A Note from Norman—with Exciting News
August 16, 2012
We're moving into an exciting realm of political work. After coming up short (by 0.1 percent of the primary ballots) in the race for the North Coast congressional seat, our campaign is now building a long-term progressive coalition!
It's necessary -- and insufficient -- to defeat Republican candidates. We need to elect genuine progressives who'll fight hard against the GOP agenda and push back when Democratic leaders give ground to it.
Today, I'm endorsing Dr. David Gill for an open seat in Congress. I hope you'll support him too.
Several months ago, David beat the Democratic Party machine's candidate in the 13th Congressional District primary in Illinois. Now he's running against a right-wing Republican nominee. (Is there any other kind these days?) Let's flip the seat from red to blue and elect a progressive in the process.
"I won't take a penny from Wall Street or corporate interests," David says. "My campaign is powered by people like you."
We can provide people-power for David, a longtime physician who has never held political office. We're partnering with Progressive Democrats of America to do phonebanking. You can get started by contacting Pat Johnstone at email@example.com, and she'll get you set up to make calls from home.
Your contribution now will help David to combat the arsenals of right-wing money being aimed at him. Clicking to the same ActBlue page also gives you the option of helping to retire the last of my campaign debt.
Closer to home, I'll be at the August 21 campaign kickoff for Jason Davies, who's running for the Petaluma City Council; with our help, Jason can move that council in a progressive direction. (For more info, click here.) I'm also endorsing three excellent candidates for the Santa Rosa City Council -- incumbent Gary Wysocky as well as Caroline Bañuelos and Julie Combs.
Coming soon: other endorsements and more news of our emerging coalition.
The 2012 campaign for Congress has clarified a lot -- most importantly, our progressive power to organize at the grassroots. We can't depend on people in office to provide leadership; we've got to do it ourselves. That's why our campaign is growing into a coalition to build progressive political muscle along the North Coast. We can work together to make it happen!