Sometimes the good guy/gal wins
I want to talk about one particular candidate that won tonight.
Not Randy “Ironstache” Bryce, although I am rooting for him.
Not Christine Hallquist or Ilhan Omar, although I'm rooting for them.
The primary winner I want to talk about had to overcome a mountain of obstacles, including dirty tricks by the Democratic establishment.
Jahana Hayes, the former National Teacher of the Year who grew up in public housing, won the Democratic nomination for the open 5th Congressional District seat Tuesday night, bringing her closer to becoming the first black Democrat from New England to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hayes, who has spoken frankly about growing up in public housing and being the daughter of a drug addict, acknowledged her unlikely journey and the history-making quality of her campaign. She noted that she jumped into the race “102 days ago, with no money and no network.”
“People told me I had no chance and I had no business trying to do this,’’ Hayes told cheering supporters in Waterbury Tuesday night. “Tonight we proved them wrong.”
If you read no further, that alone is inspiring.
But yet, that is less than half of this story. First we must mention Mary Glassman, Hayes' opponent.
Glassman is a longtime local politician who twice ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor. Connecticut is a blue state dominated by corporations, and Glassman this week won the rare endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican-aligned voice for big business. The chamber almost never endorses Democrats and rarely intervenes in a Democratic primary.
Joining the chamber is both MoveOn and the local chapter of Our Revolution, the group formed in the wake of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign for president.
...The endorsement by the central Connecticut branch of Our Revolution is highly unusual, as Our Revolution claims to back progressive candidates who — unlike Glassman — proudly embrace the policy platform Sanders ran on.
If Our Revolution and the Chamber of Commerce endorsing the same candidate sounds suspicious, it's because something rotten was going down.
Less than two weeks before the May 14 endorsement convention, Hayes — encouraged by Sen. Chris Murphy — jumped into the race. At the nominating convention for Connecticut’s 5th District, as The Intercept previously reported, it was Hayes who emerged as the initial winner. But convention chair Tom McDonough kept the vote-switching period open long enough for enough delegates to switch and swing it narrowly back toward Glassman.
Vote-switching itself is not uncommon, but the prolonged process was unusual. Chris D’Orso, a convention delegate who serves on the Board of Aldermen for Waterbury and backed Hayes, told The Intercept at the time that he’d never seen anything like it in his more than 20 years of deep involvement in local Connecticut politics.
Damn! That was 2016 Nevada primary type bullsh*t.
And still people saw through the smoke.
The good guy/gal won.