The nation’s first congressional election since President Donald Trump’s victory is taking place Tuesday for a seat Republicans have held for two decades in a south-central Kansas district Trump carried with 60 percent of the vote, but a New Jersey political activist is hoping to send a message.
Lisa McCormick has sounded a clarion call for citizens to “fight for America” by helping elect James Thompson, a Democrat who is hoping for an upset in the Kansas special election on Tuesday to choose a replacement for Republican Representative Mike Pompeo, who was selected to run the CIA.
“James Thompson is calling campaign his for Congress the ‘fight for America’ and he is attracting volunteers from all over the country to help making phone calls and sending donations, so I am calling on our network of Bernie Sanders supporters, angry women and bold progressives to take action,” said McCormick, who urged her followers to dial up Kansas voters.
For the past three months, Thompson has been making the rounds at the radio stations, town halls, meet-and-greets, and debates 12 to 15 hour long days in an attempt to win one of the most solidly conservative congressional districts in the country.
The Wichita civil rights attorney is running for Congress because he knows the opportunities that afforded him opportunities to change his life, are not available to everybody these days because of Republican trickle-down economics in Washington, Sam Brownback’s failed policies in Kansas and politicians who don’t listen to the people or pay attention to facts.
“Our key focus should be developing an atmosphere where high-paying, non-exportable jobs can flourish,” said Thompson. “Education is truly the key to erasing poverty and everyone knows it, so we need to fully fund our schools while making higher education inexpensive and accessible.”
“Our brave men and women in uniform make tremendous sacrifices,” said the candidate, who believes a stint in the U.S. Army changed his life. “It’s an outrage that we allow D.C. to ignore our veterans and their families while insiders cut their benefits, scale back services and pass the buck.”
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