Friends, I have some big news today: I’m running for Governor of California, in the June 8th Democratic primary, challenging Jerry Brown as a progressive.
Please join my campaign, at: http://PeterForGov.org.
From my four years as MoveOn.org’s founding Executive Director (2001-2005), and an organizing career almost two decades long, I know what it takes to win:
* Take bold, principled stands on the key issues
* Run a vigorous grass-roots campaign
* Make the best possible use of the Internet
I’m an old fan of Jerry Brown — I worked my tail off campaigning for him when he ran for President 18 years ago — but I don’t see him doing any of these things.
Six-plus years of Republican mismanagement have left California in a fiscal and civic crisis. We’ve got to win the Governor’s office, and the way to win is to fight for our core values, not run away from them. We have to campaign vigorously, on our principles. Nothing less will be enough to beat Whitman’s corporate, Wall Street billions.
I’m taking strong stands on the key issues facing California:
We have to close our budget gap by making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share. If you care about protecting our children, our grandparents, the most vulnerable Californians, you must support raising revenues. Jerry doesn’t. Meg Whitman is actually campaigning on cutting jobs — her true Goldman Sachs colors are shining through.
We also have to break the Republican minority’s stranglehold on our state, by ending the 2/3 rule for raising revenues. Democracy means a majority vote, not rule by a few obstructionists. Jerry’s doesn’t support this change — in fact he’s been sabotaging it. Whitman wants to keep things the way they are, with the Republican boot on California’s neck.
At MoveOn.org, I fought hard to pass the California car-mileage and climate-change law that President Obama’s E.P.A. just adopted nationwide. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you were part of that campaign — thank you! But Meg Whitman wants to suspend another major California climate change law. She’s got it totally backwards. Clean tech is today’s great economic opportunity, and California can’t get left behind. Whitman trying to undermine it is like going back 30 years and cutting funding for the development of the Internet. Where would eBay be today?
We need real leadership. Not politics.
Join my campaign for California’s future at: http://PeterForGov.org