As reported by MSNBC, Roll Call, The Hill, and CNN, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is proud to endorse three bold progressive fighters whoe will give Elizabeth Warren the allies she needs in Congress: Chris Donovan (CT-05), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) and Ilya Sheyman (IL-10). They join our previously endorsed candidates: Warren and Eric Griego (NM-01).
We saw over the last couple years that just electing "Democrats" is not enough. Even with full Democratic control of government -- including 60 seats in the Senate -- corporate Democrats killed the public option and watered down Wall Street reform.
In 2012, we can't just focus on electing Democrats. We need to focus on electing bold progressive fighters.
When endorsing candidates, we look for strong progressive fighters who can win. Annie, Chris, and Ilya fit the bill. Here are some details about them...
Chris Donovan is Speaker of the House in Connecticut. He passed 12 minimum wage increases and implemented the strongest campaign finance reform in the country. When Republicans tried to negotiate a bad budget deal behind closed doors, Chris rallied the public until the Republicans caved. We need that fighting instinct in Congress.
Ann McLane Kuster ran what Union Leader columnist John DiStaso called "the perfect campaign" called "the perfect campaign" for House in 2010, beating a Lieberman "Democrat" in a landslide primary victory and despite his name recognition and the political climate, nearly defeated Republican Charlie Bass -- who has recently plummeted in the polls. Kuster is back and ready for a rematch.
Ilya Sheyman was a grassroots organizer for Democracy for America and MoveOn. He supports Medicare for All and holding Wall Street accountable. Ilya says, "I am sick and tired of Democrats who refuse to stand up and fight back for progressive values that make a difference in people's lives."
In addition, we spoke to all three of them yesterday about Elizabeth Warren. The enthusiasm for her candidacy is palpable, and they all vow to be strong allies of hers in Congress. She will need them.
Our candidates are well aware of the support of the grassroots. Speaker Donovan said to The Hill about the PCCC, "In a few short years, the PCCC has become well known as a bold, progressive organization that fights for its values and for its candidates, and I'm honored to receive their endorsement."
Kuster pledged upon accepting our endorsement to fight "for creating good jobs, ensuring affordable health care for all, investing in our communities and demanding fairness from Wall Street."
Ilya told Progress Illinois today: "I am so glad to have the support of thousands of PCCC members all across Illinois' Tenth District. Those are the people we count on to knock on doors, make phone calls, and get out the vote. This is a people-powered campaign, and the support of those active grassroots leaders will be critical to our victories in March and November."
Please spread the word about these great candidates and chip in...
UPDATE: Fixed a typo in the first paragraph, many thanks to TheUnknown285 for bringing it to our attention.