End CD 8 Pre-primary Endorsement
We, the undersigned progressives of Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, respectfully implore you to abstain from endorsing any of the Congressional candidates prior to the primary election. We ask that you, the party leadership and Committee-people, allow the voters to choose between the worthy candidates without unduly advantaging any one over the others by bestowing your official endorsement. Please let the democratic process work without unbalancing the scales on behalf of any one candidate.
The outcome of the 2018 election will dictate the future of our nation. As one of the rare swing districts, it is imperative that Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional seat be won by a Democrat in the coming election. Democratic and allied progressive voters are motivated as never before by the outrages of the president and the inadequate and complicit representation provided by our Republican Congressman. This primary season presents us with unique opportunities and challenges.
The best primaries feature engaging candidates and a free exchange of ideas. This positive dynamic uncovers the priorities of the electorate as it reveals the strengths of each candidate. This is what democracy looks like.
Thus far this primary season, each of the candidates is adhering to the highest of principles. None are engaging in personal attacks. None are wasting capital. And most importantly, none are bruising their fellow candidates in a manner that will make them vulnerable in the general election. What we are seeing, instead, are leaders who are interacting with and listening to those whom they endeavor to represent. We are witnessing civility and respect.