Thursday, June 22, 2006
We Endorse Michigan Congressional Candidate Nancy Skinner. Deadline is 5PM EST Friday to Help Her Win DFA Grassroots Contest
It's time to once again lend a helping hand to our good friend Nancy Skinner, who's running for Congress in Michigan's 9th district. Nancy's been leading in Democracy for America's (DFA) Grassroots All-Star voting, an online contest to determine which congressional candidate will receive the next national DFA-List endorsement. A win would also lead to a great deal of much needed campaign funds. I'm supporting Nancy Skinner as my first choice candidate, and I strongly urge you to cast your votes for her as well. Voting for this final round closes on Friday, June 23 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Please join me in helping Nancy beat Republican incumbent Joe Knollenberg. Click here to cast your vote.
A special letter to our readers from Nancy is below:
Hello all you wonderful Ostroy Report readers. I am writing to ask you to vote for me in Democracy For America's Grassroots All-Star election. Voting ends Friday 6/23 at 5 pm so don't delay!
I am the Democratic candidate in a 50/50 district, trending Democratic, where the Republicans have a bitter primary battle ongoing. Democrats have unified and I have been endorsed by DFA of Metro-Detroit, Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Debbie Stabenow, the UAW, the AFL-CIO (and some 80 affiliated unions) and the National Organization for Women (NOW). We are also very focused on the netroots given my history in pioneering progressive radio. I attended the Yearly Kos convention and am bringing Joe Trippi on board the Skinner campaign.(he'll be here Friday!).
I am a finance major from the University of Michigan Business School but spent most of my career working on environmentally sustainable development after reading Al Gore's Earth in the Balance. My work was honored by a Presidential award for helping flood-stricken communities rebuild as models of sustainability.
Alarmed that Democrats were losing the media and message battle and that Rush Limbaugh and the right wing had taken over talk radio, I ended up getting my own show on WLS in Chicago in 1997 and went nationally syndicated in 2000. Two listeners to my program, Shelly and Anita Drobny, called in one day, said "we need more Nancy Skinners on the radio" and went on to co-found Air America Radio. I spent the last year doing mornings at 1310 AM, Detroit’s Progressive Talk. Since 1999, I have been a regular commentator on FOX News, CNN and MSNBC where I have been standing up to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough- even Ann Coulter- and the rest of them. (Just watch me in action on TV at Nancy on TV) or read my recent interview on Buzzflash.com Buzzflash on Skinner I believe that we Democrats sorely need excellent communicators in Congress, with passion and courage.
I have come full circle. My environmental background positions me perfectly to represent my home district, which happens to be suburban Detroit and home to the Big Three. I am focused on how we can “Green the Auto Industry” in Detroit by forming a federal partnership to expedite the production of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, flex-fuel and fuel cell vehicles. This is imperative for our economy, our environment and our national security. What better way to do that than elect a Congresswoman from Detroit who is a champion on global warming issue to send a loud and clear message to Congress? My opponent, Joe Knollenberg is vulnerable (only 43% will re-elect in the latest poll), chaired the Committee that passed the Transportation Pork Bill (a.k.a The Alaskan Bridges to Nowhere Bill), has a huge earmark scandal hanging over his head (NYT December 10, 2005), voted no on alternative fuels (HR4 Vote Number 201-311, 8-1-01) and votes with President Bush 96% of the time.
PS - If you help elect me, CSPAN is about to get a lot more interesting!