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BAD BLUES: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried'

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A RootsAction.org Report

By Norman Solomon, Sam McCann and Pia Gallegos


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Released on June 24, 2019


The following report is by no means exhaustive -- only illustrative. There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace. Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job.

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It isn't easy to defeat a Democratic incumbent in a primary. Typically, the worse the Congress member, the more (corporate) funding they get. While most insurgent primary campaigns will not win, they're often very worthwhile -- helping progressive constituencies to get better organized and to win elections later. And a grassroots primary campaign can put a scare into the Democratic incumbent to pay more attention to voters and less to big donors.

Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Jim Cooper (TN-5)

Jim Costa (CA-16)

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Eliot Engel (NY-16)

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Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)

Jim Himes (CT-4)

Steny Hoyer (MD-5)

Derek Kilmer (WA-6)

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Here in Hawaii the only representative that does NOT deserve to be primaried is Tulsi Gabbard, but the Daily KOS has decided that they do not understand nuance and so have recruited an ANG fighter pilot to run against her.

Hanabusa, Schatz and Hirono are all corporatists. 70% of Democratic voters picked Sanders in the primary, but Schatz and Hirono voted for Clinton. When asked about it at a town hall, Hirono conflated her super delegate vote with a call to eliminate the Electoral College thereby confusing everyone.

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...and chuck schumer. puhleeez

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Maybe it would be easier to list who should not be primaried: AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, Tulsi Gabbard and.... ???


I contribute monthly to all of these except Gabbard where I've maxed out.


Marie Newman is running against Dan Lipinski in ILL-3. I contribute to her monthly.


So who wants to add to the list of those who should remain?


Brandnewcongress.org has 3 suggestions, but I don't know why they want to replace Danny Davis with Anthony Clark. I went to votesmart to see who's been endorsing Davis and he seems to fill all the right boxes. But then the number of organizations listed on Vote Smart are hardly enough to be definitive.

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Just another example of how far this nation has fallen when the establishment, which includes those who have been bought and paid for by it, want to get those individuals who are against war, for the people equality and strive for peace in the world.

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