Shower Cap’s Fascist-Flushing 2020 Action Guide: HOUSE Edition

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There is nothing more important for the future of American democracy than the destruction of the more-than-slightly-fascist-curious Republican Party of 2020. This page is designed to help you in that fight.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, we’ve got a historic freshman class to defend, yes, but even after the 2018 Blue Wave, we’ve still got a few more authoritarian enablers to fire.

Donald Trump and his lackeys are turds in the bowl of democracy, and for reasons laid out in the U.S. Constitution, the handle only works every few Novembers, so we have to flush as many of these creeps as possible while we have the chance.

Keep checking back, we’ll be adding more races as we go along. Come meet our candidates; whether challenger or incumbent, they’re all mighty damn impressive.

Shower Cap’s Six Packs Are Back!

While all our candidates are awesome, you might not have time to browse through several dozen races. Fear not, Shower Cap has got your back. We’ve prepared these special candidate Six Packs to help you focus your activism!


The Good Guy

Colin Allred

Colin Allred was a linebacker in the NFL, a Special Assistant at HUD, and a civil rights attorney before he dispatched one of the most corrupt Republicans in Congress, Pete Sessions, in 2018. As co-president of our awesome freshmen class, he’s led on issues from voting rights to veterans affairs. Plus it’s always good to have somebody on Capitol Hill that can tackle Wee Don if he tries to start a nuclear war or something.

Texas

TX-32

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Likely Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Likely Dem

The Bad Gal

Genevieve Collins

If there’s one thing Washington needs more of, it’s children of wealthy white families getting into politics because it looks fun and easy. Anyway, Genevieve Collins’ campaign strategy seems to be shouting “Nancy Pelosi” and “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” over and over, and hoping nobody notices she’s running against Colin Allred. There’s not much here, honestly. Standard issue Trumpist platform, standard issue Trumpy whining. Easy choice.

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The Good Gal

Cindy Axne

So, Cindy Axne found her way to politics in the best possible way; she encountered a problem that needed solving, (in this case, a lottery system for half- vs. all-day kindergarten in West Des Moines) and decided to put on her shit-kicking boots and solve it herself. Axne knows her shit and stays laser-focused on the needs of the Iowa 3rd. She holds herself accountable to her constituents, and fights for their health care. 10/10, would recommend.

Iowa

IA-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

David Young

Researching these entries, I was surprised at just how little information of consequence exists regarding David Young, a former two-term U.S. Congressdoorstop. His Wikipedia page is just a photograph of cold oatmeal. Long story short, Young voted for the GOP tax scam and the monstrous AHCA, and his constituents fired him for it. Now he wants back in to do Trump’s bidding again? Fuck no. National Republicans are going to spend big to reinstall their docile puppet, but doesn’t Iowa (still) deserve better than Mr. Cellophane?

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The Good Gal

Dana Balter

Dana Balter understands from experience the challenges everyday Americans face; she’s lived paycheck to paycheck and navigated the health care system with a pre-existing condition. That’s why she’s always talking about helping folks get a “fair shot,” and fighting against economic inequality. An educator, an advocate, and an organizer, Balter has spent her life to date hustling to create positive change.

New York

NY-24

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

John Katko

John Katko was supposed to be one of those sane, rational conservatives who would stand up to Hairplug Himmler, but then it turned out the word “courage” had been entirely excised from the GOP dictionary. There are no moderate Republicans, only fascists and their doormats; John Katko is the proof.  Additionally, on issues from taxes to health care, he regularly votes against his constituents’ interests. Fire him. Fire him right now.

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The Good Gal

Carolyn Bourdeaux

Carolyn Bourdeaux is an insanely experienced and accomplished public servant and educator, with a killer resumé. She’s seen up close the way the American health care system can devastate a family’s finances, and she believes we deserve better. Bourdeaux came with in one or two KDTs (Kemp Dirty Tricks) of flipping this seat in 2018, and that was without running against an absolute clown. One of our best pick-up opportunities.

Georgia

GA-07

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Rich McCormick

Donnie Dotard retweeted one of Rich McCormick’s wingnut rants about the coronavirus, making him an instant Cult45 celebrity, so now he gets to be a congressional candidate, how fun. That this drooling quack been so dangerously wrong about the pandemic, over and over again (Hydroxychloroquine? Really?) makes me think maybe he’s not the leader we need right now. Rich is one of these new post-reality, post-sanity Republican leeches trying to latch a ride to power on Trump’s ass, and he absolutely must be fucking stopped.

