Based on our suggestion to DFA to harness the anti-Rodney Alexander energy to gain momentum for Al Weed's fight against another turncoat former Democrat, Virgil Goode, DFA Intern Jessica Singleton last night posted a piece entitled Weed vs. Goode: Man of Integrity or Duplicitous Deserter on Blog for America.
We hope this will increase Al Weed's visibility and result in some grassroots donations for him.
A few great comments on the piece were written by Virginians. The first, from CVL:
Meanwhile, Al Weed is doing great work in re-building the Democratic party in Virginia's 5th district. (I have been a volunteer with the campaign since April- Al is great.) It is definitely an uphill battle- I wish that the state dems had the organization to provide better support for such a great candidate. Here we are in the swing district of a semi swing state, but only the official swing states are getting the support!
From JeannieB in Crozet VA:
Al Weed is the real thing -- a true progressive who "gets" democracy and whose vision of what America can and should be is creative, inspiring and innovative, while being utterly pragmatic. Sound familiar?
Like Howard Dean, Al is not one who will say just anything just to get elected. He takes tough, sometimes unpopular positions because they are the right thing to do. He is marvelous at connecting with crowds by cutting through the political claptrap and getting down to basics. He operates on facts and reality, not ideology or political point-making.
And from Patrick Hanberry:
I have had the pleasure of meeting Al on several occasions, and I am always impressed with his strong stand on progressive issues. Everyone should take a look at the campaign website, www.alweed2004.com to learn more about him, and I encourage everyone to donate to his campaign. If Al Weed recieves the resources necessary to defeat Virgil Goode, then John Kerry and John Edwards will be much closer to winning Virginia and throwing Bush out of the White House.
And another point from CVL:
I was warned that people in the south of Virginia's 5th district would not take kindly to us activists from the north district showing up. Yet every time I have gone to Danville people have been really happy to see me. They wonder why there has been no action from the Democrats. I expected cold shoulder but have encountered the open arms treatment. Virginia is a much better prospect for Democrats than most people believe.
Two unique opportunities are coming up that will help to get Al Weed elected. One is that Democracy for Virginia has taken resonsibility for canvassing in Clark precinct in Charlottesville for Al Weed this month. Training begins next week. If interested, please contact Donna Goings (from DFV) through the campaign at http://www.alweed2004.com.
The other opportunity is the Turn Virginia Blue Barbecue on Sunday, August 29, which Al Weed will be attending!