Defeated Third District Congressional Candidate Ed Fallon is claiming a "partial victory" and asking for money. No, it doesn't appear he is running for office again. But Fallon says his campaign is $35,000 in debt, so he is asking supporters to help him pay his bills by mid-July. Here's his note to supporters:
Our Partial VictoryDear Friends,
Last Tuesday's primary election was disappointing, but we're not quitting. We didn't beat the political establishment but we sure shook it up. In fact, Leonard Boswell's voting record and rhetoric over the past seven months look, well . . . almost progressive!
Having voted for the Iraq War in 2002 and for funding it unconditionally until earlier last year, he finally settled on a consistent position against the war last November.
Despite being a long-time supporter of granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies for aiding the Bush Administration in spying on Americans, he switched his position this year.
In 2001, he voted against an amendment raising fuel economy standards to 27.5 miles per gallon. Yet last December, he finally endorsed the Safe Climate Act, which raises fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon.
After voting for much of President Bush's agenda for almost eight years, he joined other House Democrats last November to support Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Dick Cheney.
In its brochures and advertisements this year, the Boswell campaign invented a whole new Congressman Boswell, one who sounded a lot more like a member of the Progressive Caucus, not the Blue Dog Caucus.In short, BECAUSE OF OUR CAMPAIGN, CONGRESSMAN BOSWELL BEGAN VOTING AND SOUNDING MORE LIKE A DEMOCRAT. Now it's up to us to make sure he continues.
So, although last Tuesday's election wasn't the victory we wanted, we accomplished much. This month, Lynn's focus as campaign manager is to organize and harness the extensive resources assembled during this campaign. My focus is to pay off our campaign debt, something I've never had to deal with before.
Yes, we have campaign debt, and I need your help to retire it. In eight previous campaigns, I finished in the black, so this is a new experience for me. I have to raise about $35,000, and I need to get it done by mid-July. If enough of you pitch-in with $50 (or more if possible), I should be able to reach that goal. To help, mail a check to Fallon for Congress, 752 16th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314 or donate on-line at www.fallonforcongress.com.
Thanks again for traveling this difficult journey with us. Your support and encouragement gives me hope for our future.