Liberal Group Endorses Trio in Connecticut, Illinois, N.H.

Posted September 30, 2011 at 8:24am

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced support Friday for three House candidates.

The liberal group will back state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s bid for Connecticut’s 5th district, attorney Ann McLane Kuster’s bid for New Hampshire’s 2nd district and former organizer Ilya Sheyman’s bid in Illinois’ 10th district.

PCCC traditionally supports liberal Democrats — often in primaries over their more moderate party foes. The group also is known for prolific small-dollar fundraising. They have boasted about raising $375,000 for Elizabeth Warren’s bid for Senate in Massachusetts, as well as $70,000 for Eric Griego in New Mexico’s 1st district.

“When endorsing candidates for Congress, we want to know whether they are strong progressive fighters — and whether they can win,” PCCC co-founders Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor wrote in a fundraising email plea for the endorsed trio. “For Annie, Chris, and Ilya the answer is yes. We’ve spoken with them many times and visited their districts to watch their strong campaigns in action.”

All three of PCCC’s newly endorsed House candidates hail from competitive territory and will likely have tough races next year.

Donovan is one of several Democrats running for the seat that opened when Rep. Chris Murphy (D) opted to run for Senate in 2012.

Kuster is mounting a second bid after losing to now-Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.) last year.

In Illinois, Sheyman is running against businessman Brad Schneider (D) in the newly redrawn competitive 10th district. Republicans say Rep. Bob Dold (R) will likely seek re-election in that district.