Proud to Be A Democrat Open Thread: Good News Out of Georgia

Full props to Stacey Abrams!

Which reminded me, I hadn’t yet found a chance to post this great Washington Post profile, “Stacey Abrams: Being a black woman in politics isn’t ‘some fatal diagnosis’”:

In your book you describe just showing up to a [Spelman College] board of trustees meeting [while a student there]. Why did you crash it, and what did they make of you?

I did not understand why my tuition had to go up every year. I did not understand why financial aid did not keep pace with tuition. So I showed up to the meeting. When [Spelman president Johnnetta Cole] allowed me in, the person I sat beside was a partner at an investment firm. I didn’t know what an investment firm was. But he was very kind. Everyone was. He let me sit beside him and shifted his notebook over to me. And I’m looking at all of these numbers; I had no idea what I was looking at. And he leaned over and started explaining financial statements to me.

Then there was the highest-ranking woman at Coca-Cola. She started telling me things. And the president of Ben & Jerry’s. They saw it as an opportunity to educate me, and I was just so hungry for information. I was listening and learning so much so that over time, they forgot that I sort of barged in. They started telling me when the meetings were. And I eventually got my own notebook.

Sitting in those board meetings was incredibly eye-opening. It showed me that these things weren’t impossible to know. And you didn’t have to be “to the manner born” to learn. You just had to work harder…

To quote the great Shirley Chisholm: If there’s not a seat for you at the table, bring a folding chair!








Lone Star Sidebar Open Thread


 
Question, especially, for Texan Juicers: Of course Beto’s not gonna step sideways now, but is there anything he / his campaign can do to signal-boost M.J. Hegar’s campaign?

And — I’m guessing the answer is no, but: Does Coryn’s disgraceful performance today make it any more likely that ‘independent’ voters will stay home come voting day, rather than pull the lever for Dishonest John?








Local Races Open Thread: Some Good News

Kudos to Rep. Gallego:

By removing himself from running, Gallego, D-Ariz., also dashes GOP hopes of a competitive Democratic primary race that could have freed McSally, R-Ariz., to focus on her own campaign message while Gallego and Kelly battled it out for their party’s nomination.

In Gallego, Republicans saw an opportunity to wound Kelly by forcing him to answer for the more liberal positions that reflect the party’s general direction.

“I don’t want to engage in a bitter primary all the way until the general election, and then turn around and try to run, whether it’s me or Kelly, against McSally in a year when the Democrats need to win the Senate seat and take the state,” Gallego told The Republic. “It’s just not in the best interest of the state or the Democratic Party to be engaging in that. … If Republicans are excited to see a spirited and nasty primary, they’re going to have to look somewhere else because I’m not going to take part in that.”…

Gallego, a three-term congressman and former Marine Corps combat veteran of the Iraq War, had been laying the foundation for a potential run up until last weekend.

In recent weeks, he was meeting with potential donors and supporters here and across the nation. He was telling associates, friends and Democratic players in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., that he was gearing up for a potential run.

In the end, he decided to run for re-election in the 7th Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold where he is widely seen as safe.

Gallego said he will spend this cycle getting out the vote and helping Democrats build on Democrat’s 2018 performance, when the party won two statewide races, capped by Kyrsten Sinema’s historic Senate victory.

The 2020 election will fill the final two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s unexpired term. The winner would again face voters in 2022 to serve the full six-year term…

No infighting is good policy right now, even (especially) when the article also notes “Gallego’s decision will disappoint progressive Democrats, who represent the left flank of the party… Those voters wanted Gallego, 39, to wage a fight against Kelly, who is presenting himself as a centrist Democratic candidate who will make decisions based on data and science, not partisan politics or ideology.” (Yes, I see the Media Village Idiots are well on their way to turning ‘progressive’ into the new right-wing smear, using the devaluation of ‘liberal’ as a model.)

