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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

DAN SEALS
ILLINOIS – 10th Congressional District

Chicago may be my favorite American city and I’d probably live there if it weren’t for the months between November and April. I always remember comedian Richard Jeni’s line about how Chicago got started. “A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I'm enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough. Let's go west.’”

Growing up in Omaha, Chicago was the big city, not New York or L.A. and I still think it’s one of the most underrated cities in the world. Everything about it is all American; its architecture, its food, its teams, its comedy, its music . . . and its politics are pure mother’s milk. “In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport,” said Dick Gregory. Chicago is truly America’s pulse, the “city of big shoulders”.

We headed north to the 10th congressional district to watch Democratic candidate Dan Seals at work. The district has 650,000 people -- a combination of some of suburban Chicago’s wealthiest and poorest; fiscally conservative and socially moderate. The polished lawns of Glencoe blossomed with “Seals for Congress” signs. We were headed for an afternoon event on the lawn of a picket-fence Victorian house -- modest compared to the other Venti-sized, gated houses of Lake Forest. The Sunday afternoon was unexpectedly cold and rainy. People were chilly and damp but they still crowded onto the porch or stood with umbrellas on the lawn to hear Seals.

Seals commands a room – or a porch in this case. He has a Jimmy Stewart charm and style with a Barack Obama message and delivery and he’s getting the same intense local support that Obama had in 2004. Like Obama, he’s young, attractive, articulate and African American. Like Obama he did well in school – MA from SAIS and MBA from University of Chicago. And until about six weeks ago, they both had two daughters. Now Seals has a third.

The 10th is a Democratic district, with a partisan performance index of D+3.6. This makes it one of the most Democratic districts in the country held by a Republican. (In this case, Mark Kirk.) Kirk talks like a moderate but votes like a conservative, supporting Tom Delay 90% of the time. Kirk did oppose the President on stem cell research but, as Seals says, “The difference between me and Kirk is that I’d vote for the leadership that supported it.” Kirk’s money comes mostly from big oil and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Here are some quotes from Seal’s stump speech:

“They say ‘stay the course”, in Iraq. But this is a civil war. We’ve had a democracy for 230 years and you go to Florida and see we still haven’t gotten it right. How could they get it right in just a few years?

“There’s 30,000 dollars of national debt for every man, woman and child in this country, and we owe it to places like China. Now how can you take a hard line with China when you have to borrow from them?

“Sixteen percent of America, forty-six million people are without access to health care. If that were an education statistic, it would be treated as a national scandal.

“We give tax dollar subsidies to big oil and yet they have record profits. I think they’re ready to leave the nest and fly on their own and we can put that money into research and national security.”

The Republicans are active and powerful in the district but many don’t feel represented. In the highly educated and affluent Winnetka, there are a lot of Republicans who are concerned about the burgeoning national debt and don’t want the Jerry Falwells running the nation.

This is a race with a very wealthy and well-educated electorate, which frequently means higher than usual turn out in the off-year elections. Seals has attracted support from the Party’s elite including Barack Obama, Rham Emmanuel and others who have been to his district. But he has not yet made the DCCC “Red to Blue” list. This seems odd since his district is more reliably democratic than the seat held by Melissa Bean, the incumbent Democrat in the adjacent district. Perhaps it’s because Kirk, the incumbent, is regarded as an attractive Republican moderate, although his voting record on the war and the economy belie that. In the past, Kirk has run well ahead of his party in the district and that, coupled with his incumbency and his overwhelming dollar advantage may explain the lack of national party support for Seals. (Seals has raised over a million dollars but Kirk remains well ahead in cash on hand.) However the DCCC targets the Seals campaign as an “emerging race” and we hope that that -- along with your help -- will begin to close the financial gap. This year there’s a real chance that Democrats and Independents as well as disenfranchised Republicans will be the ones to turn out on election day. Please give whatever you can.

Just as the rain subsided, Seals ended his stump speech. “If you liked what you heard, we hope you’ll vote on November 7th . . . if you didn’t like it, we hope you’ll vote on November 8th.”

* * * * * * * * * *

Dan Seals is one of ten candidates for whom we have been raising money. Thanks to the generosity of many of you we have so far sent more than $280,000 to these candidates.

Candidate * District * Checks To:

Gabrielle Giffords * 8th district of Arizona * Giffords for Congress
Larry Grant * 1st District of Idaho * Grant for Congress
Paul Hodes * 2nd District of New Hampshire * Paul Hodes for Congress
Christine Jennings * 13th District of Florida * Christine Jennings for Congress
Scott Kleeb * 3rd District of Nebraska * Kleeb For Congress
Angie Paccione * 4th District Of Colorado * Angie Peccione for Congress
Dan Seals * 10th District of Illinois * Dan Seals for Congress
Gary Trauner * Wyoming (statewide race) * Trauner for Congress
Tim Walz * 1st District of Minnesota * Tim Walz for Congress
Patty Wetterling * 6th District of Minnesota * Patty Wetterling for Congress

If you can help with any or all of these candidates -- and haven't already -- please send checks plus one copy of the attached disclosure form to me at the address below. Complete only the lines marked with an asterisk on the disclosure form and then sign at the bottom. We will copy and complete the form for each committee and submit it with your check along with forms and checks from others

Send to: Alison Teal, 2320 Pomona Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553 and Sam's office will forward them promptly to the campaigns. Sam and I have taken a substantial amount of the time of some of the candidates and their campaign managers and I want to be sure they know it was not wasted. If you choose to contribute by credit card on the web site please let me know so that, for this same reason, I can be sure the campaign knows where it came from.
DAN SEALS
ILLINOIS – 10th Congressional District

Chicago may be my favorite American city and I’d probably live there if it weren’t for the months between November and April. I always remember comedian Richard Jeni’s line about how Chicago got started. “A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I'm enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough. Let's go west.’”

