Red to Blue in Rural Virginia?
By Alan Minsky for Mike F., Mike H., Deb, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) endorsed Leslie Cockburn for Congress. If you’ve heard rumors about this true progressive champion poised to burst on the national scene from rural Virginia, you’ve heard correctly. Leslie Cockburn is running neck-and-neck against a Trumpublican in Virginia’s 5th district. She is doing what progressive champions do best—listening to the voters, and advocating for policies that address their needs; from helping to improve local schools to Medicare for All, from protecting the beautiful environment to guaranteeing a living wage.
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If you’re familiar with Leslie Cockburn’s name, it may be because she is one of American television’s top investigative producers, winning innumerable awards for her work on 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, and elsewhere. Her husband, Andrew, is a frequent political contributor to Harper’s Magazine. Her late brother-in-law, Alexander, was a celebrated radical, writing for the Nation and the Village Voice before founding Counterpunch. Another brother-in-law, Patrick, is perhaps the pre-eminent English-language journalist in the Middle East.
A great journalist knows how to listen intently, and Leslie has brought that ability to her campaign. She has toured the district endlessly, learning about the concerns of the people, and the people responded. Leslie is a strong candidate and with your help she could turn a red seat blue. Both RealClearPolitics and 538.com are calling this one a toss up—even though Trump won there by 11 points—making this one of the Democrats greatest potential pick-ups.
To win, Leslie needs your help. She is being attacked by the far right for some of the great reporting she did on U.S. Foreign policy. Though she is enthusiastically endorsed by J Street, she is being called anti-Israeli and worse by right wing websites like Breitbart. Leslie is not taking a single cent from Corporate PACs, so every dollar you donate is essential. Please Donate Now!
For Progressive Victories!
Alan Minsky for Mike F., Mike H., Deb, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team
P.S. We’re here to help you make progress in your state and locality! If you need help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA Field Coordinator Dan O’Neal. Join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox. Also please pitch in $1000, $100, or whatever you can afford to support our organizing.