Cheryl Crist, who ran against Brian Baird in
Before finally announcing her run on Monday, she's been getting some vocal support:
Linda spoke about the need to get the attention of those who represent us in Washington, DC. The people are angry that their voices are not being heard. "I am pleased to tell you that Cheryl Crist is seriously considering running against Brian Baird in the Democratic primary," she told the audience. Cheryl rose to a standing ovation. It was another gift this holiday season for those who have begun to lose faith in the political system.She was also listed at a potential "Peace Candidate" here.
Though not the most liberal of congressmen, Baird certainly didn't face much discontent among Dems in 2006, especially given the blue wave that year. No one was going to waste time challenging a sitting Dem when we had so many Republicans to beat.
But, this time around, it might be different for Crist. People have been downright disappointed with Baird. So, if Moveon is still as serious as they were last September when they were considering putting money behind D challengers, Crist might have a better (or at least better funded) chance this year.
From the Hill:
“There are a few key things to keep in mind,” the e-mail said. “We would only get involved in a primary race if MoveOn members in the district or state wanted to — and a majority supported that primary challenger. And we’d focus on races where a progressive had a good chance of beating the sitting Democrat and also winning the general election.”
Last month, the group began airing ads in Rep. Brian Baird’s (D-Wash.) district. Following a trip to Iraq, Baird had announced that he would withdraw his support for a withdrawal deadline and wanted to give the troop surge more time, saying that it is showing positive results.