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Linda Stender: A woman who belongs in Congress

In 2006, Linda Stender came within a heartbreaking 4000 votes to beat Mike Ferguson (R) in my district, NJ-07. Linda is a wonderful progressive Democrat that any of us would be proud to see in the House of Representatives. This year, Mike Ferguson is quitting his seat and Linda has a better chance of succeeding him. She is doing her best to maintain neutrality between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and I respect her for that. But I would like to give you a small sample of what makes this candidate so impressive. This clip from her closing remarks from her 2006 debate against Mike Ferguson goes out to WigWag and hlr and everyone who wants desperately to vote for a true Democrat this year:

If you feel so inclined, please visit her page and make a donation: Linda Stender for Congress

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  1. Riverdaughter, you set up this wonderful blog, where some of us who are so angry that we’re losing our minds can find some solace. Your site is better (and cheaper) than the therapy I would otherwise need. I just sent Linda Stender $250 in your honor as thanks to you. for what you have done here.

    I live in NJ-07, I just don’t know if I can vote for her or any democrat this year with everything they’re doing. I don’t even recognize my own party any more. But, of course, it’s not Linda Stender’s fault. I’ll think about my vote, but at least you just raised a little dough for her.

  2. WigWag: and I thank you for my own sake. I’m sick of being represented by a reactionary dilettante like Ferguson.

  3. A real Democrat? Rarer than hen’s teeth. What a find!

    I’ll be inclined to send some $$ her way post-Wednesday — it is rumored that Hillary will ‘suspend’ the campaign for the summer to get her finances in order and then ???

  4. Where is everyone tonight?

  5. where is NJ-07?
    I lived in Princeton from 1991-1995 and i have a soft spot for NJ. it was my first contact with the US!

    i dont blame Stender for staying neutral in this campaign, though. she is not a superdelegate she really doesnt have to take sides. she seems like a great candidate and we do need more women in congress.

    I’ll vote for my congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand, she supports hillary and just had a baby. so I’ll support a working mother like me, someone that has worked hard for her constituents here in upstate.

  6. Go read Jeralyn’s post at talk left. Apparently, WaPo isn’t reporting Hill’s poll numbers because the super d’s don’t care.

  7. There have been a lot of rumors for a long time, hlr. Mostly, they are meant to suppress turnout because we all know that Obama does better when turnout is low.

  8. I can’t imagine why she would say she was suspending her campaign before the May fundraising is done AND before PR.

    I can, however, imagine why obama’s campaign would float such a rumor. The press has participated in the campaign in such under-handed ways, I’m sure they would be happy to suggest the info came from Hillary insiders.

  9. BTW, I think we need to call the fight to prevent the seating of the delegates for what it is: Fighting for Disenfranchisement. Shame is a powerful motivator and I find it hard to imagine how any argument to prevent the seating of delegates–the ignoring of votes–can be seen as anything but shameful.

  10. She reminds me of Hillary.

    BTW–in time for Saturday, watch

    Obama caught on video campaigning in Florida.

    Of course, Mr. Chicago Politico runs ad that accuse Hillary of doing what he has done. His rally is on tape!

  11. I am perfectly willing to support women candidates with what little money I have to give so long as I am convinced they are “real” liberals, “real” progressives and “real” Democrats.

    I sent money to Claire McCaskill and have been sorry I did ever since. She talked a good game and then knuckled under like a good little wimpy Dem as soon as she got to Washington.

    When she said she supported Obama because her teenage daughter nagged her to do so I lost all respect for her as a woman, as a mother, as a Senator and as a responsible human being.

    I want to help when and where I can and will make my contributions to women exclusively in protest to the misogynist media, and Democratic Party. But I want that money to go to those who really do support us. Like Senator Hillary Clinton. But then she’s a one of a kind.

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