Every once in a while a grassroots leader emerges who is not only smart, hard-working and philosophically aligned with Blue America, but whose very life embodies the progressive American Dream.
Eloise Reyes is one of those leaders. To spend time with her is to be inspired anew at the promise of what America used to mean and can mean again.
Eloise grew up in Colton, California, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mom and a Mexican American Dad (who didn't know he was a US citizen as a child!) They were poor people who raised up a bunch of kids who became lawyers, police officers, business owners, public servants and college professors. All those kids worked in the fields alongside their parents, they studied hard and made their way into America's middle class. Eloise became a lawyer, establishing her own private practice while devoting herself to long hours of pro bono work with Legal Aid for many, many years. She became successful and gave back by becoming a committed grassroots activist, working to make life better for her community and her country.
Eloise benefited from a strong family and a strong society that went out of its way to offer opportunity and security to people like her --- and she's committed to making sure that society is available once more to future generations.
Eloise is running for congress against a cookie cutter Democrat named Pete Aguilar who is backed by the DC establishment --- a Democrat so inept that he came in third in California's jungle primary to two Republicans in this deep blue district in the last election. The result was that the progressive majority had no Democrat on the ballot for congress when they cast their votes for President Obama in massive numbers. Why the DCCC thinks it's a good idea to back someone who couldn't do better than that in a presidential year remains a mystery, but they are doing it. And Pete Aguilar could lose this seat again.
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