Ed O’Reilly is mounting an insurgency campaign against four-term incumbent John Kerry to become Massachusetts’ next junior Senator. O’Reilly is running a progressive grassroots campaign which enabled him to secure the endorsement of PDA MA chapters. In his response to the endorsement, O’Reilly credits PDA for grassroots leadership:
“Campaigning the length and breadth of Massachusetts, I know firsthand that the polls are right–the majority of Massachusetts voters are eager for significant change and for a new junior U.S. Senator. Some of the people working hardest for change are the members of Progressive Democrats of America, the grassroots leaders of our party. Some political campaigns want activists to serve as cheerleaders–but in PDA we’ve got real leaders, not cheerleaders.
“On impeachment, Iraq, and single-payer health care, PDA is leading the way. My campaign is putting these issues front and center, and I am proud to be part of the movement for progressive change that PDA represents.
“Why are the voters hungry for progressive change? It’s because of the economic war that the Cheney-Bush regime is waging against ordinary working families–too often with the help of docile Democrats. Just look at the shift in wealth that is going on in this country today. The richest hedge-fund managers, who rake in billions of dollars, pay a lower rate of tax than Americans making less than $20,000.00 a year. We need fair taxes, and that’s what I’m fighting for, alongside PDA.
“The voters are hungry for progressive change because our children and grandchildren are going to have to pick up the tab for Bush’s billion-dollar-a-week war in Iraq. That’s money we should be spending on our schools, on public safety, and on combating global warming. And, sadly, it’s money that Democrats in Congress are diverting towards Bush and Cheney’s corporate cronies. Instead of pouring public money into the pockets of Halliburton and Blackwater, we should be investing in locally-owned renewable energy. A safe, sustainable energy supply is something else I’m fighting for shoulder to shoulder with PDA.
“Like you, I am looking forward to progressive change. If I win the Democratic primary and the subsequent general election, you can count on me to file a Senate counterpart to the National Health Insurance Act (HR 676) that Representative John Conyers has sponsored in the House. By the time of my swearing-in, there will be a new president–a Democrat, I hope. So my only regret is that I will not be able to vote for the removal of Cheney and Bush from office subsequent to their impeachment. In my opinion, they should face an investigation for war crimes and lying to the American people on hundreds of occasions.
“From the North and South Shores to the Berkshires I have met with active, vibrant PDA chapters. These encounters with grassroots leaders confirm my belief that when Democrats are forthright and fearless–when we stand up and fight for what we believe in–we can win! When we demand healthcare for all, an end to the war in Iraq, fair taxes, and the impeachment of Cheney and Bush, our message resonates.
“By endorsing the Ed O’Reilly campaign PDA is, once again, setting the pace of change. I am honored by this endorsement and proud to be a part of the progressive Democratic movement.”