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Democrats trying to unseat each other II

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In honor of the end of the last campaign season and the start of a new one for the midterms, I have decided to create a new thread. I'm also doing this to avoid creating a very big thread.

The original one: Democrats trying to unseat each other

Already in the race:
Mckayla Wilkes on Twitter: "Happy New Year! I'm excited to announce that we're preparing for a second run in MD-05. Now more than ever, working class people deserve a seat at the table. If you're interested in being part of a historic team, fill this form out and let's get to work! (links)" / Twitter

She will be trying again against Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader.


Trying for a different office:
Lindsey Boylan on Twitter: "I’m running for Manhattan Borough President to create a more equitable, sustainable, and livable city. Although we have many challenges ahead, I know that we can meet those challenges together and create lasting change for our city. Join me on this journey! (link)" / Twitter

She lost against Jerry Nadler in NY-10. She describes herself: "Mom. Progressive New Yorker fighting 4 a Livable City. Fmr State Govt Official & Urban Planner. Candidate 4 Manhattan Borough Prez. (She/Her)"
 

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McKayla Wilkes lost in the June 2 primary for MD-05:
Steny Hoyer (incumbent): 64.4%, Mckayla Wilkes 26.7%, Vanessa Marie Hoffman 4.2%, Briana Urbina (unofficially withdrew) 2.7%, William Devine III 1.9%

Another one in the race is Vote Salazar for Congress 2022 | Aug 2nd | MO 5 - that site still hurts my eyes. She lost last year:
Emanuel Cleaver (incumbent) 85.3%, Maite Salazar 14.7%

In post #526 of the old thread, I'd collected the vote fractions that some candidates got and what previous elected experience that they had.

Jessica Cisneros - TX-28 - 48.20% - the best number, and someone with no previous experience. She is followed by 4 others with experience, then 7 without experience, then 1 with experience, then the rest, 17 without experience.
 

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Just to get in on the ground floor of thread 2 to explain why this is an important effort, and why it edifies and improves the democratic party to primary incumbents: the democrat party is not to be the party of "kiss the ring and become as we are and Wait Your Turn". Instead, it is the party of principles and the big tent. We are not supposed to be focused on conserving that which is, but rather liberally advancing towards that which is better than we are today. That does not happen when you don't circulate in new ideas and let them either find their platform or fall on their face.

TL;DR: Without circulation, the body rots. While that may be a feature of the republican party, it's certainly not one I wish to encourage of my own.
 

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Just to get in on the ground floor of thread 2 to explain why this is an important effort, and why it edifies and improves the democratic party to primary incumbents: the democrat party is not to be the party of "kiss the ring and become as we are and Wait Your Turn". ...
I agree. Primarying incumbents has been a rather controversial strategy, but it can have an impact. The Tea Party moved the Republican Party in its direction during the Obama years, even though it was not very successful in primarying incumbents. But it did have one big success: Dave Brat beating Eric Cantor in 2014. EC had been in the House for 14 years, and when he was ousted, he was House Majority Leader.

Let's look at some progressive successes over the last five years.
  • 2016 Ro Khanna CA-17 - primaried incumbent - Mike Honda 16 yrs
  • 2016 Pramila Jayapal WA-07 - open seat
  • 2018 AOC NY-14 - primaried incumbent - Joe Crowley 20 yrs - head of Democratic Caucus
  • 2018 Ayanna Pressley MA-07 - primaried incumbent - Michael Capuano 20 yrs
  • 2018 Rashida Tlaib MI-13 - open seat
  • 2018 Ilhan Omar MN-05 - open seat
  • 2018 Katie Porter CA-45 - defeated R incumbent - Mimi Walters 4 yrs
  • 2020 Marie Newman IL-03 - primaried incumbent - Dan Lipinski 16 yrs
  • 2020 Jamaal Bowman NY-16 - primaried incumbent - Eliot Engel 32 yrs - head of Foreign Relations Cmte
  • 2020 Mondaire Jones NY-17 - open seat
  • 2020 Cori Bush MO-01 - primaried incumbent - Lacy Clay 20 yrs
  • Primaried incumbent: 6
  • Open seat: 4
  • Defeated R incumbent: 1
  • Total: 11
 

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There were a lot of failures in unseating incumbents, however. Some of the failing candidates returned to run again, and some of them succeeded. Ro Khanna, Marie Newman, and Cori Bush, for instance.


Nina Turner is running for the House seat OH-11. She's a former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders campaigner -- and an inspiring speaker. But some on the Left are objecting to her running as a Democrat.
Darryl Brophy on Twitter: "@HumanistReport @ninaturner The democratic party is designed to kill movements. Nina needs to realize that and get out. I will not support any candidate running in or supporting the democrats. She runs independent/third party next time she'll get my support" / Twitter

Then
The Humanist Report on Twitter: "I'm just spit balling here, ..." / Twitter
I'm just spit balling here, but if Nina Turner ran as a third-party candidate she'd have about a 0.01.% chance of winning. Running as a Democrat gives her at LEAST a 30% chance, but probably more like 50%+. This is obvious.

Do you want her in Congress or not?

I interviewed 30+ 2020 candidates and 98% of them were running as Democrats because they knew it was necessary to win.

But guess what? Almost all of them supported ranked choice voting and comprehensive electoral reform ‼️‼️‼️

We need power to change the system. Period.

There are already literally hundreds of third-parties, yet you all say "we need a 3rd party." Guess what? They already exist! The question is this: why aren't they viable? It's because there's momentum to create new parties but ZERO momentum for actual electoral reform.

This is Duverger's law 101.

I've tried to raise people's awareness about this. I want us to be a 5-6 party system, but making more parties means fuck all if they're incapable of actually gaining seats in Congress.

We need power to do anything. Period.

And for the record: I fucking hate our system. It's terrible. Two-party systems are awful for supposedly advanced pluralistic societies.

If you actually, truly, support a 3rd Party your 1st priority should be electoral reform.
I like that. Great statement. None of the progressives in Congress would have gotten there if they didn't run as Democrats. Most of them ran in strongly Democratic districts, though Katie Porter is an exception. Many people have reflexive partisanship, being yellow-dog Democrats or yellow-dog Republicans, and running as a Democrat uses yellow-dog partisanship to one's advance.

That's why Brand New Congress's founders decided on running their PAC's candidates as Democrats and Republicans, as appropriate for their districts.
 

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She's trying again.
Mckayla Wilkes on Twitter: "It's official! I'm launching my ‘22 campaign for Congress in MD-05. ...
It's official! I'm launching my ‘22 campaign for Congress in MD-05.

Steny Hoyer has been my congressman my whole life.

In 2020, we came closer than any primary challenger has in 40 years and won the in-person vote.

Join us – because it's time for some damn change.

I know how hard this pandemic has been.
Losing loved ones.
Trying to make ends meet.
Fighting for healthcare.
Fighting unjust policing.
COVID-19 has exacerbated so many of the longstanding inequities and injustices present in our society.

We need to keep fighting.

I'm running because we need Medicare for All.
I'm running because we need a Green New Deal.
I'm running because we need a real Black Agenda.

Now more than ever.

I'm running because power concedes nothing without a demand.

We are going to keep demanding.

As a grieving child, I was funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline.
As a working mom, I’ve stood up to exploitative landlords.
As a Black, Queer woman, I know how it feels to be marginalized.

This is personal for me.

It always has been.

I'm going to keep fighting for everyone who is still missing a seat at the table.

And if there's one thing we learned from last time, it's that we need to start early.

Can you help us send a staunch progressive & clear signal for change to Congress?
I found this: Howie Klein on Twitter: "Blue America didn’t wait for her to make it official. We endorsed her last month because we remember from 2020 how much of a step up she would be from Steny Hoyer" / Twitter

BA endorsed her back in 2020, and BA already has some endorsements for this year and the next:
Blue America – Working to change America
CA-30, LA-02 special election, VA-11, NC-SEN

I checked on Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, and they are just getting started for 2022, as far as I can tell.
 

