“Any Democrat who votes to advance Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will have a permanent stain on their record,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO Action, which bills itself as a network of progressive activists.
“Senate Democrats are the only firewall we have left now against the Trump court,” added Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action’s political director. He warned that any Democrat who supports the Gorsuch nomination “will permanently damage his or her political career.”
“Any Democrat who votes to advance Gorsuch will have a permanent stain on their record,” Murshed Zaheed, vice president for CREDO Mobile, said on a conference call with reporters. Zaheed compared a vote for Gorsuch to Hillary Clinton’s vote authorizing the war in Iraq when she was a senator.
I’d rather have 44 or 45 awesome Democrats who are lockstep together than 44 or 45 really awesome Democrats and three to four weak-kneed individuals who are going to dilute the party,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s political director.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, representatives of progressive groups converge in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Once they’re all through the metal detector, they put together boxes for the 225,000-odd signatures they’ve gathered from activists who want Manchin booted from Senate Democratic leadership. They include leaders of CREDO, WeWillReplaceYou.org, 350 Action and Democracy for America.
“There is no justification for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to anoint someone as a member of Democratic leadership who consistently votes with Trump’s extreme right-wing priorities, fails to defend our progressive values, and routinely collaborates with Trump by enabling his racist and fascist agenda grounded in xenophobia and hate,” CREDO Action, one of the groups collecting signatures, wrote on its website.
“We will unleash our activists in a way that I don’t think any secretary of education has ever experienced,” said Heidi Hess, a campaign manager for CREDO, a mobile phone company with a liberal activist arm. “If she holds field hearings, we will make sure we pack them with activists. If she travels for meetings or if she visits schools, we will confront her with protesters and have people lined up to ask her questions.”
Heidi Hess runs campaigns for CREDO, a mobile phone company with an activist arm that has been backing progressive causes for 30 years. When Trump’s Cabinet picks were announced, CREDO held a strategy meeting and chose a “top terrible” list of appointees, dubbed the #SwampySeven in reference to his vows to “drain the swamp.”
“If any of them vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, we’re going to mark them down as collaborators,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “If Chuck Schumer wants to maintain any credibility as a progressive leader, he needs to shut the Supreme Court seat down. And if he doesn’t do it, there will be a massive revolt.”
CREDO Action, a progressive activist group, saw a petition it had launched against DeVos “explode” following the hearing, now with nearly 1.5m signatures. Signatories also went on to make more than 90,000 phone calls to senators in both parties.