I wish a real Democratic candidate had said this, but the quote above is from West Wing, Matthew Santos' sppech before the Democratic Convention.
With Caucuses coming up this Tuesday, I will be supporting these candidates at the caucuses and the conventions in March, April, and June (should I get that far).
These candidates embody what I believe we need to keep our nation strong.
They share my hopes, dreams, and values.
They help to inspire me to continue to stand up and keep fighting as a "Blue man" living in a "Red District".
President: Barack Obama
The last 8 years of the Bush Administration have put the squeeze on working and middle class Americans. It was 4 years ago when I first witnessed the power of Obama. Watching the Democratic National Convention, I witnessed his rousing speech.
More than anything, its a message of hope. His campaign will bring more young people to the Democratic Party. I'm ready for change! I am ready for Barack Obama to be our President.
US Senate: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
His grassroots campaign snatched me up. I've now seen him at 4 separate DFL events throughout the area, never having someone else represent him, but actually showing up and holding a conversation with the people.
His events are a conversation. As a professor, it would be easy for him to speak down to us as though we are students but Jack's relaxed style breaks down barriers. His vast knowledge on the important issues of the day solidified my support.
He does not merely speak of a problem. He talks about how Senator Nelson-Pallmeyer would fix it. How he would advocate for us in Washington.
Congress, 6th CD: Bob Olson
I have not always been a Bob Olson guy. I was leaning Bob Hill early on. I support candidates of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Olson's one of those guys.
I tend to be more attracted to fire and brimstone liberals, progressives who can jump, yell, chant and rile up a crowd. Following the Olson campaign for several months now, I have truly found that strong and impactful progressives do not need those qualities to be successful.
Olson is grounded in his strong progressive principles. He has the backbone to advocate for us in Washington.
His campaign organization is attractive to me as well. Having ran a race on progressive issues in a not so progressive district, I understand the difficulties of these races. Having Congressional campaigns that pull more resources out of these tough areas makes it tougher on the local races.
Olson's outreach into these areas and their support has been amazing. He's truly party building.
I will caucus for these 3 candidates as far as I can. They are true progressives who push a strong message of change.
I'm ready for some real change around here.