2016 came as a shock to the Democratic party, with Republicans taking near-complete control of the government. However, since then, they’ve managed to flip over 36 seats to their side, from a number of different elected positions. The Democrats have high hopes that this wave of victory will continue to sweep the country, and nowhere is that hope more prevalent than the upcoming special election between Lamb and Saccone.
Conor Lamb Sees Support From the People
Conor Lamb has been fighting hard to gain the support of the people, and he’s succeeding. With endorsements from End Citizens United pushing him forward, his pro-labor stance has secured him a number of union voters.
His proposal to create stable, well-paying jobs via infrastructure reforms has been enticing even to historically Republican voters. Additionally, he has campaigned on a platform of protecting Social Security and Medicare fiercely, as well as putting an end to the opioid crisis that has crippled the area.
Republicans Scramble to Stop Lamb
The centrist, union-focused policies of Lamb have put Saccone and the Republican party on edge. Lamb’s strong reputation and his wide support among the area’s labor unions have made him a fierce foe for Saccone, and the right wing has no intentions of letting Lamb win without a vicious fight.
Their first strike against lamb took shape in the form of radio ads, which decried his disapproval of Trump’s widely controversial tax bill. With well over $1 million in institutional funds going against Lamb, the Republicans should have a strong foothold, but it’s obvious that they’re fighting in desperation. Saccone’s anti-union stance hasn’t made him any friends in the area, and while he has the backing of big spending, he’s struggling to keep up with Lamb’s platform.
End Citizens United Endorses Lamb
One of the first official endorsements of Conor Lamb’s campaign was from End Citizens United, which allowed him to gain a firm foothold and build a launchpad from which he could campaign against Saccone. While there was little in the way of financial backing, Lamb’s grassroots campaigning was boosted immensely by their support.
End Citizens United is a political action committee created in 2015, following the Citizens United bill. Their mission is, unsurprisingly, to end Citizens United. However, they also work to back financial reform and fight against the influence of big financial institutions in elections, as well as supporting grassroots activists around the nation. While the majority of their support has gone toward Democrats, they have expressed no reservations about supporting Republican or Independent candidates who shared their views.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) February 1, 2018
Please read “The Man Behind Citizens United Is Just Getting Started.”