I’m Mac D’Alessandro, the progressive Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Massachusetts’ 9th district. I’m running head-to-head in the Democratic primary against conservative incumbent Stephen Lynch, and I want to share with you a message my political director sent out to our supporters earlier today:
Did I wake up in the Twilight Zone? I thought Democrats were supposed to stand up for the middle class and for working families!
In recent weeks, we have seen our Democratic-led Congress drag their feet on dispensing vital federal funds for states, once again putting our state and local budgets on the chopping block. We have watched as the extension of critical unemployment benefits was delayed, pushing urgent help for struggling families on the back burner. To top it off, just yesterday, a member of the Democratic leadership in Congress said that it might be too costly to make middle-class tax cuts permanent! What happened to the values of our Democratic Party? [...]
This isn’t the Twilight Zone. Democrats should act like Democrats and fight for working families every single day. It is that clear cut. This is the choice voters will have in this election: support someone like Mac who will fight for us, or support the status quo.
Many of us share this frustration when our elected Democratic leaders fall short of their campaign promises or our Party’s highest ideals. As has been a mantra of the netroots for some time, the goal is no longer simply electing more Democrats but rather electing better Democrats.
Achieving this means talking to voters, door to door and one at a time, hearing their concerns and engaging with them about the very future of our country. And every single day, with every new voter I speak to, my campaign gains support and builds momentum. That’s how a grassroots campaign works, that’s how we change the direction of a political party and a country, and that’s why I need your support.
Please visit my campaign website and sign up to volunteer. Join our Facebook group and follow our Twitter feed. Invite your friends to do likewise. Of course, with a key fundraising deadline approaching one week from today, I appreciate any financial support you can provide to help our campaign spread this message of electing Democrats who will act like Democrats and fight for working families every single day.
Our campaign will provide voters with a choice: support someone who will fight for working families, or support the status quo. I hope you will make your choice clear by joining our campaign, and I look forward to meeting you out on the trail!