Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has an exacting endorsement process. Only the most progressive candidates get our support. One such leader is Kevin de Leon, our pick for U.S. Senate from California. Yesterday the California Democratic Party Leadership joined with overwhelming grassroots energy to endorse progressive Kevin de León for the US Senate. This was a stinging rebuke to longterm incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) activists were on the ground working for this amazing victory. Will you pitch in to keep the momentum building? Please join us supporting Kevin de Leon For U.S. Senate.
Synopsis from PDA on the ground in Oakland, CA:
- Kevin de Leon is now leading as the highest profile race, as a recognized champion for immigration, healthcare, and the environment, as the most progressive candidate in the most progressive state in the nation
- CA primary created a focus of attention to establishment versus anti-establishment Democrat
- CA Dem Party now growing in numbers due to influx of Bernie-crats, #DemEnter, and greater influence of elected versus appointed state committee members now rejecting DINOs and PINOs
- CA primary voters including progressives, no party preference, Republicans, and others that were previously split in many different directions will now choose between the two, and like the Ocasio-Cortez victory and the HRC defeat will likely reject the politics of pay-to-play in significant numbers
- It's a great time to be a Progressive Democrat in CA, with candidates like KDL now leading the way
Our momentum is building! As CNN reported:
Leaders of the California Democratic Party on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to endorse Kevin de León for the US Senate over incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein [who] is seeking her fifth full term in the Senate.
De León garnered 65% of the vote among the party's executive board members, Feinstein received 7% of the vote, and 28% voted "no endorsement." Sixty percent of the vote was needed for the party to officially endorse a candidate. In a statement shortly after the endorsement, de León renewed his call for a debate against Feinstein and celebrated the win.
"Earning the endorsement of so many leaders and activists of the California Democratic Party isn't just an honor and a privilege; today's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.," de León said in the statement. "Through years of hard-won progress, we have proven to the world that California can forge a path for the rest of the nation."
(See CNN: CA Democrats endorse de León over incumbent Feinstein, by Maegan Vazquez, July 15, 2018)
Help Elect Kevin de Leon To The U.S. Senate! As several successful candidates have shown, progressives can win nominations and elections. Progressives run on economic justice, peace, Medicare for All, college for all, jobs for all, decisive action to stop global warming, and more. These popular progressive positions help increase turnout, and the chance for victory increases. For all these reasons, we support progressives in primaries and we insist on letting primary voters choose the strongest candidate. If you agree, we need your help now.
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On to bringing the party back to it's progressive roots!
Mike Hersh for Judy, Donna, Dr. Bill, Mike F, Kim, Janis, Deb, Dan, and Bryan—Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team
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