Greene County, NY is actually deep red. Crackpot missives from right-wing zealots fill the editorial pages of its newspapers (and sometimes the papers’ reportage, as well). Chris Gibson for Congress lawn signs proliferate everywhere. Overheard conversations in local establishments often trend “conservative”.
But all of this is beginning to change, even if slowly. Blue is battling back, and this post will highlight two happy examples. The first is the emergence of strong Democratic candidates at the local level, fostered by new Democratic leadership. Here in Greene County, that leadership is represented by Doreen P. Davis, the county chair, who has reenergized the party with competitive vigor and her own boundless energy. She is a breath of fresh air, and she is backing some refreshingly attractive candidates as well. Cecilia Tkaczyk, who is running in the New York State Senate’s new 46th District, is a particularly strong example. Cecilia is anti-fracking, pro-women’s rights and women’s health, and strongly supportive of the middle class and workers’ rights. She’s been endorsed by Doreen and other local party leaders, as well as MoveOn.org at the national level. Please vote for her in the upcoming primary!
Party Chair Doreen P. Davis and State Senate Candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Photo: Beth Schneck.
Julian Schreibman, the Democratic candidate for Congress in our new 19th Congressional District, has also been endorsed by Doreen and other local party leadership. His campaign has focused mainly on Ulster and Dutchess Counties, where most of the district’s population is. But now people throughout the district will get to hear why Julian is the better candidate, thanks to a new ad funded by the national party’s Red to Blue Program. The ad successfully ties Chris Gibson to Paul Ryan’s infamous Medicare voucher plan. Have a look below.
Blue IS battling back, and no more so than in President Bill Clinton’s powerful rebuttal of the Republican platform at last night’s Democratic National Convention. Clinton kicked plenty of right-wing ass by showing how empty and wrong-headed the GOP’s premises are, and how often they have failed the country in the past.
Tonight, it’s President Obama’s turn. Keep the faith.