"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

June 05, 2006

I received an email from Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, which included the following:

....Peace candidate MARCY WINOGRAD is running to unseat pro-war Democrat Jane Harman in the 36th Congressional District primary on June 6. President of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles and cofounder of the California Election Protection Network, Winograd is a teacher and grassroots activist who will vote to cut funding for the war in Iraq and bring the troops home, restore civil liberties denied under the Patriot Act, and redirect the war-billions into quality education and universal affordable single-payer health care. Her candidacy is endorsed by Jim Hightower, Daniel Ellsberg, Ron Kovic, Gore Vidal, Ed Asner, Cindy Sheehan, Scott Ritter, Ray McGovern, Robert Greenwald, Dolores Huerta, Ed Begley, Jr., Mike Farrell, Howard Zinn, Helen Caldicott, and many others....

I'm not sure why Marcy is listing political and entertainment celebrities as endorsers. I would much rather see local citizens, local Democrat clubs, and local and state office holders giving their endorsements. I'm sure Marcy thinks that name-dropping celebrities will garner some votes, but I thought that the voters in her district were relatively smart and savvy, and not swayed by what celebrities say.

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