BREAKING: “Rep. Ruben Gallego, averting primary bloodbath, won’t run for the Senate.” #AZSEN (via @yvonnewingett) https://t.co/LkDBmLOoB7
— Dan Nowicki (@dannowicki) March 25, 2019
Kudos to Rep. Gallego:
… By removing himself from running, Gallego, D-Ariz., also dashes GOP hopes of a competitive Democratic primary race that could have freed McSally, R-Ariz., to focus on her own campaign message while Gallego and Kelly battled it out for their party’s nomination.
In Gallego, Republicans saw an opportunity to wound Kelly by forcing him to answer for the more liberal positions that reflect the party’s general direction.
“I don’t want to engage in a bitter primary all the way until the general election, and then turn around and try to run, whether it’s me or Kelly, against McSally in a year when the Democrats need to win the Senate seat and take the state,” Gallego told The Republic. “It’s just not in the best interest of the state or the Democratic Party to be engaging in that. … If Republicans are excited to see a spirited and nasty primary, they’re going to have to look somewhere else because I’m not going to take part in that.”…
Gallego, a three-term congressman and former Marine Corps combat veteran of the Iraq War, had been laying the foundation for a potential run up until last weekend.
In recent weeks, he was meeting with potential donors and supporters here and across the nation. He was telling associates, friends and Democratic players in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., that he was gearing up for a potential run.
In the end, he decided to run for re-election in the 7th Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold where he is widely seen as safe.
Gallego said he will spend this cycle getting out the vote and helping Democrats build on Democrat’s 2018 performance, when the party won two statewide races, capped by Kyrsten Sinema’s historic Senate victory.
The 2020 election will fill the final two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s unexpired term. The winner would again face voters in 2022 to serve the full six-year term…
No infighting is good policy right now, even (especially) when the article also notes “Gallego’s decision will disappoint progressive Democrats, who represent the left flank of the party… Those voters wanted Gallego, 39, to wage a fight against Kelly, who is presenting himself as a centrist Democratic candidate who will make decisions based on data and science, not partisan politics or ideology.” (Yes, I see the Media Village Idiots are well on their way to turning ‘progressive’ into the new right-wing smear, using the devaluation of ‘liberal’ as a model.)
I’ll make a not to pitch a few bucks in Rep. Gallego’s re-election bucket, when the time comes. Meanwhile, maybe send Mark some love?:
While we’re on the subject… On the one hand, I cringe at the thought of a ‘debate’ stage so crowded it looks like a mid-round game show qualification event. But on the other, if someone like Howard Schultz can buy his way into the Democratic primaries, shouldn’t there be room for a genuine Democrat like Julian?
Everyone please send $1 to Julian so he can get in the debate. Follow the link below.
(quick thread) https://t.co/Nt72d0a2oE
— Sally Albright (@SallyAlbright) March 24, 2019
I’ve been following Rep. Gallego on Twitter for a while now. Always got the impression he is a good guy. This confirms it.
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Good on Rep. Gallego. Our Senator Udall (D-NM) just announced he’s not running for reelection, to the surprise of many. Don’t know yet who might try to replace him. Will let y’all know what we hear.
From what I know, differences between Gallego and Kelly don’t support any kind of lefty versus centrist war. So, fine with me. I guess I am a die hard progressive since I supported someone who shall not be named in 2016 primary and support Warren now. But from what I’ve seen of Kelly’s platform, he’ll be fine in Congress.
Some kind of political sickness can only be cured by big election results. The political sickness that the US suffers from now can only be cured by big election wins. Those are top priority. Anything that gets us there is fine with me.
Is he trying that? I thought he was going the “centrist” “both sides are the problem” independent route.
So Glenn Greenwald is really just fully embracing being a total asshole. Or is that redundant and already happened long ago? Anyhoo, he sure is thrilled with all this Mueller memo business. Strange for someone so many people declared super super liberal when he was criticizing Obama.
@O. Felix Culpa: I saw one guess that it will be Ben Ray Lujan. That would make a certain type of sense – he has been doing well and is ready to move up. But it will take him out of the House. Not sure who would take that place.
@dmsilev: yes running as an independent, but crashing the Dem. primary would likely be his only real way to get traction.
And yet, somehow, the data and science keep favoring the liberals. DFHs and their “reality” and “logic” and “science”… //
@HAL: pretty sure “total asshole” is his default setting. His ideological pendulum swings according to the amount of attention he can generate from any given contrary opinion.
Yes, he is. His whole goal is to force the Democrats to choose a candidate of his liking by threatening to siphon off enough votes running as an independent to throw the election to Trump. That doesn’t work if he runs as a Democrat; he’ll get laughed out of the primaries and won’t have any effect in the general.
@O. Felix Culpa: @Cheryl Rofer:
I read that this morning. He’s a good guy, has done much for NM. He’s from a family that actually gives a fuck about this country. Now, I like my mayor (Keller), but I saw his name mentioned as a replacement for Udall and it made me laugh. No way, not yet. It also reminded me of how things are generally done here, too.
Hats off to Gallego. He put the country before his own personal ambitions. I wish a single Republican would do this. Gallego’s decision speaks volumes for him. I now want to support him.
By the way: Has Schultz somehow gotten a place in the Democratic debates? That would surprise me.
My esteem for Gallego and Brown has only grown.
How old is he? That’s how long ago it happened. Birth.
It’s only a smear if we act like it is one. That was the problem some years ago with liberal. Bill Clinton and his g-d damned triangulation played into the whole Democratic defensive crouch bullcrap.
