There are days I'm really glad I got on Our Revolution Harris County's mailing list. Today is one of those days. I haven't been to any of the county or state OR meetings since February, and I have my doubts about whether OR's leadership will think outside the bipartisan box. I also wish that they had chosen a .org domain rather than .com, but whatevs. Nevertheless, I support their mission of developing and promoting progressive candidates for public office.
UPDATE: Our Revolution, Texas Gulf Coast Region, has released its list. It has all the same names, plus a few additional for offices on ballots in Brazoria and Fort Bend Counties. Their email does not provide a web link.
This past weekend, in lieu of its monthly meeting, OR-Harris held its endorsement forum for the 2018 general election. Here is the list of candidates endorsed, for offices in Harris and surrounding counties. It pleases me to see that Lina Hidalgo got the nod for Harris County Judge, not that I expected otherwise.
Do you notice anything odd about the list? I'll give you a few seconds.
That's right: nobody for US Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, any of the state executive offices, of the State Board of Education; nobody for Congress in Districts 7, 9, 18, or 22, just to name a few. Rock DJ-emerita Dayna Steele, running in District 36, has exhibited sufficient progressive bona fides to meet OR's criteria.
It's easy to forget that political organizations of this type do not endorse candidates who do not first seek their endorsement. Consider it common courtesy: You wouldn't want an unsolicited endorsement from an organization whose mission you oppose. I learned the hard way that nobody gets the Houston GLBT Political Caucus's endorsement without submitting an official written request. It help if you show up at their meetings, as many of the candidates in OR's list did.
If I can find more information on whether the O'Rourke, Hernandez, Collier, Pannill Fletcher, Sri Preston Kulkarni et al campaigns even bothered to ask, I'll post a follow-up.
If I were on the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, I wouldn't be hot to endorse this year's Democratic darling for US Senate; from what I've read, Rep. O'Rourke seems more interested in winning over Republican voters than progressives anyway. I do so like the photo on the HealthCare page of his website, with folks holding MEDICARE FOR ALL! signs, challenging O'Rourke to cosponsor H.R. 676 or at least explicitly add an Improved Medicare for All plank to his platform.
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