Friday, June 15, 2012

Scott Peters Earns Spot in DCCC’s Competitive 'Red to Blue' Program


San Diego, CA – The Scott Peters for Congress campaign today announced that Peters has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red to Blue program. Peters is running in the new 52nd Congressional District to unseat entrenched Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray. He was selected for ‘Red-to-Blue’ because he has surpassed demanding fundraising, organizing, and infrastructure goals and successfully demonstrated to voters that he is a problem-solver who will protect the middle class when elected to Congress.

“As a former City Councilman and Port Commissioner, Scott Peters has built a solid reputation as a problem solver who gets things done. In Congress, Scott will stand up for California’s seniors and middle class, and San Diegans can trust him to fight for them rather than special interests and Big Oil companies,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel.

“I’m honored by the great support we’ve earned during our campaign from people who agree the 52nd needs a representative in Washington who will stand up for working families, protect Medicare and Social Security and reignite the American dream,” Peters said. “Being named to Red-to-Blue means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November.”

The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.

The newly drawn 52nd Congressional District is a classic swing district - a third Republican, a third Democrat and a third other, or Decline to State.  It supported candidate Obama by 12 percentage points in 2008, but also candidate Meg Whitman by eight points in 2010. It is impossible for any candidate to win this seat without broad-based support across party lines. Since he was the first Democrat elected to represent City Council District One, Peters has consistently drawn support from across the political spectrum. He has support from progressive Democrats, worker advocates, moderate Democrats and Republicans, business leaders, and independent San Diegans who care more about results than pure party politics. 

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