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The Good Guy

Anthony Brindisi

Anthony Brindisi is one of our majority-makers, a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition serving in a seat that’s leaned Republican more often than not. Centrists may not be sexy, but Anthony’s (insane) opponent loves pointing out that he almost never votes with Donnie Dotard. Brindisi has been precisely the hard-working bipartisan moderate he promised to be, and he took a big risk in supporting impeachment, so let’s get his back, okay?

New York

NY-22

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Claudia Tenney

Claudia Tenney SUCKS, y’all. A dutiful little Trumper, she gained national fame by insisting mass shooters tend to be Democrats, a claim she pulled directly out of her ass. (Claudia is, naturally, an NRA puppet) She’s one of those loons who blames everything on the DEEP STATE, including, I shit you not, Ben Carson’s $31,000 dining set. While in office, she also claimed the bullshit GOP tax bill “already paid for” itself, in a genuinely Trumpian display of dumbass mendacity. We got this one right last time; please keep this maniac out of Congress.

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The Good Guy

TJ Cox

An engineer and entrepreneur, TJ Cox was the 40th and final seat-flipper of the 2018 Blue Wave. And, like all our freshman, he’s been delivering for his district ever since, procuring needed funding for infrastructure and local farms, plus millions to research PTSD in our troops, and oh yeah, he led on the Great American Outdoors Act as well. A doer, and thus, a keeper.

California

CA-21

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

David Valadao

David Valadao got fired last time ‘round over his sinister attempt to steal health care from thousands of his constituents, and now he wants his old job back…during a pandemic. Since leaving Congress, Dave’s been spending his time walking out on lawsuit settlements over unpaid wages, and defaulting on loans. Look, I know failed businessmen are “in” in GOP circles these days, but California deserves better than a lightly-refurbished Trump stooge.

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The Good Guy

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham became the 1st Democrat to flip a House seat in South Carolina since 1986, but the GOP will spend heavily to win this one back. It won’t be easy, since Cunningham has absolutely delivered the bipartisan solutions he promised, including getting a ban on offshore drilling through the House. Joe’s not afraid to call out bullshit, with an air horn when necessary. In short, he’s a solid Blue Dog Dem, and we’re lucky to have him in this seat.

South Carolina

SC-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Nancy Mace

Nancy Mace is a onetime Tea Party gadfly candidate who skipped to the front of the line when the gadflies took over. Mace worked for Trump in 2016, so she didn’t even have to sell out to join the treasonous modern GOP. She owned and operated this shitty little political gossip site where she published all this petty tripe, so OF COURSE Republicans are running her for the U.S. Congress. All the usual terrible Republican ideas are there, of course, especially on health care. It’s time for an all-Joe ticket in SC-1. 

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The Good Gal

Sharice Davids

One of the first Native women in Congress, Sharice Davids brought her devotion to service to this longtime Republican bastion. A strong team player, Davids has an especially impressive record on health care, including her anti-surprise medical billing legislation. Plus, down the stretch in our battle to save American democracy, she’s been a leader in the fight to save the Post Office from Turd Reich sabotage. Well worth rehiring.

Kansas

KS-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Likely Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Likely Dem

The Bad Gal

Amanda Adkins

Amanda Adkins frankly has a lot of fucking nerve even running, after her role in transforming my beloved Kansas into Brownbackistan. After her batshit wingnut policies crotch-punted the state’s education system, Adkins now says, “also I want to take away your health care, vote for me!” Amanda needed her rich father’s money to bail her out of a nasty little primary, likely because her reckless, anti-science coronavirus jabber proves her judgement remains extremely shitty.

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The Good Gal

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis was working to turn Texas blue before it was cool, and when it was way, way harder. With her famous 11-hour filibuster for abortion rights on the floor of the Texas Senate, she reminded us to fight like hell, everywhere and all the time. She understands working class folks’ struggle from experience. She listens and she grows and she fights. And check out this platform!

Texas

TX-21

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Chip Roy

Chip Roy used to be Ted Cruz’s chief of staff, and that’s probably enough to make my case, but here are some other ways he sucks, if you need ‘em: he held up a disaster relief bill in one of his wingnut tantrums, he has wet, sticky feelings about drug company profits, and he’s had lots of crazy, racist, dishonest stuff to say about the pandemic. Roy sucks so hard he almost lost this seat in 2018 when nobody really thought it was in play. I’m sure he’ll be happier back on the Zodiac Killer’s staff anyway.

