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Good evening, Daily Kos! My name is Rich Anthony, and I’m running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

Last week, I told you what I stood for – pragmatic progressive values like quality health care for all Americans, aggressive action on clean energy and climate change, economic fairness and social justice, and of course “jobs, jobs, jobs.”  I also wrote the following:

Unfortunately, it’s become permissible for our elected leaders to be more concerned with their own political future and the future of their party than with truly serving the people they represent. What ever happened to leaders for whom words like character, honor and respect used to mean something? What happened to people looking up to their leaders as role models for their children?

Sadly, that’s not the way it is today.

This evening, I want to demonstrate what I was talking about.  So, instead of asking you to help me win my election against Rep. Frank Wolf (“Party of No” – Virginia), I’m asking you to do two things right now.

First, I’m asking you to help the people of Haiti. To do so, please click on one of the following links.

American Red Cross (or just text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross)

Oxfam America

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Save the Children

Care

Habitat for Humanity

International Fund for Animal Welfare – Haiti Emergency Relief Response

Second, I want to strongly encourage everyone to help Martha Coakley keep Ted Kennedy’s seat “blue.” True, this might not seem as urgent as helping the suffering people of Haiti, but nonetheless it’s important. Whether you care about health care, climate change, social justice and economic fairness, equal rights for all Americans, the ability of workers to organize freely, or just about any other core Democratic value, the difference between Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown is stark.

So, if you live in Massachusetts, I urge you to get out and vote on Tuesday. Also, if you are so inclined, please consider making calls on Martha Coakley’s behalf. Of course, you can also donate money, but frankly at this point the most important thing to do is a) vote and b) encourage others to vote.

Anyway, that’s what I wanted to talk about this evening.  Next Sunday evening, I’ll be back as promised to fill you in on the Republican incumbent I’m running against – Frank Wolf.  As I pointed out in a press release my campaign released on Friday, Wolf has turned to finger pointing and partisan attacks against President Obama, a drastic departure from Wolf’s years of silence during the Bush Administration. This notable change in behavior is causing many to speculate that Congressman Wolf may be concerned about his primary against self-described “tea party candidate” Jim Trautz. This could truly get interesting; stay tuned!

In the meantime, please check out my website at www.anthonyforcongress.com and follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you.

Originally posted to Rich Anthony for Congress on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 05:01 PM PST.

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