Saturday, December 22, 2007

Act Blue! Contribute to Trauner!

Blue Majority has endorsed Gary Trauner for Congress. The site bills itself this way:

We may have re-taken Congress, but our work is by no means done – in fact, this is just the beginning. Now, we need to support and strengthen our caucus. This page will feature candidates selected by DailyKos, OpenLeft, and the Swing State Project whose presence in Congress will make our party stronger.

Trauner won in most of WYO’s cities in 2006 but lost in the rural north. Trauner’s challenge will be to woo those voters in 2008, no easy task. The good news is that there isn’t yet an announced Republican candidate to replace Barbara Cubin, the right-wing kook who’s (finally) retiring. Many Repubs thought that the candidate would be State Senator Colin Simpson, son of former Sen. Big Al Simpson. But Colin tendered his regrets a few weeks ago, saying that he didn’t want to go to D.C. because the change would be too much for his young family. Colin Simpson has not been particularly noteworthy during his time in the State Senate. He tows the party line most of the time, but that’s not to unusual in this state. If he does decide to run in the future, let’s hope he exhibits his father’s tendency to cross party lines and work with the other side of the aisle.

Here’s what Blue Majority says about Mr. Trauner:

In deep red Wyoming, Trauner stands up for the Constitution. He nearly beat Republican Barbara Cubin in 2006, and forced her into retirement. He’s now gearing up to take the seat, while speaking out strongly on core Constitutional principles like the rule of law and illegal wiretapping by private phone companies. No matter what the pundits say, the Bill of Rights is popular everywhere in the country, with the possible exception of DC.

Blue Majority is collecting funds for Trauner. So far, it's racked up more than $1,100, which goes a long way in WYO. You can also contribute at his web site. Trauner will need lots of dough to counter the deep pockets of the WYO GOP, an outfit which specializes in casting aspersions through expensive TV ads.

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