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Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) said earlier in February that it “should be morally unacceptable” to move forward with a months-long reconciliation coronavirus package instead of immediate relief; now, the Maine Democrat backs the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package.

Golden said in early February that he opposes the Democrat leadership’s decision to move forward with a partisan coronavirus bill unless Congress first passes funding to facilitate vaccine distribution.

The Maine Democrat said passing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill through budget reconciliation would likely take weeks or months. Instead, he called for Congress to pass a $20 billion relief bill to provide immediate coronavirus aid.

“Any delay in ramping up vaccinations should be unacceptable to a president who seeks to prove that his administration can effectively govern the nation through this crisis, and it should be morally unacceptable to members of Congress whose constituents remain at risk each day,” Golden said in early February.

Now, at the end of February, Golden supports the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill even though Congress has not passed his requested immediate aid.

“We need to walk and chew gum. And when it comes to investments that can speed up vaccination programs and our capacity to test around the country, that should go first,” Golden said Monday.

He added, “We should simultaneously be able to continue building a response plan to other needs out there like the looming deadline for unemployment. But these things shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) asked rhetorically, “If it was ‘morally unacceptable’ for Dems to move forward with the liberal wish list earlier this month, isn’t it even more “morally unacceptable” to support the corrupt COVID [coronavirus] bill after telling Mainers you’d stand up against it to get them real relief?”

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Louisiana votes on 2 House seats in March. Meet the lone Democrat in a field with 9 Republicans

Sandra “Candy” Christophe, the only Democrat running in LA-05's March 20 primary

There are two special primary elections taking place in Louisiana on March 20, 2021. One is for the House seat vacated by Rep. Cedric Richmond in the 2nd Congressional District when he joined the Biden administration. There are 15 candidates, but the 2nd is a comfortably safe blue district. 

In the 5th Congressional District, a dozen candidates are jockeying for the chance to fill the seat won by Luke Letlow in 2020; the Republican died of complications from COVID-19 before he could be sworn in.

In its long history, Louisiana has never had a Black female congressional representative, and in the ruby-red 5th—a sprawling, largely rural district hugging the Mississippi border—all of the candidates are Republicans or independents … except one.

Sandra “Candy” Christophe is the lone Democrat, and the only Black candidate.

Louisiana has a primary system that differs from most other states; it’s often referred to as a “jungle primary,” or more properly, the majority-vote system.

All candidates compete in the same primary, and a candidate can win the election outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate does, the top two vote recipients from the primary advance to the general election, regardless of their partisan affiliation.

Christophe, 52, missed qualifying to run against Letlow in the 2020 general election by just 428 votes, and she’s back for another try. People might question why a Democrat would run in a district that favored Trump by 30 points—twice. Why would Christophe run in a district that is so bright red, the last Democrat to win it only won reelection in 2004 by switching to the Republican Party?

My answer is this: As long as the Democratic Party lets Republicans run uncontested, we have zero opportunities to raise issues at the a local level. As long as we give into a dismissive “it’s the South” attitude, we do the South and our fellow Democrats who live there a disservice.

Thankfully that has not been the attitude of women like Stacey Abrams, and other Black Southern women who came before her, who continue to organize. It’s certainly not the attitude held by Christophe, who was born, raised, and educated in the Bayou State.

Here’s a brief bio.

Sandra "Candy" Christophe was born in Independence, Louisiana. She obtained an undergraduate degree in May 1990 after attending Louisiana College in Pineville, La., and Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.. She obtained a graduate degree in May 1993 from the Grambling State University School of Social Work in Grambling, La. Her professional experience includes working as a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed addiction counselor, a small business owner, and the founder and volunteer executive director of a nonprofit organization.

It takes a certain sort of bravery to enter a race with no clear path to victory. The Dems who have the courage to run in these red districts deserve our support. 


With no front runner emerging from the pack of 9 Republicans, Candy, the only Dem in the running for LA-05, is poised to surge past her Republican opponents and become Louisiana's first black Congresswoman

We can win this but we need your support:

— Sandra “Candy” Christophe (D) ???????? (@ChristopheCandy) February 11, 2021

There was no frontrunner when that tweet was sent; currently Letlow’s widow-turned-candidate, Julia, a university administrator, is predicted to win the primary, if not the seat, with “the sympathy vote.” I question this, particularly since her husband never served a day in office. All the same, right-wing media is already hard at work trying to smear Christophe, an indication they may be concerned about her chances.

Meanwhile, Christophe’s campaign is kicking into high gear.


We had an incredible showing at our first ad shoot.

We cannot thank this diverse crowd of Cajuns enough for their time and effort!

This will be our first advertisement, if you can please chip in to our ActBlue so we can spread this video far and wide:

— Sandra “Candy” Christophe (D) ???????? (@ChristopheCandy) February 23, 2021

What impressed me most from her campaign website was this hands-on experience with a major sociopolitical problem—not just in Louisiana, but across the U.S.

A champion of her community with a demonstrated track record of finding solutions to complex problems, Candy is no stranger to the issues plaguing her district. To combat economic strife and family separation, Candy founded Re- Entry, a Louisiana nonprofit that provides needed support to formerly incarcerated persons assisting with employment, housing, and reintegration.

The lifelong Louisianan’s campaign platform focuses on issues that are in tune with those confronting  the people of her district: support for agriculture, small business, and veterans, as well as expanded health care. She is also a devout Christian who supports a woman’s right to choose.

Christophe has been endorsed by the Louisiana Democratic Party.


Louisiana Democrats are proud to endorse @ChristopheCandy for US Congress in LA-5. She will work to increase wages, decrease the cost of health care, & improve schools.

We look forward to her being sworn in as the 1st African American female to represent Louisiana in Congress.

— Louisiana Democrats (@LaDemos) February 13, 2021

We don’t (and won’t) win if we don’t get involved and show our support. Regardless of the outcome, I’m proud to see this sister running for this seat; I even sent a donation to her campaign.

Republicans should not be running uncontested. After all, we will never win it if we ain’t in it.

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