Dear MoveOn member,
It now looks like some Democratic Party bosses in Washington are trying to kill the grassroots effort to replace Senator Blanche Lincoln, one of the worst corporate Democrats in Washington.
Even though Lincoln has repeatedly sided with lobbyists and special interests to obstruct progressive legislation, leading Senate Democrats are vowing to close ranks in opposition to her primary challenger, Bill Halter.1
It's time to remind the Democratic Party establishment in Washington that the party belongs to the voters, not the DC insiders. Can you sign our petition urging them to butt out?
The petition says, "Awful Democrats like Blanche Lincoln don't deserve their party's support. Democratic Party committees and elected officials shouldn't spend any time or money supporting her primary campaign or attacking Bill Halter."
Even though Democratic Party committees mainly work to re-elect incumbents, they ought to stay out when there's a serious primary race like this one.
Bill Halter has clearly demonstrated that he's a strong candidate with incredible support from grassroots progressives across the country. Most of us hadn't heard of him a month ago. If the $1 million people just donated isn't a sign of voters' anger with corporate Democrats in Washington, then what is?
On the other hand, Blanche Lincoln consistently sides with Republicans on important legislation.2 And polls show she's wildly unpopular back home—so she has very little chance of winning in November even if she gets the Democratic nomination.3
Democrats in Washington need to understand that taking any further steps to support Lincoln will outrage the grassroots activists and donors who make up the party's base.
Will you sign the petition?
Thanks for all you do.
–Adam, Michael, Anna, Ilya, and the rest of the team
1. "DSCC Chair: 'I Believe Blanche Lincoln Would Be Our Best Candidate,'" Talking Points Memo, March 3, 2010
"Little Room On Lincoln's Left As Democrats Prep To Rally Behind Arkansas Conservadem," Talking Points Memo, March 2, 2010
2. "Lincoln: 'I'll Filibuster A Public Option Bill,'" Talking Points Memo, November 21, 2009
"Blanche Lincoln Cosponsors Murkowski's Dirty Air Act," The Wonk Room, January 21, 2010
"'Cramdown' Crammed Down in Senate—For Now," BusinessWeek, April 30, 2009
3. "Blanche Lincoln Poll," Public Policy Polling, February 2, 2010
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