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Mon Feb 29, 2016, 12:55 PM

O'Malley Working Hard to Get Progressives Elected, Endorses John Fetterman for U.S. Senate

I received this email today, in which Martin O'Malley endorses John Fetterman for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania:

Throughout my service as Mayor, as Governor and campaign for president, I never wavered on the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

I believe that our outdated and inhumane immigration laws no longer meet our economic needs, our national security imperatives, or most importantly, our values as a people.

I believe that we need to lead with the compassionate message and actions that have made us who we are: a nation of immigrants, bonded together by our diverse beliefs and traditions.

Immigration is what has made America, America.

And while much can be done by bold executive action, it is no substitute for Congressional action. We need leaders in Washington who will tirelessly stand up to the kind of hateful, misguided rhetoric we've seen thrown at the millions of New Americans and fight to forge consensus on an issue that has shaped this country.

I believe Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is that kind of leader, and that's why today, I am endorsing his campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He really needs our help, so click here to join his progressive campaign.

As Mayor of Braddock, PA for more than ten years, he's taken on the kinds of issues that are now at the forefront of the American conscience: income inequality, green jobs, access to health care and gun violence, to name just a few.

But John's wife Gisele has a remarkable story that is so emblematic of our experience as a country, and the work on immigration that lies before us. Like so many before her, she came to this country with her family from Brazil in search of a better life — fleeing a violent and unstable situation.

Her family overstayed their visa, and for years, she lived in the shadows undocumented while her mother cleaned houses for twelve hours a day. And while Gisele would eventually obtain her green card, it shouldn't have been that hard.

When John is asked about what he thought of Gisele and her family staying here illegally, I love his response: "I’m so glad she did."

It's time we approached the issue of immigration with humanity and an understanding of how we have all been shaped by it, directly or indirectly. Once again, we must remember that the enduring symbol of our nation isn't the barbed wire fence — it's the Statue of Liberty.

Please join me in supporting John's bid for the U.S. Senate. We need more leaders in Washington ready to embrace immigration reform, rather than running away from it.

Thank you,
Martin O'Malley


As he has done before, O'Malley will work hard to get progressive Democrats elected in 2016. O'Malley supporters have every reason to be proud.

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Reply O'Malley Working Hard to Get Progressives Elected, Endorses John Fetterman for U.S. Senate (Original post)
Koinos Feb 2016 OP
Gregorian Feb 2016 #1
Koinos Feb 2016 #3
femmocrat Feb 2016 #4
elleng Feb 2016 #8
femmocrat Feb 2016 #9
Gregorian Feb 2016 #13
elleng Feb 2016 #14
elleng Feb 2016 #2
Koinos Feb 2016 #5
elleng Feb 2016 #7
felix_numinous Feb 2016 #6
MgtPA Feb 2016 #10
elleng Feb 2016 #11
MgtPA Feb 2016 #12
rpannier Mar 2016 #15

Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:00 PM

1. I really like Martin.

Thank you for posting this. I was getting discouraged again, wondering why my party was so far to the right now.

Thanks to people like Martin, we will move back to our natural place in politics. I'll have to go read up on Fetterman. I don't know whose seat he's challenging.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:11 PM

3. O'Malley won't let up.

Fortunately for us all, O'Malley will continue his campaign on behalf of principles, such as immigration; and he will continue to campaign for progressives in Congress.

It is refreshing to hear O'Malley bringing political discussion back to issues. Like you, I get discouraged; but thinking about O'Malley and what he stands for lifts my spirits.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:15 PM

4. Toomey.

There are three candidates in the primary: Fetterman, Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty. I want whoever can beat Toomey.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:27 PM

8. Just saw this:

Dem chairman: Fetterman would be toughest vs. Toomey

'The new year has brought a fresh wave of activity in this year’s Pennsylvania Senate race – and a surprising assessment from the commonwealth’s Democratic chairman, who said Braddock Mayor John Fetterman could give the party its best chance to win.

The chairman, Marcel Groen, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Thursday that Fetterman would “be the toughest candidate” in a general election matchup against Sen. Pat Toomey, the Republican incumbent.

“In a society looking for different, he could catch on,” Groen told the paper – though he also played up Katie McGinty’s establishment support and Joe Sestak’s grassroots backing, and said the party was unlikely to pick sides in the primary.

Fetterman, mayor of a small borough outside Pittsburgh, has generally been considered a wild card in the race, with most attention focused on Sestak, a former congressman and 2010 Senate nominee, and McGinty, Gov. Wolf’s former chief of staff. But Groen said the mayor with a knack for grabbing attention – helped by his six-foot-eight frame and prominent tattoos – is “more competitive than people think” -- different, yet grounded on policy.'>>>

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Dem-chairman-Fetterman-would-be-toughest-vs-Toomey.html

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:33 PM

9. Thanks, elleng.

That is good to know. None of them is very well-known across the state, but then neither is Toomey. (He is the invisible senator!) Because he has tons of money, he is running ads. I haven't seen any for the others yet.

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 04:16 PM

13. Thanks. I love fresh new perspectives and faces.

There's actually a lot going on under the radar. Tim Canova. I'm really hoping he can steal DWS' seat.

Alright, I'll try to be patient and polite. I've been neither lately.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 05:34 PM

14. You're welcome!

Patience is difficult. And THANKS for being polite.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:09 PM

2. Ditto, Koinos.

Posted it in Pennsylvania.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:19 PM

5. Thank you, incomparable elleng!

You are the best!

Let's all keep O'Malley "alive" by posting what he is doing and saying. His candidacy was never about himself, but about people and the issues that matter to them.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:21 PM

7. Absolutely, and it's almost the only thing that keeps me going,

people and issues that matter. Was very pleased to receive the e.mail today.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:19 PM

6. K&R

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:37 PM

10. Fetterman is terrific! He also endorsed Bernie in January.

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:40 PM

11. INTERESTING!

Thanks, MgtPA.

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Response to elleng (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 01:43 PM

12. ..

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 02:42 AM

15. I was unequivocally supporting Sestak

But when I got an e-mail from O' Malley supporting Fetterman I've given some thought
My father's family live in PA I don't
I support with money and encouragement to family members

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