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With nine days left, Rhode Island Congressional candidate David Segal has emerged as the front-runner in Democracy for America's Grassroots All-Stars competition. To those of us who have worked with David, this accomplishment is a recognition of something we already knew: David Segal is the progressive candidate to support this fall.  In my opinion, he is the single most exciting candidate for Congress in years, and I hope you'll follow me below the flip to hear why.

Since his election to the Providence City Council eight years ago, including in his current role as state representative, David has advocated tirelessly on behalf of ordinary Rhode Islanders. Time and time again, he has stood up to powerful interests--such as big banks and predatory lending agencies--to secure victories for working families. He is a bold and brave legislator, exactly the kind of lawmaker we need in Washington D.C. to ensure our voice is heard.

My name is Austin King and I've known David for years and followed his work carefully.  I'm lucky to know personally that he is a deeply principled person of unimpeachable integrity, as well as a master strategist and one of America's most effective legislators.  In the Rhode Island Assembly, he has helped organize and lead a Progressive Bloc of legislators that has scored numerous important victories for working families.  I am obviously very excited at the prospect of David joining Alan Grayson, Raul Grijalva, and the rest of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and bringing real progressive change to Congress (that's why PCCC and the RI DFA have endorsed David).  I don't live in Rhode Island, but David's campaign deserves and is receiving national support from progressives exactly because of this potential.

David will be the first to tell you that he doesn't do any of this alone. David's more of a community organizer more than a politician, and he has a long history of working in coalition with grassroots organizations to fight for progressive reforms including increasing affordable housing, promoting civil rights, and creating green jobs.

A recent example is his work surrounding fair elections. David collaborated with Lawrence Lessig to organize against the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which removes limits on corporate campaign contributions. Professor Lessig wrote about their efforts here.

David is more than a grassroots candidate. He is a grassroots legislator--and that is incredibly rare.  Still not convinced?  Read what Howie Klein had to say about David on Down With Tyranny!

David Segal is number one in this competition because he deserves to be there. And I hope you'll vote for him by July 18th at DFA Grassroots All-Stars, and again when the second round begins.

I also can't help but share a plug for my own personal fund-raising efforts for David.  I'm proud that I've already recruited 69 contributors and raised $2765 for his campaign.  Please consider chipping in $5 or whatever you can afford to send this progressive champion to Congress!

Originally posted to awkward007 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 12:54 PM PDT.

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  •  Good to hear... (3+ / 0-)
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    awkward007, ayawisgi, Evynn

    Its great to hear about and see the splash that Rep. Segal is making outside of Rhode Island. Those of us from his district know the tireless hours at the state house used to corral legislators in confronting the challenges which our state faces. Our nation will be a better place when we are able to add his voice to Congress.

  •  Segal, pah! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm from just north of Rhode Island, in Boston.  This is such a pointless debate.  The strongest progressive candidate in this race is Providence Mayor David Cicilline, who has a strong reformist record and has done a lot for the local progressive community.  Segal is a lousy politician - the author's handle betrays his biggest weakness - and could end up losing the seat for us.

    Barack Obama '08: Because a Generation's Faith in Government Depends On It. Georgetown University Democrats Blog

    by klugerEsel5 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 01:48:12 PM PDT

    •  Obviously disagree (4+ / 0-)

      Segal may be a lousy politician in the traditional sense - he's clearly less talented at ingratiating himself with power-brokers, money-people and their clingers-on - but he's a tremendous legislator and organizer.  

      In fact, while he was on the Providence City Council, he went toe-to-toe with Cicilline over and over again, and won.  Check this from the Howie Klein post linked in the diary:

      And how's this for a trump card in a candidates' debate: David's sued one of his current opponents, by name-- and won. When the Mayor of Providence persistently refused to enforce a law requiring developers receiving municipal funds to try to hire locally, David organized his council colleagues to sue in Superior Court for stronger enforcement, ensuring more jobs for the inner-city that was fronting the dough for the projects.

      The truth is that although a good progressive in the Legislature, Cicilline has been a middling, moderate mayor and a constant irritation to progressives.  David Segal was a thorn in his side for a reason - all the right reasons.

      Segal's not going to lose the seat - that's such crap.  This is a D+13 district and the GOPer is running around yelling about imitating AZ immigration laws in a district with heavy immigrant voting blocs.  Also, trashing a true progressive champion and claiming he's unelectable is probably not going to play well 'round these parts.

    •  Politicians (2+ / 0-)
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      awkward007, BlueGenes

      We don't need any more professional and smooth politicians - we need honest people who will not falter when it comes to doing what is right.  I think we've had enough slickness and we need more integrity.

      Once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of the plague was ended. ~Camus

      by ayawisgi on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 02:29:41 PM PDT

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    •  Nuts Opponents vs Common Sense Progressives (0+ / 0-)

      Strike while the iron is hot. When the gop nominates the most fringe candidate they can lay hands on, that is a prime opportunity to win a general election with a bold, common sense progressive. Especially in a solid blue district.

      I really thought 50% + 1 electoral politics was declared dead in 2006.

      BP is already a corporate felon.

      by BlueGenes on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 04:27:04 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for letting me know more about this guy (2+ / 0-)
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    BlueGenes, BeyondNovember

    If he has PCCC support, that's good enough for me.

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