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The Good Guy

Eugene DePasquale

Eugene DePasquale is a smart, dedicated public servant who does his homework and knows how to get shit done. As PA’s Auditor general, he’s achieved real progress towards just, efficient government, addressing the state’s unforgivable backlog of untested rape kits. He understands issues like health care and the opioid crisis from personal experience. A good man with a good resumé, he’d make a great Congressman.

Pennsylvania

PA-10

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Scott Perry

Scott Perry is a decorated veteran and I thank him for his service…at least up to the point when he jumped on the maniac Tea Party Express and started fucking up our government. Scott’s the kind of dude who spouts conspiracy theories, like linking the mass shooting in Las Vegas to ISIS, and spreads deadly coronavirus disinformation. He’s an anti-choice, anti-health care, immigration hardliner/gun nut. Oh, and my proposed constitutional amendment that would bar doofuses who get humiliated by Sacha Baron Cohen from Congress would make him ineligible anyway.

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The Good Gal

Kara Eastman

Kara Eastman has two decades of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, the perfect balance to the GOP’s gaggle of wealthy white dudes. Kara founded Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, in addition to work with Friendship Shelter, Rainbow House, and other NFPs; wouldn’t it be great if Congress had a few more resumés like that? One of our most progressive candidates, she’s now running with more institutional support than when she nearly flipped this seat in 2018.

Nebraska

NE-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Don Bacon

Don Bacon served the nation in the Air Force for more than 29 years, attaining the rank of Brigadier General. Then he went to Congress to take health care away from the very people he’d been protecting so long, which doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. He opposes women’s rights and LGBTQ rights and gun control. To Don Bacon, there’s always plenty of money for the military (when all you have is a hammer…) and the GOP’s wealthy donor class, but health insurance for America’s working people? Sorry, chumps.

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The Good Guy

Dan Feehan

Dan Feehan is an Iraq veteran (he earned the Bronze Star) who served as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Obama, but he still puts his teaching experience on equal footing with his showier credentials, because he takes the idea of “service” seriously. Feehan knows his district’s unique needs, and came within a hair of winning in 2018. This one’s like choosing between the ribeye at Gibsons & a dumpster full of diapers.

Minnesota

MN-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Jim Hagedorn

Jim Hagedorn was already known as an unusually bigoted and misogynistic sack of shit, even by the standards of Trump’s GOP, and then the Black Lives Matter protests sent him over the edge into full white nationalism. Hagedorn hates poor people as much as he hates black people, but there’s nothing he hates as much as Minnesotans who believe they have a right to health care. Losing elections is an old hobby of Jim’s, and it’s time to reacquaint him with that sensation.

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The Good Gal

Abby Finkenauer

One of our most impressive freshmen, Abby Finkenauer quickly became the youngest woman ever to sponsor a bill that passed the U.S. House, and has served with quiet excellence ever since. She’s been fighting hard for her constituents during the coronavirus crisis, and Iowa Republicans sure are fucking terrified of her.

Iowa

IA-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Ashley Hinson

Ashely Hinson hilariously referred to herself as “a recovering journalist” at a Trump rally, (you know, those places where they incite violence against journalists) and now hopes to ride a wave of plagiarism and lies to Congress, where she’d dutiful carry out the anti-worker agenda national Republicans recruited her to enact. Unless we get Abby Finkenauer’s back, that is. This one’s gonna be a nail-biter, folks. 

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The Good Guy

Jared Golden

Marine veteran Jared Golden became the first Congressman elected by ranked choice voting when he swung this seat in 2018. Since then he’s delivered bipartisan solutions in Washington and excellent service for his constituents in Maine. Golden is certainly an independent thinker; he split his impeachment votes and endorsed Michael Bennet in the presidential primary…let’s keep his voice in the room.

Maine

ME-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Dale Crafts

Dale Crafts is one of the Republican Party’s “young guns” and no I’m not kidding. I guess the cutting edge conservative up-n’-comers these days are rich old white men with medieval views on reproductive rights and marriage equality, dudes so wingnutty even their endorsements read like warnings. Dale is staunchly anti-health care, but manically pro-gun, an excellent fit for the death cult that is the modern GOP, but why would you let this loon write laws?

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The Good Gal

Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon’s resume: 29 years in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with four overseas deployments, plus 32 years as an educator and guidance counselor, with more than a decade on the Babylon Town Council, where she delivered big, especially for veterans. A lifetime of service. A proven, battle-tested fighter. Let’s help Jackie take her fight for Long Island’s working families to Congress.

