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Friday
Dec102010

MoveOn.org Vows Primary Challenges vs. Dems Who Support Tax Deal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amid outrage on the left over the tax deal reached by President Obama, liberal activists are promising 2012 primary challenges against Democrats who vote in favor of the package.

Ilyse Hogue, the director of political advocacy for MoveOn.org, told ABC News Friday that her group’s members are eager to stand up for their viewpoints even against Democratic office-holders, as they did in an unsuccessful primary challenge against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., who went on to lose in the general election.

“We saw in 2010 that our members’ appetite to fight for people willing to fight for middle-class Americans is huge,” Hogue said. “Did Blanche Lincoln win?…Yes. But, did she have to pay a steep price, and was a message sent that…this is a long-term fight to get the Democrats to stand up to special interests, and fight on behalf of the American people. And we’ll use every tool in our toolbox to do that, moving forward.”

Hogue said the president has made a “wide miscalculation” about voters’ intent in caving to Republicans on a range of tax cuts.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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