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Mckayla Wilkes Is Running Against Steny Hoyer in Maryland Again in 2022 | Teen Vogue
In MD-05
She ran last year and lost.
Mckayla Wilkes - Ballotpedia
Steny Hoyer (inc) 64.4%, Mckayla Wilkes 26.7%, 4.2%, 2.7%, 1.9%

Steny Hoyer was first elected to the House in 1981, 40 years ago, making this his 21st term. He is now 81 years old. MKW is right that SH has been in Congress since before she was born - she is 30 years old.
Wilkes tells Teen Vogue that the distinction between her and Hoyer, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, could not be starker: Wilkes is running a grassroots campaign; Hoyer, according to NPR, raised more than $2.8 million in contributions in the last election cycle, with more than half coming from super PACs, pharmaceutical companies, and other industries (Hoyer told NPR he’s not beholden to those corporate interests).
"What do you think will go differently this time?"
We have momentum to build off of, and we have a movement to build off of. Our campaign was so much bigger than just me running for Congress. It was the first movement of its kind that my district has ever seen. I think that will be something that’s really different this time around, because people want that change — we saw that within the last cycle. I mean, of course we didn't win, but we did pose the most serious Democratic primary challenge for Hoyer in his entire career.
As far as I've been able to check, that is correct. She may be right that she'll have more success this time - that was true of Ro Khanna, Marie Newman, and Cori Bush.

Though she has lost, she has continued to be an activist.
Immediately after the campaign, we launched our nonprofit, Schools Not Jails, which focuses on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Over the past several months, I’ve been meeting with state legislatures, getting them to support legislation to end the school-to-prison pipeline. We've been very focused on removing school resource officers (SROs) from public schools, and reallocating the money given toward school safety that typically goes to SROs — which is about $10 million in the state of Maryland.
 

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McKayla Wilkes continues:
And I know how unjust our criminal justice system is. I've lived it, being thrown into the school-to-prison pipeline, and then, as an adult, being incarcerated essentially because of traffic debt because I couldn't afford to pay traffic tickets.

Being overpoliced — at one point in my life, I was pulled over by the police sometimes three or four times a week. I mean, there were times when I had to go to court once a week. I was in court four times a month for traffic tickets, just from being consistently pulled over by the police.

I understand what it's like to go without housing. I understand what it's like to try to survive. We're trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But I’ve got to tell you, since last year I got a job paying $14 an hour; they gave us a raise for $15 an hour and I'm still living paycheck to paycheck, and sometimes paying one bill by holding off the other.
Why so early? "One of the things that we learned from the last time around was that we needed to start raising money early."

What will she be doing differently this time around?
We’re also trying to lay the groundwork to have more volunteers a lot earl[ier] on.... We rely heavily on community support. I don't even want to [say] volunteers, [so] I call it mutual aid, because that's the way that I see it. So far we already have hundreds of people that have signed up to volunteer for our campaign.
That publication also has this article:
Cori Bush: Can She Bring the Movement for Black Lives to Congress? | Teen Vogue
 

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Entering the race again is Maebe A. Girl, a drag queen who prefers a female gender identity. She was elected Silver Lake Neighborhood Councilwoman in 2019, in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She ran for CA-28 in 2020 against Adam Schiff, a 20-year incumbent.

In the primary, AS won 59.57% of the vote, Republican Eric Early 12.56%, MAG 11.96%, and the others 5.63%, 3.83%, 3.40%, 1.78%, and 1.27%.

AS and EE continued to the general election, with AS winning with 72.66% of the vote.

AS got a big bump in popularity from having been lead impeachment manager for the first impeachment of Donald Trump.

 Maebe A. Girl
Maebe A. Girl - Ballotpedia
Maebe A. Girl for Congress
Maebe A. Girl (@Maebe_A_Girl) / Twitter
"Redesign the House"
 

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Marianne Williamson on Twitter: "Please start now to pay attention to 2022 Congressional primaries. We didn’t go over the cliff in 2020 but we’re still only inches away from it. Support great people who are running on policies that will fundamentally make a difference. (links)" / Twitter

Listing Nina Turner OH-11, Colin Byrd MD-05, Gary Chambers LA-02, Liam O'Mara CA-42, Lee Carter VA Gov, Angelica Dueñas CA-29 (Tony Cárdenas), Ally Dalsimer VA-11, Erica Smith NC Sen, Mckayla Wilkes MD-05 (Steny Hoyer), Maebe A. Girl CA-28 (Adam Schiff), Antoinette Sedillo Lopez CA-30, Shervin Aazami CA-28, Christine Olivo FL-24

Real Jews Love Ilhan on Twitter: "who is the next democrat you want to see go down in a 2022 primary? Tag them so they can feel the love ;) mine has to be @RepRichardNeal in MA" / Twitter

Richard Neal MA-01, Debbie Wasserman Schultz FL-23, Hakeem Jeffries NY-08, Adam Schiff CA-28, John Larson CT-01 (Andrew Legnani challenging him), Tony Cárdenas CA-29, Chuck Schumer NY Sen, Nancy Pelosi CA-12, Joe Manchin WV Sen, Gerry Connolly VA-11, Steny Hoyer MD-05, Maxine Waters CA-43, Andrew Cuomo NY Gov, Gavin Newsom CA Gov, Richard Blumenthal CT Sen
 

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Isiah James is running again for NY-09, against likely candidate, incumbent Yvette Clarke.
ISIAH JAMES🌹 on Twitter: "I am running for Congress!
Now, more than ever we need a government that centers all its policies and efforts on fighting for workers & marginalized communities, last time we made noise. This time we’ll make history! Stand with me!

Please donate⬇️
(video and donation links)" / Twitter


Isiah James is Fed Up with the Dem Establishment, Runs for Congress Again | Interview - YouTube

He claims that YC has not paid much attention to her district, and that she did not move leftward in response to his candidacy.

The vote in the June 23 primary election last year:
  • Yvette D. Clarke (inc) - 54.2%
  • Adem Bunkeddeko - 24.7%
  • Isiah James - 10.4%
  • Chaim M. Deutsch - 9.7%
  • Lutchi Gayot - 0.9%
  • Other / write-in - 0.1%
So IJ was behind another challenger.

ETA: his campaign page: Isiah for Congress 2020 | NY-9

Advocating single-payer healthcare, criminal-justice reform, tuition-free college, affordable housing, and immigration reform.
 

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Instead, it is the party of principles and the big tent.

How can you claim to be the party of the "big tent" when you seek to oust everybody who does not toe the AOC/Democratic Socialist party line?
 

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Instead, it is the party of principles and the big tent.

How can you claim to be the party of the "big tent" when you seek to oust everybody who does not toe the AOC/Democratic Socialist party line?

To whom are you referring?

You think President Biden is an AOC Socialist? Can you really be that poorly informed?
Tom
 

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Which Reps Will Progressives Look to Unseat in 2022? - The American Prospect

Here is a list, with who ran against them last year.
  • Henry Cuellar TX-28 -- Jessica Cisneros (almost won)
  • Jake Auchincloss MA-04 -- Jesse Mermell, Ihssane Leckey, etc. (JM almost won)
  • David Scott GA-13
  • Kurt Schrader OR-05
  • Bobby Rush IL-01
  • Alcee Hastings FL-20
  • Grace Napolitano CA-32
Many Democratic Reps are very old, in the 70's and 80's, and some of them might retire rather than face a primary challenge. That is what Nita Lowey of NY-17 did rather than face Mondaire Jones. She was 82 years old.
 

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To whom are you referring?
The topic of this thread. "Progressive" Democrats trying to unseat moderate members of Congress. Like Maebe A. Girl repeatedly going after Adam Schiff.

You think President Biden is an AOC Socialist?

This thread has nothing to do with Biden or presidential politics in general. It has to do with attempts by so-called "progressive" challenges to primary moderate congresspeople because the latter are insufficiently ideologically pure.

Can you really be that poorly informed?
No. Can you?
 

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The topic of this thread. "Progressive" Democrats trying to unseat moderate members of Congress. Like Maebe A. Girl repeatedly going after Adam Schiff.



This thread has nothing to do with Biden or presidential politics in general. It has to do with attempts by so-called "progressive" challenges to primary moderate congresspeople because the latter are insufficiently ideologically pure.

