David Obey

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David Obey

Dave Obey is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 7th district of Wisconsin from 1969 until 2011..

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported David Obey in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Wisconsin.[1]

"Knows about" DSOC"

Nancy Lieber, International Committee chair of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, wrote a June 30, 1981 letter to Danielle Page, a staffer for Canadian Member of Parliament Ian Waddell.

Dear Danielle Page,
I'm sending along a list of Congresspeople and senators who know about us, democratic socialism, and -- perhaps Canada.
Only the first one is an open socialist, but the others are sympathetic in varying degrees.

The list was;

Hope this is of help and you recruit them to the cause!
In Solidarity,
Nancy Lieber
Chair, Intl. Committee

DSA support 2004

In 2004 Democratic Socialists of America targeted local races where control of state houses were up for grabs and where statewide electoral-vote outcomes hinged on successful local district turnouts.[2]

Incumbent Tammy Baldwin vocally supports equal rights, gay rights, and expanded health insurance benefits, and her public posture as an out lesbian is symbolically important. Left critics widely view her leadership, however, as disappointing and ineffective. Like Feingold, she faces well-funded right wing opposition. DSAers also are backing what they call “old-fashioned democrat” Dave Obey in the northwestern part of the state,.”

In Democratic Socialists of America's Democratic Left Winter 2004/2005, Theresa Alt wrote;[3]

We reported on the candidates that DSAers were supporting in the last issue of Democratic Left. How did they do?
In Wisconsin, progressive incumbents Feingold, Baldwin and Obey won. In a race for an open state senate seat, the favored Mark Miller won handily. However, progressive insurgent Bryan Kennedy lost badly..

FightingBobFest speaker

David Obey has been a guest speaker at Wisconsin's annual progressive Fighting Bob Fest, in 2005, 2010, 2011.[4]

Meeting Gustavo Petro

Colombia Action Summer 2007

In 2007 Jack Laun of Colombia Support Network took Senator Gustavo Petro of the Polo Democratico Colombia to Congress. They met a staffer from David Obey's office , with Rep. Tammy Baldwin and with Senator Russ Feingold and a representative of Senator Ted Kennedy.

In his youth, Petro was a member of the militant guerrilla group 19th of April Movement, which later evolved into the Alianza Democrática M-19, a political party in which Petro also participated.

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