Sunday, March 21, 2010

Peacenik Challenges Representative Jane Harman in Democratic Primary

I got an email from Peace Action West, which said:

"Marcy putting up a strong peace challenge in the Democratic primary to a previously untouchable Rep. Jane Harman (CA-36) in Los Angeles. Winograd is making an issue of Rep. Harman's record of staunch support for the war in Iraq, and forcing her to fight for her party's nomination. For too long politicians like Jane Harman have coasted through elections, and have not had to answer for their reckless support for war.

"This year is a chance to change that, and with your help, we can make an issue out of war in the 2010 elections. Please click here to give what you can today."

I don't know much about Winograd. I gather that she's a progressive who supports single payer health care.

Even so, registered Libertarian Party members who live in Harman's district may want to re-register as Independent (i.e., no party affiliation), so they vote in either the Democratic and Republican primaries. I think those are still the rules.

I don't know how soon before a primary election you'd have to re-register in order to be eligible to vote in that election. However, I'm sure California's Secretary of State knows.

Libertarians don't have to vote for Winograd in November. But either way, a Democrat will carry that district in November, and on the peace issue, Winograd would be an improvement over Harmon.


Anonymous said...

I believe the rule is 13 months before the general election you must have changed party affiliation.

The Secretary of State website has the code.

Anonymous said...

Although, I could be mistaken because that is the rule to run for office.