14 Democrats for 2014

by Ken Kerns

Distributed among the recipients below
Goal Thermometer
(since November 07, 2012)

Liberal but pragmatic with moderate hiccups now and then, I like my Democrats to have conviction in their politics, strong ethics at their core, and good policy on their mind. In my opinion, these candidates fit that bill.

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Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC

This is Gabby Giffords' PAC devoted to changing the debate on gun safety.

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Democrats Win Seats PAC (DWSPAC)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't need any money of mine to win re-election. But this fellow Floridian - and fellow UF alum - admires her tenacity and her conviction. So her leadership PAC goes on my list. I don't know much about her as a boss, but I wouldn't mind working in her congressional office.

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Sean Eldridge


This New York Democrat is an investor and activist in environmental protection, campaign finance reform, and equality. He's also married to one of Facebook's founders, Chris Hughes.

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Kevin Strouse


Kevin is a former Army Ranger and CIA analyst. In fact, his resume reads a lot like the new version of Jack Ryan in the 2014 movie Shadow Recruit.

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Brian Schatz


This incumbent Senator with a strong background on environmental issues is being challenged in the Democratic primary for factional reasons, not because of his record. That's too bad, because he should be given a chance to serve.

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Bruce Braley


Iowa's open Senate seat will be a competitive contest. Braley's issue set is right up my ally on government reform and wind energy, so he will be near the top of my list for 2014.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes


She's running against Mitch McConnell. Enough said.

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Mark Warner


Senator Warner is a consensus-builder. His record in Virginia is widely respected, so much that Republicans had to dig deep into their partisan hacks to find a rich lobbyist, gay hypocrite Ed Gillespie to run against him.

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Jeanne Shaheen


She is one of the filibuster reformers in the Senate. Scott Brown wants to play carpetbagger or "whatever" so she deserves all the help we can give her.

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Ron Barber


He is my father's congressman, and successor to the great Gabby Giffords.

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Mark Begich


His transparency as a candidate, and strong stance on ethics and leadership are a good counter to his less liberal stances on guns and oil. And I always like backing decent Democrats in red states. However, his status as a favorite Democrat suffered when he refused to back the compromise over background checks in the wake of the Gabby Giffords and other gun tragedies.

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Gwen Graham


Gwen is the daughter of Bob Graham, Florida's former Governor and Senator who really should have become President. She is running in a light-red district that includes Tallahassee, the state capital.

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Andrew Romanoff


I tend to like Colorado Democrats, and this one is running in a winnable suburban swing seat.

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Follow the North Star Fund

I want Amy Klobuchar to run for President in 2016 and if nothing else I want her on the ticket as someone's VP. But for this cycle, I'll settle for endorsing her leadership PAC. Her issue set is right up my ally on energy and filibuster reform, she's well-spoken and seems down-to-earth. It's a shame I don't have any Minnesota roots or I'd be barnstorming her office looking for a job.

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Mark Udall


(Honorable mention) Recent developments has pushed this Senate seat on to the watch list. I like Colorado Democrats for some reason, so if this race heats up he will displace Romanoff.

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Michelle Nunn


(Honorable mention) I like red state Democrats fighting to expand the map, and I especially like those who still fight for our principles despite being in red states.

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Alex Sink


(Honorable mention) As CFO, she did a heck of a job helping to track down people whose assets had been lost, including mine. However, since then, she's not been the best candidate and has lost both statewide and in a tossup district.

Center for American Progress Action Fund

(Honorable mention) This is the most prominent activist think tank on our side of the aisle.

League of Conservation Voters

(Honorable mention) This is my go-to organization for environmental causes and activism.

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