Convince Brad Miller to Challenge Liddy NC-Sen

This is going out everywhere

Wow. It has been a crazy few days in North Carolina.

It started Wednesday with a tiny little story saying that Rep. Brad Miller was thinking about running against Elizabeth Dole. That was followed up by matching articles in the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday.

Later Thursday Public Policy Polling conducted a poll, which showed Brad behind Dole, but only 33 to 44. While that poll is an amazing result, it shows a lot of room for improvement. For starters, 26% of Democrats are currently undecided.

Friday saw this poll get a plethora of responses, and even got us into a tie for 10th most likely seat to flip over at the WaPo's The Fix.

Before I start in with the pitch let me give you two reasons why I think Brad would win this race:

"I think she will be judged on her record as a politician in 2008 and not judged as a celebrity, as she was in 2002," he said. "And she has simply been a down-the-line partisan Republican on every issue from Iraq to privatizing Social Security to opposing the minimum wage increase and supporting CAFTA [the Central America Free Trade Agreement]."

That is Brad from the Charlotte Observer Article.

"I think the advantage I'd have -- and any Democrat would have -- is I will never have to be briefed on which state I represent in the Senate."

That is Brad from the Raleigh N&O Article.

One of the easiest ways for the media to measure support is to see how much money a candidate has raised. The Obama campaign, even as it took in huge sums of money, attempted to upend this mindset by talking about the amount of people that gave money, and not how much money was given.

We are going to do the same thing. I am asking each and every one of you to donate to the Draft Brad Miller movement. But, I am not asking for us to raise a thousand or ten thousand dollars. I am asking for donors. I do not care if you give 2 dollars and 8 cents. I would be thrilled if you gave 20.08 or even 200.80 However, we are all on limited budgets.

I am looking for donors. I am looking for people to put their money where their mouth is and say, "I want Brad Miller to run for US Senate." I hope that everyone is able and willing to give 5 dollars to help convince Brad to run. He needs to know that the netroots will do everything in our power to launch him into office.

Right now we are at 17 donors. 14 of those donations occured before Brad said he was even thinking about running.

By Monday morning I would like to see us at 50 donations. I would also like to see us at 100 by the end of the week. We can do this. I would be much happier to see us at 100 donations with 800 dollars than I would be to see us at 2000 dollars and only 25 donors.

Brad will need our help fundraising if he decides to run. However, even if he raises double what Jim Webb did in 2006 online, it will only be a small part of what he needs to win this seat. He is still going to have to spend a large amount of time raising the funds that will be necessary to beat Dole.

BUT, there is one thing that money can not buy. Committed Volunteers. By giving 5 dollars you say to Brad, I believe in you, and I will do everything that I have the ability to do to help you out. Your hours as a volunteer are worth much more than any amount of money you are legally allowed to give to campaigns. Tell Brad that you are willing to spend them!

For those of you who still dont believe Brad can win (as if the poll isnt convincing enough!), please stop by either this diary, or this one. Thank You.

Let me close with another quote, from fellow blogger momaizo of BlueNC

Won't it be nice to have a Senator that actually represents North Carolinians?

Comments

up at

mydd and kos

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"Keep the Faith"

Great

C'mon, it's just $5.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I was a little late to this party...

but I made my donation.
One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

ahhhh

address and who to write check to? me a dummy when it comes to this.

Throw me a bone here.

me cant play if me dont know where the park is.

where, or where is the collection box?

me gots 5 GWs to help you, and these GWs are not GWBs...give up the addy.

go to

the ActBlue link in my sig. I am using his US House committee to fundraise because he can transfer the funds if he decides to run.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

If this doesn't get frontpaged, I quit BlueNC

This is really, really important.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Shit Sam.

Threatening to quit when all the front-pagers are incommunicado is not fair. Not fair at all.

:)

Does your daughter need a recommendation letter for Davidson?

I'm for sale, ask Jim "Bojangles" Black.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

SoDem was here to do it

I swear ... she rec'd his diary at Kos.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

It's the suit and tie Sam.

PUt up a more "Democratic" picture and we'll frontpage you.

Just kidding of course.
One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Wait until Sam gets hitched!

He's in for a ruuuuuuuuude awakening!
: )

Just kidding, I know Sam is just being "positive" for Brad. I won't fault him for that. Sam, next time you post something about Brad and think it needs frontpaged, email one of us. You can contact me through the contact page.
One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Blue does all the posts

I just help him with PR.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Sam I am

You know Sam, I was going to FP the post but decided not to because of your comment.

HEY!

dont punish the rest of us because of sam!

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

I can not tell a lie

The truth is I hesitated because of his comment, lost the moment and had to dash out the door. I knew someone else would FP soon. :)

ps It reminded me of Blazing Saddles.

Went to

that site, but did not get the lock symbol that I am used to seeing for a secure site.