Can you really be that poorly informed?
No. Can you?

I was referring to your post #13.
I quoted it.

But somehow, you missed that?
Tom
 

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I'm sorry, but those people in the OP link seem as fucking nuts as the extremest on the far right. My favorite was the tweet that said that Biden was a failure. Yesterday, their idol, Bernie Sanders, said that Biden helped pass the most progressive bill in modern times, assuming the progressive children in the House don't fuck it up because it's not perfect.

What the fuck in wrong with these people? Plus Biden hasn't even been in office for 2 months. This is insane. I'm not a fan of Joe Manchin, but you know what you get if you run a hard left progressive against him? You will end up getting a Republican. At least Manchin voted for the bill after a few minor changes were made. Not a single Repub voted for it. Is that what they want? There is nothing big tent about what these people are saying. They are saying "my way or the highway". I hate that attitude.

My district is so hard right that no Democrat has ever had a chance in it. Most of the time, the Republican runs unopposed. I hate that, but it's obvious that we live in a very diverse country when it comes to political views. Let's just be glad that Trump is gone and now we have a decent, experienced president who is also compassionate, instead of an egomaniacal narcissist who tries to destroy anyone who dares to criticize him, and has no idea how government works.

I want the 15 dollar minimum wage as much as anyone, but if all we can get is a 12 dollar minimum wage, that's still a big improvement over 7.25. And, most large corporations are already increasing their entry level wage to 15 dollars or more. It's the small businesses that need to increase their wages and it may be true that some can't afford more than 12 dollars. It's a difficult situation, but nobody ever gets everything they want in government.

Some of these people are bitching about the COVID relief bill. WTF! They need to look at all the details in it. I think Sanders was right when he said it was a very progressive bill. It does more for poor people than anything in my lifetime and I'm old.

I fully support term limits. , Maybe working towards getting term limits instead of challenging those who are already in office would be a much smarter way to go. I do hope some of those who have been in office since the 80s will retire, but we do need experienced people along with the newbies.

End of rant. :) I doubt that any minds will be changed, by what I've posted. It's just how I see it.
 

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Good luck on getting Congressional term limits passed. You'll need a Constitutional amendment to do that, and amending the US Constitution is a VERY difficult process. 2/3 of both houses or a constitutional convention, then 3/4 of state legislatures.

It's MUCH easier to try to primary an incumbent, and that's something that has sometimes succeeded.


The Left is doing more than primarying incumbents.
How democratic socialists just took over a swing state - CNNPolitics
On Saturday, Judith Whitmer won an election to be the next chair of the Nevada Democratic Party. She did so with the strong support of the liberal wing of the party aligned with Vermont democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and the backing of the local chapter pf the Democratic Socialists of America.

The result led to the immediate resignation of the current state party staff -- all of which were aligned with the establishment wing of the party long represented by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

...
In Nevada, this so-called revolution was against an establishment that has won four straight presidential races, elected two Democratic senators, three of our House members, all but one of the state's six constitutional officers and both houses of the Legislature. But these folks who took over -- and this goes for some of them nationally, too -- want to push the party to the left and, as is often the case, enforce purity tests. They have always, though idealism and/or arrogance, believed they believe what most people believe, which is dissonant with what results have often shown.

Cillizza: Nevada is a swing state -- with a big Senate race in 2022, a governor's race in 2022 and then the 2024 presidential. Does what's happened jeopardize Democratic chances in any of these future contests?

Ralston: It could. But too early to tell. The party machine will set up an entity as a workaround to the party, but this will be cumbersome and garner attention. I assume it will work because these folks know what they are doing. But it is far from optimal, and I am sure the Republicans are loving it.

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The big winner in the long run is the Republicans. They have long suffered with a dysfunctional apparatus run by a caricature of a party thug. Now they can watch as the other side suffers. Can they exploit it and win some major elections? Seven statewide offices are up in 2022, including governor and US Senate. If they can't do it this time...
Let's see what comes of that.
 

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Entire Staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits After DSA Slate Won Every Seat - The Intercept
The battle between the insurgent progressive wing of the party and what’s known in Nevada as the Reid machine — a tightly run operation still guided by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — began five years ago, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders organized support for his 2016 presidential primary run, while Reid was working behind the scenes to help his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Then on how that progressive bloc grew and got the top spots in that state's Democratic Party.
The mass exodus of party staff, despite the rhetoric around unity, wasn’t a shock, Whitmer told The Intercept. “We weren’t really surprised, in that we were prepared for it,” she said. “But what hit us by surprise and was sort of shocking is that for a slate that claimed that they were all about unity, and kept this false narrative of division going on throughout the entire campaign — in fact they kept intensifying that — that’s what was surprising about it, was the willingness to just walk away, instead of working with us.”

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Reid also wanted the caucus to help build the party’s infrastructure, and that worked too. After years of Republican control, Democrats now hold the governor’s mansion, the state Senate, and the state House, as well as both U.S. Senate seats. Without those two senators, there’d be no Democratic majority in the Senate today. But the caucuses also created an opening for Sanders, and his supporters have run through it to swamp the party. Instead of finding a way to work with the newcomers, the Reid machine is setting up an independent shop. Reid declined to comment.
This seems like some left-wing version of what the Tea Partiers and the Trumpies have been doing to the Republican Party.
 

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POLITICO Playbook PM: AOC officially kills the DCCC blacklist - POLITICO
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is the new head of the DCCC.
Though it was in place for fewer than two years, it still stymied some liberal primary challengers and incensed the left, which celebrated its end.

“It's an enormous win," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a recent interview, before Maloney's decision was formally announced, noting the move would open "a door for our party to leverage strength from all parts of it.”

“The escalation and aggression against the progressive wing of the party with an explicit forward-facing 'blacklist' created a lot of dissuasion against candidates even considering grassroots organizing firms," she said.

...
Maloney reversed a policy created by his predecessor, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), in a somewhat tacit acknowledgment that it had backfired.

The D.C.C.C. Blacklist Is No More - The New York Times
When she challenged Representative Joe Crowley in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did it by knocking on over 100,000 doors in her New York City district, calling even more people’s phones, and sending out still more text messages.

But it wasn’t just sweat equity that did the trick. Composed mostly of young activists and strategists who’d worked for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential run two years earlier, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s technology team developed an innovative tool to find voters who might have been missed in traditional door-knocking campaigns.

After she upset Mr. Crowley in a landslide, her team of techies gave their new tool a name, Reach, and they formed a company to assist other progressive campaigns. But one place where they found their services weren’t wanted was at the very top: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The DCCC then decided to boycott campaign consultants who accepted work from candidates who try to primary incumbents.
 

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Rep. Maloney's spokesman Chris Taylor announced the policy change. “This policy change means that the only criteria for a vendor to be listed in the directory are our standards for fair business practices,” he said.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she believed lifting the ban would open up the Democratic Party to some of the best digital campaigners in the country.

“Having that ban really hurt the party,” she said in an interview. “When I first was sworn in, when one of the party’s first moves was to say, ‘We are going to ban anyone that helped you get here,’ it was very personal.”

She added: “It felt like a very targeted message of saying, ‘You’re not welcome. And anyone who helped you get here is not welcome.’”
AOC was annoyed by what she considered the incompetent campaigning of some of the losers last year. She also said that nobody asked her what she thought that her first opponent, Joe Crowley, did wrong.

Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats: “Because over 70 percent of congressional districts do not have a competitive general election, there is so much innovation happening in competitive primaries,” he said. Yes, a primary ought to be more than a coronation of a party favorite.
Mr. Shahid argued that the party was harming itself by disallowing tools such as Reach to be used in any of its campaigns. “That happened to some of the best digital vendors in the country,” he said. “They work on a lot of progressive primary campaigns, and they can’t work for the party’s handpicked candidates.”
But that might mean an informal blacklist instead.
“I would hate to see the D.C.C.C. go back to an informal blacklist, which is what their policy used to be,” Mr. Shahid said. “But it is a step forward to not have an explicit blacklist.”
 

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More and more. Looks like they are starting early because they have a long road ahead of them, making themselves known to their hoped-for constituents.

