Congress ‘socialist bloc’ expected to survive vote

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
By Paul Martin

‘Arm’ of Marxist group likely to emerge unscathed amid projected GOP gains

By Aaron Klein
November 01, 2010

While Republicans are expected to make extraordinary gains in today’s elections, the most radical Democrat members of Congress – notably a House caucus founded as an arm of a Marxist socialist organization – are expected to emerge mostly unscathed.

WND previously reported the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which boasts 83 members, was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA.

Almost all of the members come from districts in which Democrats are expected to win.

One member, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick, D-Mich., already lost her primary. According to predictions by the Cook Political Report, only one Progressive Caucus member, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy. D-Ohio, is predicted to lose. The races for three caucus members – Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Phil Hare, D-Ill., and John H. Hall, D-N.Y. – are considered toss ups.

The seats of five other Caucus members are considered in play but are leaning Democratic: Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D- Calif., David Loebsack, D-Iowa, Chellie Pingree D-Maine, Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Barney Frank, D-Mass. Others are in safe districts.

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