Yeah, a BIG FUCKING RESUME ITEM that the GOP pissant chickenhawk cowards cannot claim.

    Fucking GOP military-trashing scum.  May they all rot in hell.

    •  Not that big a deal (none)
      That resume item isn't that impressive, since the us census shows that nearly 10% of the US population have veteran status.
      24.5 million
      The number of military veterans in the United States.
      According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 01/11/06 at 01:29 GMT (EST+5) is

        Like he said it is a part, not a big part.  And yes, I am a purple heart veteran of the First Gulf War.  So, I am proud of anyone who served or serves in the military, regardless of party affiliation.

      •  Really beside the point. (none)
          When voters see that one candidate in their election is a veteran, and the other is not, I can guarantee they don't immediately look up the US census numbers of veterans.  Veteran status is in many ways the antidote to specific political ideology.  All these fighting Dems wisely avoid spouting ideological rhetoric, and not only because they are running in conservative districts.  
            In a year when Republicans are specific and unpopular, Democrats need to be general and popular.  We don't need a specific plan yet (except for Iraq maybe), we just need look pretty.  And these veterans look and sound pretty, and I think it's naive to think that voters don't take these kinds of things into consideration.  Veteran status isn't the silver bullet, but it is just the kind of sappy American unity hocum we need to distract people from extreme divisiveness in the Congress.  One thing's for sure: no one reads US census statistics.
  •  Exactly the right candidate for that district (none)
    I know that district really well, and it wouldn't go blue for anything but a guy like this.  He's a good guy and I think that he's the best guy we could hope for in this district.

    -8.75;-5.28. But it don't mean nuttin if you don't put your money where your mouth is

    by ultrageek on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:30:04 PM PST

  •  I like this statement and pic from his bio. (4.00)
    Image hosted by

    "Bill has the following to say about being home in Colorado:

    This is my home and my community. The people here are my family. I've had a wide variety of life experiences, but a few things are constant. I truly love serving my Country and my community. And I can not be easily "pigeon holed" in today's contentious political world.I believe in certain things very strongly like supporting regular Americans, but I'm not owned by any party or ideology.

    I believe labels are used to divide us into false categories in America today. I want to rise above labels, find the things we have in common, and work together to find solutions to our problems and make America greater than it's ever been.

    I hope you'll join me in that effort!
    Bill Winter"

    "I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right." Howard Dean

    by floridagal on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:34:19 PM PST

    •  good looking wife there nt (none)

      O'BRIEN: What if Jesus got this card? Would he be angry about it? He's be OK with it, wouldn't he? DONOHUE: Well, maybe he would, but I've never met him

      by PoliMorf on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 05:37:14 PM PST

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      •  Actually, it was the radio hostess (none)
        at the event, not Bill's wife.
        •  No known wife at this time! (none)
          Actually it's my close friend, Kristin, who works for the radio station, but is not a radio station hostess.

          I'm not sure how she will take the news that she is now my wife.

          For what it's worth, the single most asked question about the website is "Who's gorgeous redhead in the photo?"

          To clarify the facts, I'm not married, never have been married, and I don't have any kids. Just one of those things I guess. The second half of my 20's was spent in the Navy and I guess I just wasn't around any one place enough to fall in love. After that it was law school and everyone was ten years younger than me. And now I'm doing this. Go figure.

          And no, it's not true that I'm running for Congress to meet women! (uh, that's supposed to be humor, okay!)

          Bill Winter

  •  This is a very tough district (none)
    It seems like the 2002 redistricting purposely created three Republican safe seats: CO-4, CO-5, and CO-6. It conceded CO-1 and CO-2 to the Democrats. That left CO-3 and CO-7 as the state's two swing districts.

    Elbert County is growing at an extremely fast rate. I think that Douglas County was one of the fastest growing counties in the 1990s. Both counties are extremely Republican and are very hostile to Democrats. I know of no Democratic friendly precincts in either county.

    •  At least they can draw one that looks (none)
    •  Court-selected map (none)
      The Colorado Congressional district lines were selected by a Denver district court judge from various competing maps produced during the legislative stalemate.  The map that was selected was actually drawn by the Democrats, as their second  preference (the top choice would have created a heavily Latino district centered on Pueblo in southern Colorado).

      The idea was that the 7th District would go to the Dems and the 3rd would be a tossup.  As it has turned out so far, the 3rd has gone Dem and the 7th is the tossup.  But one of the side effects is that the 6th District became even safer than it was before (by losing lots of Jefferson County that went into the 7th and picking up all of Douglas and Elbert Counties).

      I wouldn't call the 4th District totally safe -- Musgrave only got 51% last time and the growth is in  Fort Collins, which is a true tossup city.

