In 2016, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Florida by less than two percentage points, and in Pennsylvania by less than one percentage point — a total margin of less than 160,000 votes across the two states combined. These 160,000 votes handed Trump 49 electoral votes and, as a result, the presidency.
In 2020, we’ll use all of the socially-distanced methods at our disposal — phone-banking, text-banking, and postcard writing — to help local efforts to increase turnout in these two states, especially among young, African-American, and Hispanic voters.
Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed grim reaper, has enacted a moratorium on legislative progress. He has wielded extra-constitutional power to effectively veto the reformative legislation passed by the U.S. House, perniciously undermining the functioning of our government. He has politicized our independent judiciary and aided and abetted the Trump administration’s collusion with foreign powers to interfere in our elections.
Challenger: Amy McGrath
Amy grew up in Englewood, KY dreaming of becoming a fighter pilot. She attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1997. She went on to serve 20 decorated years in the Marines. She earned a masters degree in global security from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction’s Program for Emerging Leaders at the National Defense University. Amy wants to give Kentuckians their voice back in the Senate. She is determined to root out corruption and increase transparency in our government.
In the words of conservative strategist Steve Schmidt, Lindsey Graham is “a pilot fish: a smaller fish that hovers about a larger predator, like a shark, living off of its detritus…wherever the apex shark is, you find the Lindsey fish hovering about, and Trump’s the newest shark in the sea. Lindsey has a real draw to power — but he’s found it unattainable on his own merits.” Graham is beholden to Donald Trump. Driven by political expediency, he enables Trump’s abject incompetence and corruption.
Challenger: Jaime Harrison
Jaime grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina where he overcame the challenges of poverty, earning a scholarship to Yale University and subsequent Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School. After college, Jaime returned to South Carolina to work for the community. He served as the first African-American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017 and is an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As U.S. Senator, Jamie will reach across the aisle to enact solutions — from growing the middle class to protecting health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions — that will help more South Carolinians attain the American dream.
From his repeated votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to his flip-flop vote in support of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall, to his acquittal vote in the impeachment trial, Thom Tillis has marched in lock-step with the failed GOP.
Challenger: Cal Cunningham
Cal hails from the small town of Lexington, NC. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina from which he holds a Juris Doctorate. At age 27, Cal was elected one of the state’s youngest State Senators and after the attacks on September 11, 2001, he volunteered to join the U.S. Army Reserve and has served three active duty tours. Cal is running to take on the corruption in Washington that is standing in the way of progress on the most important issues of our time, including the need for civil rights protections, equitable economic and educational opportunities for all, affordable accessible healthcare, and environmental protection.
Denigrating his constituents as “paid protestors” and being MIA for town halls, Cory Gardner consistently fails to serve and improve his community. His fidelity is not to the Constitution and his constituents, but rather Trump and wealthy donors, neither of whom will carry him to victory in 2020.
Challenger: John Hickenlooper
A graduate of Wesleyan University, John worked as a geologist in Colorado for Buckhorn Petroleum in the early 1980s. After being laid off, he opened one of the first brew pubs in the U.S., so he understands the plight of small business owners, especially during the current pandemic. He served Denver as mayor (2003-2011) and Colorado as governor (2011-2019) and has been described as a “purple Democrat.” He supports the ACA, net-zero emissions by 2050, reproductive rights, DACA recipients, and compassionate immigration reform — all issues Cory Gardner has been working to undermine with his support for Trump.
We’re supporting three promising candidates in Pennsylvania, two at the state level and one at the national level. Together, they will support progressive legislation at the state and national levels and help restore sanity to Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered district map.
Eugene DePasquale (U.S. Congressional District PA-10)
Republican margin of victory in 2018: 2.6% (7,697 votes)
A native of Pittsburgh, PA Eugene overcame adversity and worked his way through college, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctorate from Widener School of Law. As Auditor General for Pennsylvania, Eugene saved Pennsylvania taxpayers millions by shining a light on government waste, fraud, and abuse. Once elected to the U.S. Congress, Eugene vows to make Congress more transparent and accountable, and reform the influence of money in politics.
George Scott (PA State Senate District 15)
Republican margin of victory in 2018: 3.4% (4,183 votes)
Raised on a family farm in South Central Pennsylvania, George has deep roots in the state. He understands the issues that affect those who live there. After graduating from Georgetown University, George entered the U.S. Army and served our nation on active duty for 20 years. He is running to provide principled, compassionate leadership to his constituents. George has a lifetime of experience in serving his country and his community. As an elected leader, his first and only loyalty will be to the people of Pennsylvania’s 15th District.
Brittney Rodas (PA State House District 105)
Republican margin of victory in 2018: 1.6% (512 votes)
A native Pennsylvanian, Brittney worked to put herself through Penn State. She worked at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a policy and research analyst, has served on the Dauphin County Democratic Committee, and was the South-Central Region Director for the PA Young Democrats. Brittney is a tireless advocate for issues impacting her community and is committed to reforming the state government by supporting increased voting access and campaign finance reform. Additionally, she will advocate for an independent commission for redistricting to eliminate gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, and fight to fully and fairly fund the public schools.