Dear MoveOn member,
Last week, Republicans lost—badly. They saw their major legislative priority, one that they'd been pursuing for seven years, go down in flames.
This week, we have a chance to capitalize on that momentum and send them running scared.
It's one thing to lose in Washington. But we have the chance to show Republicans that their jobs could be in jeopardy by turning this genuine grassroots energy into electoral power in a special congressional election in Montana.
There’s a special election coming up in less than 60 days to fill Montana’s open House seat, and the Democrat running in this deep red state, Rob Quist, is an unabashed progressive populist and Bernie Sanders supporter—and he could very well win!1 An upset victory in this race would send shockwaves through Washington and put the House in play for Democrats in 2018.
This Friday at midnight is the fundraising deadline, and the amount Quist is able to raise from the grassroots will be seen as a major test of strength for the campaign. Will you chip in $3 now to help send Rob Quist to Washington and to support MoveOn's campaign to help him win?
Right now, many politicians and journalists are wondering whether the energy of the resistance will last and whether it can have the kind of impact that the Tea Party had. The way to demonstrate that this grassroots moment will have a lasting effect is by winning elections.
That's part of why MoveOn members have already contributed more than $260,000 to Jon Ossoff, who is running in another special election in Georgia to win the seat vacated by Tom Price, Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services and an original architect of the plan to repeal health care. Right now, Ossoff is AHEAD in that race, and it's sending tremors through the political world.2
The Rob Quist race has the chance to further that momentum. And Quist's platform is good for all of us—because Montanans and all Americans deserve better access to health care, better wages, clean air and water, and protection of our civil liberties and civil rights.
MoveOn is continuing to help spread the word about Quist, engaging national allies as well as local MoveOn members, and we'll be recruiting volunteers and helping get out the vote on Election Day—which is just 55 days away.
MoveOn members helped boost Jon Ossoff's campaign, and it's making national headlines. Can we do the same for Rob Quist? Will you pitch in $3—or whatever you can afford—before this Friday's filing deadline?
Thanks for all you do.
—Matt, Emily, Josh, Ann, and the rest of the team
1. "Quist already striking a chord with Democrats in race for US House," Missoulian, March 8, 2017
2. "Poll: Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel leading in Georgia special election," The Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 27, 2017
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