It’s official – I’m getting deployed by the Sierra Club to support a compassionate champion of the people, current State Representative Pete Gallego and future Congressional Representative for the 23rd congressional district of Texas.
I am stoked about this for many reasons.
- He is the real deal. I rarely bestow huge praise on politicians because they are politicians. But I have been following Pete Gallego and his campaign for a while and he is humble and excellent on the issues I care about, including, but not limited to, immigration, clean energy, and women’s issues: Check out the Sierra Club voter guide for a side by side comparison of Gallego and his opponent, Quico Canseco on these issues.
- We can win this one, and put a solid D in the House of Representatives, where Republicans are wreaking the most havoc. They are blocking everything and even if we reelect Barack Obama it won’t mean that much unless we can deliver a House of Representatives that can support him.
- Gallego is going to represent a district that could really use a champion. It’s a massiveborder district (see below), with many impoverished areas. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, there are many humble, hardworking people who could use someone who cares about them. They don’t need Quico Canseco, who I will get to in a moment.
- Okay, I’ll get to Quico Canseco. ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Chevron, and the Koch Brothers have all helped pump more than $230,000 in toxic cashinto Canseco’s
coffers. The Koch SuperPACs have consistently been donating to his campaign. There shouldn’t be any doubt about who he works for, and his record is one disgusting vote after another. No standards for toxic emissions. No interest in closing tax loopholes for corporations. No on the DREAM Act. No for women’s issues. No for anything you, my progressive friend, have ever cared about, ever.
If you live in San Antonio, or know someone in San Antonio, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s win this thing.