Yesterday I did not check my Junk folder, so I missed the other message that I received from Our Revolution. The message contains some the information found in this document, listing state and regional OR endorsements for various races, including Congressional contests in which Gulf Coast residents might vote. Be advised that the hyperlink at the top of each page directs you to a Google documents page containing the candidates' statements.
In addition to the lack of an endorsement for US Senate, the document mentions no endorsements for any statewide races. I presume they're holding off on that until after the primaries, but why? If I find out, I'll post something about it here.
Also, since Lina Hidalgo is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Harris County Judge, they have opted to wait on that race as well.
Also noticeably missing are endorsements in these contested primaries:
- US House District 18: This is certainly understandable. Incumbent Sheila Jackson-Lee has a primary opponent, Dr. Richard Johnson, who has not articulated a progressive platform. As for Jackson-Lee, she may be a member of the Progressive Caucus, but assessments on the progressivism of her voting record vary widely; in my perspective, she has become a reliable pro-corporate vote in the House. She was solidly on Team Hillary in 2016.
- US House District 36: Oh wait—it's not really missing, it's just separated from the other Congressional endorsements, because OR-TX didn't endorse former Houston rock radio personality Dayna Steele while the Gulf Coast chapter did.
- Any of the 24 Texas House seats in Harris County: OR-TX did give a nod to Dylan Forbis, who is running in Fort Bend County's District 29.
- Harris County Clerk: None of the three are worth touting for a chance to dethrone Stan Stanart?
- State Board of Education District 4: That's my district. I'd like to know if they consider either Lawrence Allen or Steven Chambers worth a vote.
On the State Senate side, OR-Harris County supports two of the candidates for Senate District 17: take your pick between Rita Lucido and Fran Watson to challenge incumbent Joan Huffman.
Laura Moser for TX-7?
In the crowded field of Democrats hoping to knock John Culberson out of his seat, OR-TX picked Laura Moser. I encourage residents of District 7 (which parts west of South Shepherd Drive about a mile from where I'm sitting) to browse the Values section of her website and play some Prog-or-Not.
My own litmus test for Congressional candidates is whether they come right out and support single-payer health care. The closest Moser comes to that is on the page entitled Family:
- Assuring all families have access to health care
That's in the same ballpark as Beto O'Rourke's "health care is a human right" without an accompanying proposal on how to safeguard that human right. Ivan Sanchez, whose brief intro speech impressed me at that one OR meeting I attended last month, actually uses the term single-payer on his website.
I'll keep watching Our Revolution, including attending their meetings, whether I consider myself a member or not. Among the post–Sanders insurgency groups I've observed, this one seems the most sincerely progressive and open to supporting Greens and Independents. Just because they're well funded and make an occasional decision with which I disagree, that doesn't mean that I'll dismiss their movement as a worthless bunch of establishment-Democrat lackeys.