Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Go for Broke

Okay, I've chosen my 3rd candidate - after Hoeffel and Keever - Stan Matsunaka. This is going to be the only candidate overlapping with the Dkos 8 (nothing against the rest of them, I just don't want to do too much replication).

Why Matsunaka? A lot of reasons.

First -- his opponent is the anti-gay bigot Marilyn Musgrave.

Second -- in honor of Michelle "Little Lulu" Malkin. Matsunaka's father was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Look elsewhere for your quality history lesson, but short version is the 442nd was a unit of Japanese-Americans fighting in WWII desperate to prove their "loyalty" to their own country -- many coming home to find their property lost and a few employment opportunities due to the Malkins of the time.

Third -- He can win. Hard to believe, given the district, but polls have shown him with striking distance and with surprising support among Republicans. Will he win? If I said yes, we wouldn't have to give him money.

Fourth -- he's going head to head against Musgrave's bigotry. I'd like to see that be a winning strategy:

Stan opposes all forms of discrimination, whether in housing, adoption, or other areas of the law.

Stan is OPPOSED to Marilyn Musgrave's Federal Marriage Amendment. The Constitution is a document to protect individual rights, not to institutionalize discrimination.
Stan supported civil unions legislation in the legislature, and voted for enhanced penalties for hate crimes.

So, show a little love for Stan Matsunaka! I'll be in for $50 as soon as I remember where I put my wallet.