This political spectrum, which can be seen up close at GovTrack.us is fascinating. The image is generated through a statistical analysis of the cosponsorship of bills in the 110th-11th Congresses (2007-09). Yes, that’s DSA member, Jan Schakowsky on the very far left, to the extreme! 100 miles to the left of her closest competitor, (Barbara Lee, of CA). Raul (Boycott AZ!) Grijalva of AZ comes in a close third.
We all know Jan from her infamous single payer health care speech: “This is not a principled fight!”, right?
Once again, she was caught on tape, making statements not meant for all ears, as she beckoned supporters to do “What We Do In Chicago”.
“We have a tradition of knocking on doors, of pulling people out…Here’s our message: I don’t get off your doorstep, until you go out and vote, That’s our message!”
Chicago’s own Backyard Conservative, Anne Leary believes Schakowsky’s Chicago Way Thuggery is on Display:
Make no mistake, this is a threat.
Schakowsky is explicitly encouraging Democrats to commit the crime of intimidation.
Under Illinois law, intimidation is defined to include acts performed with the intent to cause another person to perform an act (e.g. voting) under threat of inflicting physical harm on the person threatened or on property, or to subject the person threatened to physical confinement or restraint. That is the intended effect of a Schakowsky representative refusing to leave the doorstep until a resident has been “pulled out” to go to the polls and vote.
You know what this reminds me of? Union tactics, specifically the sort of thug tactics used by the SEIU in Fresno, in their union election, last June.
It’s worth noting that Schakowsky gets 60% of her PAC donations from unions, which, I guess is why she earned the nickname, “SEIU’s Jan Schakowsky ” in Chicago circles.
Nearly 60 percent of Schakowsky’s Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions come from organized labor. Among her biggest individual donors are the Teamsters Union; public employee unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America); and the AFL-CIO, whose President John Sweeney is a member of DSA.