Ally Dalsimer for Congress🦉 on Twitter: "I'm Ally Dalsimer, and I am running for Congress in Virginia's 11th District. We are running a fully grassroots campaign, so join the movement - it's time to put people first. Together we can make a real difference! (links)" / Twitter

She names who she's running against:
Ally Dalsimer for Congress🦉 on Twitter: "So let me get this straight: @GerryConnolly claims he’s a progressive, but voted against @CoriBush’s voter rights restoration amendment? Something’s not adding up there. Luckily, there’s a real progressive running to represent VA-11 in 2022." / Twitter


Angelica Dueñas for Congress 🍞🌹🌎 on Twitter: "It's official. #AngelicaForCongress2022 #OurValley #CA29 (link)" / Twitter

Matt King for Congress on Twitter: "@AOC I’m a progressive running for Congress in 2022 in Houston. Thank you for stepping up and showing what a leader should be. Thank you for helping our town.

I, like a lot of my neighbors had thousands of dollars in damage to my home, luckily we are ok, but many Texans aren’t." / Twitter

He's running for TX-22

Brittany for Congress on Twitter: "My name is Brittany Ramos DeBarros. I'm a proud Afro-Latina Staten Islander, community organizer, and progressive combat veteran running to fight for #NY11 in Congress. It's time for Trump's favorite NY Republican, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, to go! #BrittanyForCongress (link)" / Twitter
 

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Leftists 4 Office on Twitter: "While we are focusing organising efforts on the special elections with @GaryChambersJr @ASL4Justice4all and @ninaturner as well as the municipal elections across the country, there is an ever growing list of progressives and leftists running for congress in 2022. (pix link)" / Twitter

I've taken that list and merged it with Marianne Williamson's list.

House (31): Derek Marshall CA-08, **Maebe A. Girl CA-28, **Angelica Dueñas CA-29, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez CA-30, Shervin Aazami CA-30, Michael Tolar CA-38, **Liam O'Mara CA-42, **Ike McCorkle CO-04, Matt Boswell FL-20, **Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick FL-20, **Christine Olivo FL-24, Raleigh Bowman IL-05, Liam Dorris IN-09, Gary Chambers LA-02, **Michael Ruiz MA-08, Mia Mason MD-01, Colin Byrd MD-05, **Mckayla Wilkes MD-05, Aruna Miller MD-06, Raleigh Bowman NC-11, **Isiah James NY-09, Nina Turner OH-11, **Daniel Kilgore OH-15, **Amanda Siebe OR-01, --**Mark Gamba OR-05, **Salem Snow PA-02, Meg Gorman TN-01, Jessica Mason TX-30, Josh Bowden UT-01, Ally Dalsimer VA-11, **Jason Call WA-02

Senate (7): **Dan Whitfield AR, Allen Ellison FL, --**Charles Booker KY, Erica Smith NC, Brandaun Dean PA, John Fetterman PA, Tom Nelson WI

State Governors (1): Lee Carter VA

** Previously ran
-- Hasn't officially decided to run yet
 

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Home | Hertime - Katie Hill's PAC is now endorsing candidates. Like AOC and Katie Porter and Ayanna Pressley and Lauren Underwood.

The site's endorsement page has "Candidates we look forward to seeing more of in the Future!" - those that lost in last year's elections.

There's some recent drama llama about Brand New Congress.

Brand New Congress on Twitter: "Six months ago a group of dedicated staff and volunteers came to the BNC board to raise concerns about their barriers to full participation and inclusion within our org. We listened and took comprehensive action. You can read about our ongoing work here. (link)" / Twitter
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Employees, volunteers reignite BNC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion | by Brand New Congress | Mar, 2021 | Medium
 

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Zeynab Day on Twitter: "Fellow progressives have reached out to me about what happened at Brand New Congress following a statement released regarding DEI issues at the org. All have asked about my experiences, &a my recent termination. For the sake of transparency, I'm sharing some of my story today. (pix link)" / Twitter
I was terminated by this organization in February, without a clear indication of why, and without resolution of complaints of descrimination and retaliation I filed with the Board of Directors. As of the date of the termination I had not been informed of next steps to resolving the valid and founded claims brought forward. I was terminated without consultation or representation from Human Resources, or discussion of past grievances and how those might be affecting the decision to terminate my current role. These inactions run counter to the claims of progress made in Brand New Congress' current statement.

That is only a small fraction of my personal experiences that involved discriminatory labor practices, devaluation, inequitable treatment, and emotional harm. I'll let others speak to theirs. I do still believe in reshaping Congress to better represent the American people. As someone who helped draft the core of the 21st Century Bill of Rights at Brand New Congress, I still hold true to those values. I write today to say that voices of people of color, women, the marginalized and disenfranchised communities can be overshadowed in our own movements. We often perpetuate sexism, misogyny, white supremacy, inequitable employment practices and descrimination within our own circles. These issues can remain unseen by many stakeholders.


Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "I am no longer affiliated @BrandNew535. I can't speak for the leadership but I can speak for myself. I don't support racism or discrimination." / Twitter

Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "A former employee received an outrageous gag order as a bargaining tool for separation severance. She wouldn't sign it. I finally got a copy of it yesterday. I take discrimination complaints very seriously. I no longer want to be a part of BNC." / Twitter
That was Zeynab Dey

PJS tweeted some image files showing ZD's severance agreement.
 

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Renee Johnston on Twitter: "I stand with @paulajean2020 and @ZeynabDay and will also share my story. As a part of the DEI group my experience was one of the catalysts for the letter that was ultimately written to the Board which is briefly glossed over in the article published by @BrandNew535. In time the (link)" / Twitter
On May 12, 2019, I watched Knock Down the House and was moved by the work Brand New Congress did in an effort to pursue the mission of getting real people into Congress. I immediately signed on in hopes of finding a way to focus my energy and desire to make thin better. After weeks of trying to understand what purpose volunteers actually served, I was disappointed to discover that the path to achieving the progressive mission was not clear.

Onboarding was lengthy and failed to provide consistent communication. When was finally included in meetings, the conversations were lengthy, but did not lead to action. I was bounced around between multiple initiatives and there seemed to be little organization with regard to adequately managing volunteers.
Seems like mismanagement and poor coordination.

PRAXIS REBEL #ReviveDemocracy 🚨 #FreeAssange on Twitter: "@RJohnston815 @paulajean2020 @ZeynabDay @BrandNew535 I was eagerly reading the first slide and then noticed it didn't continue and the second pic on this tweet is the same as the one below.

I was inspired when BNC formed in 2017 but became disillusioned with them when it was clear that "national" didn't listen to local leaders." / Twitter


MJ on Twitter: "@RJohnston815 @paulajean2020 @ZeynabDay @BrandNew535 I got choked up when reading that you watched Knock Down the House and was compelled to join this org. You are like so many in this movement so hungry for chg & instead you experienced a microclimate of the very things this org is supposed to be addressing." / Twitter
 

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Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "I reached out to the @BrandNew535 board & executive director about my abusive campaign manager months ago. The board chair is actively advocating for my abuser as a paid employee with a mutual vendor. Why are they actively supporting a man that I am afraid of?
#MeToo" / Twitter



Aeiramique Glass Blake - Ballotpedia
She ran for CA-51 but dropped out before the primary because of health problems. She's back again, running for CA State Assembly District 79 in San Diego.

Vote Progressive Aeiramique Glass Blake For CA State Assembly 2021 - YouTube
Aeiramique Glass Blake for State Assembly
A special election: primary on April 6, general on June 8.

AGB talked about the four other candidates. One of them is apparently a black woman who is a daughter of the previous officeholder. Another is a labor-union person, and another is someone who is very establishment, someone who got their money from the Democratic leadership in Sacramento.
 