New York

NY-02

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Andrew Garbarino

Andrew Garbarino has been such an obedient little puppet in the New York State Assembly, his donor masters want to send him to Washington to cut their federal taxes for change. Garbarino’s own stated reasons for seeking this seat are full of cold political calculations, and eerily free of constituent concerns. This Dem-trending district was loyal to Peter King for decades, but Pete finally flushed himself off into the sunset, and we can absolutely beat this glorified accountant to plutocrats.

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The Good Gal

Christina Hale

Christina Hale has a seat waiting for her in the Get Shit Done Caucus; she got more than 60 bills passed in the Indiana state legislature, all with bipartisan support. And despite her tremendous success, she’s never forgotten her experiences as a young single mom, struggling to provide health insurance for her son, which is probably why she’s been such a reliable fighter for working people.

Indiana

IN-05

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Victoria Spartz

Victoria Spartz was probably the shittiest candidate in a crowded primary to succeed retiring Susan Brooks, and her shittiness puts the seat in play, huzzah! Victoria is hoping that screaming Socialism Socialism Socialism will distract Indiana voters from her shady self-dealing and lunatic wingnut platform. The good news is, this Club for Growth stooge can’t seem to raise money, and this is one of those suburban districts we’ve been picking off, so I like our chances here.

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The Good Gal

Kendra Horn

Even during a Blue Wave, this seat shouldn’t have flipped, and Dems shouldn’t have a prayer of holding it now. The problem for the GOP is that Kendra Horn is freakin’ awesome. See, unlike her wingnut predecessors, she listens to her constituents, she fights for her district’s unique needs, especially during the pandemic. Republicans want to stop Horn before neighboring districts figure out they can have Representatives who serve the people, not just wealthy donors.

Oklahoma

OK-05

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Stephanie Bice

Oklahoma State Senator Stephanie Bice is a rising star in the GOP, which is something you only come to be by doing shitty stuff like opposing your own constituents’ right to health care, while simultaneously backing more taxpayer-funded pay for Stephanie Bice. An NRA puppet, a wannabe wall-builder, and an anti-choice fanatic, Bice is perhaps most famous for lying about having Mike Pence’s support during the exceptionally nasty Republican primary for this seat, and lordy, if you’re desperate/clownish/immoral enough to bicker and fib about that sad, hollow puppet’s backing, you’re certainly not fit for leadership.

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The Good Gal

Amy Kennedy

Amy Kennedy has a lifetime’s worth of experience in education and mental health advocacy, from New Jersey’s public schools to the boards of Mental Health America and Interaxon, and she’s running hard on health care, campaign finance reform, and all kinds of other good stuff. Plus, she’s not the biggest turncoat in Washington, unlike her opponent.

New Jersey

NJ-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Jeff Van Drew

Jeff Van Drew is a treasonous little shitweasel who unhesitatingly discarded his every professed belief after one bad internal poll. After riding the 2018 Blue Wave to Washington, Jeff’s refusal to back impeachment angered the very people who elected him, so he simply said “just kidding about everything I’ve ever said to anyone,” and merrily pledged “undying support” to a new Turd Emperor. HOT TAKE: people who believe in nothing except procuring power for themselves shouldn’t be lawmakers.

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The Good Guy

Andy Kim

Andy Kim is a former national security official who decided to challenge his Congressman when his Congressman tried to strip millions of Americans of their health insurance, because unlike his (now former) Congressman, Andy Kim fights for his constituents’ health. He served his country from the Pentagon to the White House to Afghanistan before hopping aboard the 2018 Blue Wave, and he’s been serving his district with distinction ever since.

New Jersey

NJ-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

David Richter

David Richter is yet another rich white guy looking to buy his way into politics any way he can. And it turns out if that meant going nuclear on a party favorite when Jeff Van Drew’s treachery forced him to find a new district to run in, well…no problem. Yeah, Richter is a bit of a carpetbagger, sure, but he’s also a cookie-cutter wall-building Trumpist, and if you still believe we need businessmen to clean up Washington, WOOO YOU CRAZY. PS, the dude literally moved jobs out of New Jersey, so caveat emptor and all that. 

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The Good Guy

Sri Preston Kulkarni

Sri Preston Kulkarni served the nation as a diplomat overseas for fourteen years before the sight of Nazis marching through Charlottesville spurred him to bring his fight back home. Running an innovative campaign targeting voters in 21 different languages, Sri is the perfect new Congressman for the New Texas that’s emerging. His healthcare-focused message nearly flipped this district in 2018, so let’s push him over the finish line.

