Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Donna Edwards for Congress
Another candidate who's caught my attention is Donna Edwards (at left). She's running for the MD-4 seat currently held by another Democrat, Albert Wynn. Why support one Democrat over another, and why this particular Democrat over incumbent Wynn? The answer lies in part in Wynn's record over the last few years: he's voted for some of the worst legislation to come before the Congress in years. He supported the bankruptcy bill, the estate tax repeal, and the 2003 Bush energy bill. And of course he was snowed by the Bush administration on Iraq. Edwards meanwhile, is a real progressive candidate. She's championed living wages, campaign finance reform, empowering consumers in dealing with pharmaceutical companies, government-protected Social Security, environmental safeguards, economic revitalization of working-class communities, and greater protections for female victims of domestic violence. She co-founded and served as the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and received national recognition for her role in the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. With regard to the Iraq War, she supports bring the troops home, better Congressional oversight over any future military (ad)ventures, and a return to engaged diplomacy. Edwards worked for Wynn in the 1980s and backed him, but could no longer stand behind his awful record. The Washington Post admirably has endorsed her bid. If she defeats Wynn in the primary, she'll be elected to Congress, but she's far behind in fundraising, so please help her out if you can.