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Every once in a while something comes along in our bizarre political world that can't help but make you smile.  Someone gets something just right.  They tell you exactly what you feel in a way that you can't help but connect with.  Watch the video and follow me after the break to find out why you need to about Dr. David Gill.


Just a few hours ago, it became official that Tim Johnson, incumbent representative of Illinois' 13th district would retire.  One quote in particular stood out to me...

Another source said Johnson felt comfortable stepping down after David Gill, a Democrat from Bloomington, won the Democratic primary last month. Gill had run and lost against Johnson three times previously.
So who is David Gill?

First, David Gill defeated an opponent in his primary that was backed by the DCCC and the Democratic establishment.  They had no problem settling on a safe pick instead of someone who will dare to stand up and tell the truth.  His opponent in the primary outspent him 5-1.  Gill won by 143 votes.

David Gill won because he has the audacity to tell the truth about the issues that have been distorted, disassembled and twisted to being totally unrecognizable.  We DESPERATELY need a Democrat who will help shift the conversation in this country away from the center-right to far right rut that we are in.  A place where extending insurance to 23 and 26 year olds, people with pre-existing conditions and the working poor is decried by self-proclaimed defenders of liberty and is in danger of being taken away altogether.  We need someone who will stand on the floor of Congress and say with authority that

My health care plan for “Improved Medicare For All” would be a way for people to have better health care, while also hanging on to more of their money by stopping the flow of 40 percent of our health care dollars into a black pit known as the private health insurance industry. And so, I don’t consider that an extremely progressive position. I consider it a people-oriented position.
Dr. Gill doesn't just have something to say about healthcare.  He is a strong supporter of credit unions, infrastructure, reforming corporate welfare and green energy - all planks of his jobs plan.

He was against the wars of choice in Iraq and Afghanistan and supports an extensive revamping of the all-volunteer, oft-neglected United States Military.

But, his entire campaign is built around healthcare and the fact that he is a doctor, from the logo to the slogan.

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So, when I see him say things like this to Howie Klein at Blue America, I think he might be someone you have to know about and tell other people about.

The suffering and death caused by the lack of a single-payer healthcare system is really quite overwhelming, and as those awful stories receive much more exposure through a Congressman like me, I believe that the public can easily be educated about the situation. The public can readily be educated regarding the realities of healthcare financing here in America, as well as the mythology propagated by the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. And once the public fully understands the situation, I think you'll see some very dramatic anger and pressure brought to bear upon the members of Congress who oppose single-payer. Once people understand how much wealthier AND how much healthier they would be with single-payer, there will be a stiff price to pay at the ballot box for those who stand in the way of its implementation.
Republicans are scrambling to get a candidate to run for the seat now that Tim Johnson has announced he is stepping aside.  That candidate will have no choice but to accept a massive influx of cash from out of state and to run a reprehensible campaign against Dr. Gill.  If we act now, we can help David Gill become a voice for progressives across the country.

Visit his website and learn more.

One final note - If you watch all the way to the end of that first video up top, the copyright is attributed to "Friends of David Gill".  Most of the times you see that it's a bunch of millionaires who have gotten together to ask their millionaire buddies to get their handpicked candidate into Congress.  I just don't think that's the case for Dr. Gill.  I think he really has a group of friends who are helping him, pounding the pavement and convincing people in Illinois' 13th district that Dr. Gill is someone who will speak for them.  

"People I talk to at diners and county fairs nod in approval when I tell them that they may not all ways agree with me, but they’ll always know where I stand." - Dr. David Gill

Way Too Late Edit: I am in no way affiliated with the campaign, just saw the news and wanted to get the word out

Originally posted to The Aggressive Progressive on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 10:34 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  Good for him! (4+ / 0-)

    As someone uninsured and living with untreated orthopedic issues, I am aware with each step I take of the need for single-payer healthcare.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:37:01 PM PDT

  •  We must have read the same article. (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass

    I saw the "felt comfortable" quote and thought it was some kind of editing error. It left me completely puzzled. I was going to tweet it, but held back because I wasn't sure what that meant.

    I thought the obvious way to interpret that is Johnson is okay with Gill as his successor. With tortured logic I guess you could infer that Johnson felt Gill would be the inferior candidate, thus he felt the GOP could hold the seat without his name on the ballot.

    I understand that district is a bit more Dem-friendly after redistricting, so regardless of the backhanded endorsement (?) of the incumbent this is a good thing.

    Still, I'd like to learn more about that curious turn of events.

    Could this also be related to the anger over Cantor backing Kinzinger in his primary with Manzullo?