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Zeynab Day on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 @BrandNew535 BNC made this statement today. Paula called earlier to hear from the voices of those harmed. I was one of those harmed by BNC practices, founder of the DEI group, and was recently terminated. I thank Paula for calling for our voices to be heard. (link)" / Twitter
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Renee is sick of people's ish on Twitter: "I stepped down as one of the Directors of Students for a Brand New Congress (@BrandNew535) ..." / Twitter
I stepped down as one of the Directors of Students for a Brand New Congress (@BrandNew535) due to the discrimination, lack of sincerity, and failure of the stated mission by the now resigned ED, Robb Ryerse and the Board. 11 people involved in SBNC left on the same day in a show of support and solidarity. The removal of the following facts from the statement and attached DEI timeline is shameful:
1. The firing of a Brown woman for bullying white people
2. The resignation of a white male volunteer who quit in response to certain actions by the board
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3. 12 people leaving on the same day in response to the absolute failure of BNC to appropriately implement DEI ideology inline with their mission. Thank you @paulajean2020 and @ZeynabDay for speaking up.

I will note for the record the "bullying" as noted in point #1 was unsubstantiated, meaning never confirmed with receipts, and there was also no due process. In contrast, my statements of discrimination were responded to with a fake investigation or not at all.
Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "Let's talk about @BrandNew535 silencing women of color, who filed descrimination claims, with gag orders that suspends their civil liberties, for 2 months severance. #soundsaboutwhite" / Twitter
 

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Ohio sets November special election; House seat to be empty most of year
Ohio sets November special election, leaving Pelosi with empty seat most of the year

Democrats’ progressive-establishment split could affect race
The candidates in the race:
So far, the field includes Nina Turner, the co-chairwoman of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign and occasional Fudge rival, who is expected to have the support of national progressives, including Sanders.

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, a Fudge protégé who has the endorsement of Columbus-area Rep. Joyce Beatty and more than 100 other figures in the Democratic establishment, has attracted local and national attention as the candidate with the most support from the establishment.

Former Ohio state Sen. Jeff Johnson, former state Sen. Shirley Smith and former state Rep. John Barnes Jr. have also said they would run.
They should get in the race by May 5, the primary is on Aug 3, and the general election is on Nov 2.
 

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Progressives are lining up behind NT.


Exclusive: Ohio’s Nina Turner picks up Ocasio-Cortez endorsement in U.S. House race | The 19th

NT's former boss supports her.
Bernie Sanders on Twitter: "I've gotten to know @ninaturner over the last five years. She deeply cares for working families and she has the heart to be an effective, unwavering fighter for them in Congress. I am proud to endorse her candidacy. (pic link)" / Twitter


Nina Turner on Twitter: "I am honored to have the support of @AOC. I look forward to working together to build a democracy where no child goes hungry, no worker earns a starvation wage, and where every business respects our planet.

It’s time to build an America as good as its promise 💜✊🏾 (pic link)" / Twitter

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I'm proud to endorse Nina Turner for Congress in Ohio's 11th Congressional District. Nina is a bold, unapologetic progressive who has spent her entire career advocating for the working people of Northeast Ohio, and a powerful voice for progressive values and policies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of working people across this country -- like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and a Green New Deal. I need her alongside me in Congress in the fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice.

Nina Turner on Twitter: "Am honored to receive the endorsement of my sister, @RashidaTlaib. The crises facing our country can only be solved if we are courageous enough to address them at their root. When there is so much hardship, we have no choice but to be bold.

I look forward to working together ✊🏾 (pic link)" / Twitter

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

Michigan's 13th Congressional District and Ohio's 11th Congressional District are not only connected by the Great Lakes, but they are also connected by the need of strong, bold leadership for their constituents. I know that Senator Nina Turner will bring her rooted values to the United States Congress on behalf of the residents of Ohio's 11th. Sen. Turner is committed to racial, economic, and social justice, and will be a great partner in ensuring we deliver 0n the goals of justice for not only Ohio and the Great Lakes region, but for the entire country.

Ilhan Omar endorses Nina Turner - Facebook
I am so proud to endorse my sister in the Progressive Movement, Nina Turner
for Ohio's 11th Congressional District! Together we will continue to push forward an agenda that centers the American people.

Top liberals line up behind Nina Turner’s House bid - POLITICO
Other supporters include Ro Khanna, Cori Bush, and Keith Ellison.
 

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Future Steps US on Twitter: "Our form to nominate progressives running for Congress in 2022! If you have a grassroots candidate you’re excited to elect, fill this form out so we can get in contact! Retweet!

Let’s win big! Step up today for a better tomorrow! (link)" / Twitter


Leftists 4 Office on Twitter: "Leftists 4 Office was established in 2020 with the goal of promoting as many down ballot progressive and leftist candidates as possible and helping to get them elected. We are non-partisan, supporting candidates from the Green party, Democratic Party, Independents, and more." / Twitter


Elect Houlahan 2022 on Twitter: "@CaslerNoel @JamesTate121 Stephen Houlahan is a First Responder with an extensive medical background and is a firm believer of science. We need politicians who prioritize the people over a party. Houlahan is running for Congress and needs help in unseating a corrupt incumbent @electhoulahan (link)" / Twitter- for CA-50, where Republican Darrell Issa currenly is.


Benice on Twitter: "@JessicaMasonTX is running for Congress in 2022 in TX-30

This seat has been held by Bernice Johnson since 1993. She said she was “studying” m4a, but never co-sponsored it... in a pandemic

Click here for more info
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#JessicasRevolution (link)" / Twitter

Her platform:
  • Medicare For All
  • Green New Deal
  • Housing 4All - Affordable & accessible housing
  • Legalize Marijuana - Decriminalize all drugs
  • Reparations
  • Cancel Student Loan/ Medical Debt

Brand New Congress has started endorsing people.

Brand New Congress on Twitter: "BNC is excited to welcome Selinda Guerrero (@People4Congress) to our 2022 slate! Selinda is an Afro-Chicano, Indigenous, Queer Black feminist, and lifelong community organizer running for #NM01. You can split a contribution between BNC & Selinda here: (links)" / Twitter

Nothing from Justice Democrats yet.
 

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I've been following Justice Democrats since their inception and creation by Cenk Uygur, Kyle Kulinski and others. I subscribed to each of their YouTube channels (The Young Turks and Secular Talk, respectively) probably sometime in 2016 well ahead of the elections that year. TYT I don't watch much anymore, but I still follow Kyle (who has a new podcast with Krystal Ball, btw) and find myself in agreement with him on a lot of things. As you've documented above in this thread, one of the main goals of JD, as espoused by Kyle, is to push the Overton window back to the left and do a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party from within. A common goal they share with other groups such as Brand New Congress and Our Revolution is to get money out of politics. This is a policy (like much of the JD platform) which enjoys popularity among a majority of all Americans, not just Democrats.

Another group which could be seen as an ally, but isn't yet active in all states, is the Working Families Party. Sometimes they endorse Democrats and sometimes they run their own. When I've seen a candidate listed on both the Dem and WFP lines, I always cast my vote on the WFP line. I feel fortunate to be in a state where they are active.

Btw, I'm excited to see if Nina Turner can win her race!
 

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Jenny Sylivant on Twitter: "In her first term in Congress, @RepUnderwood #IL14 has introduced 42 pieces of legislation and passed four bipartisan pieces of legislation into law, according to her website.

She is an incredibly talented, accomplished nurse, who is running for re-election in 2022. #DemVoice1 (link)" / Twitter



Emadeddin Muntasser on Twitter: "Successful fundraising event today to benefit first #Libyan-American running for Congress. We will make history in 2022. Many in #Libya are following the campaign and are inspired by the opportunity that America offers to its citizens. (link)" / Twitter
Muad Hrezi for CT-01

Muad for Congress Launch — Hrezi for Congress - "We need Medicare for All. We need a Green New Deal. We need economic and racial justice."


Rep. Carolyn Maloney launches 2022 reelection bid - New York Daily News
The 75-year-old Manhattan Democrat — who has been in Congress since 1993 and currently serves as the chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee — said in a statement that she knows “how to get things done,” citing her work over the decades on a range of legislation, from helping 9/11 survivors to delivering coronavirus stimulus checks to New Yorkers.

