I have been contacted by Accountability Now, a new PAC formed by progressive bloggers, to search for suitable candidates in Pennsylvania. The purpose of Accountability Now is to recruit and fund progressive, liberal Democrats in Congressional Districts currently held by conservative Blue Dog Democrats. Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of DailyKos are spearheading the effort.
The election of Bob Casey in 2006 has led, especially here, to a flood of conservative Democrats running for office. This was a fear back then that his victory over Rick Santorum would lead to a perception that only conservative Democrats could win statewide in Pennsylvania. As it was Sen. Santorum never got above 41% in polls or votes and any credible, viable candidate would have beaten him.
As Democrats have gained Congressional seats in Pennsylvania all have been conservative Democrats. Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak, Chris Carney, Jason Altmire and Kathy Dahlkemper represent this trend. Accountability Now is searching for liberal, progressive Democrats to run in primaries against Blue Dog Democrats or against Republicans. (My opinions, not those of Accountability Now)
If you fit this description and are contemplating running please contact me so I can forward your information to Ms. Hamsher. Rest assured I will not blog about your potential candidacy, as always, until you want to me to do so (I’m frequently asked to keep candidacies confidential until campaigns are prepared for public announcements).