      •  The 4th is a GOP seat (none)
        I say this because while most of the population in that district votes in Ft. Collins, Ft. Morgan, Longmonet, Loveland, and Greeley, the rural parts of CO-4 are heavily Republican. These parts of CO vote more like Western Kansas and Nebraska.

        The rural precincts of CO-4, located in counties like Kiowa, Kit Carson, Prowers, Otero, Baca, Bent, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma, are heavily Republican. Bush won more than 70% of the vote in those counties. He even topped 80% in one or two of those plains counties. As long as Musgrave can pull out similiar numbers in those parts of the district, she can easily overcome any weakness in the cities.

        Unles Angie Paccione can be competetive in those counties, or at least hold Musgrave's margins down to say maybe 2-1 instead of 3-1 in those areas, she will not win. Wes McKinely, who represnts SE Colorado in the legislature, might have had a shot because he represents the rural part of CO-4. But I don't see Paccione winning in those ares.

        •  Paccione (none)
          Whether she is the right candidate to win the 4th remains to be seen.  But I disagree that getting 80% of the vote in a county with only 4,000 people will mean much if Musgrave loses any more ground in Fort Collins, Loveland and Longmont.

          But my point is that Musgrave's relatively narrow wins, combined with the demographic changes in the northern I-25 corridor (which is where most of the population of the 4th lives) puts the 4th in a different category from the 5th and 6th Districts.

          •  Well (none)
            The problem is that as long as Musgrave can hold her own in the cities, those rural counties will give her the margin she needs to win. The Eastern Plains counties are very Republican, perhaps home to some of the most Republican precincts in Colorado.

            If Las Animas County were still in the 4th, as it was in the 1990s, it would be perhaps easier to defeat Musgrave. However, those far eastern counties are all heavily Republican. Even though each of them may only have "4,000" people, when you combine them all together, if Musgrave prevails there 3-1 or better, she can overcome losses in the cities.

  •  How can I not? (4.00)
    A picture with the doctor?

    Running against one of my 10 most hated congressmen?

    How could I not kick $25 his way?

    •  Hey Zonk,... (none)
      ...if you get to wondering if that first $25 is getting lonely all by itself out here, don't hesitate to send it a friend!

      Seriously though--thank you very much!  I really appreciate it.

      Bill Winter

      •  Bill, please update your contribution web page (none)
        Hey bill, from looking at the contributions section of your web page, I can't tell whether it is better to assign a donation to the primary or the general election. Does it matter? If so, please give your donors some sense of how to direct their money.

        (I chose the general.)

         - Kurt Hulse

        Note: I'm not the dKos member Cup O Joe. Although we have similar usernames, his real name actually is Joe, whereas I merely like coffee.

        by CupaJoe on Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 10:06:51 PM PST

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        •  Primary (none)
          Federal election law has separate limits for the period before the primary election (Aug 8), and the period after (general election season). It's possible to designate a donation for the general election, but a person would do that now only if he/she had already reached the $2100 donation limit for the primary season. If you don't make a designation, the campaign will assume you mean it for the primary season.
      •  Thank you - (none)
        Both for your service in the armed forces and for the service that a congressional campaign requires... as well as, I hope, a down payment on the thanks you'll earn representing the American people in congress., I'm new at this, but there's this rival casino I need to talk to you about...


  •  Tim Walz (none)
    Like Walz, nearly every one of them is a Democrat [...]

    Have a go at putting Tim Walz up.  He's running against Gil Gutknecht in a pretty red district (MN-1) and I've met him.  Hell of a guy, and he could use the "ink".

    If you vote Republican, you vote for corruption.

    by MN camera on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:05:01 PM PST

  •  Good luck Mr. Winter (none)
    As a Coloradan I wish Mr. Winter the best. It will be a tough go in the 6th district. Many of those adults would vote for Joseph Stalin if his name were on the ballot followed by an (R). Sad but true. Bunch of SUV driving Bush supporters.
  •  awesome! (none)
    depending on where I find a place to live, I may be in a position to vote for this guy.

    I'm looking forward to turning Colorado a little bluer.

  •  what happened (none)
    What happened to the lady who was going to run for this district?

    I went to hear Amy Goodman talk hear last winter.  And there was a lady who came forward at question time and said she was going to run in the Democratic primary for this seat.  At the time I didn't get her name, but I almost think she ran against Tancredo in 2004.

    Anyone know who that was or what happened to her?

    I ask because I really liked her, and was pretty much planning to help with her campaign.  I don't live in this district, but I live in Denver just to the north of it.

    No offense, but I'm not at all sure if I like this guy.  Someone who's ex-military and who talks more about reaching out to Republicans just doesn't float my boat.