Maloney’s 2022 campaign launch was quickly met with a rematch announcement from Suraj Patel, a Manhattan attorney who unsuccessfully challenged the congresswoman in the 2018 and 2020 primaries.
Not long after, Suraj Patel, entered the race yet again. He had challenged her back in 2018 and 2020. I like to call him the Indiana Catfish, because he is a hotel executive from Indiana who raised much more money from that state than from New York, and because some of his campaigning back in 2018 was by catfishing in dating sites, posing as potential dates then advertising his candidacy.
 

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Joshua Weil for US Senate (FL) on Twitter: "@CathyFo99886268 @RetireMarco I'm a high school teacher and the Progressive Democrat running against Marco Rubio in 2022. We're building a grassroots movement to get Floridians a Senator who actually works for them.

Learn more at (links)" / Twitter

Democrat | Josh Weil for US Senate | Florida


Team Erica on Twitter: "Are y’all ready to elect a strong #progressive woman to the United States Senate?
We sure are! 🤩
Join our movement today ⬇️ (link)" / Twitter

Erica Smith for Senate | Fighting for All North Carolinians


April is the cruelest Pete on Twitter: "The next progressive to shock Missouri is going to be @LucasKunceMO
Coming for that open Senate seat in 2022! Keep your eye on this one" / Twitter


Lucas Kunce for Missouri | Democrat | U.S. Senate
Campaigning on "Ending Corporate Monopoly Domination of Our Economy" and "Abolishing Corporate PACs & Safeguarding Democracy" and "Enacting A Marshall Plan for the Midwest"


BreakingWavePolitics on Twitter: "@NelsonforWI is looking at an early lead against staunch Trump supporter @RonJohnsonWI . Wisconsin's populist history will definitely come into play as a more progressive Dem takes on a more reactionary Johnson. Wisconsin will be exciting to watch in 2022. #GOP #Dem #Senate" / Twitter
Nelson for Wisconsin - no platform
Interview with him: 2022 Progressive Primary Candidates w/ Tom Nelson, Nina Turner, & Isiah James - MR Live - 4/7/21 - YouTube

Dan 🇺🇸 on Twitter: "Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson lied about the election and the Capitol attack today.
Progressive Democrat Alex Lasry, @AlexLasryWI is challenging him for Senate in 2022.
RT, follow and donate to help him win! ✊🏻💙🇺🇸
#VoteBlue2022
#Democrats (link)" / Twitter

Lasry for Wisconsin
 

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Welcome to Pennsylvania's very progressive 2022 Democratic Senate primary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Both Pennsylvania Democrats in the state’s high-stakes Senate race support a $15 federal minimum wage and getting rid of the filibuster to make it happen. Both want student loan forgiveness and support some aspects of sweeping environmental legislation on par with the Green New Deal. One is a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization, the other a vocal champion for LGBTQ rights.
They are Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta.


Justice Democrats Back Odessa Kelly In Tennessee Primary - "The Progressive Group That Helped Bring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Congress Is Launching Its First Primary Challenge Of 2022"
Justice Democrats is launching Odessa Kelly’s campaign against Rep. Jim Cooper, setting up a primary fight between a community organizer from East Nashville, Tennessee, and the moderate Blue Dog incumbent.

Kelly cofounded the group Stand Up Nashville, a nonprofit focused on “equitable, inclusive, and democratic” economic development in the city, while Cooper has represented Tennessee’s 5th District since 2003 and represented the 4th District from 1983 to 1995.

“It shouldn’t take 40 years to get something good done,” Kelly said during a recent interview with BuzzFeed News. “Representative Cooper has had decades in Congress, and we don’t know what he’s done. When you look at what I’ve done for Nashville, I’ve got receipts.”
Justice Democrats jump into 2022 primaries with Tennessee House race endorsement - CNNPolitics
"As someone who has spent her life as a public servant and a community organizer, Odessa Kelly is exactly the kind of Democrat we need in Congress," Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas said in a statement. "Our grassroots movement has shocked the nation in two cycles and we are prepared to do it again. It's time to usher in a new generation of progressive leadership into the Democratic Party."

Cooper, whose political career stretches back nearly four decades, is the brother of Nashville Mayor John Cooper and son of former Tennessee Gov. Prentice Cooper. He also served in the House from 1983-1995. Cooper ran unopposed in the 2020 general election.
Odessa Kelly for TN-05 – Odessa Kelly for Congress - she supports the likes of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal

Odessa Kelly - Justice Democrats - "Donate to support our first recruit of 2022: Odessa Kelly, running for Congress in TN-05!"
 

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The Justice Democrats are an offshoot of Brand New Congress, AOC's recruiter.

Ezra watson - he's in NY-21 and he supports M4A, the GND, and Universal Basic Income. It's in NE NY State, and it's currently represented by Republican Elise Stefanik. She was the youngest woman elected to Congress when she was elected in 2014, only to be unseated in 2018 by AOC.

Shervin Aazami for Congress - CA-30 (San Fernando Valley) - M4A, GND, Housing for All, Decriminalized immigration system

Alexandra M Hunt – Pennsylvania District PA-03 House Candidate (her site shows her in downtown Philly with City Hall behind her) - M4A, GND, H4A, lots of others

David Anderson Jr. for Congress 2022 – Unity Builds Our Future - TX-35 (W of Austin, Waco) - M4A, GND, etc.

Jesse Philippe - Congressional Candidate, Florida Congress - FL-15 (NE of Tampa to near Orlando) - no clear statement on M4A, GND, etc.

Jessica Mason - This is the New Deal. - TX-30 (south Dallas and southward) - M4A, GND, "Affordable Housing", "Unions for All", "Holistic Criminal Justice Reform", and "Immigration Reform & Abolish ICE". She says about herself "I am a U.S. Navy veteran, non-profit coordinator and longtime anti-poverty activist."
 

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The First Progressive Primary Challenge of 2022 - The American Prospect
"Odessa Kelly announces her candidacy in a Nashville, Tennessee, House district against ten-term Blue Dog Jim Cooper."

Then how Jim Cooper is on the right wing of the Democratic Party, despite being in a heavily Democratic district.

He comes from a sizable political dynasty. His brother John Cooper is the mayor of Nashville. His father Prentice Cooper was the state's governor from 1939 to 1945. His father's father William Prentice Cooper was once Speaker of the state's House of Reps.

Jim Cooper was in the House 1983 - 1995, and then 2003 - present. His first House stint ended when he ran for Al Gore's vacated Senate seat in 1994. He is a member of both the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition, groups of centrist to center-right Democrats.
Since the 1990s, Cooper has been a thorn in the side of the Democratic agenda. He was one of only three House Democrats to vote against the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and was a co-author on a bipartisan health care reform bill in 1992 that effectively undercut the Clinton health care reform package. Cooper’s proposal, unlike Clinton’s, did not even provide for universal coverage; he counseled Hillary Clinton, who led the effort, that she was too far to the left.

In 2009, Cooper was one of the few dissenting votes against the initial $819 billion stimulus package that passed in the House, part of an effort that helped drive the final package down to $787 billion, an amount now universally condemned (including by Obama administration veterans) as far too small. The inadequate stimulus led to a lost decade of tepid economic growth. Cooper, at the time, was one of the country’s most outspoken deficit hawks while President Obama sought to drum up support for more ambitious spending programs.

It’s not just the party’s left flank he’s been at odds with, but the mainstream, liberal leadership as well. In January 2013, Cooper was the only Democrat in the House to vote against an emergency bill to provide disaster and recovery funds in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, putting him in league with Republicans like Ted Cruz. In 2012, Cooper supported an amendment to raise the Social Security age and cut Medicare and Medicaid. As recently as 2019, he co-sponsored a balanced-budget amendment that would have necessitated cuts to those same programs. And in 2019, Cooper was one of the few Democrats to go against Nancy Pelosi’s speakership, voting “present” when she was up against Kevin McCarthy for the top job in the House.
 

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Then about the successes of an activist organization, Stand Up Nashville, that Odessa Kelly participates in.
Stand Up Nashville was also active in fighting a proposed satellite headquarters for Amazon in Nashville, part of the company’s HQ2 sweepstakes. Amazon received $102 million in state and local economic-development subsidies to locate offices in Nashville for 5,000 workers, at the same time that the fast-growing city was crying so poor that it reneged on $38 million in promised cost-of-living increases for 9,300 city workers. A “Do Better” ordinance that Stand Up Nashville helped pass forces companies like Amazon to disclose information about worker wages and local hires, which the coalition is using to hold companies accountable to their promises.

