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Tom Geoghegan won a big one today...

No, no, not the primary election. That's still 12 days away.

But, he did win Democracy for America's endorsement.

Check out what Charles Chamberlain, DFA's Political Director said:

"DFA members are excited to support such a strong progressive leader. Tom has proven over and over again that he has the skills, knowledge and experience to fight for real change and get the job done"

This is a 13 candidate primary to fill Rahm's Congressional Seat. It's a special election on March 3rd - and on a cold spring night in Chicago - Tom has a chance to stun the world.

But.. he's going to need the money to run a kickass GOTV campaign:

Contribute to Tom's Campaign

So, why did DFA members vote to endorse Tom?

As a labor lawyer, Tom has fought for nurses, teachers, machinists, and other union members, as well as workers who lack the protection of a union. His efforts have helped secure healthcare, pensions, and lost wages for thousands of working Americans.

He has successfully represented countless individuals who were discriminated against in the workplace due to their race, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation, and he has successfully sued employers who violated sexual harassment laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He's led lawsuits to enforce child labor laws, expand voting rights, crack down on the payday loan industry, and require public health measures to stop the spread of tuberculosis among the homeless.

Tom Geoghegan has a strong record of service. It's time to put him to work in Congress.

Of course, if the fact that progressives in Chicago are excited about Tom Geoghegan and one of the largest grassroots driven progressive organizations supports Tom isn't enough for you, here's Tom in his own words. (Thanks to Brave New PAC for the video)

Why's he's running and what he believes:

Sound to good to be true? In any other campaign it might be. But, not in this crazy 13 way primary in the heart of Chicago. Here's what Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight had to say:

The most interesting alternative to keep an eye on remains Tom Geoghegan, a labor lawyer and author who has been endorsed by the Cook County nurse's union and has many connections within the netroots. This is one race, indeed, where an endorsement of Geoghegan by some of the major left-of-center blogs could make a fair amount of difference. But if Feigenholtz (certainly no conservative herself) is consolidating establishment support, his road is largely uphill.

In case you're wondering, I don't work for the campaign. I'm just a supporter and volunteer who's thrilled that Tom Geoghegan actually has a shot at getting elected to Congress. I'll be out canvassing and phone backing from the office at 4418 W. Irving Park this weekend. And, we need your help to get Tom over the top.

So here's my ask:

  1. If you have anything to give contribute to Tom's campaign
  1. Recommend this diary so more people can learn about Tom
  1. If you're in Chicago, sign up to volunteer.

Originally posted to Ilya Sheyman on Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 07:22 PM PST.

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