From political activist Dave McTeague
Today, I filed for U.S. Representative in the Democratic Primary in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. I support Sen. Bernie Sanders’s call for a political revolution to address growing income inequality and the decline of our middle class.
After attending Congressman Kurt Schrader’s Oregon City Town hall meeting February 16th and hearing his support for the Trans Pacific Partners (TPP) trade deal, I decided to engage in this debate. While Schrader said it was “good on the labor side,” that is flatly contradicted by an AFL-CIO report just issued.
After I cited Public Citizen’s Trade Watch report concerning weak environmental provisions, Mr. Schrader discounted the opposition, saying they were predisposed to oppose the TPP. Schrader’s vote for the Fast Track approval process prevents Congress from demanding any changes in the TPP, that was negotiated in secret. The more I read about the TPP, the more concerned I get that it will fundamentally undermine our middle class more than NAFTA did.
Schrader’s vote with the Republicans against the Syrian refugees was the other issue key in my decision to file. This vote was a cave-in to the worst Trump-like sentiments. I believe we need to do much more to address this enormous human catastrophe, especially since it was brought on in large part by the destabilization of the region by the disastrous 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The rest of the Oregon Democratic congressional delegation opposed this proposed law, which died in the U.S. Senate.
Three environmental issues really concern me:
1) Schrader voted for the Keystone Pipeline; which would be an environmental disaster. We need to fight climate change, not deny it.
2) I helped stop nuclear power in Oregon with 1978’s Ballot Measure # 9. Schrader supports the nuclear power development and supports a corporation that wants to build so-called ‘new generation’ nukes with federal subsidies.
3) Schrader’s bill to drastically increase clear cut logging on public O & C lands managed by the BLM weakens environmental protections.
These days a lot of voters, Democratic voters too, don’t feel represented by the Washington Establishment and want real change. This is evident in the success of Sen. Sanders’s insurgent presidential campaign, which I strongly support. The incumbent is the Co-Chair of the conservative Blue Dog Caucus. I would be a member of the Progressive Caucus.
I don’t have any illusions about this effort. Running against an entrenched incumbent is like taking on the Death Star in Star Wars especially one with access to a million or more dollars of PAC money. I won’t be receiving much in the way of PAC endorsements or Wall Street funds.
So why would I do this? Because a lot of Democratic voters want real fundamental change, a political revolution, and they’re not willing to settle for politics as usual. Those Democrats deserve to have a choice just as they have a choice for real change in the Presidential Primary.
My candidacy’s purpose is to provide Democratic primary voters a progressive alternative to the establishment incumbent. I will not accept any funding from any corporate Political Action Committees. I agree with Senator Bernie Sanders we have to overturn our current corrupt campaign finance system to make real fundamental changes.
For more information about me and my candidacy: http://mcteagueforcongress.com/
Paid for by McTeague for Congress, Milwaukie, Oregon