January 18th, 2010
02:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Progressive group steps up offensive against Emanuel

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/24/art.emanuel0724.gi.jpg caption="A progressive group is stepping up its offensive against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel."]Washington (CNN) - A liberal group is stepping up its offensive against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, urging its members to sign a pledge claiming they will not to support the former Illinois congressman if he ever runs for public office again.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a television ad in December questioning Emanuel's handling of the health care issue.

On Monday, the PCCC initiated a pledge campaign in response to a January 12 New York Times article that detailed how Emanuel met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and helped broker the decision to abandon a public option in order to garner the support of Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman. The Connecticut senator had just gone on a Sunday morning talk show to announce he would not vote for the Democrat's health care bill, and thus, could not be counted as Reid's 60th vote. The PCCC said Emanuel "undermine[d] progressives behind the scenes."

"There's nobody in Washington, D.C. who caves at the slightest hint of a fight with corporate interests more than Rahm Emanuel," PCCC co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. "We're making clear to Rahm that when he undermines progressives and the overwhelming will of the American people on issues like the public option, he will pay a political price back home."

The pledge Web site says the PCCC's goal is 1000 signatures; as of Monday afternoon, about 950 PCCC members had signed the pledge, and the group planned an online ad campaign in Illinois to boost awareness of the campaign.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dar

    This wont matter after the MASS election 1/19/2010. All the mindless DEMS are out.
    All they had to do was stand up to Odumbo and say, The people said no and that is who we work for. But no, they had to get their slimmy little fingers wet with greed and accept bribs and God knows what else. Nasty, just nasty how the Dems turned out to be.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 18, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Gerry NH

    I hope the PCCCs get a 100,000 votes.

    January 18, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. ObamasRecordDefict

    Progressive is a word that people try to use to hide the meaning LIBERAL.

    LIBERALS have been destroying this nation for over a decade.

    January 18, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. freddie

    If you read all the details about this guy you will find that this is one BIG crook. He shouldn't be working within 100 miles of DC

    January 18, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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