Our strong grassroots momentum has gained attention across the district. Additionally, national organizations are taking notice of our campaign. In addition to being a top finisher in Democracy for America’s Grassroots All-Stars contest, MoveOn.org is paying attention to our race. MoveOn.org’s Director of Political Advocacy and Communications, Ilyse Hogue, recently sat down with Amy Goodman on an episode of Democracy Now! and highlighted my primary against incumbent Stephen Lynch:
Amy Goodman (52:33): Ilyse Hogue, what about other primaries that are taking place?
Ilyse Hogue (52:37): Well, I think Bill Halter was the precursor. What we saw was him embodying a very strong feeling that our members have, and we think is sweeping across the country, which is he was taking on Wall Street. But Blanche Lincoln was also showing a friendliness towards the HMO’s during the health care fight. And, what we’re seeing is the base – our members – saying, ‘Enough with Democrats who think that they’re more accountable to corporate powers in this country than they are to us.
So we’re seeing that same thing play out with Stephen Lynch and Mac D’Alessandro in Massachusetts-09. That primary is September 14th. What’s interesting about that is that that is largely believed to be a safe Democratic seat, so the primary is actually the election. And Stephen Lynch, who is the incumbent, voted against the health care bill even though, at the end of the day, most of the Democratic base thought it would provide some relief. He did not do it as a champion for the public option. He was not there for the public option fight.
Mac D’Alessandro has come in and he’s said, ‘You know what? If we really want this democracy to be owned by the people and work for the people, we’ve got to do things. We’ve got to overturn Citizens United. We’ve got to actually get public financing. We’ve got to get lobbyists out of D.C.’ And, I think that most Americans are looking for action on specific legislation like financial regulations, but they’re also looking for people who are going to challenge the system because the system is not working for most Americans.
I am running against an entrenched incumbent who has a million dollar warchest lined with contributions from big corporations and special interests. But, if there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over again from voters as I’ve gone door to door across the district, it’s that the voters want someone who stands up to big corporations, not someone who is funded by them.
That’s why I need your continued support. Like Ilyse Hogue said, this is a blue district, so we have an opportunity to focus on electing the best Democrat we can. With your help, we will.
Mac D’Alessandro on the web: