Geoghegan for Congress - Why You Should Donate Right Now

by: David Sirota

Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 12:00

This is our first endorsement of the 2009-2010 election cycle, and the start of our Better Democrats 2010 page--Chris

Look, if you've read my work at all, you know I don't have a lot of good things to say about lots of politicians, and I don't spend my time shilling for anyone simply because they have a D behind their name. So I hope you take that into consideration when you read what I'm about to write:

You need to make a contribution to Tom Geoghegan for Congress. Right here. Right now.

As the Washington Post reports today, Tom is running in the March 3rd special election primary in Illinois' 5th district to replace Rahm Emanuel - one of the worst influences on Democratic politics in a generation. The idea that a lawmaker as soulless as Emanuel could be replaced with a progressive - any progressive - is an amazing thought. The idea that he could be replaced with one of the greatest living progressives in America is beyond amazing - it should make you contribute whatever you can right now.

As I said to start, I don't use phrases like "one of the greatest living progressives in America" often - if ever. But I mean it when I say it about Tom. I've written two columns about him in the last year (here and here), and if you've read any of his work, you know why I use superlatives to describe him.

David Sirota :: Geoghegan for Congress - Why You Should Donate Right Now
At a time when progressive labor and economic advocacy was seen as "uncool," Tom was courageously articulating a progressive vision. At a time when most political lawyers were cashing in and representing huge corporations - at a time when it was the toughest to spend a career working in the legal trenches for workers - Tom chose to spend his career using his law degree to represent those workers.

Tom is, in short, a real inspiration - and he's a personal inspiration to me. Not only is he the progressive hero I've described, not only has he worked throughout his career to take on the most corrupt machines in Chicago politics, but he's also just about the best writer in the country. His writing is so good that when I read his stuff, I feel bad about my own writing - bad that my writing could be so much less than his. Read some of his writing here.

The reason his writing is so good is because he's so simultaneously brilliant, progressive and politically savvy - all skills that would make him a congressional powerhouse. As just one example, consider his idea for labor law reform - the Six Little Words. I mean, how brilliant is that? And hell, I was only describing secondhand what his idea is - you should read his writing on it, or listen to him talk about it.

As you can see from Tom's announcement speech this week, his campaign is fundamentally about the question he asked in his famous book - the haunting question of the labor movement: Which Side Are You On? Tom's on our side. That sounds like a cliche because so many hack politicians have used that kind of rhetoric - but it's actually genuinely true with Tom Geoghegan.

You can read more about Tom at his new campaign website. But after you do that I hope, as I said to start, you will make a contribution to Tom Geoghegan for Congress. Right here. Right now. This race will likely be low-turnout and low-media and it will almost certainly be decided in the Democratic primary. That means grassroots fundraising is going to be key. Please throw a few bucks his way. If we had even one Tom Geoghegan in Congress, it would be a huge step forward for our movement.

ADDENDUM: You can read more about Tom in Thomas Frank's Wall Street Journal column today.

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I gave $20 (4.00 / 2)
despite being unemployed at the moment. That officially has to be my last donation of the 2008-2009 cycle, and I mean it this time.

Tom sounds like a great candidate.

Done ! (4.00 / 1)
Keep pumping this.  If ever early money would make a difference, this is such a race.  Early money, then money, and finally more money are the three elements needed to win a race with such a short time horizon.

Geoghegan (4.00 / 3)
He's one of my own inspirations for going to law school to become a labor lawyer.  We're lucky when movement progressive types like him decide to try to force their way inside.  

I contributed $20... (4.00 / 2)
Thanks for the heads-up - very well-written article.  I hope he wins!!!!

I gave yesterday. (4.00 / 1)
Excellent choice, Chris and David.

Just gave $100. (4.00 / 2)
Hope it can pull it off!

Hope HE can pull it off... (4.00 / 1)

[ Parent ]
is there any chance that someone other than Rahm's (0.00 / 0)
self-appointed bench-warmer can win this seat?

Rahm can't appoint anyone (0.00 / 0)
It's up to the voters to decide. I think Rahm will be too busy at the WH to do any campaigning in this district. The one thing he can do is direct money to his designated seatwarmer, but that doesn't mean the person would actually win.

So yes, Geoghedan has a chance if he can build up some name recognition and get some volunteers to GOTV.

[ Parent ]
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade (0.00 / 0)
The election happens on March 3rd. That is a very short time to get it together.

 There are about 10 people running and many of them are elected officals that already have name recognition.

Is he willing to run in 2010 if this does not work out?

[ Parent ]
I gave first $50 on DWT page (0.00 / 0)
I predict he'll beat the Hackett ActBlue record with a month to spare.  

On twitter: @BobBrigham

What do you say... (0.00 / 0)
to those who refuse to support Geoghegan in the primary because he's not fully pro-choice, but rather of the Tim Kaine mold when it comes to abortion?

Credit where credit is due (0.00 / 0)
Look, if you've read my comments at all, you know I don't have a lot of good things to say about David Sirota recently , and I don't spend my time shilling for anyone simply because they are the new big deal on this blog. So I hope you take that into consideration when you read what I'm about to write:

Great post David! You laid out the importance of this race well, it's a (dare I say) historic campaign we should all be able to get behind.

Go, Go, Geoghegan! I'm throwing him a little $$ too.

Not until i get answers (0.00 / 0)
to the questions I posted to his dkos diary yesterday.

Questions on drug policy
  1. Medical Marijuana?

  2. Mandatory Minimum Sentences?

  3. Agricultural Hemp?

  4. Civil forfeiture reform?

  5. Currently, and Controlled Substance Conviction leads to loss of Federal Student Loans and grants. Will you help strip these provisions from the Higher Education Act?

  6. Is the "War on Drugs' a viable model?

This is a Test of the Emergency Free Speech System. This is only a Test. In an actual Free Speech Emergency, I'll be locked up.

Why doesn't "one of the greatest living progressives in America" (0.00 / 0)
respond to inquiries about his position on Israel-Palestine, David?


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