Draft Brad Miller

This was crossposted from DailyKos.

In November of 2008 Senator Elizabeth Dole will be up for reelection. There are rumors that she will retire, but she is saying she will run. But, then again, she also said she would be an independent voice for North Carolina, and has done little more than rubber stamp. But, I digress.

We need an opponent for her. Many believe that our governor, Mike Easley, will run against her. I do not think he will. But, even if he does, we have a strong progressive candidate who can win.


Ok, I probably should cut this whole paragraph for the BlueNC crowd, but it looks pretty.
Representative Brad Miller is familiar to many on this site. He frequently posts both here and at BlueNC. He garnered national headlines in 2006 by soundly beating Vernon Robinson. Rep. Miller has taken strong stands on issues that I care about. He has a strong, reasoned opinion about the War in Iraq. He has supported the netroots movement, and in the new Democratic Congress will be a strong voice on issues such as pay-day lending, and other consumer protection issues. Additionally, Brad Miller has stumped for candidates such as Larry Kissell.

In 2006 we saw a lot of candidates who were recruited by the DSCC and the DCCC lose. But, what was important, was that we saw many of those candidates lose in primaries to netroots supported candidates. Many of those netroots candidates went on to win the general election, against all odds. This is our chance to recruit the first new netroots candidate for 2008.

Today, We are launching the netroots movement to Draft Brad Miller to run for US Senate. I hope that all of you will go to ActBlue and give him some seed money. Because of FEC rules, we will be using his US House fund, which is sorely hurting after his fight with Vernon Robinson in 2006. I would ask that instead of .01 you use something ending in .08. That way the Congressman will know what this is all about.

A frequent criticsm from both sides of the aisle of members of Congress is that they are all too rich to understand the problems faced by average Americans. This could not be further from the truth for Representative Miller. He ranks near the bottom of Congress for wealth, and according to this article from June of 2006, his estimated worth is between 60 and 260 thousand dollars. He understands the problems faced by middle class Americans because he is one. But, more important to this cause, he cant write himself a check for one to four million to jumpstart his race. That makes our help all the more important, and all the more appreciated.

Please follow up your donation with a letter or email or phone call. I can not emphasize this point enough. While money is important, the netroots are more than a fundraising tool. When you contact the future Senator tell him why you know he would do a good job. Tell him what you would be willing to do if he throws his hat in the ring.

Remember, this decision belongs to Brad. However, if he knows the support is already there for him if he decides to run then he will be much more likely to do so.

His old email and phone number from the 2006 campaign can be found here.
Contact info from his US House website.

Please join me at the temporary home of the Draft Brad movement, draftbrad.blogspot.com

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Recc at Kos

If you are like me and want this to happen, we need to pull together and get it started.

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Great Job, Blue South

I have rec'd both places.

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20 or so people and it will make the recc list i think.

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Just added a small contribution

I wish I could do more.

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We like you, we really, really like you!

I rec'd at both sites too Blue!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

oops, got to read slower

didn't see the "are" read it as "if you like me"....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

haha

yeah, i wrote it and yet misread it the second time over...

lets just hope all those people who said they wanted him to run in his diaries actually help out the cause and put some money where their mouth is.
or instead of money they could just send him an email begging for the oppurtunity to volunteer. that would work for me.

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Rec list

Congrats, you just made the Daily Kos Rec list

Got it

With 2/3 of my reccs coming from all of you I am on the recc list. Lets see how long it stays there.

Thanks to everyone who reccomends and comments.
Double thanks to those who send him an email (hint hint)
and quadruple thanks to those that send cash.

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Good for you

I told you this would do it. Great job on the diary by the way. I know you've had a lot of school work on top of this. Nice work. Now.....about that school work.

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I still have

2 Supreme Court cases to read before about 2pm. I was gonna do a "brief" for all 3, but I have no idea what I am looking for, so that will wait till next week.

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NC-13

For those worried about what happens if Brad leaves, Rep. Deborah Ross lives in the district.

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Thanks to the donations of Anglico we passed Obama, and are up to the 4th most used page on ActBlue today.

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Great Job!

I would be so glad to be able to vote for Brad Miller. Made my donation just now, and am off to Kos.

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Wahoo!

I stopped by Miller's office in DC today for some business and let them know about this post. They said that they had already seen it this morning and that they were THRILLED and paying attention.

I must say that he has a wonderful staff up here in the capitol.
best luck!
peace,
jw

Moving ahead

I hope that some of you will join me in posting diaries about Brad. Please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions on how to move forward. Also, I would love to see not only as many people as possible write Brad to ask him to run, but I would love to see as many as people as possible be part of a dailykos blogging team dedicated to getting Brad support from the entire netroots community.

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