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Daley Wed Sep 08 2010

"Bold Progressives" Try To Discourage Rahm

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee of the local "Bold Progressives" is circulating a petition to encourage it's members to...discourage Rahm Emanuel from running for Mayor. And we're off.

Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced he would not seek re-election.

Within minutes, the media were reporting that Rahm Emanuel -- who as White House chief of staff has consistently urged President Obama to cave to corporate interests and Republicans on issues like the public option -- may run for mayor of Chicago.

Can you sign our pledge? "I will not support Rahm Emanuel in any future election -- for Mayor, Governor, or other office."

Then, please send this email to others.

To be clear, Rahm leaving the White House would be great. But by drawing this line in the sand, we're breaking through in the media with a larger point about 2010.

Here's a PCCC quote reported yesterday by the Huffington Post, Politico, and The Nation:

"Rahm is unfit to represent Democrats in office. He's a cancer on the Democratic Party.

Democrats' current 2010 situation is due to a weak Rahm Emanuel mentality that says water down real reform at the urging of Republicans and corporations, thus making Democratic reform less popular with voters than the real deal would have been.

If Democrats had passed the overwhelmingly-popular public option and broken up the big banks when they had the chance, they'd be cruising for a landslide victory right now."

Over 2,000 folks have signed the pledge so far -- saying we want bold progressives representing Democrats, not weak Democrats like Rahm.

Please help continue our momentum by signing then pledge today -- then pass this email to others.

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

Adam Green, PCCC co-founder

 
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