Friday, May 13, 2011

Republicans running scared

A special election in a conservative New York congressional district has become a referendum on Republican plans to end Medicare—and the Democrat is tied in the polls! A win here will send shock waves through Washington. Please support the efforts of our local allies at the Working Families Party. 

Help save Medicare
Dear MoveOn member,

A special congressional election in upstate New York has suddenly become the most important battleground in the fight against Republican plans to abolish Medicare.

This is a solidly Republican district, but the Republican candidate is in free-fall ever since she said she would vote to abolish Medicare.1 Now The New York Times is calling this "the first electoral test of the Republican agenda."2 And recent polls show Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate, tied in the polls! 

A win here will send shock waves through the Washington establishment. It'll put Republicans on the defensive and slow their attacks on the middle class. And it'll embolden Democrats to stand up and fight. Winning here may be the best way to save Medicare.

Our allies at the Working Families Party are running a massive on-the-ground campaign that could swing the election. But after Karl Rove's corporate front group dumped $650,000 into the race this week,3 grassroots efforts are even more important—and they need help from progressives nationwide. This is a huge and urgent opportunity. PLEASE HELP!
The Working Families Party is New York's independent, progressive "third party," and it has helped Democrats win time and time again. They have the best field operation in the state—maybe the country.

Their energy at the doors is the difference that matters in a close election, especially with outside groups like Karl Rove's trying to buy the election. They have delivered the margin of victory in dozens of races, including for two congressional races just last year. Now they aim to do it again in New York's 26th congressional district, helping Democrat Kathy Hochul beat Republican Jane Corwin.

If we win this race, it'll be a huge setback for John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Karl Rove in their efforts to kill Medicare.

Thank you.
—Adam R., Steven, Laura, Tate, and the rest of the team
1. "Poll: Hochul Leads 26th Race; Davis Taking GOP Votes," WBEN, accessed May 12, 2011 

2. "G.O.P. Medicare Plan Shakes Up Race for House Seat," The New York Times, May 5, 2011

3. "Crossroads enters NY-26," Politico, May 10, 2011

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