Support Democrat and registered nurse (RN) Marge Doyle, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in California’s 8th District in 2018. Put Marge in charge!
Normally around this point in the post we’d give the candidate’s biography, but instead, we’re going to quote a section from a Q&A interview Doyle did with Tech Solidarity, because it’s damn near impossible to compete with the radiant authenticity of her own words:
“Q: What was the moment that made you decide that something had to change, and that you needed to run for Congress?
Doyle: After the November election, I realized that health care would be under threat. As a nurse since I was 22 years old, and working within health care and health care leadership, I thought there was an opportunity for me to work with my representative [incumbent Republican House Representative Paul Cook], and maybe make a change to help the ACA work better. So I prepared a plan that spoke to that, and made an appointment with our representative, and gave him that plan.
It wasn’t just a plan to fix the parts that are problematic, but it was also a plan of how to pay for that. It wasn’t willy-nilly, pie in the sky; I have almost 40 years of healthcare management experience. I kind of know this stuff.
Q: So you wrote ‘Margecare’!
Exactly! I wrote ways to fix our current system, because it needs to be fixed. And I gave it to him. I met with him, I showed him what I suggested, he nodded and sent me on my way. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get any buy-in, but the night before the bill was supposed to go to Congress, his staff called me and asked me to analyze the bill. I thought, ‘Wow, maybe that really did do some good.’
So I analyzed the bill point by point by point. This was prior to the CBO analysis, and the conclusion was that it didn’t cover more people, and didn’t save any money. And therefore I recommended that he vote ‘no’.
He voted ‘yes’.
I saw him in the area a few weeks later, and I said, ‘you know, I’m still mad at you about your vote.’ And he said ‘it doesn’t matter. The Senate will fix it.’
It was at that point that I realized, if he doesn’t think that his vote matters, he must be replaced. Because his vote would have taken away health care for a hundred thousand people in this district. And that matters. That matters a lot.
I was supporting my friend and her candidacy to replace him, because I knew she supported the kinds of things I was talking about, and she dropped out for family reasons. I couldn’t just let him have this district. I couldn’t let him not care about the hundred thousand people whose lives would be at risk. I couldn’t let him, who flip-flopped on Cadiz, take Cadiz and ruin our desert [scroll down for a link that explains this reference]. I just couldn’t do it.
So that’s why I’m running.”
Doyle faces an uphill battle for California’s 8th District. Cook, the three-term Republican incumbent, won in 2016 with two-thirds of the vote.
Also, California relies on a Top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election. Cook will almost certainly win one of those slots. Doyle must defeat Democrat Ronald O’Donnell and Republican Tim Donnelly for the other. The primary will take place on June 5, 2018.
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Read a November 2017 interview that Tech Solidarity did with Doyle, from which we quoted above:
See an August 2017 article that incumbent Republican California House Rep Paul Cook wrote about the Cadiz water project, which Doyle references in the quote: