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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 10:16 AM
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Nancy Skinner announces her candidacy today
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Nancy has placed a number of ads on 1310 AM over the next three days to announce her candidacy for the U.S. House in the 9th District.

For details, to volunteer or to donate to her campaign, go to www.skinnerforcongress.com .

Here's Nancy's statement on why she's running (you can listen to the ads and the audio of this by going to the website):

Why Im Running

It certainly was a difficult decision to make.

It took a great deal of soul searching to come to my decision. I know what Im in for, having run as the Democratic nominee from the 9th Congressional district in last Novembers election. I was told then that it was a suicide mission to take on 14-year incumbent Joe Knollenberg, who walloped his previous Democratic challengers by 20 points. I believed differently and asked myself if people like me, who were so passionate about bringing about change, didnt run for office, who would? So with the help of the entire Skinner for Congress team, we worked past exhaustion to get our message out that alternative energy and advanced technology is the solution for our troubled auto industry and imperative for our national security and environment. And we nearly won, getting 47% (127, 690) of the vote to Knollenbergs 51% (142, 390).


The race for November 2008 has begun, and with the early announcement of former lottery commissioner Gary Peters, some have argued that a primary should be avoided at all costs and that I should not run again, ironically, even for a seat I nearly won. While I can somewhat understand the argument behind we cant afford a primary, recent developments in Washington, DC have persuaded me that we cant afford not to have one.


There is a serious divide among Democrats on some big issues, including the war in Iraq and our energy future. I believe that too many Democrats, boxed in by their fear of the perception of being against the troops, have acquiesced to continuing this endless war.


President Bush is now asking for $190 billion more bringing this historical travesty to nearly a trillion dollars. Even former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says candidly that this war was about oil. Greenspan predicts great turbulence in the oil markets ahead and that shocking oil prices may force Americans into driving plug-in electric vehicles.


Imagine if just $20 billion of that amount had been allocated to Michigans auto industry, to make a rapid transition to advanced technologies like plug-in hybrids or fuel cell vehicles and the hydrogen infrastructure to accommodate them. Instead of fighting change, Michigan could have led the way to energy security.


The fact is, too many politicians on both sides of the aisle are too fearful to be courageous and take the path of least resistance. Government is too big and bureaucratic and increasingly it is serving only the special interest groups that fund political campaigns. As we saw in Lansing, the process itself is broken.

Do I relish the idea of running again? No. The truth is that modern campaigning means the candidate will spend most of their time in a small room, on the phone, begging for money. This is to be able to afford the most thirty-second spots on TV attacking your opponent. And running in a primary is even more difficult because it feels like a family spat. The bottom line for me, as someone who has been very passionate and active in progressive politics for most of my adult life, is that the stakes are too high and the time is too short for me to walk away from what I know needs to be done.

We need courageous, progressive members of Congress willing to follow their conscience - even when it conflicts with their party leadership. And we do need more women. We have only two women among our 15-member delegation. Thats sad, but its understandable. Its harder for women to mobilize the resources in the political arena, which is mostly controlled by men.

A primary election will allow voters to test their would-be leaders. Will you vote to de-fund the war in Iraq and safely bring the troops home? Yes or no? No blurry lines and messy middles. There is no need for bruising or negative personal campaigns. The Democratic presidential campaign has offered us a great choice of candidates who are competing on the idea battlefield, not the personal. No one says Senator Barack Obama shouldnt run against Senator Clinton because he might hurt her chances against the GOP nominee? Its called democracy its called America.

So lets allow each candidate for this great office to voice their ideas and actually let the people decide who they want to represent them in Congress; not the big donors, not the party insiders, but the people. Its not an easy personal choice for me to make, but in my heart I know its the right decision.

Thats why today Im announcing my candidacy for the Unites States Congress.


Nancy A. Skinner
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