The Democrats’ Secret Weapon for 2022: Republican Primary Challenges - The American Prospect
Especially to Congresspeople who voted for impeaching Trump. Trump wants them primaried and he calls them RINO's. Their challengers are likely to be supporters of QAnon kookishness, challengers like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene.


More candidates:
Bold, Progressive Leadership for Louisiana’s 2nd District. — Karen Carter Peterson - M4A, GND, etc.
In the special election to fill this seat, KCP made the runoff, and the final election is on April 24 That seat was vacated when Rep. Cedric Richmond joined the Biden Admin.

Swanson for Congress - IL-18 (central, western IL) - M4A, GND, etc.

Elizabeth Moreira for Congress | Linktree - CA-38 (eastern LA, Orange Counties) - M4A, GND, etc.

Ruth Luevanos for Congress | Home - CA-25 (Santa Clarita - Palmdale) - not clear about her platform

CA-25 is the district where Katie Hill was elected in 2018. After she resigned in disgrace, the state had a special election and a Republican, Mark Garcia, got into it.
 

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The  Justice Democrats are now Nina Turner and Odessa Kelly. JD is an offshoot of  Brand New Congress, AOC's recruiter. Both Wikipedia pages list the amount of success that the two PAC's have had with each of their candidates.
  • 2018 successfully primaried - AOC NY-14 (1st time): 20-yr inc Joe Crowley - Ayanna Pressley MA-07 (1st time): 20-yr inc Mike Capuano
  • 2020 successfully primaried - Marie Newman IL-03 2nd time): 16-yr inc Dan Lipinski - Jamaal Bowman NY-16 (1st time): 32-yr inc Eliot Engel - Cori Bush MO-01 (2nd time): 20-yr inc Lacy Clay
  • 2020 failed to primary - Jessica Cisneros TX-28 (1st time): 16-yr inc Henry Cuellar - Alex Morse MA-01 (1st time): 32-yr inc Richard Neal
  • 2020 lost general election - Kara Eastman NE-02 (2nd time): 4-yr inc Don Bacon (R)

Which Reps Will Progressives Look to Unseat in 2022? - The American Prospect

Listing Henry Cuellar TX-28, Jake Auchincloss MA-04, David Scott GA-13, Kurt Schrader OR-05, Bobby Rush IL-01, Alcee Hastings FL-20

HC:
... widely seen as perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, ... Cuellar routinely voted against the Democratic agenda; early in the Trump administration, he was voting with the disgraced Republican president a startling 75 percent of the time and rocking an A rating from the now-bankrupt NRA. This, despite representing a district with a D+15 partisan lean.
JA is a former registered Republican, someone who voted R as late as 2015.

DS:
... an extremely Wall Street–friendly representative, has been a notorious and unapologetic co-sponsor of Republican bills to deregulate derivatives markets. ... Scott was famously the only Democrat to co-sponsor all seven Republican bills that aimed to water down the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform package.
KS:
Schrader hasn’t been particularly high-profile, but he inexplicably pledged to vote against Trump’s second impeachment in the wake of the Capitol insurrection, before eventually flip-flopping. He referred to the vote as a “lynching” in a House caucus call, in a exceptionally tone-deaf display. Schrader was also one of just two Democrats to vote against a bill that would have increased stimulus checks in last December’s COVID relief bill to $2,000, in defiance of a signature pledge of the Biden administration. The only other Democrat to do that is no longer in Congress, thanks to a progressive primary challenger.
BR:
"Rush, now 74 years old, endorsed Michael Bloomberg in the Democratic presidential primary."

AH:
"... and Hastings, one of Congress’s leading supporters of the predatory payday-lending sector, is now 84 years old."
While some Democrats might be disinclined to retire, looking to the example set by the ancient House leadership, the prospect of a lengthy primary battle can be a powerful motivator. Last year, the announcement of Mondaire Jones’s candidacy in New York’s 17th Congressional District was enough to push incumbent Nita Lowey, then 82 years old, into retirement. Jones won the open primary in the district and cruised to victory in November. “The Mondaire Jones race might be the blueprint going forward,” said Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress.
 

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Which Reps Will Progressives Look to Unseat in 2022? - The American Prospect - in Feb 12 of this year, author Alexander Sammon speculated on what Rep. Alcee Hastings might want to do.

Then,

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida dies at 84 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
He was in FL-20.
n late 2018, Hastings was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. For much of the ensuing two years, he continued public appearances between medical treatments, but more recently he hadn’t been in public. In recent days, he had been in hospice care. “Alcee was a fighter, and he fought this terrible disease longer than most. He faced it fearlessly, and at times even made fun of it,” said Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
Top Republicans offer warm words on Hastings. Not DeSantis. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Republican governor’s statement was as perfunctory and impersonal as possible. DeSantis said he and his wife were “saddened” to learn of the death and Hastings’ “service to our state will be remembered.”

By contrast, Republican U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott issued more compassionate statements in which they exhibited some warmth toward Hastings, who died at 84 after serving in Congress for more than 28 years.


Special Election will decide replacement for Alcee Hastings, but redistricting looms
Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Barbara Sharief both filed to run for the Democratic nomination in CD 20 before Hastings’ death. Cherfilus-McCormick ran against Hastings last cycle, though was unsuccessful. Sharief is running as she faces term limits for her seat on the Broward County Commission.

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What we do know is that Hastings’ seat will remain open for a few months, likely until summer, and that a Democrat is almost certain to serve out the remainder of Hastings’ term.
 

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Tammy Allison for TX-06 - a member of the NAACP and the National Rifle Association

She is campaigning on restoring gun rights to those convicted of crimes.


TheRagtagBand🏴*☠️ on Twitter: "The election wasn’t great, but we must get back up. The Ragtag Band is here to stay! From here on out, we’re promoting progressive policy and the candidates who rep it! Together.
What we stand for:
M4A
Green New Deal
Wealth Tax
Living Wage
FreeEd4All
Legalize Marijuana
& more (link)" / Twitter

Then a lot of tweets on its endorsed candidates, national, state, and local.

D. LIAM DORRIS for U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - INDIANA'S NINTH
His positions:
Political Position: I am a social democrat who doesn’t currently agree with the limitations of a duopoly. In a duopoly, we are forced to vote for politicians who have a standard set of positions, many of which we don’t agree with. I appreciate the idea of mixing and matching some of the best policy positions from a number of sources; parties, coalitions, and groups that fit the average American better than what’s currently being offered.

Ideological Influences: I am ideologically aligned with current politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Nina Turner. Some of my influences are people such as Rev. Cornel West, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, Albert Eisenstein, and Eugene V. Debs.

Aligned Organizations: I am aligned with the following organizations: A Movement for a People’s Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Justice Democrats, and Our Revolution.
No hint as to whether or not he will be running as a Democrat. But late last year, he tweeted
D. Liam Dorris 🦅🌎⚓️ on Twitter: "The absolute worst part of politics is having to work within the 2 party system. I really don’t like having to be a part of either. I run as Democrat because I am a leftie, and I run on social policy and substance.

My personal preference would be to run as a #Socialist." / Twitter
 

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The Justice Democrats are supporting another challenger, Rana Abdelhamid in NY-12. Her campaign page: Rana for Congress

Rana Abdelhamid (@RanaForCongress) / Twitter

Progressive Activist Rana Abdelhamid Announces Run Against Rep. Carolyn Maloney | HuffPost - "The founder of a women’s self-defense group from Queens takes on a Manhattan Democrat with a mixed record on progressive priorities."

If RAH is elected, she will be 27, making her the youngest woman ever elected to the US House, beating AOC at 29 in 2018, and before her, Elise Stefanik at 30 in 2014, and then Elizabeth Holtzman at 31 in 1972.
“She’s had nearly three decades to try to make some change and she hasn’t,” Abdelhamid said. “This is a really crucial moment as we’re thinking about the future of New York City, as we’re thinking about the future of this country, and I think we need new leadership — leadership that is going to think about what could be possible for so many of our communities.”