Texas

TX-22

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Troy Nehls

Troy Nehls is a local sheriff who is perhaps most famous for repeatedly downplaying his county’s notorious human trafficking problem. Before he was a shitty sheriff, Troy was a shitty cop, who got fired for “reasons including destruction of evidence.” Lately, he’s been a dangerous anti-mask/anti-science voice during the pandemic, even as COVID-19 spread through his district. Oh and he’s rabid Trumper, of course. Unless we want Gym Jordan’s Creepy Wingnut Caucus to grow, let’s keep this clown away from Congress.

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The Good Gal

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is running for Congress because she’s lived through the sort of family health care crisis that her opponent wants to bring back. From issue to issue, she’s running on a solid Democratic platform. She’s worked for Dick Durbin AND Abraham Lincoln, IMPRESSED YET? Betsy came within one point of defeating Rodney Davis in 2018, and you can tell this district is just itchin’ to flip.

Illinois

IL-13

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis is out of touch because he’s never worked a day outside of politics. He transitioned from campaign work to Congressional staff, ran for office a couple times and lost, before finally finding a spot on the back bench, beginning an undistinguished career as a rubber stamp. Rodney was useless before Trump came along, and he wasted little time in selling out completely. He’s counting on his voters forgetting the smile on his face as he voted to take away their health insurance. Let’s remind them.

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The Good Gal

Elaine Luria

Elaine Luria was my favorite candidate in 2018, and now she’s my favorite freshman. A barrier-breaking 20-year Navy veteran, an entrepreneur, and…hell, read her bio yourself, I can’t do any better. Expertise, boldness, and a lifetime of service; this is what all our elected representatives should be like. Luria has a motto: Be Good, Do Good Work. She lives up to it. She looks out for her constituents. She led on impeachment. Let’s keep her around.

Virginia

VA-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

Scott Taylor

So, Scott Taylor is supposed to be a moderate. So “moderate” he voted for the AHCA, knowing it would wreck millions of American lives. He also voted for the GOP tax scam, even as he neglected to pay his own taxes. Scotty’s actually super shady, from his business history to his campaign forging signatures in an attempt to get a vote-splitting independent on the ballot. Coastal Virginia fired this crook two years ago for good reason, and now he wants his old gig back? Hard pass.

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The Good Guy

Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams knows how to win as a Democrat in Utah, and that ain’t nothin’, because this one was a squeaker last time. And he’s been the Blue Dog he promised to be, earning accolades for his bipartisanship, but look at what you get from a “conservative” Democrat: look at Ben’s work on suicide prevention and immigration, his impeachment vote, heck, look at the whole dang platform! It’s moderate vs. maniac in Salt Lake City!

Utah

UT-04

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

Burgess Owens

Burgess Owens is a former NFL player turned manic culture warrior, throwing tantrums about antifa and “radical left” anthem-kneelers, but don’t worry, he’s also a dutiful Trump drone who hangs out with the absolute lunatics of the QAnon movement. Of course, Burgess believes the middle of a pandemic is a jolly good time to steal health care from thousands of his potential constituents. Ultimately, just another wingnut idiot who says stupid shit on TV.

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The Good Gal

Lucy McBath

Lucy McBath showed us we could beat the murderous GOP/NRA team-up even in Newt Gingrich’s backyard, and she’s kept right on beating ‘em in Washington. And while yes, McBath has been a leading voice for gun control since her son’s tragic murder, she’s also led on issues ranging from veterans to Pell Grants. Definitely a keeper.

Georgia

GA-06

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Gal

Karen Handel

Karen Handel is so shitty, she’s managed to be shitty at CHARITY. While serving as a Vice President at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Karen tried to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, and when that blew up in her face, she threw a fit and quit. As Georgia Secretary of State, Handel was a ferocious vote suppressor. Anti-health care, anti-minimum wage, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ…Karen Handel fucking sucks, y’all. We beat her in the midterms, but it looks like this one needs one more flush.

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The Good Gal

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the first South American immigrant to serve in Congress, is about two things: hard work and service. She brings valuable experience from the nonprofit sector to the struggle against climate change (crucial for her South Florida district), and a passion born of personal tragedy to the fight for gun control. And lord knows Debbie’s steady leadership on the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force stands in sharp contrast to her opponent’s deadly incompetence.

Florida

FL-26

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

Carlos Giménez

Carlos Giménez, as Mayor of Miami-Dade County, followed the disastrous Trump/DeSantis/Grim Reaper coronavirus playbook, perhaps assuming voters would elevate him to higher office if only to get him to stop killing them. Also, since Giménez is so corrupt he has a legit monorail scandal on his record, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn he’s waving fistfuls of CARES Act funding around under a GET YER BRIBES HERE sign. Just another servile Trump sellout lookin’ to crawl into the swamp.

