Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. eastern, as reported by a couple dozen news outlets, Representative Joe Sestak will be making a "major campaign announcement." The announcement will stream live at JoeSestak.com, which is also running live Twitter and Facebook updates from supporters. Please go to JoeSestak.com, sign up for email updates, and check it all out.
Since you are reading this on a blog, and given my role on the campaign, if you have any questions or concerns about the campaign, by all means email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to assist you in whatever way I can.
In a related announcement, I will be working on "netroots outreach" for the Sestak campaign. Primarily, I will serve as a liaison between the campaign and the netroots community, but also as a general consultant for new media. The Sestak campaign will not be paying me directly, and I will be receiving remittance from outside PACs. The first such PAC is the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which was designed to help progressive campaigns get over the top. This arrangement will allow me to keep writing on Open Left, where I intend to keep writing about the Pennsylvania Senate campaign, too.
As a Pennsylvania resident, I was very disappointed three months ago when the state and national party leadership decided to close ranks around a career politician who had only switched parties to save his job. Senator Specter has a career lifetime crucial vote score of only 27% according to Progressive Punch, and was a top target for defeat in 2010 before his switch. Despite this, we Pennsylvania Democrats were supposed to accept him as our nominee without even being given a choice. Nice. Considering that primary campaigns have consistently proven to be the best means available for the progressive grassroots to push the Democratic Party to the left, this attempt to close down the primary was particularly top-down.
Among prominent Pennsylvania Democrats, only Representative Joe Sestak has demonstrated a willingness to challenge the Democratic establishment on their choice of Arlen Specter. It takes a lot of courage to do something like that. Also, having met him on multiple occasions, Representative Sestak is the most hardworking and dedicated campaigner I have ever met. For example, his congressional office handles more than three times as many constituent case files--10,000--than the average member of Congress. Further, not only is Representative Sestak much more progressive than Arlen Specter, as Nate Silver has recently shown, his potential primary challenge has pushed Specter into the Democratic camp on 97% of all votes, up from only 16% of the time in the month before Specter's switch. This campaign has already demonstrated real results.
You can contribute to both Joe Sestak, and the PCCC, on the Better Democrats 2010 page. Just as importantly, go to JoeSestak.com, sign up for email updates, and watch the announcement tomorrow morning. This is a campaign where you can make a real difference, both now and over the long-term. How many other campaigns can prove that? Sign up today!