The ActBlue Blog: A Message from Niki Tsongas

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Oct 01, 2007

A Message from Niki Tsongas

The following is from MA-05 Democratic nominee and ActBlue user Niki Tsongas. Her election is tomorrow, October 16th.

I'm excited and grateful for this unique opportunity to talk directly with ActBlue's community about why I used ActBlue’s online tools in my campaign and how online activism is making the difference in our country and in my high stakes Special Election for Congress in the Massachusetts Fifth.

Our campaign joined up with ActBlue on day one, not just because it is a great solution, but because the concept of community is changing so rapidly.  People are organizing in so many new and powerful ways. Community is no longer simply those who we live near, work with, or interact with face to face, but now is also those we share beliefs with half way across the country or all the way around the world. 

ActBlue has empowered Democrats and the progressive community to not only connect, but to take action.    The impact has already been profound—on my race and others—and yet I expect we have only seen the beginning of how much we can change the direction of our nation.  And it is this type of change that is at stake in my congressional race.  Specifically, change in Iraq.

George Bush and my Republican opponent, Jim Ogonowski, both believe the Iraq war is heading in the right direction. If they get their way, we'll continue to face an open-ended, indefinite, ongoing commitment of our troops.  I, like so many of you, fundamentally disagree with this approach. 

We need a new direction in Iraq, and I believe the best way to bring our servicemen and women home quickly, safely, and responsibly is to set a timetable, forcing the Iraqi government to take responsibility for their future.

Like so many Republicans that keep our troops in danger, my Republican opponent is blurring the language around the war and failing to pressure the president.  This is  a deliberate strategy—one pointed out by Chris Bowers over on OpenLeft and Charley on the Massachusetts blog Blue Mass Group.

Republican Jim Ogonowski may have learned this when he attended the National Republican Congressional Committee's training session in May where Karl Rove was prominently featured. 

But I’m clear on my views and not fooled by double speak, and my supporters and I are using the advances in technology to create a visible community of people committed to bringing the troops home.

Now I know many of you are thinking that this race is an easy win for Democrats.  But let me be clear, it is not.  The Fifth is and has been Massachusetts' most independent district.  It has gone Republican in numerous statewide elections, including for Mitt Romney in 2002. 

My race is the only special election for Congress happening this month.  As such, it represents a unique opportunity for all of us to come together and send a clear message: we need to elect more Democrats and we want a timetable for withdrawal for our troops and an end to this war.

I've encouraged all my supporters to join me in setting up an ActBlue page to support my candidacy and to call for an end the war.  Please join us.

ActBlue has been a powerful tool for my race, and I expect it to be a powerful tool for the upcoming 2008 Elections as well.  Let’s send a message about our priorities in this country.

Thank you for your consideration and time.

Thank you to ActBlue.

Thank you or all you have done and continue to do.

Warmest Regards,                  
Niki Tsongas                  
Democratic Nominee for Congress


Best of luck, Ms Tsongas.

I think you are wrong. Setting a timetable will do nothing more than create an illusion of ending the war. If you can't answer the question "what then?," you are doing a grave disservice to this nation by failing to address the most important questions of all.

Senator Biden is right and 74 other Senators agree with him and endorse his plan to assist in Iraq in changing to a federal system. Until there is a meaningful political solution, no amount of carrying on about "timetables" or cutting off funding will accomplish anything save deluding the American people once again.

Get on the Biden bandwagon. You'll be glad you did.

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