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Meet Tom Gallagher, the Democratic Socialist Challenging Nancy Pelosi in 2020

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/18/meet-tom-gallagher-democratic-socialist-challenging-nancy-pelosi-2020

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i wish him luck. but pelosi’s constituency is on board with the project. they’re white and affluent as hell. and they like things the way they are. with just maybe more NPR and Hillary as president.

She doesn’t win because she tricks people. She wins because they agree with her.

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What is G’s position on women’s reproductive rights?

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Do the people who have been displaced through gentrification get a vote? (Of course not.). If so, he might very well win!

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If Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer, Manchin, Kaine and all the other sellout corporate neoliberal Dems were replaced by Bernie/AOC progressives, and especially if Bernie or Warren win the presidency, our country could could at least partially be saved from the GOP and Trump cult.
It would also be useful to remove China Mitch and similar GOP traitors.

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Apparently homeless people are allowed to vote, though there may be hurdles. Also, in addition to all the people who have been displaced are the people who are afraid they’re about to be displaced.

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It would be wonderful if Gallagher could replace Pelosi, but she is well entrenched and well funded. The good news is that many people in her district recognize Pelosi for what she is… a Republican in Democrat clothing. Her anti environment, pro war stances are beginning to erode her base and she may very well win if she runs against only one Progressive candidate. His idea of a “Progressive primary” is excellent as splitting the Left vote will only empower the right wing. I will donate money to Gallaghers campaign.

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Big money begets big money. That’s why the dinosaurs in the party are so hard to rid. Pelosi raises tons of money and is good for other right wing demo DINO’s. So weeding out these fossils will take a lot of grassroots support and messaging to get the youth inspired to actually see that these progressive candidates(like Gallagher) offer them some concrete benefits that help their lives. Their message rarely changes over the years. A return to ‘New Deal’ America is possible with real activism. Peace

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At least her Highness has a challenge. And I have to dig up a few more bucks to send to him

Geez, this would be a lot easier if I was a Billionaire

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How does he compare to Shahid Buttar? I don’t live in California so I’m not up on the coming primary to unseat (THANK GOODNESS!) Pelosi.

unfortunately - his website skips that issue

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Gallagher has a worthy opponent for the primary:

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Even dinosaurs go extinct.

Gallagher has a lot going for him in unseating the Republican Speaker of the House. No, that wasn’t a slip, it was intentional. Pelosi is more Republican than Democrat. I wouldn’t put it past her to have made a deal with those Devils.

And, not only is Gallagher a “Progressive” he’s an “Antiwar Activist” as well.

Far to many Democrats claim to be Progressives when in reality, they’re way more conservative in their views, than Liberal.

I really dislike using the “L” word anymore because it’s use has been rendered, “useless” by the Democrats calling themselves “The Liberal Party” when in fact, the party has progressively moved towards the conservative side.

The fact that Gallagher is challenging the Military excites me as I believe that the money spent on the military is one of the most destructive reasons for our decline in the world stage.

It’s totally unsustainable to keep spending these levels of budget expenditures on providing a police force for the world, and for the multinational corporations.

Don’t be fooled, we are providing protection and the corporations, at least most of them, pay nothing for it, even taxes.

The answer : Bring it on home.

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Fuckin briliant! What a background, what great qualifications, what a great candidate to run against the DINO corruption, complicity big-money war-machine servitude pelosi brings to the table!

Too often it seems progressive/left candidates compete with each other as in this case rather than run for different positions - that divides our power allowing the establishment right-wing candidate to win. In the upcoming 2020 12th district D primary there are three challengers against pelosi - that is clearly a losing equation. I hope there is some path to join forces to defeat pelosi and her brand of betrayal politics!

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On the issues he and Buttar are both solidly anti-corporate. But, unlike Buttar, he is old, and white, and he does not have Buttar’s national constituency, or name recognition.

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SalesForce has more political influence in Pelosi’s district than every progressive organization combined.

Tech literally owns the place, and hippies they ain’t.

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You are right. The power is with the masses. Half of eligible voters DON’T VOTE. WTF, huh?? About 100 million voters didn’t vote / don’t vote.

The people who are activists and politically involved must get out, knock on doors, phone, text, start conversations with our neighbors speaking basic truth: If you want clean
air and water, if you are tired of being screwed by greedy corporations, vote and VOTE for progressives.
Third Way Democrats are taking big $$$ from the greedy, sociopathic Koch bros…
We must get active and VOTE every damn chance we get for those who will fight for the people, NOT for greed. Sound good?

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It is time to replace the leader of a Party that has been sucking on the Teat of Corporate Bribes for far too long.

We need to end the Sugar Daddy system in Congress. No more Democrats that vote the way their Corporate Masters tell them to vote.

It is time to revolutionize the Democratic Party and Elect Representatives like AOC and Bernie, Legislators that actually Represent WE THE PEOPLE.

I think the San Fransisco Haight- Ashbury flower children of the hippy generation would be receptive to a True Progressive.

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it’s a neoliberal playground par excellence.

she’s their rep through and through.

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Gallagher has the secret sauce we have been waiting for. Assuming Bernie may not be a big enough army to go to political war with. He needs as many allies as possible. We have to find ways to get people like him in front of the cameras.
Advertising works way better than it should, but it’s the thing that works in America, no matter if it is a container of Tide or a politician.

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