Abdelhamid is a human rights activist, the founder of the women’s self-defense group Malikah, and a Google marketing professional. She is the second candidate this election cycle to earn the support of Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that has played a key role in five successful primary challenges over the last two election cycles.

Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats, said in a statement that the group endorsed Abdelhamid because she has “fought tirelessly for her community against racism and economic insecurity.”

How Carolyn Maloney Has Become the New Target of NY's Ascendant Left - The New York Times - "Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that fueled the rise of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is backing Rana Abdelhamid’s primary bid."
Ms. Abdelhamid, a 27-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is keenly focused on matters of housing access and equity, officially announced her candidacy for the 2022 primary on Wednesday.

“We strongly believe in Rana’s leadership capabilities to build a coalition like we’ve been able to in some of our previous elections,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats, adding that she believed Ms. Abdelhamid could connect with younger voters, working-class voters of color, some older white liberals and those inspired by left-wing leaders like Senator Bernie Sanders and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

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Ms. Abdelhamid, a daughter of Egyptian immigrants, is a 2015 graduate of Middlebury College and 2017 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, with a day job at Google. A first-degree black belt in karate, she founded a nonprofit called “Malikah” — “queen” in multiple languages — that offers self-defense training and other efforts to empower women, an initiative she launched after a man tried to yank off her hijab when she was a teenager.
 

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“Congresswoman Maloney has been in office for 28 years, for longer than I’ve been alive,” she said in an interview this week, sitting outside a restaurant on a crowded street in the Little Egypt enclave of Astoria, Queens. “Under her leadership, rent has only skyrocketed, our public schools have only gotten more segregated and more underfunded.

“The progressive case against Carolyn Maloney,” she charged, “is that Carolyn Maloney is not a progressive.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney:
Ms. Maloney describes herself as “a recognized progressive national leader,” and her allies say that she has a long record of delivering for constituents — indeed, a map on her congressional website offers a detailed guide to the funding she says she has procured for projects across the district.
Statement from NYS Democratic Chairman on the Socialists Challenge to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney | New York State Democratic Party
NASSAU COUNTY, NY: New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay S. Jacobs has released the following statement:

... However, the argument that she and her "Justice Democrats" and "Democratic Socialists of America" allies put forth that Carolyn Maloney is not progressive enough is just pure nonsense.
Then about CM's legislative successes and her delivering for her district.
Make no mistake about it. This challenge is not about progressive causes. This challenge is about one thing: power. Maloney has it and the DSA wants it. ...

The DSA and Justice Democrats have a long history of cherry-picking the districts they compete in, the opponents they believe they can beat and the issues that they choose to talk about. Well, with Carolyn Maloney, this time, they have picked the wrong opponent. It’s about time we let the voters know what the DSA really stands for – and if they were truly FOR the progressive values of the overwhelming majority of mainstream Democrats – they would be supporting Maloney."

RAH responded
Rana Abdelhamid on Twitter: "If my primary job was defending Andrew Cuomo, I'd be looking for an excuse to talk about literally anything else too.

This unhinged statement is beneath anyone claiming to represent Democrats -- it could have been written by Donald Trump. #NY12 (link)" / Twitter
 

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Democratic Socialist Rana Abdelhamid Takes On a New York Incumbent | The Nation
“Rising rent costs in our neighborhood also pushed us out of our home and so I came to organizing both from a class perspective and also just growing up post-9/11 as a Muslim New Yorker,” Abdelhamid said. “My neighborhood community was a community that was targeted specifically by the NYPD. We had informants in our community centers and mosques, we had stop-and-frisk, we had surveillance and deportations and random detentions, so for me, a lot of that really politicized me at a young age.”

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Maloney isn’t as outwardly conservative as some of the other Democratic incumbents the left has targeted. She’s a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and touts that she’s a “proud longtime supporter” of Medicare for All. But many aspects of her congressional career, like her strong support of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation and her opposition to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement have become political liabilities in recent years. Abdelhamid is also trying to make the case that Maloney, who is a millionaire and rakes in cash from a range of corporate interests, isn’t fighting for the interests of working-class people.
The New York Post has an article on her that calls her anti-cop.

Back in 2020, CM won the primary by 42.7%. The others were Suraj Patel 39.3%, Lauren Ashcraft 13.6%, and Peter Harrison 4.2%.

In 2018, CM got 49.6%, SP 40.4%.

Neither LA nor PH seem to be running this time around, though Indiana Catfish SP is doing so.
 

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In LA-02, Karen Carter Peterson got an impressive set of progressive endorsements.
KarenCarterPeterson on Twitter: "Flex Your Right New Orleans... Vote TODAY! See you at the polls 👋🏽 #LA02 #OrleansParish (links)" / Twitter

Several local and state politicians, and also Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. AOC, Nina Turner, Stacey Abrams, and Donna Brazile.

(from:TeamKCP) AOC - Twitter Search / Twitter

KarenCarterPeterson on Twitter: "I'm so grateful to have @AOC's endorsement, a fighter for working people who inspires me daily.
She knows that it's not enough to keep electing Democrats who will nibble at the edges of change.
This is our time for the bold action we need for #LA02. (link)" / Twitter


KarenCarterPeterson on Twitter: "I’m honored to have the support of Congresswoman @CoriBush, a progressive champion on the front lines for people. She is a sister in the work and knows complacency cannot be the standard. Let’s shatter this ceiling together. #LA02 (link)" / Twitter

Jamaal Bowman on Twitter: "I'm proud to endorse @TeamKCP for Congress in Louisiana's 2nd District.
She's a fighter for Medicare for All, for gender equity, and for all of us.
Let's go! (link)" / Twitter


Ed Markey on Twitter: "I am endorsing Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson because she is a bold progressive who will fight for Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and the Green New Deal in Congress. Help get out the vote with @TeamKCP today: (links)" / Twitter

Primary School (Now Fully 5G) on Twitter: "here it is. @AsInMarx found that dozens of Republican politicians and big donors have funded Dem state Sen. Troy Carter's campaign to the tune of over $100,000—a very different image than Carter would like to present as he faces progressive @TeamKCP (link)" / Twitter

Louisiana Republicans Might Win a Democratic Runoff - Primary School (formerly Primaries for Progress)
We’re not going to bury the lede here: Republicans are trying to win a special election for Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, a gerrymandered tentacle that collects every Black voter in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, and which voted for Biden by a margin of over 50%. It's not that they're trying to put a Republican in this seat (though that did actually happen in this district’s predecessor, after one of the weirdest congressional elections of the 2000s.) Instead, they're coalescing behind one of the Democrats in the race: state Senator Troy Carter. With a House majority narrow enough to make every vote crucial to the Biden administration’s ability to pass things like its infrastructure package and DC statehood, the Biden orbit’s preferred candidate in a deep-blue district is eagerly accepting Republican money and Republican endorsements. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who by virtue of his 2020 primary endorsement probably bears more responsibility than any other individual for Biden becoming president, decided to get involved in this race on Carter’s behalf; erstwhile incumbent Cedric Richmond was a longtime Biden booster and confidante before his appointment to a role in the Biden administration, and he endorsed Carter before he even got around to actually resigning his seat. Maybe the White House is okay with this; Biden, after all, is no progressive. But Carter’s Republican support calls into question whether he can even be counted on to back Biden administration priorities such as corporate tax hikes and green infrastructure, both of which have already enraged the Republican-aligned corporate and fossil fuel interests investing heavily in Carter’s campaign.

Louisiana Special Election: What To Know About The House Race : NPR
Two Louisiana state senators will go head-to-head in a runoff election Saturday that will determine who will succeed a White House adviser in the U.S. House.

State Sens. Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter, both Democrats, will compete for the 2nd Congressional District seat left vacant by Cedric Richmond, whom President Biden tapped to serve as the White House's director of public engagement.

The majority-Black district includes most of New Orleans.
TC got 36% and KCP 23%, barely above activist Gary Chambers Jr.

Endorsements - Troy Carter for Congress - mainly centrists with somewhat progressive ones like Ro Khanna.
 
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