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Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:46 PM

3. That hurts

He is my rep. I campaigned against him, thinking he was more of a corporate Democrat than a real progressive. I was supporting Norman Solomon, a true progressive. Also the local Coalition for Grassroots Progress, one of the best progressive groups I know of, is fully behind Bernie and worked hard for Solomon.

Huffman had the money and easily defeated Solomon in the primary. He's been ok on most issues, not so great on others.

This is one of the most progressive districts in the country, very safely blue, it's stretched along the coast, I think it goes as far south as part of Marin county (not sre of that), covers all of coastal Sonoma county, and some or all of coastal Humboldt county.

If Huffman were in any other district I would say he's a decent Democrat. But he's in perhaps the most progressive district on the country, we deserve someone more in line with our views here, and had an excellent candidate representing those views in Solomon.

Huffman is yet another example of money getting in the way of progressive representation, the rot at the center of the Democratic Party, much the same as I see the POTUS primary fight.

It looks like we haven't figured out to defeat monied interests yet. I consider that to be the left's challenge. I expect to see the money used against us by Republicans, which we can handle, because our issues clearly set us on the side of the people.

I would like to see our own party compete with ideas rather than money in the primaries, rather than the corporate wing using it against the left while taking primary election policy positions designed to obscure the very real differences in their policies and those of more leftwing candidates. For those of us on the left, getting our positions represented is ironically blocked as much by our own party as by Republicans.

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