Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Albert Wynn's Challenger

Albert Wynn may have a real primary challenge this time in Donna Edwards. According to her campaign bio, Ms. Edwards went to Franklin Pierce Law School, has been the executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, worked with Public Citizen, and has been the executive director of the Center for a New Democracy. This paragraph from her bio seems to encapsulate the focus of her campaign:
Donna is challenging Representative Albert Wynn, whom she supported when he first ran in 1992, but who has cast several prominent votes in support of the Bush Administration. Albert Wynn was one of only a few members of the Congressional Black Caucus to support the resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq as well as all subsequent spending. He has led efforts to bring casinos to the district. He voted for the Republican energy bill, to weaken the Endangered Species Act, drill for oil in Alaska’s protected land, and give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the oil and gas companies. He sided with the Republicans and the pharmaceutical companies on drug policy, the credit card companies on the bankruptcy bill, and just recently, he joined the telecommunications industry in supporting privatizing the Internet. The money his campaign has received reveals these new alliances.
Per the FEC database, as of March 31, 2006, Wynn had raised $366,413 and had $377,919 cash on hand. His $156,607 in PAC contributions, include significant contributions from energy companies and telecommunications PACS, as well as labor unions. There are no reports for Edwards, yet, but she's accepting contributions at her website.

Personally, I am unhappy with Wynn's vote against internet neutrality (more here) and would be happy to see a robust challenge to him. Even an unsuccessful challenge may help to make Wynn look over his shoulder a bit more when voting. But unseating him won't be easy. Wynn got 84% of the vote in the 2004 Democratic Primary, against George McDermott, who is also running again, and 83.3% of the vote in the 2002 Primary against Don Williams. On the other hand, this seems like a pretty good year for a challenge, given Wynn's pro-war, pro-credit-card-company, pro-energy conglomerate, and pro-telecom voting.

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Blogger OnBackground said...

Great piece -- thanks for the info. While this is a tough race, Donna Edwards is a serious candidate with practical policy and political experience, a good network, and the brains and energy to make this happen. I don't remember either of Wynn's previous challengers putting on a serious race, so this should be interesting.

5/24/2006 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger OnBackground said...

The Hill reported last year that Wynn wasn't supportive of true campaign finance reform: "Instead of cracking down on 527s, Pence and Wynn would free up contributors to give to more candidates and more party organizations." see http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Comment/ByronYork/033006.html

5/24/2006 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger ChesapeakeBlue said...

I haven't had the chance to research this, but I did read a comment that Wynn was a cosponsor for attempt to pass a weak alternative bill instead of McCain-Feingold. Like I said, though, I haven't taken the time to look and verify that.

5/24/2006 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger defunct blogger said...

I don't really think it's possible to catalogue everything that Al Wynn has done wrong over the years. Edwards has a big hill to climb, but I'll be right there helping her climb it if I can.

5/26/2006 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I have voted against wynn since I moved here from south carolina, and this year aint gone be no different, he and few more black caucus members are dispicable people. I don't care who unseats this *^##%%5, I just want him gone!

6/15/2006 02:42:00 PM  

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