My take on the last post is that yes, Daylin Leach running for the 13th District House seat is good for PA progressives.
Daylin is the rare breed of politician who is actually really funny, and that’s going to make him a very effective mouthpiece for the House Progressive Caucus. The House Progressives need someone like that.
Aaron might have missed this, but Alan Grayson was defeated last cycle, and [T]he CPC is currently without a charismatic champion who can turn the base’s love and trust into crazy amounts of money. In important ways, Daylin is unlike Grayson. Grayson’s politics came in an acidic flavor, whereas Daylin delivers the red meat inside a sugary coating. If he becomes a national darling of progressives, that’ll be really great for the district because it’ll bring him opportunities that are typically out of reach for a freshman backbencher.
It’s true that we need someone like that in state government too, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, especially if we win the 2014 Governor’s race. It isn’t like he’ll be able to refrain from commenting on state politics. And Daylin can help us keep building progressive power in SEPA by setting up one of his state Senate staffers to run for his old seat, and building a network of aspiring political candidates in the district from the state legislature down to city and county councils and school boards.