September 25th, 2009
03:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Liberals seek to defeat Democratic congressman

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A political organization headed by two prominent liberal bloggers is actively recruiting a candidate to challenge centrist Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee in the 2010 primary.

Accountability Now, a political action committee, accuses Cooper of being out of step with voters of his Nashville-based district. The PAC specifically criticized Cooper for his reluctance to embrace President Obama's health care reform plan, and said that it is time to replace him with "a Democrat in Congress accountable to our district!"

A PAC representative has been in Cooper's district interviewing potential candidates for the past week, co-founder Jane Hamsher told CNN in an interview. Hamsher is a prominent liberal activist who founded the progressive blog Firedoglake. Unlike her blog, Hamsher said that Accountability Now does not emphasize liberal politics, but rather its mission is to defeat incumbent congressmen who the PAC believes has sold out to big business.

"Our goal is to get the corporatists out of there," Hamsher said.

Cooper is the PAC's first target. Hamsher said the organization is in talks with Libertarian-minded Republicans about possible primary challenges, but nothing has been set in stone.

CNN called Cooper's office for comment and is waiting for a response.

Hamsher said there is plenty of interest from possible challengers, but would not disclose the names of any potential candidates. If a person is found, then the PAC will promote the candidacy, raise money, and help push back against the national Democratic Party, which is backing Cooper's reelection. Still, Hamsher said the challenger needs to show viability.

"Someone has to decide they want to run and they have to run their own race," she said. "We can't run the race for them. They need to show they can run their own campaign. We can then help them."

It is unclear who the PAC will target next. But Hamsher said that they plan to continue polling in search of vulnerable incumbents who they think have sold out to corporate America.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. TCM

    You libs are dreaming....we have liberals in the White House, and in Congress...and look at the disaster they're creating...what we need are conservatives; both republican and democrats. It's been proven, time and again, that liberals just do not possess the mental capabilities needed to run a country.....heck, look at Plastic-face Pelosi...she's on a different planet...Obama, Reid, Dodd...all with their hand in the cookie jar...with the mortgage crisis...and you libs are crying that some dems aren't following the health plan? What plan? You mean they just don't fall at Obama's feet and grant his every wish....stupid liberals.

    September 25, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. john

    Lacrosse Mom,

    please change your screen name so as not to sully the great game of lacrosse.

    September 25, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Rosa Steve

    We need to get together across the country. Our elected representatives have to, just have to stop having affairs with big business. How many millions of dollars does it take the rich to live on a year; why is income tax not paid by people making over one hundred ten thousand a year. At least children from birth to eighteen should have health care,everyone should have access to health care. We need real DEMOCRACY,

    September 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Dar

    Now the lib's are starting to turn on their own. I have never seen more hate from a party in my life. Keep fight among your selfs and see what it gets you. The man simply see's a bad thing and is doing what he thinks is best for his district. IM sure that he has heard from the people and they have told him to say NO. He works for the people who voted him in and now the dems want him out. Good luck kool aid kids keep throwing your tamtrum's, I get a kick out of it.
    God Bless All

    September 25, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Some of the Blue Dogs and Republicans are bending over backward to protect the Insurance Company profits – time to stop.

    Profits: $12 B in 2008 – $2 B in 2000 – That's TOO MUCH. And people are not getting what they are paying for. TOO MUCH PROFIT.

    September 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. RW

    The Blue Dogs need to be called Republican Lite..

    September 25, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Tony

    Remember what happened when they ganged up on Liberman.

    September 25, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Bob in Pa

    It's time to take back our Country.
    We need to get national PACs, 529s, and other politicians out of our local and state business.

    We need all Congressman and Senators to only be able to raise money from within their districts.

    Advertising can only be done by individuals or pacs if they them selves are located with in the distrci.

    September 25, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. robert h zendarski

    the trouble with wash. the politicans work for party not country.

    September 25, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed


    I presume by your post, that you think that the murder of a census worker in Kentucky is good. You are such a republican! It is effin morons like you that continue to drag your insignificant party down. The problem is that you also drag the country down as well.

