I endorse Sen. Daylin Leach for Congress in the 13th District. I’ve known the State Senator for a few years and he’s one of my progressive heroes in Harrisburg. He has consistently led the fight for progressive issues, a leader and not a follower. No one has been a more steadfast supporter of the LGBT community in the state legislature over the years. I cannot imagine a more worthy successor for the Democratic seat being vacated by Allyson Schwartz as she seeks the Governors Mansion.
I really like Rep. Brendan Boyle also but his track record in Harrisburg is much shorter than Daylin’s. There’s simply no way I cannot support Leach regardless of whoever is running. I know very little about Valerie Arkoosh and Marjorie Margolies has a long history of ethical issues.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has formally endorsed State Sen. Daylin Leach for Congress. He is running in PA-13 to succeed Allyson Schwartz who s running for Governor. Daylin is one of the most liberal members of the state legislature and has led on progressive issues both while serving in the House and Senate.
From the PCCC:
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is endorsing Daylin Leach for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District, calling Leach a “game changer” and praising his leadership on popular progressive issues such as expanding Social Security benefits, raising the minimum wage, and making college more affordable.
“Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren have proven that bold progressives in Congress can change the national conversation. Daylin is one of those game changers,” said Adam Green, PCCC co-founder. “When Wall Street front group Third Way attacked Elizabeth Warren and Social Security, Daylin could have remained silent — especially since his outgoing Congresswoman, Allyson Schwartz, was a Third Way Chair. Instead he denounced Third Way and demonstrated the kind of clarity and bold leadership we need in Congress.”
In response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Third Way President Jon Cowan and Third Way Senior Vice President for Policy Jim Kessler attacking popular progressive ideas, Leach told Huffington Post:
“I found the editorial appalling, quite frankly. Social Security literally lifted up entire generations of senior citizens out of poverty. I support Elizabeth Warren’s proposals [to expand benefits] and I would not consider myself a Third Way type of candidate in any respect.”
This week, Leach joined the PCCC and progressive candidates from across the country to launch a joint petition calling on Republicans to support raising the minimum wage, a key economic issue ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections.
Tomorrow’s national endorsement and fundraising email to PCCC members is copied below. The PCCC is fundraising for Leach’s campaign from it’s membership base of over 2,000 members in PA-13, more than 29,000 members in Pennsylvania, and nearly 1 million members across the country.
During the 2012 election cycle, the PCCC members raised over 2.7 million dollars for candidates through 250,000 small-dollar donations including hundreds of thousands of dollars for multiple House campaigns. PCCC members made over 2 million calls to voters for progressive candidates. Over 30 PCCC-endorsed campaigns won, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for U.S. Senate and Mark Takano (D-CA), Alan Grayson (D-FL), and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) for Congress.
As of closing today Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has given out 78 marriage licenses to same sex couples and 21 of them have wed. Sixteen couples applied today alone and last week saw one couple drive from Pittsburgh and another couple from Portland, Maine get a license to marry here. Many of these couples seem to be from Southeastern Pennsylvania but some are taking advantage of this window to drive from different corners of the Commonwealth to Norristown.
Today those LGBT and straight allies of Hanes held a rally in frnt of the Montgomery County courthouse to show their appreciation. Included were three candidates for Congress in the 13th CD. Also speaking were several House members from Harrisburg: Mark Cohen, Brendan Boyle, Matt Bradford and Madelein Dean.
Before the event began a couple came by on their way in to get their marriage license and joined the rally. Lisa Dow Summey and Renee Juliano even got to speak and showed off their newly minted marriage license. They have three children who now will be able to have more secure futures because their Moms will be legally married and entitled to more than a thousand rights denied them until now.
Sen. Leach is hugged by a couple he personally married:
This adorable little boy has a question:
Summey and Juliano: