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Ok, so my Congressman, Sell-Out Stephen Lynch, is switching his vote from "Yes" in November for HCR to "No" now.  The man needs a serious primary challenger, and the time to start looking for that challenger is now.

To defeat Lynch in the primary will take a grass-roots movement uniting behind a viable candidate.  I suggest we look at the current state senators serving in Lynch's congressional district.  That list includes: Jim Timilty, Marc Pacheco, Brian Joyce, and Marian Walsh -- all Democrats in a +22 Democratic district.

More on the flip...

It's going to be hard to recruit any of those individuals to challenge a sitting Democratic congressman, unless of course the congressman in question shows himself to be an abject turncoat on an issue of critical importance to the party and to the nation.  HCR is such an issue, and we need to take up the SEIU challenge to primary congressmen who vote against reform.  So here is some capsule information, mostly taken from VoteSmart, on the potential challengers to Sell-Out Stephen Lynch.

Jim Timilty: Has represented Bristol and Norfolk since 2004, from a prominent political family in the district.  Has a 92% rating from the AFL-CIO, 56% from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and 50% from Citizens for Limited Taxation and Government.

Marc Pacheco: Has represented First Plymouth and Bristol since 1993.  Has an A+ rating from Gun Owners' Action League, 14% from Citizens for Limited Taxation and Government, and 100% from the AFL-CIO.  Pacheco ran in the 2001 primary for Joe Moakley's open seat and was defeated by Lynch.

Brian Joyce: Has represented Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth since 1998.  Has B ratings from the NRA and Gun Owners' Action League, and a 96% rating from the AFL-CIO.  Also ran in the 2001 open seat primary and lost to Lynch.

Marian Walsh: Has represented Suffolk and Norfolk since 1993 and is the majority whip in the State Senate.  Has an 88% rating from the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, 96% from the AFL-CIO, 0% from Citizens for Limited Taxation and Government, and a C from the Gun Owners' Action League.

Of these four, Walsh is the one whose politics most closely resemble my own, and as majority whip she certainly has the muscle to take on a sitting congressman if she were to choose to.  A potential weakness for her is that her district covers only a small part of MA-09, and I'm not certain if she currently resides in the CD itself.

Still, if we're looking to draft someone she's the one I'd like to see take on the scumdog who currently represents me.

Race tracker, MA-09

Update: Poking around for more info on Walsh, I found this undated letter on her campaign webpage:

It is time now for me to contribute in other ways – outside of elective office. Next fall, I will not stand for reelection to the Massachusetts State Senate for the Suffolk and Norfolk District.

I do intend to be of service in other venues, and I look forward to the next chapter with excitement and gratitude.

Does that mean she's available for higher elected office, or simply that she's now bowing out of that particular game?  Maybe if we raise money to draft her, we can influence her decision.

Originally posted to litho on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 04:32 PM PDT.

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  •  Running off to eat dinner (10+ / 0-)

    will check back on comments in a bit.

    text "YELE" to 501501 to give five bucks to Haitian relief, or "HAITI" to 90999 to give ten to the Red Cross.

    by litho on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 04:32:39 PM PDT

  •  Why not offer our unanimous support (6+ / 0-)

    to all 4 of them at the same time, with the condition that whoever is first in gets it? One of them will get in, and we'll have a candidate!

    I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

    by doc2 on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 04:38:09 PM PDT

  •  I'll send Act Blue a check for anyone who does (0+ / 0-)
  •  Lunacy (0+ / 0-)

    Lynch is bullet-proof in Massachusetts. Any money spent to unseat him is wasted.

  •  Lynch must be a Stupak ally! (6+ / 0-)

    Everyone's wondering why he's switching. He says it's about the public option, when he resisted the idea last summer. He says it's about deem-and-pass, when he voted with the Dems on the issue yesterday.

    It's Stupak, dammit. And he doesn't want anyone to know it.

    He has a pro-life voting record and he received a 25% pro-choice score from NARAL in 2006. He is also strongly pro-labor and has focused on bringing manufacturing jobs to his district.

    •  Chris Bowers says: (2+ / 0-)
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      Currently, I have ten "yes to no" votes, and seven "no to yes" votes.  That would mean the leadership needs two more "no to yes" votes to pass the bill.

      Eight or nine of "yes to no" votes are Stupak bloc: Cao, Carney, Costello, Donnelly, Driehaus, Lipinski, Rahall, and Stupak.  Lynch might even be in that group, too.  Additionally, Berry, Dahlkemper, Kaptur and Ortiz are still "Stupak curious," potential members of the bloc.

      The Stupak bloc is the only obstacle to passing the bill at this point.  Pelosi and Stupak talked for ten minutes today.  Additionally, Jeffery Young reports a cryptic, if still worrying sign:

      Pro-choice female Dems are shuttling in and out of Pelosi's office and they won't say why.

      Rep. Diana DeGette says "we're not happy."

  •  Lynch is opposing it from the left (0+ / 0-)

    Although I don't agree with his vote. I 100% agree with his stance that the American people deserve a public option. Instead of primarying progressives who won't accept a bill mandating people to buy insurance from a for profit death by spreadsheet industry don't you think your time would be better spent attacking someone like Bart Stupak, the blue dogs, or maybe even a Republican.

