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(Adapted from a post at the albany project)

This could be the beginning of a whole new era in the relationship between the NY Democratic party and the progressive net/grassroots. I certainly hope so.

The post as it appears at TAP on the flip...

We are very, very excited to announce "Raise New York", a "blograiser" for SSD-07 candidate Craig Johnson featuring Governor Eliot Spitzer! And when I say "we", I am referring to, amongst many others, The Daily Gotham, Rochester Turning, Democracy In Albany, onNYTurf,, Swing State Project and, of course, us here at TAP.

Raise New York will take place on Thursday, February 1st at Prey in NYC. The event will also be liveblogged at the albany project, Daily Gotham and DailyKos. There will be photos, audio and video in near real time for those who for whatever reason can't attend in person. It's gonna be a hoot.

What is so exciting about this event for me is that, besides raising some much needed money for Craig Johnson, it represents a real opportunity for partnership building between the progressive net/grassroots and a state Dem Party establishment  that hasn't always been so interested in such things. There exists some very real potential for some mending of fences and and some trust building amongst all these groups as they fight for a common goal, namely reforming our joke of a state government.

The very nature of how this event came about is unprecedented as far as I can tell. This has never been done, or done in this way, ever before.

It also represents something potentially very special for the progressive NY blogosphere. It's a demonstration that we can and will work together towards that common goal when we choose to do so. That's never happened before and these new relationships could turn into something pretty freaking amazing. In fact, this may be what I find  most exciting.

So please join us for this amazing event! Join us in person or online and let's do all we can to make ol' Joe Bruno's majority one seat more tenuous.

I'm pretty excited about the potential for the long term here. The very fact that this event is happening is unprecedented and is just bursting with promise.

I'll just say this: we didn't ask the Governor to be a part of this.

'Nuff said.

UPDATE Brooklyn Raider just pointed out a huge whole in this diary. no CONTRIBUTE link. Well, now there is.

Originally posted to lipris on Thu Jan 18, 2007 at 10:31 AM PST.

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