Liberal PAC endorses progressive candidates because "Electing Democrats is not enough"
September 30th, 2011
04:01 PM ET
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Liberal PAC endorses progressive candidates because "Electing Democrats is not enough"

Washington (CNN) – The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a leading liberal political action group, on Friday endorsed three candidates in campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.

"We saw over the last couple years that just electing 'Democrats' is not enough," the group said in the endorsement statement e-mailed to supporters on Friday, reaffirming their mission to help elect bold progressive candidates that will fight for liberal causes, most notably a public option clause in health care packages nationwide.

The PCCC is soliciting support for the following campaigns in an attempt to fend off the "corporate Democrats [that] killed the public option and watered down Wall Street reform."

Chris Donovan, a professor and current Speaker of Connecticut's House of Representatives, received one of PCCC's endorsements. His bid for the open seat in the Constitution State's fifth district caught the attention of the group, as he is posited to be up against more conservative Democrats. The group is rallying their Connecticut supporters to "make sure a progressive wins it."

Ann McLane Kuster's run for New Hampshire's second district is her second consecutive bid for the seat, currently occupied by a Tea Party Republican. In a separate statement to accept the PCCC's endorsement, Kuster said she will stand up "for creating good jobs, ensuring affordable health care for all, investing in our communities and demanding fairness from Wall Street."

Ilya Sheyman–the third endorsee and a former grassroots organizer for liberal advocacy groups–is coveting Illinois' 10th district against a conservative Blue Dog Democrat, saying in a separate statement that he is "sick and tired of Democrats who refuse to stand up and fight back for progressive values that make a difference in people's lives."

All three candidates support Elizabeth Warren's bid for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate, an apparent prerequisite for their garnering PCCC's endorsement, "Today, we're proud to endorse 3 bold progressives who vow to be strong allies of Elizabeth Warren in Congress," the group said.

An attorney, Harvard University School of Law professor and former special adviser to President Obama, Warren is running for the Democratic Senate nomination, in hopes of facing off next year against Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who won a January 2010 special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.

According to Neil Sroka, a spokesperson for PCCC, the group has raised nearly half a million dollars in donated funds for their endorsees. The PCCC was the 2010 recipient of the "Most Valuable Online Activism of 2010" award issued by the Nation magazine.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler

    Sounds like a Democratic death wish to me in a political environment where centrism is more likely to succeed than extremism. Bring back Bubba (but not his wife) for a dose of reality politics.

    September 30, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    Absolutely right! the so-called 'blue dogs' have got to go. they're the reason not as much as could've been accomplished in Obama's first two years was accomplished. they should just have the guts to call themselves repugs, they don't deserve to be able to call themselves Democrats. if you vote with the folks who are trying to destroy this country, you are one of them! we need a lot more progressives in congress. we need to rid ourselves of the rethug infestation in 2012 so we can start healing the country.

    September 30, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Not liberal enough not conservative enough progressive vs Tea party do nothing

    September 30, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    "progressives" = Communist wing of the Democrat Party
    Progress toward total government control of your life and property.
    Progress toward slavery.
    NO THANKS!!

    September 30, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. John

    Dems not liberal enough? Wow.

    September 30, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ►All three candidates support Elizabeth Warren's bid for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate, an apparent prerequisite for their garnering PCCC's endorsement, "Today, we're proud to endorse 3 bold progressives who vow to be strong allies of Elizabeth Warren in Congress,"◄

    Wow, this is going to get good and it's about time!!!! We can raise hell too!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 30, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We saw over the last couple years that just electing 'Democrats' is not enough,"

    We also saw that sitting home in protest in 2010 because you didn't get everything you wanted wasn't "enough" either, didn't we? Can YOU be trusted to support President Obama and the Democratic Party in 2012? Or, will many of you once again sit home if you don't get what you want this time around, too?

    September 30, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    This country needs a lot more Elizabeth Warrens and aren't afraid to confront the corrupt corporatist death-cult trying to take over our country.

    September 30, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Greg

    These same people complain about the minority Tea Party having undue influence while coveting it themselves. Liberals are a minority, and only deserve the influence that comes with 20% of the electorate. Sorry, not that many people agree with you. Gallup shows liberal ideology declining while conservative ideology is on the rise. 42% of Americans identify as conservative, only 20% as liberal, they realize they are outnumbered so they decide to try to buy influence, that's just sad.

    September 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    More of...."The Country owes me a living" mentality.

    How stupid.

    September 30, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Greg, perhaps you haven't noticed that two thirds or more of the country support such "liberal" things as regulation and ending the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-rich. Labels don't matter, positions do. And American's solidly reject the GOBP's death-cult of caring only for the greedy and not the needy.

    September 30, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. LovesIrony

    Are they endorsing Obama?

    September 30, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Rick, stop your mindless spewing. No one believes the "country owes me a living." However, we do expect our systems of government and economics to treat everyone fairly and not be a rigged carnival game run by a neocon death-cult devoted to the failed premises of corrupt corporatism.

    September 30, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |