Well, I done did it. I'm volunteering for Chuck Pennacchio. Specifically, I'm going to be doing blog coordination, what Tim Tagaris of The Swing State Project started doing as one of his many responsibilities at the start of Chuck's campaign. I've already started to contact the various blogs out there. I'm going to be keeping everyone up to date as to what's going on in the campaign from here in Philadelphia, basically, its HQ.
I've never taken on such an organizational responsibility before. I'm looking forward to meeting and e-meeting all these bloggers located all over the U.S. I've never been involved in a campaign in this manner before, but I feel that I have to be this involved. I think that it is just too important. For too long I was apathetic. I always voted, but that was it. I thought that was enough. Now, I think that's only a start. There's so much more to do. More to read. More to learn.
Today is the final day of fundraising for this quarter [I think that's what this unit of time is called] and I'll be phonebanking later tonight, calling on donors to give just a little bit more. In the last two weeks, Chuck's campaign has received donations in the amount of about $100 which is great. But that's not what we all have to give. $5 is $5 that the campaign didn't have five seconds ago. A donation of $17.76 is symbolic and $17.76 the campaign didn't have five seconds ago. The donations need not be large in amount, but they're not about to turn those away! Chuck is a candidate running for the people and by the people. He is not and will not take PAC money. His average donor will not be the full $2100 from people and groups with an agenda. His average donor will be giving under $100 from people who genuinely care and want to support a candidate they wholeheartedly support. People giving half a day's wage because it's that important. Donate here.
Two days ago, Chuck also came out against the nomination/confirmation of now Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. He said:
One of his fellow candidates, Bob Casey Jr. has said that he would have voted for Roberts's confirmation. The Inky reported yesterday:
Consistent with the Bush Administration's "politics as usual" approach to all questions of governance, Judge Roberts went before the Senate Judiciary Committee intent on hiding his judicial philosophy from the Senate and the American people. This veiled and secretive approach to a matter as weighty as a lifelong appointment at the head of the Supreme Court is unacceptable.
Judge Roberts' nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without my having any new insight into how he would run the Court, or how he would approach critical constitutional questions, such as privacy rights, a women's right to choose, consumer rights, due process of law, equality before the law, and a host of other civil liberties issues.
It's not too late for the AFL-CIO and MoveOn.org to support Chuck Pennacchio. They did not know exactly how Casey would vote on things like this, now, they do. They can atone and get behind the right candidate in this state.
After considering factors such as character, resume and judicial philosophy, and listening to Roberts' testimony before the Judiciary Committee, "I would vote to confirm him," Casey said in a statement issued by his campaign.
Casey's decision erases a potential contrast with incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who says he will vote for Roberts when the Senate takes up the nomination today. Roberts is expected to be confirmed.
But it puts Casey at odds with some of the same liberal interest groups that are actively working on his behalf, including the AFL-CIO and MoveOn.org, which sharply criticizes Roberts in one section of its Web site and seeks contributions for Casey in another.
Casey's positions are closer to Santorum's than their campaign would like the people of Pennsylvania to believe. The people of Pennsylvania have to be informed of the differences between each of the candidates, including Libertarian John Featherman and Democratic candidate Alan Sandals. The DLC, that's you Rendell, Schumer and Reid, have decided to openly back Casey and Schumer has publicly stated that he'd rather not have contested primaries. I say bull-fucking-shit. We have to put up an opponent who stands in opposition to the incumbent Santorum. Casey cannot do that point to point to point. Chuck Pennacchio can and will.
For the people who read this blog on a daily basis and live in Pennsylvania and have been wavering as to whom to vote for in the Democratic primary [that is if you're a registered Democrat], know the facts. Casey's issues. Chuck's stances. Make an informed decision.