Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has made his first endorsement in a Democratic primary since leaving the Senate. He's putting his weight and the strength of his PAC, Progressives United, behind Ilya Sheyman, a community activist in his mid-20s running as the progressive choice in the primary to select which Democrat will get a shot at Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), who some Democrats think is vulnerable this year.
Sheyman's progressive credentials are impressive: He's the former national mobilization director for MoveOn.org, and his campaign already enjoys the backing of that group as well as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and former DNC Chair Howard Dean. With Feingold's endorsement, the IL-10 primary is shaping up to be a major battleground between progressives and the Democratic establishment. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has endorsed businessman Brad Schneider in the Democratic primary.
"Ilya knows that being a true progressive is more than a slogan. ... His campaign has mobilized and united hundreds of volunteers demanding a fresh, strong voice in Congress,” Feingold will say in an email to his PAC set to go out Tuesday and shared with TPM. "This is exactly the type of candidate we as progressives must support, and with the primary almost here, now is exactly the time to step up and take action."
Since his defeat to Ron Johnson in 2010, Feingold has become an activist against new campaign spending rules. He recently joined the Obama campaign as a national co-chair.
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Once again, Koch brothers cash will face off against a people-powered campaign in Wisconsin this November. The race is for a House seat in the first Congressional District, a seat now held by Paul Ryan. His challenger – the first serious challenge he's faced in 14 years in Congress – is Rob Zerban, a restaurateur and County Commissioner.
Everywhere I go during my campaign — parades, farmers markets, even the local deli — I keep hearing the same thing from Wisconsin voters. “We need real representation,” they tell me, “representation that’s focused on the people and what we need.”
"The message is clear: Paul Ryan must be held accountable for his 14 years of failed decisions"
"He had a minor in economics," Rob Zerban says of his opponent. "What experience does he have to say that he's the great budget oracle?" "The people of the First District can see where that budget impacts their lives. Their bridges start to crumble. We've got 16 bridges on federal highways alone in the district that have been declared structurally deficientm and that doesn't include county and local municipal bridges.
Typically during an election cycle, it often comes down to voting for the lesser of two evils. You choose the one who supports the issues most meaningful to you – or at least doesn’t outright defy them. It can be difficult to encounter a candidate who personifies the conviction and integrity you would imagine only in a perfect political world.
Today, Rob Zerban, Democratic Congressional challenger to Congressman Paul Ryan, released the following statement in response to the introduction of Paul Ryan’s FY2013 “Path to Poverty” budget.
“In yet another misguided handout to Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, Congressman Paul Ryan today introduced his latest budget plan, designed to place the blame for his 14 years of poor decisions squarely on the backs of our hardworking families.
When I began this campaign, I made a commitment to serve as a voice of the people- not of corporations.
I have been putting that into action. In the last few weeks, I have been working overtime to kickoff my campaign with rallies across the district.
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