     

  •  I am really glad to see this. (5+ / 0-)

    I don't have any money, but my ex, who is a surgeon and shares Dr. Gill's opinion does and I'm going to encourage him to send Dr. Gill's campaign some money.

    My ex used to be a Republican. Part of what changed his mind was access to health care (that, and ten years with me and my loudmouthed liberal family, I guess). Patrick feels that extending Medicare to all is the best way to go. I am sure it will take very little arm-twisting to get a donation out of him.

    Thanks so much for posting this.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:01:34 AM PDT

    •  Winning this race may decide control (2+ / 0-)
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      WheninRome, JGibson

      of the US House of Representatives.  

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:30:50 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That, plus the Dufus Brigade (1+ / 0-)
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        Naniboujou

        Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
        Joe Wilson(SC-02)
        Joe Walsh (IL-08) v. Tammy Duckworth
        Steve King (IA-04) v. Christie Vilsack
        Michele Bachmann(MN-06)
        Tom Graves(GA-09)
        Paul Broun(GA-10)
        John Culberson(TX-07)
        Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
        Clif Stearns(FL-06)
        Frank Guinta(NH-01) v. Carol Shea-Porter
        Charles Bass(NH-02)
        Allen West(FL-18) v. Patrick Murphy
        Daniel Webster(FL-08)
        Austin Scott(GA-08)
        Lou Barletta(PA-11)
        Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
        Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
        Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
        Sean Duffy(WI-07) v. Pat Kreitlow
        Eric Cantor(VA-07) v. Wayne Powell
        Jeff Denham(CA-19)
        Steve Womack(AR-03)
        Steve Southerland(FL-02)
        Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
        Joe Heck(NV-03)
        John Campbell(CA-48)
        Andy Harris (MD-01)
        Peter King (NY-03)
        Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
        Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
        Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
        Mike Coffman (CO-06)
        Robert Dold (IL-10)
        John Fleming (LA-04)
        Diane Black (TN-06)
        Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
        Justin Amash (MI-03)
        Robert Hurt (VA-05)
        Jim Jordan (OH-04)
        Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
        Don Young (AK)
        Paul Ryan (WI-01) v. Rob Zerban
        Elton Gallegly (CA-24)
        Collin Peterson (MN-07)
        Renee Elmers (NC-02)
        Timothy Walberg (MI-07)
        Mike Rogers (MI-08)
        Peter Hoekstra (MI-Sen)
        Adrian Smith (NE-03)
        Vern Buchanan (FL-13)
        John Sullivan (OK-01)
        Scott Rigell (VA-02)
        Ann Marie Beurkle (NY-25)

        If you can identify Democrats for these districts, please do.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 02:52:50 AM PDT

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        •  fl-02 (0+ / 0-)

          Leonard Bembry, a state senator, will run for us. The district was made a couple points more Democratic in redistricting, and we held it until 2010.

          MI-07: Joe Schwarz, the previous Republican to hold the district says he'll decide within the week whether he'd run as a Democrat.  The DCCC is talking to him.

          NV-03: John Oceguera, a state legislator

          NH-02: Ann Kuster is running again and is favored to win.

          MN-07: Collin Peterson is a Democrat.  It's a very conservative district.

          I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 04:47:22 AM PDT

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  •  Might add that Dick Durbin's endorsement (0+ / 0-)

    of Goetten as a fighter was not persuasive.  Indeed, I'd argue that prosecutors make poor representatives because they've gotten used to the absolute immunity that comes with that position.  There are too many authoritarians in our prosecutorial ranks.  Doubtless the citizens of the 13th District in Illinois recognized that.

    From where I sit, the DCCC and DSCC ought to be done away with.  Public officials should not be involved in choosing their colleagues.  There's a difference between making a personal recommendation and funding a publicity campaign.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 03:02:46 AM PDT

  •  Please add the district to the title. (0+ / 0-)

    I have edited the tags to include it.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 05:42:29 AM PDT

  •  DK "Full Disclosure" rules... (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    This is a well stated and heartfelt endorsement and Dr. Gill sounds like a candidate with strong support for positive liberal issues.

    That said, and understanding that there's every possibility you are merely a very polished writer, let me suggest that if you have any official relationship with the Gill campaign you need to make that clear in your diary so that you do not run afoul of the DailyKos rules regarding Full Disclosure.

    There's not a problem with official communicae being presented around here -- including appeals for moral and financial support.  However, if it comes out along the way that an 'ardent supporter' is also or actually a political operative of the campaign (or aligned PACs, etc.), it can cause bruised feelings, and worse.

    No offense meant, here -- just some advice in case it applies.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 06:42:04 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for introducing us - I will share this (0+ / 0-)

    far and wide!

    Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on deeper and deeper tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

    by jillwklausen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 07:40:45 AM PDT

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