Posted on | September 19, 2010 | 27 Comments
All it takes is a click on a Web site to sign up for the Democracy For America (DFA) list that sends e-mails like this to your inbox:
Have you watched cable news lately? The Tea Baggers are everywhere!
The Tea Party is news because they’ve won a few upset primaries — but let’s be honest — that’s not the only reason they’re getting wall-to-wall coverage. Honestly, that weirdly racist tinge makes for good TV. Bizarre, wide-eyed accusations of the President and hilariously misspelled signs demanding an English-only country will drive up news ratings. I don’t mind, though. People should know about these extremists.
But the best-kept secret of 2010 is that progressives have won primaries up and down the ballot all across the country — way more than Tea Party. That’s right — Progressive challengers have beat out fabled “Mama Grizzlies” in state after state.
Just this week, progressive champion Ann McLane Kuster won a landslide victory in New Hampshire. Earlier this year, progressives won big upset victories in Pennsylvania with Joe Sestak, in North Carolina with Elaine Marshall and in Kentucky with Jack Conway — and that’s just in U.S. Senate races.
But DFA doesn’t just support Senate candidates. We support progressives up and down the ballot in all 50 states. In fact, 67 percent of all DFA-endorsed candidates won their primaries this year. 67 percent! That’s a great record and we couldn’t do it without you. We depend on small contributions from DFA members to make it happen.
Contribute $10 right now and keep beating the Tea Party this November.
With the 2010 Democratic primaries over, just take a look at the work we did together this season:
•43 primary endorsements
•67.4 percent of endorsed candidates won their primaries
•60 percent of federal candidates won
•71.4 percent of non-federal candidates won
We didn’t just endorse candidates who we were sure-things or had big names, either. We endorsed local candidates like Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago. She was a reformer running against a corrupt incumbent for Cook County Board President. It was a tough fight, but she ran a grassroots campaign and scored a landslide win in the primary.
We endorsed winning candidates in tough primaries in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and a whole lot of other states. That’s the DFA strategy at work — electing progressive in primaries across the country to take our country back with people-powered campaigns.
The DFA Strategy worked for progressives in the primaries — Contribute $10 now to finish the job in November.
Can’t get enough? Here’s a few more numbers from 2010 primaries. We endorsed four U.S. Senate candidates, 11 U.S. House candidates, three gubernatorial candidates, four candidates running for other statewide office, 16 candidates for State House or State Senate, and five candidates for county or municipal offices — across 24 states.
That’s 43 candidates total — 29 wins — and we couldn’t done it without you.
Now that the primary season is over, all the focus is on winning in November and finishing the job. We must defeat Tea Party Republicans everywhere and we can’t do it without your support.
Contribute $10 today and beat the Tea Baggers in November.
Come November 3, the only reason the Tea Party should be on TV is for losing a lot of elections.
Working together, we’re going to make that happen. Thanks you for everything you do to move America forward.
Arshad Hasan, Executive Director
Democracy for America
Democracy for America relies on you and the people-power of more than one million members to fund the grassroots organizing and training that delivers progressive change on the issues that matter. Please Contribute Today and support our mission.
Thanks for the e-mail, Arshad, but I can’t give you $10 today — I just gave $20 to Christine O’Donnell.
Those Tea Baggers are everywhere, you know . . .