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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Friday, March 16, 2012

    Critical Special Election March 20th: Vote for Lew Fidler for State Senate

    I would like to highlight a critical special election that can help make a State Senate seat more progressive. Those of you who know Albany KNOW that we need better State Senators. The recent disgrace of Karl Kruger has opened up a Brooklyn State Senate seat to a special election March 20th. It pits a relatively progressive Democrat against a batshit crazy teabagger with white supremacist sympathies. The Democrat is Councilman Lew Fidler who I know personally. He comes from a conservative district but manages to take relatively progressive stands and his conservative constituents accept it because they like him. I have written about Lew before and I highly recommend checking out his website, giving a contribution, and/or volunteering to help his campaign.

    His teabagger opponent has been very sympathetic to, of all things, an Afrikaner separatist movement and his writings have been picked up by sites like Stormfront. He also has been very pro-Vladamir Putin. Much of this has been well documented and covered by Gatemouth over at Room 8.

    Lew Fidler is well respected in the community, but some of the religious Jewish community is again trying to push for the Republican (against their own self interest, I might add!) because Lew Fidler has been sympathetic to marriage equality. It was this same kind of intolerance by religious Jews that helped lose a Congressional seat to a teabagger last year. Yet countering this crazy intolerance by religious Jews is an anger among the Russian community (which leans towards the Republican) over Republican redistricting efforts screwing over the Russian community in Brooklyn. At least one block of Russian voters is pushing for Fidler because of the Republican attempt to destroy the Russian vote in Brooklyn.

    Believe me, we can't let a Republican extremist win this seat. Please give Lew Fidler a hand and if you live in the district (SD-27) please vote for Lew Fidler, the sane and responsible candidate over the Republican teabagger.

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