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There is a Democrat from Texas in Congress that traveled the country to campaign for President Bush during the 2000 election. In 2004 Tom DeLay's redistricting helped him into a seat in Congress, and since then he has supported almost all of the President's major initiatives. In fact, he was even photographed being embraced by President Bush at the State of the Union just last week.

This same Congressman recently became the first and only Democrat to be endorsed by the Club for Growth. Remember the Club for Growth -- the ultra right-wing organization responsible for some of the most vile attack ads you can imagine -- including two vicious ads that attacked Howard Dean and his "body piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show."

You have a chance to fight back and settle the score with George Bush, Tom DeLay, The Club for Growth and their hand-picked, faux-Democrat, by helping elect former Congressman, Ciro Rodriguez, who is fighting to win this Democratic primary next month. Ciro fought for our progressive values in Congress for eight years, and when he goes back to Washington in 2006, he'll stand up for progressive values again.

This is our chance to stand together against Democrats who claim to represent our interests, but go to Washington and betray us. This election is less then 4 weeks away, please support Ciro Rodriguez today:

Ciro served on the Armed Services Committee, but opposed the War in Iraq from the beginning. On the Veterans Affairs Committee he was a vocal advocate to support and honor our veterans for their service. An educator and social worker, Ciro has spent a career in public service fighting for issues that matter to working Americans like education, infrastructure and jobs. He'll support legislation to provide quality health care for the 43 million Americans without health insurance.

Rodriguez is running an exciting campaign to take back the 28th Congressional District in Texas. In 2004, after an intense recount, the election came down to just 58 votes and Ciro is working hard to win this race for real Democrats. He's picked up endorsements from national political and grassroots organizations including the AFL-CIO and all the major national labor unions, plus community organizations like Latinos for Texas. He's also received the support of more than 20 Members of Congress.

By standing together and putting our resources behind Ciro Rodriguez we can show the people of Texas -- and the nation -- the difference we can make.


Jim Dean

Chair, Democracy for America

P.S. When Ciro wins, it will put DINOs (Democrats In Name Only) like Henry Cuellar on notice that we're not afraid to fight back and unite behind candidates who share our values. Please make a contribution to Ciro Rodriguez's campaign today:

Originally posted to Jim Dean on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:04 AM PST.

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  •  Yeah Jim! good to hear! (4.00)
    you keep doing us proud! Now send some love to Kirsten Gillibrand in NY-20!

    "I worry a great deal about the future of democracy in America"
    - President of St. Lawrence University Daniel Sullivan at Commencement 2004

    by Team Slacker on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:13:38 AM PST

    •  You need to recommend her (none)
      If you want DFA to consider endorsing Kirsten Gillibrand, nominate her.

      Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

      by mini mum on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:41:53 AM PST

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      •  She has been nominated (none)
        and our local DFA has endorsed her. I believe all 6 or so DFA chapters in NY-20 have endorsed her, but we're still waiting to see if there's a national endorsement coming down from DFA. NY-20 is a pretty heavily rethug district, but John Sweeney is pure evil, and should be beatable. Kirsten has actually out-fundraised Sweeney over the past 6 months, so it's going to be a good race.

        "I worry a great deal about the future of democracy in America"
        - President of St. Lawrence University Daniel Sullivan at Commencement 2004

        by Team Slacker on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:56:33 AM PST

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        •  I just put on another thread (none)
          I emailed Ms. Gillibrand with a number of questions about her progressiveness and concern for the problems of the people of this district. My email was rather pointed, and asked specific questions (I had been considering running for this district, but had been told to back off and not cause a primary, because defeating Sweeney was more important than anything.) Gillibrand's father's history as a powerful Republican lobbyist bothers me, as does the $1000 a plate fundraiser she held with Hillary in NYC.  Ms. Gillibrand never bothered to respond to my email.

          How progressive is she going to be with her history, and her connections?? That is what I wanted to know.  I, personally, am not going to spend one minute or one dime supporting someone who cannot bother to return an email, or relate to the problems of the people of this district, many of whom cannot even afford their heating bill.

          Another faux-Democrat, is my impression.

          Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

          by adigal on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:24:17 AM PST

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          •  She seems to have good ideas (none)
            especially about alternative energy production in the district. I only have a few reservations about her candidacy, one beeing the NYC breakfast that you mentioned, the other being her stance on the war. She has come out with a "no permanent bases in Iraq" position on the war, but in my opinion, it's not nearly anti-war enough. But then again, in this district, that might be a better message to run with if you're trying to get elected. I'm very sorry that she never got back to you in regards to your email, but I do agree that at this point in time, defeating Sweeney is the important issue. If you're interested, there's an email list by the name of 20True Blue that passes around info and stories about this race, and can be rather informative.

