Crooks & Liars is really proud of all the progressive candidates we got behind in 2008 and we're excited about the winners who are starting work in Washington this week-- as well as our California neighbor/Blue America superstar, Rep. Hilda Solis, who will be leaving Congress to become Secretary of Labor in the Obama cabinet. We expect great things from Hilda, and from new members of Congress like Alan Grayson (D-FL), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Jared Polis (D-CO), Eric Massa (D-NY), Tom Perriello (D-VA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Himes (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mark Schauer (D-MI) and of course from Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
But this isn't the time to sit back and rest on our laurels. Soon there will be a special election to fill Hilda's seat. And this week it was announced that the special election to fill Rahm Emanuel's seat in Chicago (IL-05) will be on April 7, with the crucial Democratic primary in this overwhemingly Democratic district (PVI: D+18) on March 3. March 3; that's like in a few weeks! Good news though, one of the best progressives to run for Congress in years anywhere tossed his hat into the ring yesterday: labor lawwyer, activist and author Tom Geoghegan (pronounced gay-gun).
If you're a fan of someone who has already proven himself a tough and unrelenting fighter for progressive ideals, from single payer health care to the unfettered rights of workers to unionize to livable pensions for retired workers comparable to the rest of the industrialized world's, please join me in donating to Tom's campaign. And if you take a look at DownWithTyranny, you'll find a special party-in-a-box offer for anyone who donates today.