This Is How You Do It: Kim Olson for Congress

Aim high. Fight, Fly, Win. Go Air Force:

Any other outstanding candidates we should highlight?

35 replies
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    rikyrah says:

    Looks good 👍

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    rikyrah says:

    Watching Maddow. She is talking about Shanahan. The son beat the mother’s azz with a baseball bat. Left her in a pool of blood, and ripped out the phone chord, so nobody could call 9-1-1. 😲😲😲

    Shanahan wrote a letter as to why the son shouldn’t face charges.🤔🤔

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    joel hanes says:

    other candidates

    Rita Hart in Iowa’s Second Congressional District, running to succeed Loebsack and keep the seat in D hands.

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    TXSwede says:

    I live in Olson’s district (TX24), and had her at my house for a fundraiser months ago.

    She is the real deal.

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    Barbara says:

    @rikyrah: The WaPo article provides more context for the letter, but the whole episode is shocking.

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    joel hanes says:

    Cannot find Col. Olson’s web site for her run for TX 24th.
    Otherwise I’d donate now.

    Anyone got a link ?

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    rikyrah says:

    The whole thing is ugly, and as Maddow points out-blackmailable.

    Why should the Secretary of Defense be blackmailable?😠😠

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    Boudica says:

    Go, Ms. Olson! Marchant was my rep when I lived in Texas and I would relish his defeat.

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    Suzanne says:

    @rikyrah: Brock Turner Shanahan.
    I wonder if the Shanahans did a GoFundMe for the cost of his defense. Would not surprise me.

    One of my least favorite aspects of pregnancy is the conversations randos start with me when I dare to exist in public space. Yes, I’m hot. Yes, I look uncomfortable because my back hurts. No, I’m not going to have the baby right here. Good Lord.

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    joel hanes says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Done. Thanks.

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    scott (the other one) says:

    Kick. ASS.

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    Barbara says:

    @Suzanne: It was 8 years ago, so likely not. What comes through is the level of anger in the household, especially Shanahan’s ex-wife.

    @rikyrah: I don’t understand how this didn’t come up already.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @rikyrah: My God. His wife was literally chattel to him. Motherfucking monster.

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    tokyokie says:

    Texas’ 24th District comprises the northern suburbs between Dallas and Fort Worth, with more of Tarrant County than Dallas and includes both Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Alliance Airport. However, it’s just less than 50% Caucasian, with about 25% Hispanic and more Asians than blacks. If Olson runs a good campaign, and that launch ad makes me think that she will, she can beat Marchant.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Kim Olson is very damned impressive. A badass. We need her, and more like her, in Congress and other positions of leadership. I am impressed.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    How very cool!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Suzanne: We went to a wedding a week before my wife was due. We danced. Lots of people had opinions. Fuck them.

    Good luck in the remaining time you have.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    This whole Shanahan story is offensive and distressing and sketchy as hell.

    I mean, what the ever-loving blue-eyed actual PHUCK???

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    No, I’m not going to have the baby right here.

    You should, though, just to fuck with their heads.

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    trollhattan says:

    You go, Colonel!

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    trollhattan says:

    Explains a lot about how the old Boeing became the Max Boeing.

    Began back in the day when they moved HQ from Seattle to Chicago to win more federal contracts. Ptooie

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    Leto says:

    Aim high, colonel! Bad ass, indeed!

    @Barbara: @rikyrah: Notice how many of the Trumpov flunkies are domestic abusers? It stops being an outlier at 1. A large portion of the men who have stepped down/removed from consideration are wife beaters.

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    J R in WV says:

    Watched the Rachael Maddow show, read about this Shanahan bastard’s events with his family, if he was in charge of Boeing, no wonder their magic new aircraft is a death trap.

    I fly from time to time, nothing like Steve in the Airport, but enough. Will not be booking flights on the Boeing Max Danger 737s.

    Will support Ms Olsen for congress!

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    Suzanne says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I did that with the last pregnancy—went to a wedding (and wore heels) four days before. Now I’m old and past the age in which the social circle involves lots of weddings. Thank God, because I don’t even want to wear pants or shoes, never mind formalwear.

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    Wapiti says:

    @Leto: There does seem to be a pattern.

    Maybe the vetting did discover the incident, but… They just don’t care.

    I think the obvious question for the press is: how many of the other “acting” appointee likewise have something seriously wrong in their back story. I’ll assume every single one of them does. Might be a good opening question when they are in front of Congress. A nice perjury trap.

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    Leto says:

    @trollhattan: They’re also union busting by moving parts of production to South Carolina. South Carolina is actually gaining a number of high profile manufacturing plants, but they’re not going to pay as well if they were similarly located up north or back in Washington state (which I know is the point).

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    Leto says:


    They just don’t care.

    No, they don’t. Even if it means that those officials are then open to blackmail/other negatively influencing events. They’ll try to force their kakistocracy candidates onto us, regardless of the consequences.

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    Barbara says:

    @Leto: Yes, it has definitely been striking, although in this case it’s the son (especially) and the mother who engaged in violence.

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    Another Scott says:

    It’s a good video, thanks.

    But, the primary for that race isn’t until March 3, 2020. Is anyone else running? (I get nervous about jumping on flashy candidates (potentially) too early – remember IronStache?)

    Living in Virginia, my focus (such as it is) has been on the November 5, 2019 elections here. I don’t have any favorites to point to in those elections yet. My peeps are very good (Sen. Scott Surovell, Del. Paul Krizek) and were unopposed in the primary and they usually win easily. I’ll let you know if I see any other good ones. ;-)

    Can we have a thread on other states with important elections coming up soon? I know Doug! has been raising money for the September 10 Special election for NC 9th.

    Thanks for all you, and the other FPers, are doing.


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    tokyokie says:

    @Leto: Not surprising. Misogyny is at the base of wife beating and der Trumpenführer’s belief system.

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    TXSwede says:

    @Another Scott:

    We have hosted fundraisers for last cycle’s candidate, Jan McDowell, for cognitive neuroscientist Dr John Biggan, and will host local school board member Candace Valenzuela in late July. I introduced SEVEN Democrats to a local Indivisible meeting early this year, but three have dropped.

    Any of them would be good candidates in a district that received Party support (McDowell ran on less than $100k in 2016), but Col Olson is the star here. She does not, however, live in the district, or didn’t when I introduced her to my friends and neighbors.

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