    I think Tancredo is a sitting duck to a good campaign this fall.  And I don't think we have to run what sounds like a Republican in a Democratic suit to win this district.

    But hey, the goal of the Democratic party seems to be to keep the Republicans in power (by running Republicans under the Democratic label) even when the voters get sick of the Republicans and vote for the other party.

    Who knows, maybe I'll be wrong about this guy.  But so far he gives me a real bad feeling.  Does anyone know if there's anyone running in the primary against him?  So far I haven't heard anything.

    "Everyone should go back to Africa, especially black people." -- Richard Pryor

    by COBear on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 08:11:34 PM PST

    •  Um... (none)
      Did you listen to the interview? If so, you wouldn't be writing what you did.

      And since when is "reaching out to Republicans" a bad thing? Last time I checked, that's how you win elections. You convince people of all stripes to vote Democratic.

    •  Bill does have a primary opponent, (none)
      although I don't know if he's officially declared yet, and can't locate his name.

      Bill Winter is a progressive Democrat, no bones about it.  His tossing out of labels and appealing to McCain-type Republicans is just smart politics.

      Please listen to the interview before you judge him.  I myself resist military-football types with a vengeance.  But Bill Winter will surprise you.

    •  Joanna Conti (none)
      The name you're looking for.  She ran in 2004, and announced for CO-7 early on but then backed out this year when she evaluated the race a bit more.

      Very nice lady.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 04:57:46 PM PST

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    •  John Lozano, Joanna Conti, and me... (none)
      Bear, before you make any decisions, come see me in person and make an informed judgment. I'm not any kind of republican. I don't know how you define membership in the Democratic Party or as a progressive, but go take a look at Be The Change USA at and see what you think. I was President of BTC-USA last year. Not exactly a republican or conservative organization.

      Joanna Conti ran for CD6 last time and she is significantly more conservative than I am. I think she is wonderful and I would have deferred to her if she chose to run, but if it's a progressive Democrat that you want, then I'm your guy. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in health care for all Americans. I believe Bush deserves impeachment. I believe in protecting the environment and taking care of the poor.

      I served my country because I believe in it, for one thing, and frankly, I needed a job that would pay me for college and train me in a field. Do you know why most people enlist in the military? Because they want a chance for a better life! I believe we should be offering them that chance as one of the basic rights of being an American, not selling it to them as the price of enlistment! I'm proud of my service in the military and proud of the people I served with.

      And I coach football because I love kids and it gives me a chance to make a difference. Let me tell you something about it. Nothing I ever do for the rest of my life will mean more to me than all the times I've had a parent tell me "You changed my son's life." That's priceless, and that's why I coach. I'm not some mindless musclehead. I CARE deeply about people, and that's why I'm running for Congress.

      The other person contemplating running in CD6 is John Lozano. John is a good man and I have enjoyed our conversations. He has not filed yet and recently told me he will decide in the next couple weeks whether he will run. I'll tell you this though, I think John should do what he believes is right. I didn't give ten years of my life to serving my country just to see someone excluded from running for office if he or she thinks it is the right thing to do.

      If you live in the Denver area, come to the Jefferson County Democrats 2nd Saturday breakfast this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and you can meet both of us. I'd love to meet all of you!

      Bill Winter

  •  This guy sounded great on Majority Report (none)
    A couple of the previous Fighting Dems (won't name any names) left me cold. Others have been outstanding. Winter is definitely in the latter category. Even Sammy sounded impressed. Throw Winter some love if you can. Tancredo has to go and Winter sounds like he's up for the fight.

    And BTW, Sam Seder is doing a great job with his show. He's made it very blog friendly and very action oriented for the listeners. As he says, the show is not free; he expects listeners to pull their weight for the cause as well. Great stuff.

  •  Terrific series! (none)


    -5.75; -7.44

    by JPete on Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 06:35:53 AM PST

  •  Bill has a primary opponent, (none)
    as Douglas County's Dem Chair told me last night.  Lozano?  Nah, can't remember his name, and Google's not helping.  But just so you know, it may be a contested primary.  One which Bill will win.
  •  Progressive Point Man (none)
    The big man from Littleton is lifting progressives and moderates out of their victim mentality and giving us hope and pride.  Republicans in CD6 are sick of the "kooky Colorado" image projected by Musgrave and Tancredo, and Democrats are ready for a leader with a spine (as well as a heart and a brain). My money's on Winter to win next fall.
    •  Sick enough to do something about it? (none)
      Such as vote Musgrave, Tancredo and their ilk out?  Permanently?

      When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit.

      by CO Democrat on Thu Jan 12, 2006 at 09:56:45 PM PST

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