To me, this site for contrabutions is not encrypted or secure. is that correct?

actblue

is most definetly secure. Since 2004 over 21 million dollars has been raised through the site for Democrats, and I have yet to hear of any security problems.

The secure part is after you put in your initial number. It goes to a secure page where you are asked to confirm, and then enter info.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Yo.

Scroll back up and go to MyDD and kos to recommend this diary!!! Somehow it's not even rec'd at MyDD.

No way. No how.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

thanks screwy

I appreciate it.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

edit- it just went up. please give it enough love to keep it up there all weekend!

"Keep the Faith"

I like the .08 thing

is great! yea I did my 5 GWs with an .08... that got me

Hope it helps

it does

once we get Brad into the race you will have to introduce him to the No OLF people.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

I screwed up

forgot to add the .08 Hey, Blue South, how can I let him know it was for this?
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

and on this weekend . . .

Ya think I should send him an email?
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

yeah...

good point.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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You could.

It would be redundant, but you could.

pssst.

we want you to run.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

We are

up to 28 donors. I am going to bed.

Another 22 this weekend for my goal. I hope all of you will help out. Dont forget, its 1 donation per person, not per family.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

You're up to 37 donors.


One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I see that

I think Sam is going to be doing a diary tonight on the subject. We are going to do our best to get it up on the rec list so that it stays up there until monday morning.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

I made a donation this morning

but I've already donated on that page, Blue. So I might not count as a unique donor. I don't know how ActBlue counts them.

Run, Brad, Run.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Random Rant

I am so pissed at this "Dole is unbeatable bullshit". There are a ton of people commenting at places like WaPo's The Fix that Dole is unbeatable and only Mike Easley could do it blah blah blah.

Show me one poll from someone other than her own campaign where she has polled above 50% against anyone? You cant because she hasnt. Her numbers are pathetic. Right now she has as many friends as George Bush, and only a few less enemies.

If she is unbeatable then we might as well just challenge for Colorado's open seat and not run anyone in any other state. The point at which below 45% approval becomes unbeatable is the point at which I quit politics.

Ok. Im done.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

You know....

If it is Dole v. Miller, I might have to reawaken this site, to become the next version of this site.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I would

include that in my signature if that occurs...

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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All those people forget

or they never knew because they are too insulated from facts with voters on the ground that in 2002 Liddy had a lot of Dem women and conservative Democrats vote for her gender and her husband's name. That is what gave her that Senate seat. Dem women will not vote for her gender in 2008. She has lost too much respect from conservative Dems across eastern NC to win on her husband's name ... and the woman has absolutely zero to run on otherwise.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Snail mail?

I posted the info to another list, and someone from there wants to know where he can send a check and how to make it payable. I don't have any information other than the ActBlue site, can somebody help me out with the answer to the questions? Thanks!

here ya go

if they dont want to use ActBlue they can go here and download this small pdf to send in.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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I keep watching that Act Blue site

as if I'm watching a sports game.

This is exciting.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Sam and I

are gonna make another big push about 9 tonight, so hopefully it will get even more exciting.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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and again

at mydd

Sam spent too much time with other YDs meeting with newly minted Rep Cotham. Im not sure if he is gonna post something tonight or not. If so Im sure he will cross post it here.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Instead of

putting up a new post Ill just write this here.

I want to put together some quotes from people about why they want Brad to run. It doesnt have to be too profound. I just know that many of you have said you would love an oppurtunity to vote for or volunteer for Brad, but dont have the time needed to write a full length diary about that.

So, why do you want Brad to run for Senate? If I get enough responses it could become a really cool diary.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Make it a new diary

and then let's push it outside of BlueNC to the MSM so that lots of people will have the chance to weigh in, whether they're current BlueNC readers or not.

Purty please?

Well, besides all the normal reasons

I'd want someone to run ... decent, engaged, curious, capable, highly intelligent, funny, sensbile enough to have broad appeal, progressive enough to trust voters with the truth ... Representative Miller is the most down to earth, approachable, non-aloof public office holder I've ever had the pleasure to shake hands with or sit at the table with. That tells me that Brad Miller gets it; he works for the people. He's not afraid to sit down without script, outline or rules and just listen to and talk to people. He is already committed to working for all the people of this state, not just the powerful DC elite or big money corporations. All NC citizens deserve that kind of representation in Washington. We sure aren't getting that from our current non-resident Senator.

That's why I'd love the chance to vote for Brad Miller for Senate in 2008.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Sorry, Leslie

We posted at the same time. You did mention that he was funny and you were at Seagrove.

Lovex7

I could actually

VOTE FOR HIM. Yes, I was yelling. Some of you have mentioned this before, but don't forget that he has a wonderful sense of humor. Ask the women who went to Seagrove...even tho' I couldn't really hear what he was saying, they were laughing a lot.

Lovex7

ok

I want Brad Miller to run for Senate because he shows progressive leadership, integrity, and common sense for Norht Carolina. We need that, and we need it now.

How's that?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

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