I’ll make a not to pitch a few bucks in Rep. Gallego’s re-election bucket, when the time comes. Meanwhile, maybe send Mark some love?:

 
While we’re on the subject… On the one hand, I cringe at the thought of a ‘debate’ stage so crowded it looks like a mid-round game show qualification event. But on the other, if someone like Howard Schultz can buy his way into the Democratic primaries, shouldn’t there be room for a genuine Democrat like Julian?








Election Fraud Open Thread: A Re-Run in North Carolina

Per the local Charlotte Observer:

The new campaign in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District kicked off Friday with a rally by Democrat Dan McCready, hints from several would-be GOP candidates and silence from Republican Mark Harris.

The flurry of action came a day after the North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered a new election following a hearing that detailed election fraud in Bladen County.

It made its decision after Harris stunned the hearing with his own call for a new election, after insisting for weeks that he won the vote last fall and should be certified…

The primary campaign would be relatively short. Though no schedule has been set, elections officials said one scenario would be for a May primary, a June runoff if needed and an October general election. The same officials have proposed a May 14 primary in the 3rd District, vacant since the death of Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones…

Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour, a Charlotte Republican who lost his seat in November, said he’s received texts and emails since Thursday urging him to run. He expects to decide within a few days. And Republican legislators could run for Congress in a special election without fear of losing their seats, which are not up until 2020.

Despite McCready’s headstart, the 9th District still leans Republican. No Democrat has represented it for decades and President Donald Trump carried the district by 11 points. But some Republicans said the election fraud and Harris’ ties to Dowless have hurt the party’s label in the 9th.

“We have some work to do to repair our brand, and I’m not sure the current folks in leadership know exactly how to do that,” said Shaheen. “In my opinion party leadership in Raleigh made a fatal mistake by jumping out in front and being so supportive when they didn’t have the whole story.”…

Between the messy failure of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and the new State Court ruling on ‘racial gerrymandering’, it seems the GOP party leadership had a pretty good outline of the whole story — and since their guys were using those stolen votes to ‘win’ elections, they were just fine with that!


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Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Let’s Take Back the Senate

I’m thinking Kelly has a pretty good shot at helping to turn Arizona blue. Thoughts?

And here’s a far riskier campaign — but wouldn’t it be worth the fight to turf McConnell out of Congress? Politico reports:

Chuck Schumer is actively recruiting a high-profile fighter pilot to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 — a calculated act of aggression against a leading Republican foe.

Schumer met with Amy McGrath, a Marine veteran-turned 2018 congressional candidate, at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on running against McConnell. McGrath listened and didn’t rule it out. The Democratic leader first contacted McGrath in December.

McConnell, the longest-serving Senate GOP leader, is gearing up for a reelection fight and leaving little to chance. His political team has begun compiling opposition research on McGrath and delving into tracking footage of her. On Wednesday, senior Republican Party officials involved with a pro-McConnell super PAC will meet in Washington to begin mapping out a potential campaign against McGrath…

Joining Schumer for the meeting with McGrath were Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), as well as top committee officials Scott Fairchild and Devan Barber. McGrath aides Mark Nickolas and Lori LaFave also attended.

Nickolas confirmed the meeting but said that no decision was imminent.

“The military officer in her always approaches these things pretty methodically and thoughtfully,” he said…

McGrath was one of the highest-profile Democratic House candidates of the 2018 election cycle. Initially rejected by Washington Democrats in favor of the better-known mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray, McGrath catapulted to a primary victory on the strength of a viral biographical ad touting her career as a Marine and groundbreaking fighter pilot.

Ultimately, the 44-year-old first time candidate was unable to parlay a multi-million-dollar war chest and national profile into victory in a heavily Republican district. She was narrowly defeated by B[a]rr…

McGrath ran a damn good race last year, and came close to achieving what the conventional wisdom deemed impossible. Mitch McConnell is a much harder target, but his long career of venality and crooked partisanship has been getting more sunlight with his party’s Dear Leader so much in (all the wrong) news. Even Kentucky has to move on from the 19th century some time.