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The Good Gal

Gina Ortiz Jones

Gina Ortiz Jones IS the American Dream, folks. The resumé reads, “service, hard work, excellence, repeat.” A former intelligence officer with a long career in national security, Gina’s got legit chops. She knows her district‘s unique needs. Basically, if you’re putting together a Congress, you want as many Gina Ortiz Joneses as possible. In 2018, she damn near won against a relatively sane moderate, so now the GOP is so scared of losing this seat they’re playing dirty.

Texas

TX-23

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

Tony Gonzales

Tony Gonzales just barely squeaked by in a primary as nasty as a truck stop bathroom. From stiffing contractors to illegally having a campaign volunteer pose as a border patrol agent to, ahem, his mom calling the cops on his opponent, Tony is exactly the sort of ethical train wreck you’d expect Conman Don’s GOP to attract, which is why FUCK NO he doesn’t belong in Congress. That he’s running as a crazed Trumpist in this Clinton +4 district shows he’s too fucking dumb for the job, too.

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The Good Guy

Max Rose

Max Rose earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart serving his country in Iraq and Afghanistan before serving New York at Brightpoint Health and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. In his freshman term, not only has he delivered concrete results on opioids and the East Shore seawall, he even deployed with the National Guard to aid in the coronavirus fight. This’ll be one of the closest races in the House, but Max is worth keepin’ around.

New York

NY-11

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Nicole Malliotakis

If you like flip-flopping hacks with absolutely no core beliefs who’ll say anything to get elected, you’re going to LOVE Nicole Malliotakis. Yes, this is the same Malliotakis that ran for Mayor of NYC, though her current platform is unrecognizable, on issues ranging from Trump to voting by mail. Oh, and allies of her campaign doctored a photograph to make it look like she was donating supplies to coronavirus first responders, when she actually…didn’t do that. And this one of the GOP’s better recruits, YIKES.

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The Good Gal

Kate Schroder

Kate Schroder, a cancer survivor and health care advocate, couldn’t stay on the sidelines while Steve Chabot voted every ten minutes to steal health care coverage from millions. Recently, Kate has been working in Zambia to improve children’s health care; holy crap, does this mean we can actually have decent human beings in government? This certainly seems like an ideal time to have Schroder’s years of experience in both health care and politics in Congress.

Ohio

OH-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Steve Chabot

Steve Chabot is exactly the sort of corrupt, out-of-touch suburban Republican that’s rapidly going extinct, running hard on his failed, dated platform, his anti-choice record, and his anti-health-care-in-general record. Chabot’s hobbies include climate change denial, and calling the cops on his constituents for recording town halls. Steve-O is also a big ol’ impeachment hypocrite, with a giant campaign finance scandal. We actually sent this creep packing once before; let’s make it stick this time.

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The Good Gal

Jill Schupp

Jill Schupp’s passion for problem-solving led her first to the school board and City Council, then the Missouri House, then the Senate, and she’s not done moving up yet. See, her St. Louis County constituents keep promoting her, because she delivers, on issues like day care safety and surprise ER billing. Even during this crucial campaign, Schupp hasn’t stopped fighting for health care and safe schools. Promotion earned.

Missouri

MO-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Gal

Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner is most famous for her unrestrained glee at voting to steal health insurance from millions of Americans, which is, y’know…demented. Before coming to Congress, Wagner spent years as a Republican political operative, which explains her partisan disdain for half the people she “represents.” Seriously, she really hates actually dealing with her constituents. In many ways, Ann is the perfect GOP CongressHack: a multimillionaire raking in donations from other multimillionaires to rig the system in favor of multimillionaires.

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The Good Gal

Christy Smith

Christy Smith has already been delivering concrete results for this region in the California State Assembly, on issues including mental health care for first responders and human trafficking. Smith’s lifelong advocacy for public education will be particularly valuable next year when we have to clean up after Betsy DeVos. This one’s an easy choice.

California

CA-25

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Guy

Mike Garcia

Mike Garcia was an executive at a defense contractor before sneaking into this seat when Katie Hill vacated it, and I think Congress would be better off with one less weapons dealer alumnus, don’t you? An anti-choice fanatic, and a health-care-stealing jerk, Mike likes to scream SOCIALISM over and over so nobody notices how much he sucks. We noticed. Mike isn’t much of a Congressman, but he’ll make an interesting footnote.

