Thank you to all of our candidates for running!
On August 14, Ram Villivalam, the political director of Brad Schneider's congressional campaign spoke to a crowded room (about 60 people) at the Lincoln Restaurant.
In an email after the presentation Ram said he wanted to make the following points.
1. There are three huge policy differences between Brad and Congressman Dold
-Brad is 100% for marriage equality while Dold is only in support of civil unions
-Brad will protect our Great Lake, fight Republican attempts to defund the EPA, and stress the urgency to use renewable sources of energy. Brad has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters. Congressman Dold has an F from the Sierra Club.
-Brad is the only 100% pro-choice candidate and has been endorsed by NARAL Pro Choice America. Congressman Dold voted to defund Planned Parenthood 6 times.
2. The district is completely different from 2010.
-30% of the new 10th is the old 8th where Joe Walsh currently represents and that portion we got voted 51-46 for Melissa Bean in 2010, the worst Democratic year for Democrats in a generation. Furthermore, since those voters are currently represented by Joe Walsh, they have a lot of buyer's remorse and Bob Dold can be easily tied to Joe Walsh due to their similar voting records.
-60% of the new 10th is the old 10th where Dan Seals beat Congressman Dold by 7 points.
-5% of the new 10th is the old 9th where Congresswoman Schakowsky won by 19 points.
3. Brad would have voted for the Affordable Healthcare Act. He does not think we should repeal it. We should take the good and leave the bad. Bob Dold voted to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act 33 times.
4. As a Member of Congress, Brad would use his 25 years of experience of creating and developing jobs with family owned businesses to help small businesses create jobs so people can gain employment and provide for their family.
[End quoting from Ram's email]
After Ram's presentation which did emphasize electability, there were some questions about issues.
One question was about health care. Ram said Schneider did not like certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but would not vote to repeal it. IIRC, Ram indicated that Schneider was not satisfied with how the ACA treated small businesses.
Bob Rosenstein asked about Schneider giving money to Kirk and other Republicans. Ram said Schneider was part of an organization giving money is Israel supporting members of Congress. Schneider gave to Republicans and said that in exchange some Republicans gave to Democrats.
Since Schneider's literature starts with a big quote about making the economy work for the middle class, I asked about how Schneider envisioned do this. Ram responded with "jobs", but didn't articulate a specific plan or program that would create jobs.
NDFA rules require* that NDFA wait for one month before deciding to endorse a candidate. Brad Schneider will be eligible for endorsement at the September meeting.
* with a 90% vote of NDFA's "voting members" the rules can be suspended and a candidate endorsed immediately. But there's a window of time after the meeting that voting members can vote on the decision to endorse or not. Read the bylaws if you have questions.