  •  Lynch is a total fraud, (6+ / 0-)

    who obviously likes to play people for fools. If he really thinks he could suddenly become a public option hero, he has to be a total joke. Anyone who has been in this fight from the start knows who was with us when it counted, and Lynch wasn't one of them.

    Rep Lynch needs to keep in mind that we will never forget the mockery he has made of health care, and we will pay him back for it.

    With Obama's Presidency, I feel the enduring pain of every teabagger, and believe me, I completely enjoy it.

    by pollbuster on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 05:09:15 PM PDT

  •  Why not Dunkelbarger? (0+ / 0-)

    He's already running.

    •  I'd rather back someone (1+ / 0-)
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      with a proven capacity to win votes.  Dunkelbarger did win Vice-President of the Second Grade, but his qualification for that office, apparently, was his ability to beat up Douglas Light.

      Not exactly the skills I'm looking for in a politician...

      text "YELE" to 501501 to give five bucks to Haitian relief, or "HAITI" to 90999 to give ten to the Red Cross.

      by litho on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 05:18:55 PM PDT

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  •  Timilty is awesome (0+ / 0-)

    If he ran, I would donate to him in a second.     I live in Lynch's district and that would be an amazing swap.

    •  Timilty belongs to a mini-dynasty (0+ / 0-)

      which is problematic in and of itself these days in MA -- just look at Kennedy's decision to drop out of the MA-10 race to replace Delahunt, which I guarantee you was not because he wants to spend more time with his family.

      Even more problematic in a Congressional race is the little problem Timilty's sister got into while running for reelection to the Governor's Council a year and a half ago.

      He might be able to overcome that baggage, but personally I'm looking for a stronger candidate than that.  Lynch is vulnerable, but he's still really tough.

      text "YELE" to 501501 to give five bucks to Haitian relief, or "HAITI" to 90999 to give ten to the Red Cross.

      by litho on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 05:31:24 PM PDT

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      •  Timilty is pretty strong (0+ / 0-)

        I've seen him speak at candidate forums.   He comes across really, really well, and he has a really good handle on the local issues.    

        And after watching Coakley crash and burn in part because of her lack of inside connections, I think picking someone with some connections is pretty much a prerequisite.

  •  Absolutely, get rid of Lynch. (4+ / 0-)
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    litho, itskevin, richmonds, pistolSO

    If he doesn't come around, kick him out of the party and destroy him politically.

  •  Marian Walsh and Cheryl Jacques (2+ / 0-)
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    I doubt Cheryl Jacques is interested, but she would be an excellent representative.

    Marian Walsh has an interesting history.  Her district (West Roxbury) is somewhat conservative.  Several years ago, you may recall that some group was trying to get a repeal of same sex marriage on the ballot.  In MA, that requires collecting signatures (there was some scandal around that -- some people were claiming to collect signatures to allow liquor stores to open on Sunday or something like that, and then they'd tell people they needed to sign another paper, which was actually the petition to put same sex marriage on the ballot).  It also requires 25% of the combined legislature (150 reps + 50 senators = 200, so 50 votes) in two consecutive sessions for it to make the ballot.

    For a number of years, the legislature avoided taking a vote on it.  Eventually the Supreme Judicial Court told them they had to do it, but the SJC couldn't actually enforce it.  The first time around, it got something like 65 or 70 votes, as I recall, including Walsh.  The second time, though, it failed -- it got only 47 votes or so.  Marian Walsh was one of the ones who flipped her vote (from yea to nay -- the "correct" direction), despite having a conservative district -- as I recall, she simply decided it was the right thing to do.

    I don't quite live in that district (Barney Frank's), but if Lynch does go through with this I'm all for an aggressive primary.  My recollection (someone correct me if I'm wrong) is that Joyce is a bit more conservative, though.

    •  I'd love to see Jacques in Congress (1+ / 0-)
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      and though I didn't live in the district in 2001 I would have voted for her then.  However given that she's already lost once to Lynch -- and that her hand-picked successor in the state Senate lost to Scott Brown -- I don't really see her putting herself up against him again.

      I had forgotten the anecdote about Walsh, but it does speak well of her.  It shows she's got moxie, and her position as whip shows she's well-connected in the party.

      text "YELE" to 501501 to give five bucks to Haitian relief, or "HAITI" to 90999 to give ten to the Red Cross.

      by litho on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 05:46:01 PM PDT

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  •  Lynch and health care (4+ / 0-)
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    Lynch was one of the speakers at the health care rally on the Common on Labor Day (see my photo diary).  He received a markedly cooler reception than the other speakers (Capuano, Markey, Coakley, Tierney, and Menino).

    Lynch is only pretending to oppose it from the left.  He's opposing it from the right, and I doubt he's fooling anyone.  I don't believe for a moment that Capuano is opposing it; he just wants to make sure the right thing happens.  He's a hardass, tough and pragmatic, but very definitely a Massachusetts liberal.

    (And as regards the health care rally, I didn't include the web site for the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band -- is their site.  They deserve a shout out.  And I can't say enough about the great job SEIU Local 1199 did running the rally.)

    Sic Basement Cat on Lynch.

  •  I really don't think Lynch is vulnerable for (1+ / 0-)
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    a challenge from the left.  He's a Southie guy with a voting base that likely went with Scott Brown this time around.

  •  Can you get a serious candidate to run (0+ / 0-)
    when there is a good possibility that the district will be wiped out when Mass. drops from ten to nine seats in 2012?

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