Subject: Friday news & action with Chair Tina Podlodowski
GOP Leans In on Conspiracy: You probably saw the news this week that Congressional Republicans booted Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in their caucus because she dared to tell the truth about the 2020 elections - that President Joe Biden won fair and square.
Nobody’s going to mistake me for a political supporter of Cheney. However, what Congressional Republicans are doing in their internal leadership right now is a hard look at the lies, utter loyalty to Trump, and conspiratorial frenzy gripping their party. Apparently, it’s now such a sin in the Republican Party to admit the truth about the 2020 election that doing so will get you kicked out of your leadership position in Congress.
We can’t pretend like adherence to these bogus conspiracies is just a Washington D.C. problem. But you all know that right here in Washington State, GOP congressional candidate Loren Culp still hasn’t admitted that he lost the 2020 gubernatorial election fair and square. The Washington State and King County Republican parties are still pushing their ‘election integrity committee’ that promotes debunked right-wing conspiracy theories from the likes of Sidney Powell. Republicans in the legislature like Doug Ericksen still propose their bills to end all-mail voting and make it harder for folks to have their voices heard in our elections.
We need to get folks to admit the truth - despite many members still being COVID-deniers, the Republican Party is ill right now, but with a different virus. They are infected with a belief that they must stay loyal to an internal worldview that’s completely disconnected from reality and tied to the venality of Donald Trump. Any Republican elected officials who publicly admit the truth are threatened and punished - meanwhile, their plan to win elections is to suppress the vote and gerrymander districts rather than run on real policy ideas and proposals. This is not a healthy political party and it’s not a responsible way to campaign. Voters, elected officials, and opinion leaders need to demand better from the Republican Party.
Build The Blue Gala was Amazing: We had a great time at the Build The Blue virtual gala this Tuesday. If you were able to attend, thank you so much for joining us. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. It was so inspiring to hear from speakers like Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, our own Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Marilyn Strickland, and more. I hope it doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings if I confess that my favorite part of all was Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Every mom at the event knew exactly the feeling when her daughter started trying to get her attention with “mommy, mommy!” in the background of the call. But working moms find a way to get it done, with their kids at their side!
I want to thank everyone who made this possible for their work, especially all of you who make our state party so strong. These incredible national speakers want to be with us because they know that here in Washington, Democrats matter, Democrats work, and Democrats win. With your help, we can keep this up and continue building our progressive momentum even further.
"Positive change can happen. The hard work of our state party, especially all of you volunteers and supporters, have been integral in making that progressive change happen."
-Senator Patty Murray, 2021 Build The Blue Gala
"Investing early in our democratic infrastructure means that we can build a stronger, more diverse pool of candidates so that we can help make sure our government look more like the people they represent"
-Senator Tammy Duckworth, 2021 Build The Blue Gala
If you weren’t able to make it, you can watch DNC Chair Jaime Harrison’s speech below!
Helping us raise these early funds is critical for enabling us to hire organizers early, well ahead of the 2022 midterms, to build the party and support local candidates with Democratic GOTV this year. Your support matters a great deal.
Filing Week Next Week: Speaking of local candidates - next week is filing week! This is the week when candidates file to run for office, and next Friday, May 21st, is the deadline! You can’t win if you aren’t on the ballot, so we’re trying to make sure we have as many good Democrats running across Washington as possible.
Has your local party been talking to candidates in your community about the races they can run for? We know 54 local candidate recruitment meetings have already happened - were you able to participate? Our Rise & Run page has information for our potential candidates; sign up there to get a package of information on running for office that can help you or candidates you know run and win! It’s so critical that we contest as many local races as we can across the state this year. We need the help of our PCOs and local parties to get people to step up and run. And be on the lookout for our three-week June candidate training that will help us win in ALL these races! Next week, watch your local county’s elections office and see who’s filing for office and what’s still open. Let’s make sure we have Democrats running everywhere we can!
Something to Share: This morning, Crosscut ran a great op-ed piece from Leonard Forsman, the chair of the Suquamish Tribe and president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, about the importance of passing President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. We’ve made it a priority for the Democratic Party to work with our tribal partners and make sure their needs and concerns are reflected in the policy our elected officials advance. The American Jobs Plan is an excellent example of a bill that would make huge investments across the country and our state, including in many areas of tribal need. Passing this bill would be a historic step towards meeting our obligations to support and lift up Washington’s tribes and help recover from generations of discrimination, neglect, and abuse. I hope you’ll read and share this article about the importance of passing this bill and supporting our indigenous communities.