Wednesday, January 14

A Chicago Pol Worth Supporting


First of all, thank you so much for those who have responded to my fundraiser.

"Thanks to you, we've raised $70,000 and over fifty people signed up to volunteer. We hope to raise $500,000 before the primary."***

Oh, wait, that's not me, that's Illinois 5th Congressional District (Rahm's old seat) candidate (and domestic terrorist, obviously) Tom Geoghegan. I was (for real) on a blogger commie conference call with Geoghegan last night. That he's happily talking to vituperative bloggers of the Left tells you where he is on the political spectrum, and yeah, you should give him votes and dollars if you can spare them.

Geoghegan prounounces his name gay-gun which would make red state heads explode if Tom's policies didn't already. Two words, my friends: Labor. Lawyer.

Mr. Geoghegan is absolutely correct on lots of things, and I like him. He's humble and realistic enough to say that getting a left-wing progressive elected to this seat at this point in time is more important than anything he'll be able to do as a rookie congressman. And he introduced me to a reframing of the healthcare debate that I consider a big plate of awesome:


If businesses want a bailout, let the government take healthcare off their hands, by creating a single payer system. That's yer Wall Street/Main Street Win-Win bailout right there.


He said stuff along the same lines re: pensions. It was then that my four-year-old, who, when Geoghegan said "pensions are being cut to the bone", thought he said "penchant for annoying mommy-on-the-phone," and proceeded to demonstrate. Sorry I hadda hang up on you, Tom honey. I'm your newest Facebook friend.

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***But like Geoghegan, I'm fundraising this week, and unlike the Congressional candidate, during my quarterly fundraiser I'm only asking for nine dollar donations, and I won't save your email addy to hit you up for more. So for what Geoghegan is paying for, oh, three seconds of ad-time in the Chicago media market, you can say you paid your share for three months of Blue Gal. (Sucha bargain!)

Thank you.






1 comment:

  1. I have Tom Geoghegan's book, and I read it last year. It's called Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be For Labor When It's Flat On It's Back, and it's an inspiring read.

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