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For those who don't know me, I'm a political blogger and podcaster who covers Massachusetts politics. I thought I'd pop on DKos to ask help in recruiting a fantastic candidate to oust the Health-Care-Reform Backstabber, Congressman Stephen Lynch. Congressman Steve Lynch has done many things in his past to make him very unlikeable, but his vote against health care reform -- perhaps the signature issue of the entire Democratic Party -- was certainly the last straw. One simply can't be against health care reform and be a Democrat, as far as this blogger's concerned.

It's a good thing there's a progressive candidate ready to challenge him as we speak - and her name is Harmony Wu. There are a number of reasons to support Wu, and a number of reasons why Lynch needs to get gone, so let's look at the pros and pros of both propositions.


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Wu's good, because

  • She's proven to be an effective organizer and would be a fantastic campaigner;
  • She's been an active member of her community and would be out there fighting for her constituents' best interests;
  • As a college professor with her PhD, she has a great background for a Congresswoman and wouldn't be the typical politician;
  • Finally, her students love her -- even if they think she's a tough cookie.
Lynch needs to go, because
  • He has a history of being against the values of the Democratic Party, be it on the Iraq war, health care or choice, and he's a very recent convert on basic matters of glbt civil rights, whilst having a history of voting against domestic partnership benefits and hate crime protections before he was in DC;
  • He's thrown a shiv in our back for what should be the last time;
  • He's completely beatable in a Democratic Primary;
  • Whoever beats him in that primary will hold that seat.
  • If we don't hold our politicians accountable, what incentive will they ever have to listen to their rank-and-file constituents, instead of powerful interests (like, in this case, Cardinal O'Malley)?

Knowing that we're more likely to lose seats in 2010 than many of us would care to admit, it's important to send as many strong progressives to D.C. as possible. We need people who will fight for us, not look the other way while people suffer under inefficient and broken systems. Here's the Draft Harmony Wu website -- and here's the Draft Harmony Wu Facebook page. Please consider joining in the call to hold Representative Lynch accountable and putting someone in who will really look after the rank and file citizen in that congressional district.

Originally posted to Rye's Take on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:34 PM PDT.

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  •  Lynch's record (8+ / 0-)

    Like I said over on your blog,

    Lynch was the only member of Congress from New England to vote against the health care reform bill. Last year, he voted in favor of Bart Stupak's deceptive ban on insurance for abortion. Of the 49 Democrats from New England + New York, 45 voted against that, and Lynch was one of the 4 who supported it.

    I've been frustrated with him for a long time, especially since he voted for the Iraq war, and continued to support funding it, and in 2006 he was the only member of the Massachusetts delegation to vote with the Republicans to "stay the course".

    He expressed concern about the cost of the economic recovery & reinvestment act, and about the cost of health care access, but I don't recall him being so concerned about the cost of invading Iraq. Is that a better use of our money, than our own infrastructure, education, and health?

  •  Vile Snotbag (5+ / 0-)

    ...I watched that vile little snotbag grandstanding on CSPAN last year during the AIG hearings, they had the guy who agreed to run the company for $1 per year to help clean up the mess, and Lynch screamed at the guy as if he was the one who ripped us all off....

    Look I hate corpofuckwads as much as the next Leftykook does, but give me a break, that guy was handling a thankless task, and that slimy douchebag Lynch called him everything but a war criminal, and I've had a real distaste for him ever since, whenever he shows up on the idiot box being interviewed about anything, all I see is his disgusting performance in that committee meeting.

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:41:53 PM PDT

    •  I can't honestly think of (6+ / 0-)
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      cos, shpilk, mayan, deepeco, soms, leftykook

      one Democrat in the state of Massachusetts who genuinely likes Stephen Lynch. Not one. He only ever got in there because it was a special election, with two very strong progressives running against him who split the vote essentially in threes, allowing Lynch to just squeeze in.

      The entire progressive base in the area is behind Harmony Wu and she'll have a ton of support. She absolutely can win this race and finally put the worst democratic congressperson in New England out to pasture.

  •  Welcome to a national forum, Ryepower. (5+ / 0-)
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    cos, shpilk, mayan, Ryepower12, soms

    Lynch's unconscionable vote against the health and wellbeing of his constituents is more than enough grounds to oust him from office.

    Havng a candidate with the background and credentials of Dr. Wu is the political frosting on the cake. But the race will take in Massachusetts and here anything can take place, example: our new senator, Scott Brown.

    •  thanks ;) (4+ / 0-)
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      cos, shpilk, mayan, Treghas

      I'm not completely new to dkos, but I find it's helpful to be up front about who we are when we post diaries on blogs we don't normally post them. (Once upon a time one of my diaries was picked up on the dailykos nightly rescue list -- my daily kos highlight. LOL.)

      I completely agree with you about this race, though. As bad as Lynch is, that's how could Wu could be, but we'll need to brew up some support locally and nationally to get her past the political roadblock that is incumbency.

  •  Why "draft"? (0+ / 0-)

    Is Ms. Wu running? If you want to knock off an incumbent I think you would need a willing candidate...and if Ms. Wu wants the nomination, she wouldn't have to be "drafted"...

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:59:09 PM PDT

  •  I'm sorry, but (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not going to back the first candidate that comes along just because they're the first.

    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:00:30 PM PDT

  •  Ramp it up, and get rid of Lynch. (3+ / 0-)
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    cos, Frederick Clarkson, Ryepower12

    He's out of touch of where his constituents are.
    I've got family in MA, and I'm front there - I've been watching Lynch for years and he's always disturbed the hell out of me.

    People here will mention Senator StaplePutz as why Lynch has 'appeal' and that MA has changed.

    I disagree. Vehemently.

    Massachusetts did not change. Coakley was a horrible candidate and turnout in the reliable metro areas was downright miserable. She acted haughty, like she was entitled to Ted's seat. She hardly made an effort, and insulted her own base of support as she made a fool of herself to everyone else.  

    Massachusetts can redeem itself in part by rejecting this DINO Stephen Lynch. Harmony Wu understands grassroots organizing, and this is what it takes to become a political force.

    I'm broke, but I'll find money to donate to her campaign, I swear it.

    "the work goes on, the cause endures .. "

    by shpilk on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:02:19 PM PDT

  •  His webpage has him voting for it... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ryepower12

    I mean the November version of course.  But a prominently placed link that says "Read Congressman Lynch's statement on H.R. 3962..." is still there.  As the senate amended version was also called H.R. 3962, I can only think of two things:

    1. He is trying to pretend like he voted for the final health care bill.
    1. He does not update his website enough
    1. He's a liar.

    Okay, that was three things.  This guy sucks nonetheless, and needs to go.

  •  A photo of Harmony would be nice. ;) (0+ / 0-)

    I refuse to accept "no can do" as a proper slogan for progressives.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 09:46:19 PM PDT

  •  tipped and recced (1+ / 0-)
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    Ryepower12

    This is a solid step in the direction of electing better Democrats.

  •  What about labor? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    I've read that Lynch is strongly backed by the Ironworkers (and the rest of the construction trades) and the postal unions.

    Is there any union support (AFSCME? CWA?) for a challenge to Lynch?

  •  I'm all for getting rid of Lynch, just not for Wu (0+ / 0-)

    I want a candidate that has a reasonable shot at keeping the seat Democratic.    Wu doesn't have that.     There's no reason we can't have a protest vote that can win in November in this district.

    •  where is that candidate? why haven't they stood (0+ / 0-)

      up? Wu would be a great candidate and, from being on the ground, I can tell she has a ton of support already. A LOT of activists I know are lined up to oust Lynch after this --- and they've all lined up behind Wu.

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