The Progressive Change Campaign Committee Announces 2018 House Endorsement for Liz Watson in Indiana’s 9th, Signaling that Progressives Can Compete Everywhere

Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder: “There are no unwinnable districts. Progressives are going to compete everywhere, and they’re going to win.”

Bold Progressives Back Watson to Help Win Back Democratic House Majority in 2018

INDIANA-- Today, the million member Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorsed Liz Watson for the U.S. House seat in Indiana’s 9th district. Coming on the heels of Doug Jones’ incredible victory in Alabama, these endorsements in key districts and states that went for Trump in 2016, signal progressives’ plans to compete everywhere in 2018 and retake the House majority.

Watson is taking on Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth. She is taking a no-nonsense approach to her campaign, talking to voters about the kitchen table issues that matter most to them, like good manufacturing jobs. As a former labor policy director in Congress, she wrote the Schedules That Work Act, the first-of-its-kind legislation to give employees more certainty around their work schedules, making it easier for them to arrange child care or hold a second job.

"I am honored to partner with PCCC to fight for ordinary Hoosiers,” said Liz Watson (IN-09). “I have dedicated my entire life to fighting for working families, and to un-rig the rules of the economy so that it works for the people who actually do the work. From writing the $15 federal minimum wage bill as Labor Policy Director for the House Democrats in Congress, to drafting legislation to ensure that working people have the freedom to come together to bargain for their fair share, I will always stand with working families.”

Since 2009, the PCCC has raised over $25 million in online grassroots donations for progressive candidates and committees -- including over $1.17 million from over 70,000 small-dollar donations for Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate run.

"The Democratic Party is at a fork in the road. Some say the path to the House majority runs through Blue Dog Democrats who run like Republicans," said Adam Green, PCCC co-founder. "We believe Democrats will win back control of the House and state governments in 2018 if they field nominees who connect with voters with a bold, progressive, populist message on issues like Medicare for All and high wages."

The PCCC also endorsed Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Mike Levin (CA-49), Greg Edwards (PA-15), and Jocelyn Benson (Michigan Secretary of State) on Thursday as part of their plan to fuel a new wave of progressive champions to win back Congress and Democratic control at the state level.

“There are no unwinnable districts. Progressives are going to compete everywhere, and they’re going to win,” said Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder. “As we saw in Alabama, the Republican Party’s attacks on working families have opened up opportunities for Democrats to win in places they haven’t won in decades. We’re endorsing Liz Watson, Mike Levin, Veronica Escobar, Greg Edwards, and Jocelyn Benson because they’re authentic, inspiring progressives who aren’t afraid to take on Republicans with a bold economic populist message.”

Facts about the PCCC:

  • The PCCC endorses a select number of candidates each cycle. For top endorsed campaigns, the PCCC provides in-depth strategic support and resources -- including mobilizing a million PCCC members to donate and volunteer.

  • Since its founding in 2009, the PCCC has raised over $25 million for progressive candidates and committees -- including over $1.17 million from over 70,000 small-dollar donations for Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate run.

  • The PCCC has over 1 million members nationwide, including over 130,000 in California, over 25,000 in Michigan, over 39,000 in Texas, over 32,000 in Pennsylvania, and 12,000 in Indiana.

More on the candidates:

Liz Watson (IN-09): Liz is running for Congress in Indiana against Republican Trey Hollingsworth. She is taking a no-nonsense approach to her campaign, talking to voters about the kitchen table issues that matter most to them, like good manufacturing jobs. She is the former labor policy director in Congress and director of workplace justice for the National Women's Law Center.  Liz wrote the Schedules That Work Act, the first-of-its-kind legislation to give employees more certainty around their work schedules, making it easier for them to arrange child care or hold a second job.  If Liz wins, she will become a model for how populists can win red districts. She reminds us a lot of another “Liz” — Elizabeth Warren.

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