Maybe it was the grass roots organizing and public support demonstrated when Annette Taddeo won the recent Act Blue fundraising contest.
Maybe it was the drumbeat of criticism of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for failing to step up to the plate.
Maybe it was the embarrassment of failing to support the only Latina challenger for a federal race in the entire country.
Maybe it was that South Florida Democrats kept reminding the DCCC just how bad Ileana Ros-Lehtinen really is.
Maybe it was when Ileana Ros-Lehtinen emerged as a leading cheerleader for Gov. Sarah Palin — a job many other leading Republican women declined.
But whatever it was, the dam has burst, and (at least according to DCCC head honcho Chris Van Hollen, as quoted in the Politico) the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added Annette Taddeo (FL-18) to its elite list of Red to Blue candidates. As the DCCC puts it,
The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. These candidates earned a spot in the program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and skillfully demonstrating to voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress.
This is a very important step for establishing the Taddeo campaign as one with real prospects of winning, and should provided welcome access to wallets in Florida and nationally.
No, not the election — not yet anyway.
But, Annette Taddeo won the contest at Act Blue by getting the most online donors. So thank you to all readers who sent something in.
Here's the letter from Taddeo announcing the victory,
We won the Blue America online contest with 557 votes, 161 more than any other candidate!
Thanks to you — we banked $15,813 and became the #1 candidate across all of ActBlue.
Thank you to all who voted by contributing $1 or more — and thank you to those who had friends and family vote.
Your small contributions and your relentless grassroots outreach made a big difference!
Thank you so much for your support,
Now, if Debbie Wasserman-Schultz would just get with the program and open her checkbook before it's too late…
They're having a contest at Act Blue: Blue America Candidates and Annette Taddeo is only (at this writing) TEN contributions short of taking the lead.
The contest is for the number of donors, not the amounts, so even a $1 contribution helps — though of course several dollars would be nice too.
How about $1? Right now?
UPDATE (8/3, 2:30pm): She's ahead, but only by a hair — please help keep her there.
Here's what incumbent GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) said about McCain's impulsive choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,
“I thought 'wow, what a great ticket'. I think it was needed for our Republican Party to reach out to women, to those independent voters and I think the governor of Alaska is an independent thinker just like John McCain has been.”
Apparently, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DINO-FL), who is chairing the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue program but somehow has neglected to throw a single dollar of her money to Annette Taddeo, doesn't share her good friend Illeana's analysis of the virtues of the Palin choice. She said,
Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton….Women in this country don't want a candidate on the ballot just because of the parts that she has….It's not just electing a woman for the sake of getting a women over there.” Instead, she said, women want equal pay for equal work, protection of reproductive rights, access to affordable health care for their children etc.
Which sounds right to me. But it just raises the question — again! — as to why Debbie Wasserman-Schultz refuses to support Annette Taddeo, a great local candidate running against Ileana who is just a hard-core Republican candidate, one who routinely opposes all those things that Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is for.
Send Annette that check Debbie! And tell your friends they should too.
Daily Kos: FL-18: DWS Undermines Taddeo to Florida Delegates
I agree with “DavidNYC” at Kos: “Call Debbie Wasserman Schultz's campaign office at (202) 741-7154 and ask her to do as Rep. Meek has done: make a sizable donation to the Taddeo campaign and solicit her network for more contributions.”
At least DWS has come around on the other races in this area. It shows pressure works. Let's apply some more.
Surge down here usually means “storm surge” not Iraq. But from now on it should also mean 'rapid growth in number of registered Democrats.'
Read all about it at Daily Kos: Miami-Dade's Democratic resurgence. I knew things were good, but I didn't think it was as good as this. Great news for Taddeo and Garcia!
So it's time to give generously to Annette Taddeo and Joe Garcia.