Growing up in Omaha, Chicago was the big city, not New York or L.A. and I still think it’s one of the most underrated cities in the world. Everything about it is all American; its architecture, its food, its teams, its comedy, its music . . . and its politics are pure mother’s milk. “In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport,” said Dick Gregory. Chicago is truly America’s pulse, the “city of big shoulders”.

We headed north to the 10th congressional district to watch Democratic candidate Dan Seals at work. The district has 650,000 people -- a combination of some of suburban Chicago’s wealthiest and poorest; fiscally conservative and socially moderate. The polished lawns of Glencoe blossomed with “Seals for Congress” signs. We were headed for an afternoon event on the lawn of a picket-fence Victorian house -- modest compared to the other Venti-sized, gated houses of Lake Forest. The Sunday afternoon was unexpectedly cold and rainy. People were chilly and damp but they still crowded onto the porch or stood with umbrellas on the lawn to hear Seals.

Seals commands a room – or a porch in this case. He has a Jimmy Stewart charm and style with a Barack Obama message and delivery and he’s getting the same intense local support that Obama had in 2004. Like Obama, he’s young, attractive, articulate and African American. Like Obama he did well in school – MA from SAIS and MBA from University of Chicago. And until about six weeks ago, they both had two daughters. Now Seals has a third.

The 10th is a Democratic district, with a partisan performance index of D+3.6. This makes it one of the most Democratic districts in the country held by a Republican. (In this case, Mark Kirk.) Kirk talks like a moderate but votes like a conservative, supporting Tom Delay 90% of the time. Kirk did oppose the President on stem cell research but, as Seals says, “The difference between me and Kirk is that I’d vote for the leadership that supported it.” Kirk’s money comes mostly from big oil and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Here are some quotes from Seal’s stump speech:

“They say ‘stay the course”, in Iraq. But this is a civil war. We’ve had a democracy for 230 years and you go to Florida and see we still haven’t gotten it right. How could they get it right in just a few years?

“There’s 30,000 dollars of national debt for every man, woman and child in this country, and we owe it to places like China. Now how can you take a hard line with China when you have to borrow from them?”

“Sixteen percent of America, forty-six million people are without access to health care. If that were an education statistic, it would be treated as a national scandal.

“We give tax dollar subsidies to big oil and yet they have record profits. I think they’re ready to leave the nest and fly on their own and we can put that money into research and national security.”

The Republicans are active and powerful in the district but many don’t feel represented. In the highly educated and affluent Winnetka, there are a lot of Republicans who are concerned about the burgeoning national debt and don’t want the Jerry Falwells running the nation.

This is a race with a very wealthy and well-educated electorate, which frequently means higher than usual turn out in the off-year elections. Seals has attracted support from the Party’s elite including Barack Obama, Rham Emmanuel and others who have been to his district. But he has not yet made the DCCC “Red to Blue” list. This seems odd since his district is more reliably democratic than the seat held by Melissa Bean, the incumbent Democrat in the adjacent district. Perhaps it’s because Kirk, the incumbent, is regarded as an attractive Republican moderate, although his voting record on the war and the economy belie that. In the past, Kirk has run well ahead of his party in the district and that, coupled with his incumbency and his overwhelming dollar advantage may explain the lack of national party support for Seals. (Seals has raised over a million dollars but Kirk remains well ahead in cash on hand.) However the DCCC targets the Seals' campaign as an “emerging race” and we hope that that -- along with your help -- will begin to close the financial gap. This year there’s a real chance that Democrats and Independents as well as disenfranchised Republicans will be the ones to turn out on election day. Please give whatever you can.

Just as the rain subsided, Seals ended his stump speech. “If you liked what you heard, we hope you’ll vote on November 7th . . . if you didn’t like it, we hope you’ll vote on November 8th.”

* * * * * * * * * *

Dan Seals is one of ten candidates for whom we have been raising money. Thanks to the generosity of many of you we have so far sent more than $280,000 to these candidates.

Candidate * District * Checks To:

Gabrielle Giffords * 8th district of Arizona * Giffords for Congress
Larry Grant * 1st District of Idaho * Grant for Congress
Paul Hodes * 2nd District of New Hampshire * Paul Hodes for Congress
Christine Jennings * 13th District of Florida * Christine Jennings for Congress
Scott Kleeb * 3rd District of Nebraska * Kleeb For Congress
Angie Paccione * 4th District Of Colorado * Angie Peccione for Congress
Dan Seals * 10th District of Illinois * Dan Seals for Congress
Gary Trauner * Wyoming (statewide race) * Trauner for Congress
Tim Walz * 1st District of Minnesota * Tim Walz for Congress
Patty Wetterling * 6th District of Minnesota * Patty Wetterling for Congress

If you can help with any or all of these candidates -- and haven't already -- please send checks plus one copy of the attached disclosure form to me at the address below. Complete only the lines marked with an asterisk on the disclosure form and then sign at the bottom. We will copy and complete the form for each committee and submit it with your check along with forms and checks from others

Send to: Alison Teal, 2320 Pomona Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553 and Sam's office will forward them promptly to the campaigns. Sam and I have taken a substantial amount of the time of some of the candidates and their campaign managers and I want to be sure they know it was not wasted. If you choose to contribute by credit card on the web site please let me know so that, for this same reason, I can be sure the campaign knows where it came from.

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