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The Good Gal

Abigail Spanberger

We knew we’d gotten an ass-kicker when Abigail Spanberger first rose up to challenge Tea Party maniac Dave Brat. The former CIA operative now fights for gun control and health care from a seat the GOP held for 38 years. And her leadership on impeachment showed the world that even our most vulnerable members were willing to risk their careers to protect the nation from Trump’s lawlessness. We should keep her around, is what I’m saying here.

Virginia

VA-07

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Guy

Nick Freitas

Nick Freitas is a cookie-cutter Rand Rand Paul/Heritage/FreedomWorks jackass who launched himself to wingnut stardom with a deranged, hateful, pro-gun speech on the floor of the House of Delgates that sounds like a bot after being fed 5,000 hours of Fox commentary. Anyway, young Nick is that magic combination of whinging victimhood, regurgitated talking points, and white boy mediocrity that drives Cult45 wild, but holy fuck he has no business writing anybody’s laws.

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The Good Gal

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is an emergency room physician and cancer research advocate, and you’re already thinking, “holy crap, that’s a voice we could sure fuckin’ use in Congress right about now,” aren’t you? A proven team player and problem-solver, Tipirneni has been serving her community for decades, and this is precisely the sort of suburban district we’ve been flipping lately.

Arizona

AZ-06

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Bad Guy

David Schweikert

David Schweikert is so fucking corrupt, even members of his own party joined a unanimous House vote to reprimand his crooked ass. When he’s not committing crimes, Schweikert likes trying to steal his constituents’ health care, or get them killed outright, serving as one of the NRA’s nuttiest lapdogs. Still, history teaches us that Dave will pull every dirty trick in the book to keep his grift going, because he’s not one of those fun, noble, anti-hero criminals from the movies, he’s just a sack of shit.

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The Good Gal

Xochitl Torres Small

Xochitl Torres Small brought her killer resumé as a water attorney and Senate staffer to Congress, along with a firm understanding of the issues facing southern New Mexico: health care, water rights, energy development, broadband access, and more. Republicans thought they could take Xochitl down by hitting her over her impeachment vote, but that plan hit a coronavirus-shaped wall.

New Mexico

NM-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Bad Gal

Yvette Herrell

This one’s a rematch; Yvette Herrell won’t take “leave us the fuck alone” for an answer. Before her failed attempt to bring Dotard-style hate politics to New Mexico, Herrell served on the board of everyone’s favorite band of corporation-humping ratfuckers, ALEC, ewwwwww. She won her primary by claiming to be the Trumpiest of Them All, which she proves by attacking the media and lying a lot. Another premature victory speech sure would be hilarious, though.

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The Good Gal

Candace Valenzuela

Candace Valenzuela overcame childhood homelessness to become the first member of her family to graduate college, going on to fight for her community on her local school board. She understands the needs of working Texans from lived experience, while her opponent wallows in the right-wing fever swamps. Valenzuela knows what America needs in 2020 is less Donald Trump and more John Lewis.

Texas

TX-24

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Bad Gal

Beth Van Duyne

Celebrity hate-monger Beth Van Duyne rocketed to wingnut superstardom when, as Mayor of Irving, Texas, she said a bunch of hellaciously racist shit to Glenn Beck following the Ahmed Mohamed clock incident, and she’s been vomiting up insane, hateful lies about “Sharia law” ever since. That’s pretty much the whole argument here, “Look how much I hate Muslims, please send me to Congress to hurt them.” Shitty person, shitty mayor…she’d be a super-shitty Congresswoman.

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Texas

TX-32

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Likely Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Likely Dem

The Good Guy

Colin Allred

Colin Allred was a linebacker in the NFL, a Special Assistant at HUD, and a civil rights attorney before he dispatched one of the most corrupt Republicans in Congress, Pete Sessions, in 2018. As co-president of our awesome freshmen class, he’s led on issues from voting rights to veterans affairs. Plus it’s always good to have somebody on Capitol Hill that can tackle Wee Don if he tries to start a nuclear war or something.

The Bad Gal

Genevieve Collins

If there’s one thing Washington needs more of, it’s children of wealthy white families getting into politics because it looks fun and easy. Anyway, Genevieve Collins’ campaign strategy seems to be shouting “Nancy Pelosi” and “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” over and over, and hoping nobody notices she’s running against Colin Allred. There’s not much here, honestly. Standard issue Trumpist platform, standard issue Trumpy whining. Easy choice.

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Iowa

IA-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Cindy Axne

So, Cindy Axne found her way to politics in the best possible way; she encountered a problem that needed solving, (in this case, a lottery system for half- vs. all-day kindergarten in West Des Moines) and decided to put on her shit-kicking boots and solve it herself. Axne knows her shit and stays laser-focused on the needs of the Iowa 3rd. She holds herself accountable to her constituents, and fights for their health care. 10/10, would recommend.