In the run for 2020, up and down the ballot, Democrats need to say “Damn right I’m progressive, and here’s what it means: taxing those who can afford it (taxing the rich more polls at 62% or better!), affordable health care for everyone (77% favor medicare buy in at age 50 – take that, Chuck Todd!*), and infrastructure investments and clean energy that will create good jobs right here at home. Am I ‘progressive’? Hell yes I am. Next question, MSMer?”
*eta: I’m open to lots of ideas on health care expansion. just picked that one for illustrative purposes and quickly sourced polling #s. carry on.
If you didn’t think Brexit had gone pear-shaped already.
We should do it like March Madness playoffs.
@trollhattan: I do wonder why Corbyn is so invested in pushing for Brexit this hard.
@Raoul: why not reclaim the word ‘liberal’? I actually think it covers a broader swath of the party than ‘progressive,’ which I’ve come to associate with check lists, purity tests and Justice Dems.
I give up. This infernal site doesn’t want me to write a 2 paragraph comment today.
I’m sincerely concerned that w/o a primary that there’ll be a failure to properly GOTV, & get new voters up & down ballot. So, anyone know any Arizona orgs registering voters?
I donated to Julian Castro to do my part in helping him make the cut for the debates in June.
I haven’t seen anything about how close Julian Castro is or isn’t to meeting the 65k unique donors across 20 states metric. I just keep seeing that he hasn’t made it yet, but no details.
I am also curious about the deadline to meet that metric – does anyone happen to know that? I poked around online a couple of times last week to try to find that, with no success.
@Raoul: I’m not a Progressive, I’m a Liberal. They don’t like it…Fuck’em.
@HAL: Greenwald has been pretty obviously supporting Russia for many years. It got super obvious once Trump was in.
@Tenar Arha: There is going to be a doozy of a Presidential primary everywhere.
@ruemara: IMO Corbyn is invested because he is a believer. The Russians helped him get the leadership because of that.
That said, on this vote he is actually helping to rein it in. Parliamemt is now going to honestly reach a compromise a majority can support. Corbyn has reason to believe the winner will be his Norway style plan.
@dmsilev: To be honest, I’d much prefer it if Schultz did run as a Democrat (ideally, I’d rather he not run at all), so we could quickly put him in the rearview mirror heading into the general election campaign.
“Julie Davis, who monitors Russian media for us, gives the low down on the partying going down in Russia over the Barr Letter. You might think that’s weird since Mueller endorsed the conclusions of the Intelligence Community that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. But then, that would almost certainly be a point of pride for them. Having their good pal Trump off the hook just makes it so much sweeter.”
@Fair Economist: I do get that. But I also get that there’s a difference between state vs. national & that just bc the assumption that AZ is verging into a swing state, doesn’t mean that its local Dem Party is going to get enough support to register new voters. I’d like to make sure they get that kind of national fundraising help, for sure.
@janesays: I keep wondering why Inslee doesn’t have a little “talk” with Schultz. They must know each other from WA State Dem politics. Starbucks will be hurting from Global Warming pretty soon. Those coffee beans don’t like too much heat.
Schultz isn’t the kinda guy you can have a talk with and either have him learn something or change his mind.
If he were, Seattle would still have the SuperSonics.
@HAL: Yes, he has been a total asshole and Russian apologist for long time.
@Dan B: Yes, but the big problem is that the pollinators of coffee trees are being seriously threatened by deforestation and climate change both (and, of course the two causes are related). I don’t know how much Schultz gets that but, if he does, he should not run because he just enables Trump who is, essentially, opposed to the basis of his business model, i.e. fancy coffee = mucho dinero.
It’s weird that the transparency crusaders aren’t clamoring for the report to be released in full.
@tobie: Works for me. I like both terms, but I have I guess filtered and ignored Justice Dems.
Not all liberals are super progressive, and not all progressives are into liberalism. But I hope the Democratic Party can be home to a range of views.
Speaking of Adam Schiff in the last thread, and R control of the media
The memo can be read here: https://www.scribd.com/document/403100260/March-25-2019-Tim-Murtaugh-Trump-Campaign-Memo-to-TV-Producers
@HAL: Glenn Greenwald is an asshole to be sure, but he is also a compromised Russian asset (it probably occurred when he was working with Edward Snowden) which explains his reaction to the Barr report and many other things.
Truth be told, I think that letting Commons vote on all of the options is a good thing. It’s the best chance for them to do something rational, since May’s desire to keep control has been preventing that. I just hope they leave Remain until the end, after they’ve voted down all of the alternatives.
If I were at one of the networks, my reply to Murtaugh would be to ask if he wants the same standard applied to people who support Trump. Possibly before I laughed at him, but probably after.
If I were at one of the networks, my reply to Murtaugh
would reference the reply made in the case Arkell v Pressdram.
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@dexwood: Tim Keller? Naw. I’m glad he won as mayor of ABQ, but he ain’t ready for the big stage yet. In addition to Ben Ray, I’ve also heard Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s and Hector Balderas’s names bandied about. But it’s early days. No idea how it’s going to shake out.
Greenwald is a hysterical nutcase. He was on Tucker Carlson’s show pissing all over MSNBC and he debated the Mueller Report findings with David Cay Johnston on Democracy Now. I wish his name could be placed on a Do Not Invite list.
@WaterGirl: Horse’s mouth – https://democrats.org/press/dnc-announces-details-for-the-first-two-presidential-primary-debates/
Not terribly clear about donation deadlines, but it seems to be 14 days before the event in question (like for the case of polling).
@joel hanes: This? : )
So-called progressives don’t need Village idiots to devalue the word, they’ve done that all on their own. From what I’ve seen, they are among the most ignorant and naive of those who like to talk politics. There are exceptions but only a few.