More on 8th CD: NRCC hits Bean for taking money from Barbra Streisand. Independent in 8th race appeals to Cegelis voters in 6th.
Lots of cross pollination going on.
from the NRCC
Melissa Bean Leans on Barbra Streisand for Campaign Cash
Democrat Bean takes $1,000 from liberal activist and songstress from bygone era
WASHINGTON Recent Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports show that Democrat Rep. Melissa Bean is really searching for new sources of campaign money.
Her newest supporter? Left-wing activist and 1970s icon Barbra Streisand.
Most recently, Streisand published an article on her website claiming President George W. Bush “lied” to the public about the War on Terror, and that he “ignored clear warnings” about impending terrorist attacks before 9/11.
The article was made prominent in the national media not only for its irresponsible content, but also for its multiple spelling errors.
“Melissa Bean’s crumbling coalition required a step toward the bizarre taking money from Barbra Streisand,” said National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary Jonathan Collegio. “Rep. Bean is now seeking to milk the Democrats’ favorite cash cow, the liberal Hollywood Elite. If Melissa Bean agrees with even half things spewed by Streisand, voters will know the truth: that Bean is far too liberal for Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District.”
Bill Scheurer Comments: Christine Cegelis vs. Democratic Party Machine
Congressional candidate Bill Scheurer of the Illinois 8th District released the following statement in wake of the Illinois 6th District Democratic primary on 3/21:
Christine Cegelis vs. Democratic Party Machine
By Bill Scheurer
To all my friends who supported Christine Cegelis in the Illinois 6th Congressional District primary race — my heart goes out to you and your candidate. You carried out a great grassroots campaign — both, locally and nationwide. You brought out our best. Unfortunately, our best was not enough.
In a mere three months, the D.C. Dems — with the full party apparatus — brought in nearly a million dollars, and all their big names, to beat back what Christine and her supporters had built up over three years: a true grassroots, progressive force. The D.C. Dems worst nightmare. Or, more accurately, their second worst nightmare.
What do the D.C. Dems fear more than a grassroots progressive primary challenge? A grassroots progressive challenge in the general election. The only thing that can put at risk what they value most — winning, no matter what.
This is the only way progressives will have real power — when we are willing to go outside the party, no matter what, to carry our issues and choices to the people. Only when the Democratic Party elite can no longer count on us to fall in line behind their handpicked candidates as the only game in town? (the lesser of two evils?), will we ever seize real power to move forward the progressive agenda.
Progressive Democrats of America was one of the groups that most valiantly supported the Cegelis campaign. PDA professes to have an inside/outside? strategy. Their support for Christine reflected the inside? part of this strategy. Now, I ask PDA — is there really an outside? part of this strategy — or, is this just a phrase?
Democracy for America also supported Cegelis, to their great credit. Now that the D.C. Dems have showed clearly what they really think of progressives — eat at the childrens table, kids — we must decide what to do about it. Will groups like PDA and DFA remain quasi-auxiliaries of the Democratic Party — running sideshow campaigns in the primary elections? Or, will they become a real force — holding real chips in the game?
It is time for supporters of social progress and peace to eat at the adults table. The only way to do this, is to start running progressive candidates in the general elections.
Bill Scheurer edits The PeaceMajority Report, and is an independent progressive candidate for U.S. Congress in the Illinois 8th District.