There is big news! Anchorage Mayor Begich has now been certified the winner against U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), prevailing by more than 3200 votes (so Stevens would have to pay for any recount). This means Begich is almost certain to become the 58th Dem in the Senate. Al Franken is only 215 votes behind U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), out of over 3 million votes cast, with a mandatory recount coming that could make him No. 59 (and a Democratic Secretary of State there who will ensure a fair recount process).
That means a win by Jim Martin in his December 2 runoff could make 60. This is a historic opportunity to stop Republican filibusters. You bet that matters - we just saw Republicans set an all-time record for the number of filibusters in the current 110th Congress, keeping many important bills fom even getting a vote on the Senate floor. They will surely try to gum up the next Congress too, and stop President Obama's change agenda, if they possibly can. No contribution you might consider is more important than this one, right now.
Need another reason to support Jim? How about the fact that his opponent, Saxby Chambliss, just recently defended his infamous ads 6 years ago that had questioned Max Cleland's patriotism, and even said he'd run them again?
Here's what Saxby Chambliss said on Hannity & Colmes November 10, 2008:
COLMES: You came under fire of course for that ad against Max Cleland and people have talked about that ever since, the one where there was an image of Osama bin Laden. If you had it to do all over again would you still have run that ad?
CHAMBLISS: You know that ad is a myth, it just hangs around. If people had seen the ads that were run against me by my then opponent they would think that was a light-weight ad, but you know politics is a contact sport. It's a game in where you have to define your opponent and we're going to continue to work hard to address the issues that are important to Georgians. We did then and we're going to do it again.
COLMES: So you would have run it, that, knowing what you know now you would have done the same thing and run the same ad?
CHAMBLISS: Listen that ad was very fair and it pointed out deficiencies in the voting record of my opponent.
Can you believe this? Listen to what even John McCain said about that ad:
McCAIN: I'd never seen anything like that ad. Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield - it's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible."
(Sen. John McCain, quoted by CNN as well as most major news, on the campaign ads used by Saxby Chambliss (R) against Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) in the 2002 U.S. Senate race)
This is a potentially historic moment, and a time to stand up for what is right. Since Chambliss admits he's "going to do it again," Jim needs our help. Max Cleland just personally asked everyone to give $ to Jim; stating, "Sadly, the power of well-funded lies can be hard to overcome with the under-funded truth." Please give whatever you can for the possibility of 60. But give even more for Max Cleland, and because Saxby Chambliss simply does not deserve to sit in the U.S. Senate.
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