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This weekend is a weekend of action and I'll be doing three things: I'll be heading up to Roseville to volunteer for Charlie Brown for Congress on Saturday, donating (of course), and contacting all the undecided California Superdelegates.  While I strongly encourage you to participate in those two, I'd like to talk about the third in particular.

As Hilary Clinton and her supporters are so fond of saying, both campaigns need the SDs to put them over the finish line, so let’s tell all of the undecideds that they should respect the popular vote, the delegate count, and good campaigning tactics and publicly endorse Obama.

To that end, the New York Times has a full list of SDs, including all the undecideds.  I’m going to be contacting all the California SDs and urging them to publically support Barack Obama and focus the campaign on beating John McCain in November.  These are both representatives and party officials, so political considerations are a must.  For the most impact, contact your local representative first, then regional representatives, then state level.

Some things we should all be telling the SDs about:

  1. Obama is the most electable candidate, as he has won the most votes, the most delegates, the most states, and raised the most money.
  1. Obama is good for the party.  Reference his new voter registration drive, his ability to bring out the next generation of democrats, and his organizing ability as proof that Obama will help us build a stronger Democratic Party (and help them get re-elected, hint hint).
  1. Obama has a plan for all the important issues we face today: healthcare, climate change, the war, the economy.  Our nation is in a downward slide and we need someone to rally the people to reverse that trend.  The more specific you can get about whatever proposal you choose to reference, the better.  Tell them why it's important to you and what Obama's position is.
  1. Read the New York Times profile of the SD you're contacting and incorporate ideas that address any concerns they may have.  If you have the time, dig deeper and address this persons long standing concerns and beliefs and how Obama best serves them.  Make it personal.

Some things we should NOT be telling the SDs about:

  1. Anything about Hilary Clinton.  Hilary Clinton is a widely respected and liked Senator, so capping on her needlessly is more likely to hurt than help.  These people are undecided because they like (or respect or fear or whatever) both candidates, so it's more persuasive to argue Obama is the better of the two than to argue that Clinton is corrupt/evil/vain/whatever ill it is that we've assigned to her this week.
  1. See 1.

Let's write to those who haven't commited and tell them why Obama would be a great president!  Below is a list of California Supers I'll be writing to, though I haven't yet had time to dig up contact info for the party officials.

Let me know who you contacted!


Lois Capps CA-23
DC Address: The Honorable Lois Capps
United States House of Representatives
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0523
DC Phone: 202-225-3601
DC Fax: 202-225-5632
Electronic Correspondence:

District Offices:
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-2957
Voice: 805-546-8348
FAX: 805-546-8368

101 West Anapamu Street, Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Voice: 805-730-1710
FAX: 805-730-9153

2675 North Ventura Road, Suite 105
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
Voice: 805-985-6807
FAX: 805-985-6875

Howard L. Berman CA-28
DC Address: The Honorable Howard L. Berman
United States House of Representatives
2221 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0528
DC Phone: 202-225-4695
DC Fax: 202-225-3196
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office:
14546 Hamlin Street, Suite 202
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Voice: 818-994-7200
FAX: 818-994-1050

Jim Costa CA-20
DC Address: The Honorable Jim Costa
United States House of Representatives
1314 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0520
DC Phone: 202-225-3341
DC Fax: 202-225-9308
Electronic Correspondence:

District Offices:
855 M Street, Suite 940
Fresno, CA 93721
Voice: 559-495-1620
FAX: 559-495-1027

2700 M Street, Suite 225
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Voice: 661-869-1620
FAX: 661-869-1027

Susan A. Davis CA-53
DC Address: The Honorable Susan A. Davis
United States House of Representatives
1526 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0553
DC Phone: 202-225-2040
DC Fax: 202-225-2948
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office:
4305 University Avenue, Suite 515
San Diego, CA 92105
Voice: 619-280-5353
FAX: 619-280-5311

Bob Filner CA-51
DC Address: The Honorable Bob Filner
United States House of Representatives
2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0551
DC Phone: 202-225-8045
DC Fax: 202-225-9073
Electronic Correspondence:

District Offices:
333 F Street, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91910-2624
Voice: 619-422-5963
FAX: 619-422-7290

1101 Airport Road, Suite D
Imperial, CA 92251
Voice: 760-355-8800
FAX: 760-355-8802

Mike Honda CA-15
DC Address: The Honorable Mike Honda
United States House of Representatives
1713 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0515
DC Phone: 202-225-2631
DC Fax: 202-225-2699
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office:
1999 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 815
Campbell, CA 95008
Voice: 408-558-8085
FAX: 408-558-8086

Jerry McNerney CA-11
DC Address: The Honorable Jerry McNerney
United States House of Representatives
312 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0511
DC Phone: 202-225-1947
DC Fax: 202-225-4060
Electronic Correspondence:

District Offices:
5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925-737-0727
FAX: 925-737-0734

2222 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 7
Stockton, CA 95207
Voice: 209-476-8552
FAX: 209-476-8587

Carole Migden, State Senator, CA-03
State Capitol
Room 5114
Sacramento, CA
(916) 651-4003

455 Golden Gate Ave.
Ste. 14800
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-1300      

3501 Civic Center
Room 425
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-6612

Nancy Pelosi CA-08
DC Address: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0508
DC Phone: 202-225-4965
DC Fax: 202-225-4188
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102-3661
Phone: 415-556-4862

Pete Stark CA-13
DC Address: The Honorable Fortney (Pete) Stark
United States House of Representatives
239 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0513
DC Phone: 202-225-5065
DC Fax: 202-226-3805
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office:
39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 220
Fremont, CA 94538
Voice: 510-494-1388
FAX: 510-494-5852

Henry A. Waxman CA-30
DC Address: The Honorable Henry A. Waxman
United States House of Representatives
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0530
DC Phone: 202-225-3976
DC Fax: 202-225-4099
Electronic Correspondence:

District Office:
8436 West Third Street, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Voice: 323-651-1040
FAX: 323-655-0502

Party Officials

Edward Espinoza, Party official, Calif.

Inola Henry, Party official, Calif.

Bob Mulholland, Party official, Calif.

Christine Pelosi, Party official, Calif.

John A. Perez, Party official, Calif.

Robert Rankin, Party official, Calif.

Crystal Strait, Party official, Calif.

Art Torres, Party official, Calif.

Steven Ybarra, Party official, Calif.

Originally posted to CollinMcDonnell on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 11:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Tips for persuasion! (2+ / 0-)
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    Shhs, orangeuglad
    •  I would tell them not to put loyalty over party (0+ / 0-)

      and party over country. That shit has to stop.

      Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

      by Shhs on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 11:05:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The supers aren't talking or listening (1+ / 0-)
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    I have contacted my Washington state superdelegates several times. This includes Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell. I've contacted them by snail mail and email, but have  received no answers. I called Senator Murray's office and was told that they couldn't discuss this topic. I was also told I couldn't make an appointment to see Senator Murray unless I fill out a form stating the reason I want to talk to Sen. Murray. The person on the phone almost sounded scared when I mentioned the Superdelegate issue. Most strange. Very discouraging.

    •  I'm sorry to hear that (1+ / 0-)
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      That won't stop me, but I agree, it's disheartening.  I've already written Nancy Pelosi several times about it, as she's my Representative, but she is also being rather tight lipped about it.

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