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This is a huge victory for progressives in MA-09: Move on has announced that due to overwhelming support expressed by its members in the district, the national organization is endorsing progressive insurgent Mac D'Alessandro in his campaign to unseat conservadem Stephen Lynch. Yes, the same Lynch who was the only member of the MA House delegation to vote against HCR. The same Lynch who is a reliable vote for any pro-war legislation that comes down the pike.  The same Lynch who consistently votes against a woman's right to choose.  The same Lynch who was recently ranked among the ten least effective members of Congress.

Orange to Blue needs to take agood look at D'Alessandro. Like Ned Lamont and Bill Halter, and so many other good candidates in the past and present, he's fighting the good fight to bring more and better Democrats to Washington.

Move On statement below the fold.  

Message from your host, Gillian M.: Come join us as MoveOn endorses Mac D'Alessandro for the 9th Congressional District seat to replace Stephen Lynch. In an overwhelming vote, 87% of MoveOn members in the 9th district voted to endorse Mac. He is a true progressive, whose stance on the war, jobs and health care make him the candidate who will best represent the 9th district. We need to show our support for Mac's grassroots campaign so that he can win the primary on September 14!

Originally posted to litho on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM PDT.

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    •  This is a Candidate I can support (14+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the Diary & heads-up litho!!


      This is what impressed me about D'Alessandro:

      Defending Our Civil Liberties and a Woman's Right to Choose

      The individual freedom of all Americans must be ensured regardless of their gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. This means treating all people with respect and dignity and never legislating to limit their rights.

      In addition, a women's right to choose must always be protected. This means not only ensuring that Roe versus Wade is never overturned but that other more insidious limitations are not be placed on a woman’s reproductive freedom. Many of these limitations, like the Stupak Amendment, adversely affect low-income women.

      As your Congressman, I will work to:

         * Repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."
         * Repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act."
         * Enact the United Families Act.

         * Oppose measures like the Stupak Amendment and other legislative restrictions on access to reproductive heath services.
         * Oppose the death penalty.

      (-8.50/-7.44) "Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep." Dr. Howard Dean

      by Predictor on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 11:17:50 AM PDT

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  •  What are his chances? (2+ / 0-)
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    Has there been any polling on this?  Lynch has a HUGE cash advantage and just got an endorsement from Bill Clinton.  We're only 5 weeks away from the primary; does Mac really have a shot?  

    •  Bill Clinton? (3+ / 0-)

      Ok, I'll bite....why? Is Bill only endorsing assholes this election year? He endorsed Andrew Romanoff in Colorado. Should I be concerned if Romanoff wins?

      Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

      by Scarce on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 11:18:17 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure about the money picture (4+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Predictor, Radical def, ToborTobor

      and since I've been on vacation I haven't seen the latest polls. Back in June, though, Mac was citing polls that had Lynch's favorability in the thirties and a majority of state Dem convention reps either backing Mac outright or supporting anyone other than Lynch.

      Phonebanking shows strong opposition among Dem voters to Lynch and intense interest in learning about his primary opponent.

      The Clinton endorsement was payback for Lynch endorsing Hillary in the primary. Mac has the troops on the ground to run a people-powered campaign, which will erase any money advantage the hack might have.

      •  According to this link (1+ / 0-)
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        Swing State Project

        ...Lynch has 1.3 million in the bank and Mac has 72 grand.

        •  re: polling... (4+ / 0-)

          If 87% of Move On members who live in that district want Mac, that's pretty much good enough for me (knowing nothing about the state, district or candidates).

          We need to materially demonstrate that grassroots challenges, to primary Blue Dogs and their ilk, even against the will and support of the Democratic "Leadership", can be viable.

          While this hasn't always succeeded in winning the targeted primaries, or general elections, in an increasing number of cases it has, and you can't win if you don't try.  

          It's good to make the "Leadership" sweat.

          This is the only way I can see, to force them to recognize that they will ultimately be held accountable, if not this time, then down the road, if they persist in resisting, thwarting, and generally showing such utter contempt for the popular democratic will.

          While you may have a point, BigMike, that material viability of the challenger should be an important consideration, and it might be a mistake to go so far out on a limb as to risk handing the seat to the Republicans, we also need to show that we can mobilize to kick some Blue Dog ass, AND win, and that's going to require being willing to take some chances.

          "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

          by Radical def on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 12:24:54 PM PDT

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    •  Let's face facts... (0+ / 0-)

      ...his chances are nil.

        •  Pulled out of his ass... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          •  Speaking of ass... (0+ / 0-)

   are the Mac supporter, so you tell us what the latest polling shows.

