Will you join me and some local Brockton folks — and Juliette Kayyem, and Brendan Ryan, and Larry Carpman, and Matt Patton, and Kevin Franck, and Natalie Boyle, and Emily Zendt, and Howard Cutter, and (I hope) my son Coleman? If Brockton isn’t convenient for you, sign up here to join over 200 active Democrats at another location. But I have to say, I think Brockton will be the most fun. 🙂
On the #DemDoors, we’re beginning the conversation with voters who will be crucial for our wins in November and we are starting to lay the foundation for an effective GOTV push — which begins in just about 100 days by the way. These are voters who are likely to vote for Democrats, but might (based on past voting patterns) miss a vote in non-presidential years. I’m sure you are reading about the crucial need to turn out these voters in races around the country and the same dynamic will be in play here at home too.
MassDems Chairman Tom McGee and his team have been focused on this and they have been preparing a plan for months. Already, we are benefiting from having Senator Ed Markey at the top of the ticket including his campaign field team led by Carl Nilsson and Chelsie Oullette and the full commitment of supporters of Democratic members of congress in each district. We’re starting early and we need your help tomorrow and on two other “Weekends of Action” in August.
For those who are fully committed to campaigns in the middle of a primary contest, I wouldn’t ask you to take away a single day from your work there. What I would ask is that you consider adding just a couple hours for this important work.
In 2006, after sixteen years of Republican governors, Massachusetts was headed in the wrong direction. Based on misguided Republican policies from Charlie Baker and his pals, we were 45th in job growth and Charlie’s disastrous Big Dig financing plan had postponed infrastructure spending around the state and left us with over 700 structurally deficient bridges. The Republican governor had kept us out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and aggressively opposed Cape Wind ignoring both the threat of climate change and the opportunity for building a clean energy/green jobs future. Remarkably, our Republican governor had banned stem cell research, blocking the scientific search for cures and risking our leadership in the important life sciences sector. And the list goes on.
Thanks to a Democratic governor and Democrats in the legislature, we’ve changed all that and while nobody is flying any “Mission Accomplished” banners, we can be proud that Massachusetts is back in the leadership business in so many ways and we want to stay there.
Once again, the Republicans are offering the same old discredited policies – from the very same candidates. We’ve got much more to do and it starts with you. Maybe in Brockton? Maybe tomorrow?