If Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is to have success as President passing his progressive agenda, he is going to need representatives like Dimitri Cherny in the House. He is a “Bernie Sanders Democrat” running against former South Carolina governor, Representative Mark Sanford. Sanford is known nationally as the conservative, “family values” governor who went missing for a few days to carry on his affair with a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The citizens of South Carolina’s first congressional district were so impressed by his extra-marital affair, most voted for him to represent them Congress in a special election in 2013.
Cherny will be going on “brainstorm tours” of the district. Until the general election this year, he will “be traveling throughout the Low country to listen to your concerns and ideas and to do some joint brainstorming on possible solutions to the biggest problems.” He would “love to visit with your group or organization, club or church, and find out about your life and hopes for the future.” Imagine that: a politician who wants to listen to his constituents.
In the interview above, he answers questions about what Sanders’ political revolution means to him, passing an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the corrupting Citizens United decision, passing mandates on vehicle manufactures to compel them to have cars, boats, trucks, etc. powered by non-fossil fuel energy sources, increasing taxes on the 1% and whether there is any issue he disagrees with Bernie Sanders about. Getting “money out of politics” is the first “concern” listed on his website as shown on the video above.
Remember, in the end, all you leave is what you did. Let’s do this together. ~Dimitri Cherny
Asked how he expects to defeat Rep. Sanford, Cherny replied, “I think a lot of people who’ve previously voted Republican are now realizing that Republican representatives, including Mark Sanford, whether through dogma, deceit or ignorance, have not had the best interests of all their constituents in mind. While fighting for a few big ticket employers to come to South Carolina, Republican representatives have supported federal fiscal austerity measures that have greatly reduced the flow of new dollars into small towns across America. Simultaneously Republicans have supported a free market ideology that ensures local investment dollars will be invested everywhere but locally, chasing the highest returns from around the world. I plan to make people aware that if federal spending is reduced, private spending must be increased. If not, net dollar flow will be out of communities toward national and global companies – goods, services and banks – where most dollars end up in this rigged economy, making the rich, richer, which is what capital does.”
Like every candidate running for national office, he will need financial support. Revolutionaries across the nation can contribute to his campaign here, and Sanders’ supporters in South Carolina’s first congressional district can volunteer to help Cherny defeat Sanford here.