Best Candidate For New Hampshire Governor: Jackie Cilley
As soon as Steve Israel took over the DCCC he signaled that he learned nothing about the Great Blue Dog Apocalypse of 2010 by contacting scores of Blue Dogs and New Dems who had lost their seats and begging them to try again in 2012. Some, though flattered, understood he was insane and politely declined. Others, unfortunately, decided to lose again this year. Israel, a "former" Blue Dog himself, can't fathom that Democratic voters, real ones, at the grassroots level, don't want Blue Dogs, New Dems and other conservatives instead of actual Democrats. He's been wheeling and dealing in Congress too long. And while he was talking losers like Charlie Wilson (OH), Nick Lampson (TX), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ), Bill Foster (IL), and Dan Maffei (NY) to run for their old seats, he was actively discouraging the few progressives who lost to not run again. The corrupt Inside-the-Beltway crowd-- regardless of party-- has never been particularly friendly towards Carol Shea-Porter, who doesn't play their games. So Israel encouraged a far more corporate-oriented Democrat to run against her, Maggie Hassan. Democrats in NH1, laughed in their faces... and that fizzled fast.
But now, unfortunately, Hassan is challenging progressive Democrat Jackie Cilley for the gubernatorial nomination. The two women, both former state senators could hardly be more different And whoever wins the nomination will most likely take on extreme teabagger Ovide Lamontagne for a shot at being American's only female governor left in the U.S.
Corporate lawyer Hassan's first move after losing her state senate seat was to establish conservadem credentials by cozying up to the phony centrist, "entitlement"-cutting fetishist group No Labels at their Wall Street-funded, NYC kickoff with Evan Bayh and Joe Lieberman, and claiming she lost her election because she was "too moderate."
She then quickly ran down to DC to see what support she could dredge up for a congressional run from K Street and among ConservaDems. She was, of course, fulsomely welcomed by Steve Israel, eager to restock the House Democratic caucus with as many pro-corporate Blue Dogs and New Dems as he can. Inside-the-Beltway her prospects looked excellent. Back in New Hampshire... not so much. Steve Israel may have been in Hassan's corner, but voter enthusiasm was clearly in Carol Shea-Porter's. Hassan isn't completely oblivious to reality and once she started seeing polls results she quickly pivoted to the governor's race instead. She recruited an Emily's List staffer to run her campaign and help get the endorsement of... Emily's List, which, readers here will know, has a long history of opposing progressive candidates in primaries.
The Emily's List claimed it endorsed Hassan over the equally pro-choice Cilley in part because Hassan would commit to keeping the state's regressive tax system in place, a scheme cooked up long ago by Republicans to keep the 1% protected from contributing their fair share. Nice.
A funny thing happened on the way to the coronation, though. A series of polls, including the most recent one put out Friday, shows the race all tied up every which way. Whoever emerges as the nominee has a real shot at keeping Ovide out of office.
That means we have a chance to help real progressive Jackie Cilley gain a governor's seat, and be the only woman in that position in the country. Cilley was raised in poverty from the rural northern part of the state. She refuses to take that pledge to protect the wealthy. And because she comes from the working class, she is earning their support, including the state's biggest union. In a lot of ways she's like Carol Shea-Porter, a true grassroots phenomenon. Here's her website... this is the kind of a salt-of-the-earth Democrat we need to help take the party back from the 1%. You can contribute to her campaign here