Posted by Michael Oxenrider | Posted in News | Posted on 18-05-2010
Tags: Bill Halter, Campaign, Democrats, DFA, Howard Dean, Progressives
Democracy For America (DFA) addressed progressives tonight in a conference call to announce their 50 state strategy for started by Howard Dean back in 2004.
The conference call discussed the upcoming elections and Democracy for America’s strategy. Some of the things discussed were developing action teams, logistics, recruitment & media leaders in order to build infrastructure and organize events around local and national progressive issues.
The conference call was also on primary night for Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Jim Dean, working on the Joe Sestak campaign joined the audioconference from Valley Forge, PA at Sestak election party. Arlen Spectar switched parties to a Democrat and is considered the more moderate of the two. Democracy for America is hoping that Joe Sestak, the more progressive candidate wins.
Referring to how incumbent Democrats are facing challenges, Jim Dean said, “the narrative has already been written. ” He also added that, “the Senate has been the weak link to getting Obama’s change agenda through.”
They also gave updates on the Arkansas Senate campaign with Bill Halter, the Progressive candidate verses Blanche Lincoln the incumbent.
The seminar then went back to discussing how they will offer other options for this upcoming election season; candidate training academies, night school trainings and different “Heroes” that the organization supports. The organization will also be promoting “Grassroots all stars”, “50-state all stars”, and other ways that the organization will support progressive candidates.
The point of the organization’s push is to go on the offensive for the 2010 election rather than accepting that 2010 is going to be a bad year for Progressive issues.