            My estimation of Mac's chances are not based on any particular personal support for Lynch. They are based on Lynch's long demonstrated record of electoral successes.

            •  I cited the polls elsewhere (2+ / 0-)
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              Sharoney, Predictor

              Lynch's negatives are amazingly high. Mac is s perfect candidate for netroots support, to help make up Lynch's big financial advantage.

              •  re: polls... (2+ / 0-)
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                Again, knowing nothing about this particular district and constituency, I would propose taking a very close look at voter turnout in the past...more specifically, the non-voters (who are not usually represented in public opinion polls, which usually only question registered, likely voters).

                Especially in a Blue Dog district, as well as in districts considered Republican strongholds, I think that in general, a very major element in that "representative's" previous electoral successes may have been low turnout of likely Democratic voters...or, shall we say, a very substantial number of likely more progressive voters, who have given up, and just don't bother to vote, out of disgust with both parties seeming to be "the same".

                Indeed, polls of non-voters tend to elicit that response most often, as to why they didn't vote...that perception of "no difference" between the parties.

                Some 100 million eligibles refused to vote in '08, even for Obama, primarily due to that poignant attitude of cynical defeatism and demoralization.

                Which is why I often comment here about the need to be more principled and objective about demonizing "teh Dems" and Obama so absolutely, over their many "failures".

                The problem is not "teh Dems" and Obama, SO MUCH as the real politik of a remnant Blue Dog and Republican plurality in the House and Senate sufficient to JUST BARELY block, delay and sabotage all motion, forcing onerous compromises to get even the slightest things accomplished, and to hold the line against absolute complete reversal, by JUST A FEW VOTES, and even by just ONE vote, on any given issue of substance.

                The power is hanging by a thread, presently, and just a few more progressives, and a few less Blue Dogs and Republicans will make a world of difference in terms of being able to really surge forward for justice and peace, to save the planet.

                "Undecideds" and "swing voters" are of some importance, for GOTV, but ultimately I think the last thing we really need is to recruit a few more vacillating, half-stepping, backstabbing fools who can't make up their minds between Democrats and Republicans from one election to the next.

                The ones we really, really need, and should be focusing a whole lot more GOTV energy on, are those who DON'T usually vote, especially the younger, the lower income and the minority populations, who have consistently, historically, been the least likely to turn out, because they see no prospect of it making a damn bit of difference in their lives.

                This is a very substantial latent potential voter pool that we need to tap more effectively.  

                The vast majority of those are likely Democratic voters, who can and will respond to an impassioned appeal to step up and vote for a change, explicitly to give Obama the juice that he needs to fend off the vicious, intransigent right wing assault against him, and against them, from both the Republicans and the Blue Dogs.

                The right has tended to pretty consistently turn out their entire constituency, to just BARELY seize and hold the power, these many years now, and have tended to "win" ONLY by suppressing likely Democratic voter turnout by hook and by crook.  

                The right has nowhere near such a huge latent electoral pool to fall back on...they have been all in, for a long time now, and even those numbers are now dwindling,.

                What we need in this country is an unprecedented, historic interim election voter turnout...and the usual tired old rah rah GOTV approach, just isn't going to cut it.

                Seize the Time!

                Seize the Power!

                All Out for 2010 and 2012!

                "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

                by Radical def on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 01:50:54 PM PDT

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            •  Past performance (3+ / 0-)
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              is no guarantee of future results. Unless you're into self-fulfilling prophecies, that is.

              You know what they say about the Mass. Lottery. "You can't win if you don't play." Well, I think Mac's chances are considerably better than winning the lottery if we stop the pearl-clutching and make up the cash difference.

              "We have to remember that Timothy McVeigh was a tea-partier before his time." -- Kossack ccyd

              by Sharoney on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 03:02:18 PM PDT

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      •  BS (2+ / 0-)
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        litho, Predictor

        Tough but not nil. wherever I canvass or phone bank, the support is strong.

  •  This was the type of scenario we would (6+ / 0-)

    dream about back in 2003 - Lynch held MA-9 for the Dems, but he was clearly nothing to brag about.  Now, he gets challenged by a better Dem.  The better Dem may not win in 2010, but with increased name recognition and stronger turnout in 2012, he's going to win.

    If Kossacks should have learned anything from the last eight years, it's that creating a progressive majority in Congress is a long, hard war, not some one time battle. We've had bitter disappointments along the way, and waaay too many cynics hanging out here bitching about just about everything.  But looking back to the truly dark days of 2003-04, you can easily see the progress we have made.

    Let's work to make Lynch toast now, but never forget our chances will be much better in 2012.

    "Never let up. Crush bigotry and greed."

    by LouisMartin on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 12:20:25 PM PDT

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