Jim Dean /Democracy for America – 2010-11-12 00:13:44
We lost a lot of bold leaders on November 2, but Senator Russ Feingold is in a class all his own.
He is one of the great heroes of the progressive movement — standing up and fighting for the people of his state and Americans across the country time and again — often when no one else had the courage to lead.
When other Democrats in Washington capitulated to President Bush and supported the war in Iraq, Senator Feingold stood up and voted against war. Two years later, he became the first Senator to call a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
When the Bush administration pushed the Patriot Act on Congress, Senator Feingold was the only person is the Senate to recognize the bill as an attack on American civil liberties and vote “No.”
And when unlimited and unregulated “soft money” threatened to overwhelm our political system, Senator Feingold authored and passed into law the most powerful campaign finance reform in history.
Senator Feingold has always been there for us. Please, join me in writing Senator Feingold a short thank you message for all the work he’s done for us over the years.
Write your message today and next week we’ll have members in Washington DC and Wisconsin deliver all of the thank you messages from across the country to each and every one of Senator Feingold’s offices.
And, of course, thank YOU for everything you do.
Jim Dean is Chair of Democracy for America
Democracy for America relies on you and the people-power of more than one million members to fund the grassroots organizing and training that delivers progressive change on the issues that matter.
You and DFA members nationwide did incredible work trying to save Democrats from themselves.
You deserve the credit for never giving up and fighting all the way to the end.
Together, we raised over one million dollars for progressives candidates, made over one million phone calls in 16 tight races, and delivered over 250,000 volunteer hours on the ground.
While it was a tough night, we had a few important victories too. DFA 2010 Progressive Hero Barbara Boxer won. Public Option Heroes Michael Bennet, Kristen Gillibrand, Jared Polis, and Chellie Pingree all won without running away from their votes for Healthcare. Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Raul Grijalva was in the fight of his life and won.
Feel free to pass this along to your friends and ask them to write a message to Senator Feingold, too.