    September 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Ha!!

    I love me some "Dem-on-Dem" hate!!

    September 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. kim

    If you don't get rid of corporatists you will never have lobby reform and you will soon have corpoations running this world!

    Mark my words

    September 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Tired of Right-Wingers


    What "disaster" are the Democrats creating? The disasters were created by the Bush administration: Trillions in deficits, a failed and costly war in Iraq, the worst economy since the Depression due to Republican de-regulation, Katrina, illegal spying on American citizens, America's deteriorated standing around the globe–the list goes on and on.

    The Democrats are trying to FIX these Republican disasters. The Repubs don't have a clue how to handle money–Bush destroyed the surplus created by Clinton, and left Obama with trillions in deficits due to borrow-and-spend policies.

    Clinton was left with trillions in deficits due to 12 years of Reagan and Poppy Bush's mishandling of money. So let me repeat: THE DEMS DID NOT CREATE THESE DISASTERS, BUT THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO FIX THEM.

    September 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    One would think that the voters of his district are fully capable of deciding how in or out of touch he is without a liberal wingnut group meddling.

    September 25, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. steve

    libs are "creating" a disaster tcm? you're insane just like glenn dreck. its dems who've had to come in and clean up the mess of the single most incompetent moron to ever disgrace this country, youre hero w the dimwit/warmonger.
    its a new day (finally) and you rethuglicans who've so far failed to evolve (guess it makes sense you dont believe in what you've never experienced) are gonna have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century like it or not.
    dems got right idea, they just should have picked another corrupt dem who cant take his mouth off the corporate teat.
    just ANOTHER reason ALL congressional races should be 100% publically funded. then we'd have no reason whatsoever to believe that congressman are virtually all corrupted by excess contributions (read bribes) paid by corporations and the filthy rich.

    September 25, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. stan

    The gop cant win running far right wingers,when 2012 gets here its going to be 24yrs since the gop got more then 300 electoral votes,the reason for that is simple the minority vote.the gop is going to have a tough time beating obama in 2012,the minority vote is going to be 29% which means the gop have to get 65% of the white vote to win,and i dont see any gop nominee getting that because the gop is to far to the right on issues these days,obama is going to win and a landslide once again,the gop have to realize the demographics have shifted tremendously in favor of the democrats,i just dont know how the gop is going to win in the future,the numbers for the gop is just not there,obama can have approval ratings in the 30s in still win in 2012,because the gop just dont have the numbers anymore its that simple.

    September 25, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Jack

    That would be stupid, none of the other liberal Democrats representativves and Senators are in step with their constituents. Why change the current norm.

    September 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Bob in Pa

    Maybe it is time for a major third party to arise. The leftys can split out and just call themselves for what they truely are – communist.

    September 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Jack

    For Tired of Right Wingers – What universe do you live in?

    September 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Help me

    Well that's the deference between dem's and repub's. Repub's in their eyes NEVER do wrong, party unity and what not. Dem's however realise that they are human and can do wrong. When they do... they proptly oust the problem. So you tell me, which should be in government? one who admits wrongs and fixes them? or one who in their eyes could never be wrong?

    September 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Peoples Voice

    Blue Dogs, Blue Dogs...come out from wherever you are.

    We're coming after you. You will be replaced by a real Democrat.

    September 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Tired of Right-Wingers


    You're suggesting that a liberal activist should go to Kentucky and meet the same fate as the consensus worker who was found hanged? And you have the audacity to say it's the liberals who are "creating dangerous situations?" You belong in a padded room with all the other right-wing lunatics. .

    September 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. m jeff

    Vote all Blue Dogs out, they are all Republicans pretending to be Democrats. They are only good for the GOP.

    September 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Joey

    Good luck with that one. I bet that whomever they hand pick will NOT get elected.

    September 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Help me

    Why is it impossible for repubs to believe dems can turn on each other? or why it's even a bad thing? It's called DEMOCRACY. If you are doing a bad job and need to be kicked out of office you should be! That's what democrats believe... we don't back an idiot for 8 years and act like nothing is wrong... cough W cough...

    September 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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