A Progressive vs. A Billionaire and a Corporatist

May 24, 2018

By Mike Hersh, Maryland Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America for Mike F., Judy, Janis, Donna, Deb, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Dr. Bill—Your PDA National Team

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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) endorsed State Senator Roger Manno for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District—an open seat—because he’s adamantly progressive, a proven effective legislator and leader, and has all the requisite experience both as a Maryland legislator and as a former staffer on Capitol Hill. Our allies—including National Nurses United (NNU), Our Revolution, Food and Water Watch Action (FWW), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and dozens of other progressive individuals, unions, and organizations—have also endorsed Roger.

This is a familiar political showdown. Roger is running against a billionaire and a millionaire-friendly candidate embraced by corporate insiders. The billionaire is trying to buy this Congressional seat after failing to buy the 8th District seat in 2016. The corporate Dem has a record of catering to the 1% who are rewarding that service with huge donations. Both of Roger’s main rivals  are pouring $millions into this primary. Roger is pouring his heart and soul into this effort. Maryland early voting starts in just a few weeks! Roger needs your help now.

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Upon receiving our endorsement a few months back, Roger said, “I’m honored to have the support of Progressive Democrats in my race for the 6th Congressional District. I’ve worked alongside PDA for Healthcare as a Human Right, for the Equal Rights Amendment, to stop Global Warming, to ban Fracking, as well as for economic and social justice.”

Time is short, but if you help now we can win this seat. Volunteer with the Manno campaign. Click here to email Mike Fox. Ask how you can help Roger by making easy, effective phone calls from your own home. Too busy to volunteer? Click here to support the Manno campaign with a generous contribution. For more information about Roger Manno’s candidacy, click here.

Here are a few highlights of Sen. Manno’s progressive public service: As a staffer in Congress, he worked for Medicare For All / H.R. 676 from Day 1. As a Maryland legislator, he voted against the $11.4M estate tax giveaway for the top .2%, against allowing garbage burning as ‘clean energy’ tax credits, and against huge giveaways to corporations that his main challengers push at the expense of working people.

Roger led the struggle to ban fracking, help patients gain healthcare and afford medications, facilitate voter registration, lift the arbitrary deadline from the Equal Rights Amendment, and much more. No other candidate in this primary contest can match this record. That’s why PDA gives Roger Manno our highest endorsement. PDA and other progressives are volunteering with Roger’s campaign every day! Click here to make calls from your own home. Click here to contribute to support PDA and Roger’s campaign. Click here to sign up for the campaign.

Roger Manno took the lead on several issues including the environment, healthcare, labor, education, immigration, voting rights, budget, services, and jobs. He’s worked with us on all those and more. In a crowded and talented field, one candidate deserves our endorsement. That candidate is Roger Manno.

Progressive values are ingrained in Roger. He doesn’t just talk about it; he’s lived it. From his website: “I know what it’s like to worry about money, to carry student loan debt, to wait in an emergency room and on an unemployment line—all while feeling like no one in government is listening. That’s why I do what I do.”

On to helping a progressive champion win!

Mike Hersh, Maryland Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America for Mike F., Judy, Janis, Donna, Deb, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Dr. Bill—Your PDA National Team

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