Segal and the Inside-Outside Game

State Representative David Segal's Congressional candidacy will be interesting to watch on a number of fronts - as vehicle for progressive frustration with Cicilline, as test of a youthful campaigner.

But, perhaps most intriguing, it will also be a test of netroots advocacy in the first post-Obama election - which is to say, in part, that it will be a test of the new version of the inside-outside game (money from Rhode Island, money from outside Rhode Island) that has always been important in a small state that can only pour so much cash into politics.

It is, as such, getting a little notice outside Rhody. This from Politico:

State Rep. David Segal just announced his candidacy Wednesday, but he's already lining up serious support from progressive activists in the crowded open seat race in Rhode Island’s 1st District.


The Progressive Campaign Change Committee says it will launch a fundraising campaign benefitting Segal, a prominent local blogger and liberal activist who is seeking the Providence-area seat Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) is retiring from after eight terms.


The PCCC will also help to recruit campaign staffers for Segal.


"We see David Segal as a bolder progressive, a stronger fighter for regular working families, and less of a typical political insider than those currently in the race,” said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor. “In an election year where being a longtime political insider is a bad thing and being a bold populist with a record of challenging corporate power is a good thing, we're confident that David's message and grassroots campaign will resonate with voters and get him to victory."


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