            "I worry a great deal about the future of democracy in America"
            - President of St. Lawrence University Daniel Sullivan at Commencement 2004

            by Team Slacker on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:44:39 AM PST

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            •  Thanks for the info (none)
              I also am uncomfortable with a "Hillary-like" position on the war.  We don't need more DINOs in Congress - we need people who will take a principled  stand, and believe in it, win or lose in the long run.  I think the voters need that too, even if they are more conservative.  I live with these people - I shop with them, pump my gas with them, I know how conservative they are, yet they appreciate the truth and they appreciate strong honesty.  I think she is doing herself a disservice playing around with this issue.  I definitely cannot support someone who takes a stand based on whether it will get her elected (I don't know if that is happening here, but it just smacks of Hillary to me.) I think I will spend my energy on other campaigns. I appreciate your responding, however.

              Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

              by adigal on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:55:08 AM PST

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              •  think national not just your personal agenda (none)
                Agigal:  the US Government has been taken over by right wing Republicans.  When you defeat a Republican then my progressive Democrat in my very blue district will have much more say in Congress especially if the Republicans lose their majority. So anything you can do to defeat a Republican will help us.  If I were in a redish area and had the slightest chance to defeat this guy, I would think, oh, this gives Rangel and Feingold much more leverage.  So don't see your Congressional District as the place that sends progressives to Congress for a while.  Let us in the very progressive areas take care of that.  You do what you can to help us with getting rid of the right wing and with deal later with your not so progressive replacement.  
                •  I know the state of our nation (none)
                  and I am as angry as anyone else.  And I see the value in what you say.  I will, of course, vote Dem, but I am not impressed with our candidate, and see no reason to give my hard-earned money and time to someone who is another high-falutin' Hillary.

                  And what is the guarantee this person will be ready to fight the war that has been declared on the middle and lower classes, when she obviously has no interest in assuaging my fears?  It just doesn't smell right to me.

                  But I do see your points - thanks for taking the time,

                  Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

                  by adigal on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 02:48:55 PM PST

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          •  ny-20 (none)
            as you know, ny - 20 is currently held by a republican (john sweeney). the most important vote a member of the house casts is for speaker - if dems win that vote we control the house. we choose which legislation moves and which legislation dies. we determine the rule any bill is considered under.
            we control committees: we schedule the hearings, we issue the subpoenas, we swear in the witnesses. (a wonderful train of thought...) so actually electing a democrat from ny-20 (which went for bush 54-46) is more important than running a dem the district wouldn't vote for. we need to retake the house.

            this is not to say we shouldn't go out and kick DINO ass wherever prudent. I'm looking at you Joe and I'm looking at you Henry.

    •  DFA (4.00)
      has done a great job here in Texas in getting activits involved in Texas politics, from getting Ciro press to helping put up the Delay billboards that got Houston buzzing.

      DFA rocks!  THanks Jim.

      If it matters, many Texans also support Ciro, including those at Texas KOS (join us!)

  •  Yay, good news Jim. recommend (none)
    I am glad DFA is doing this and I am looking forward to hearing more about Henry Cuellar's progress.
  •  Thanks, Jim! (none)
    And here's a link to Morter Forker's diary, which gives more info for those of us in central Texas who would like to give Ciro some "boots on the ground" help also.

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

    by Janet Strange on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:19:39 AM PST

  •  great! (none)
    I was wondering when DFA was going to jump in and help out Ciro ;)

    Let's take this seat back for the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party!

  •  what I find interesting (none)
    is how challenges from the Democratic left will affect the campaigns and votes of candidates on the Democratic center-right, or right.  When Republicans are challenged from the right, they typically have to move further right or at least change their image so they appear more right-wing.  But so far I'm not seeing that in any of the Democratic campaigns.  

    Progressivism: be on the right side of history.

    by deep6 on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:23:58 AM PST

    •  well they haven't yet taken (none)
      the threats from the "left" ( I really don't think of DFA as left...just grassroots/populist) yet because we have only just begun reforming the party.  but you can see they are resistant.  
      I believe that Rahm Emanuel's putting Duckworth into the race with Cegelis rather than having her run in some other district was a direct assault on DFA and by the DLC.
    •  There is ceter right and there is center right (none)
      All congresspeople should represent the people that vote for them, not just the party.  If there is a center right member of congress in a center right riding I understand some of there actions.

      If there is a center right politician in a left of center area and they make every effort to lean right and fight the will of both there voters and there party they should be thrown out.  

      Basically it is two very different things, Cueller is the most vile example of the second.

  •  good decision, Jim! (none)
    ...and thanks for all your hard work (as well as Tom, Chris, Arshad, Dina, & the rest of the gang...)
  •  Will There Be A Bat? (4.00)
    After all it was a powerful tool back in the day...

