Progressive Moveon.org to visit Tauscher

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, will get a rare thank-you from some members of the liberal wing of her party when Moveon.org delivers a letter of thanks to her her office on Thursday.

Tauscher won’t be at the office but Moveon.org members will meet with her staff.

Moveon.org members will drop the letter off at noon at the congresswoman’s Walnut Creek office as part of the progressive organization’s nationwide campaign to recognize members who supported an anti-Iraq War House of Representative resolution in the House last week.

Liberal bloggers such as those at Calitics and Daily Kos have been calling for a progressive Democrat to run against Tauscher in the primary. They remember that Tauscher voted in favor of the Iraq War in 2005 and they dislike Tauscher’s moderate trade and business views. And some have been angry over her call for the Democratic Party to avoid “running of the left cliff” lest it alienate middle America.

Here’s a portion of Moveon.org’s e-mail release:

Walnut Creek, CA, February 20, 2007 – At noon on Thursday. February 22nd, MoveOn members here will hand deliver letters with the message, “You’re the Decider” — thanking Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher for voting against the president’s escalation and urging her to continue to work hard to bring our troops home. This event follows on the heels of Senate Republicans, once again, blocking debate and a vote on a non-binding resolution opposing the president’s escalation.

The letter writing began last week during 1,200 nationwide screenings of The Ground Truth, a new film in which returning veterans vividly describe their experiences in Iraq. Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) addressed tens of thousands of MoveOn members across the country, online, in an effort to help block president Bush’s attempt to escalate his failed policy in Iraq.

Other such meetings will take place the same day around the Bay Area (see below). This, in turn, is part of a national campaign to urge Congress to obey the peoples’ decision reflected in last November’s election.

These events are held in coordination with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI). AAEI includes the Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org Political Action, VoteVets.org, Center for American Progress Action Fund, USAction, Win Without War, Campaign for America’s Future, Progressive States Network,Campus Progress, TrueMajority, Working Assets and the United States Student Association.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen