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Peter Schurman

Ending my campaign for Governor

by: Peter Schurman

Tue May 25, 2010 at 12:47:54 PM PDT

(Worth a read. - promoted by Robert Cruickshank)

Friends, I'm ending my campaign for Governor of California today.

In a spirit of service, I stepped into this race in response to a widespread call for a stronger, more issues-based campaign than Jerry Brown was running at the time.  Since then, I've traveled up and down the state, talking with voters and making the case for strong leadership.

In that time, Jerry Brown has begun to do what it will take to win:

* He's been speaking up on important issues, especially clean energy and green jobs.
* He's reaching out more and more to regular voters, such as students at UCSB.
* He's begun confronting the Republicans on their ties to Wall Street.

At the same time, the Republicans in this race are tearing each other apart.  They're falling all over each other to attack immigrants in ways that will alienate latino voters, and help Democrats keep winning the votes of this crucial constituency.

On the policy front, there's good news too, in the CA Senate's move toward raising new revenues, as I've called for, along with recent polling showing that the voters support this move.

In short, things are now moving in the right direction.

In this new context, the best way I can be of service is by ending my campaign and endorsing Jerry Brown.  I'm doing that today.

It's time for all of California's Democrats to stand united behind our nominee.  Jerry brown will be our nominee, with my full support.  He's an experienced Governor, and he's been solidifying many of the key relationships that will help him win again in November.  Most importantly, he's a Democrat, one who will work with, not against, our Democratic majorities in Sacramento and throughout the state.  The best thing we can do for California today is to support Jerry Brown for Governor.  Please join me in supporting him.

Thank you,
Peter Schurman  

Discuss :: (4 Comments)

Peter Schurman for California Governor. Meet him on Saturday.

by: Shockwave

Fri May 07, 2010 at 11:34:56 AM PDT

I am tired of the Meg Whitman ads on the radio and TV. She is the worst case scenario.

So who is running against her?

Jerry Brown?  He has become the anti-thesis of his former self. Bland, uncommitted and AWOL.

The primaries are coming up on June 8.

Peter Schurman represents the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

Peter Schurman

He supports everything we do, he is one of us.  Read his own DailyKos diary.

And if you live in San Francisco you can meet him on Saturday night.


Also posted at DailyKos

There's More... :: (1 Comments, 685 words in story)

Why I'll Be a Better Governor for California than Jerry Brown

by: Peter Schurman

Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:08:51 AM PDT

Note from Robert Cruickshank - Calitics has a policy of promoting diaries from electeds and candidates to the front page when the diaries are topical, important, or provide valuable information to our readers, and this one certainly counts as all three. However, this should not be construed as an endorsement of Peter Schurman.

Cross-posted at Huffington Post and at Daily Kos.

On June 8th, Californians will choose our party nominees for Governor.  I'm running as a progressive challenger to Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary.

For nearly twenty years, I've been a bare-knuckled fighter for regular people and common-sense, progressive values. I was the Founding Executive Director at MoveOn.org, America's strongest progressive advocacy organization. Although I've never run for elected office, I am qualified to be Governor and here's why I'll do a better job for California than Jerry Brown.

California needs a fighter right now.  Six-plus years of Republican rule have left our state in crisis.  We need a leader committed to aggressively confronting and cleaning up the mess the Republicans have made, not someone who wants to split the difference.

Here are three of the biggest challenges facing California.  As our party's front-runner, Jerry Brown should be facing these issues head-on.  Instead, he's running away from them.

There's More... :: (11 Comments, 1586 words in story)

MoveOn's Founding Director, Challenging Jerry Brown in CA-Gov Dem Primary

by: Peter Schurman

Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 13:49:21 PM PDT

Friends, I have some big news today: I'm running for Governor of California, in the June 8th Democratic primary, challenging Jerry Brown as a progressive.

Please join my campaign, at: http://PeterForGov.org.

From my four years as MoveOn.org's founding Executive Director (2001-2005), and an organizing career almost two decades long, I know what it takes to win:

   * Take bold, principled stands on the key issues
   * Run a vigorous grass-roots campaign
   * Make the best possible use of the Internet

There's More... :: (12 Comments, 322 words in story)
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