    Goper's Lament

  •  It should be an interesting race. (none)

    Well-behaved women seldom make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    jc's designs

    by jaysea on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:45:48 AM PST

  •  Looks like this story just got (none)
    even more legs...

    This is the longest day I've ever seen...


    Nice nice... now we need moveon...

    "There is no spoon."

    by L0kI on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:49:14 AM PST

  •  Ned Lamont (none)
    So if this campaign is successful in kicking out a Fox News Democrat in Congress, will DFA be taking up the bigger challenge of kicking out a Fox News Democrat from Connecticut?
  •  Any polls? (none)
    How are the numbers stacking up?

    Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)
    You can take a break from politics, but life just keeps a-comin’.

    by dirtroad on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:13:29 AM PST

  •  Love the Subject Line (none)
    Settling the Score... that's awesome. Great to see you guys going head-to-head with Club for Growth.
  •  Jim, now you've done it. (none)
    The Club for Growth will simply have to think up some cute little librul names for you as well.  They can not let you get away with that stuff.

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    Glad to see DFA doing this. The Dean brothers are definitely not afraid to take stands.

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

    by floridagal on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:30:37 AM PST

  •  Real not fake (none)
    Love it!!!  Go get 'em DFA.
  •  THANK YOU JIM DEAN (none)
    for the DFA support of Ciro Rodriguez for Congress who is anti-war and a regular Democrat,not a phony Democrat like all of the DCCC group:  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

    Now, would you support Christine Cegelis in Henry Hyde's old district near Chicago where she is from.  Cegelis nearly beat Hyde in his last election and in a highly Republican district.  DLC?  Hell no, she's anti-war and has a regular Democrat's agenda like Howard Dean.  The DCCC has put up as you know Tammy Duckworth, a legless veteran, for "patriotic" reasons and because she supports the war just like DLC's Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.  Duckworth has no political experience, is not from the Chicago district. If we Democrats don't keep the DLC down we will lose all that's good about our party.

    •  Let's be fair (none)
      Cegelis DIDN'T "almost beat" Hyde. Hyde won very comfortably.

      Cegelis has a ton to prove and can start by winning the primary.

      •  She did very well (none)
        and made it clear that he is vulnerable.  I am sure however that Emanuel and his DLC buddies will make it as hard as possible for the DFA grassroots candidate like Cegelis to win the primary.
        •  "Emanuel and his DLC buddies"? (none)
          DCCC should not be confused with DLC.
        •  Thanks for your input. (none)
          I see there's a couple of replies that hedge toward dccc.  I don't know who Emanuel is, but guess he is dccc.  However,I'm furious about this, because it's so wrong when there's a terrific candidate like Cegelis being pissed on by the corporate dccc and of couse the corporate DLC.

          The dccc weren't always this way.  Now they seem just like the DLC. Howard Dean ran up against these type people in his primary campaign.  Of course, Dean is not Corporate.  He would not have kissed ass. And that scares the shit out of the dccc/DLC and their corporate backers.

          And that's why they fear independent thinking anti-war Cegelis.

  •  Thanks, Jim! (4.00)
    DFA is in good hands.


    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 11:41:05 AM PST

  •  Update (none)
    You've raised over $9,000! Dollar by dollar, we're matching the Club for Growth and putting DINO's on notice. Let's keep it up. Contribute today:

  •  Real Democrats (none)
    as opposed to fake Democrats.  


  •  Hey DFA, send a real message to the DCCC: (none)
    support Christine Cegelis

    Cuellar is so bad that as far as I can tell even the DCCC is not giving him any real support.

    In IL-6 the DCCC swooped in 5 days before the petition filing deadline to get a candidate on the ballot who doesn't live in the district, doesn't know the district, and doesn't know the issues (she thinks the bankruptcy bill has to do with corporate pension obligations -- really!) to take down a true progressive whose strong showing in 2004 helped Henry Hyde decide to retire (he found actually having to run for his seat exhausting).

    Christine Cegelis was in the DFA's second Dean Dozen group in 2004. Early voting in Illinois starts in 2 1/2 weeks (Feb. 27). The time to endorse Christine candidacy and help her raise money to counter the $1 million Rahm Emanuel is raising for Tammy Duckworth (3% of whose support so far has actually come from within IL-6) is NOW.

    All the Chicago area DFA groups are supporting Christine, canvassing, phonebaking, raising money, etc. It's time for national DFA to support our efforts.

    "We can win elections only by standing up for what we believe." --Howard Dean

    by Jim in Chicago on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 02:43:17 PM PST

  •  10 bucks from me (none)
    After donating to Boxer, my Democracy Bond, and the ACLU this month, I'm about tapped out, but I was able to spare a few bones for this race.
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