The Bad Guy

David Young

Researching these entries, I was surprised at just how little information of consequence exists regarding David Young, a former two-term U.S. Congressdoorstop. His Wikipedia page is just a photograph of cold oatmeal. Long story short, Young voted for the GOP tax scam and the monstrous AHCA, and his constituents fired him for it. Now he wants back in to do Trump’s bidding again? Fuck no. National Republicans are going to spend big to reinstall their docile puppet, but doesn’t Iowa (still) deserve better than Mr. Cellophane?

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New York

NY-24

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Dana Balter

Dana Balter understands from experience the challenges everyday Americans face; she’s lived paycheck to paycheck and navigated the health care system with a pre-existing condition. That’s why she’s always talking about helping folks get a “fair shot,” and fighting against economic inequality. An educator, an advocate, and an organizer, Balter has spent her life to date hustling to create positive change.

The Bad Guy

John Katko

John Katko was supposed to be one of those sane, rational conservatives who would stand up to Hairplug Himmler, but then it turned out the word “courage” had been entirely excised from the GOP dictionary. There are no moderate Republicans, only fascists and their doormats; John Katko is the proof.  Additionally, on issues from taxes to health care, he regularly votes against his constituents’ interests. Fire him. Fire him right now.

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Georgia

GA-07

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Carolyn Bourdeaux

Carolyn Bourdeaux is an insanely experienced and accomplished public servant and educator, with a killer resumé. She’s seen up close the way the American health care system can devastate a family’s finances, and she believes we deserve better. Bourdeaux came with in one or two KDTs (Kemp Dirty Tricks) of flipping this seat in 2018, and that was without running against an absolute clown. One of our best pick-up opportunities.

The Bad Guy

Rich McCormick

Donnie Dotard retweeted one of Rich McCormick’s wingnut rants about the coronavirus, making him an instant Cult45 celebrity, so now he gets to be a congressional candidate, how fun. That this drooling quack been so dangerously wrong about the pandemic, over and over again (Hydroxychloroquine? Really?) makes me think maybe he’s not the leader we need right now. Rich is one of these new post-reality, post-sanity Republican leeches trying to latch a ride to power on Trump’s ass, and he absolutely must be fucking stopped.

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New York

NY-22

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Guy

Anthony Brindisi

Anthony Brindisi is one of our majority-makers, a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition serving in a seat that’s leaned Republican more often than not. Centrists may not be sexy, but Anthony’s (insane) opponent loves pointing out that he almost never votes with Donnie Dotard. Brindisi has been precisely the hard-working bipartisan moderate he promised to be, and he took a big risk in supporting impeachment, so let’s get his back, okay?

The Bad Gal

Claudia Tenney

Claudia Tenney SUCKS, y’all. A dutiful little Trumper, she gained national fame by insisting mass shooters tend to be Democrats, a claim she pulled directly out of her ass. (Claudia is, naturally, an NRA puppet) She’s one of those loons who blames everything on the DEEP STATE, including, I shit you not, Ben Carson’s $31,000 dining set. While in office, she also claimed the bullshit GOP tax bill “already paid for” itself, in a genuinely Trumpian display of dumbass mendacity. We got this one right last time; please keep this maniac out of Congress.

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California

CA-21

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Guy

TJ Cox

An engineer and entrepreneur, TJ Cox was the 40th and final seat-flipper of the 2018 Blue Wave. And, like all our freshman, he’s been delivering for his district ever since, procuring needed funding for infrastructure and local farms, plus millions to research PTSD in our troops, and oh yeah, he led on the Great American Outdoors Act as well. A doer, and thus, a keeper.

The Bad Guy

David Valadao

David Valadao got fired last time ‘round over his sinister attempt to steal health care from thousands of his constituents, and now he wants his old job back…during a pandemic. Since leaving Congress, Dave’s been spending his time walking out on lawsuit settlements over unpaid wages, and defaulting on loans. Look, I know failed businessmen are “in” in GOP circles these days, but California deserves better than a lightly-refurbished Trump stooge.

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South Carolina

SC-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Guy

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham became the 1st Democrat to flip a House seat in South Carolina since 1986, but the GOP will spend heavily to win this one back. It won’t be easy, since Cunningham has absolutely delivered the bipartisan solutions he promised, including getting a ban on offshore drilling through the House. Joe’s not afraid to call out bullshit, with an air horn when necessary. In short, he’s a solid Blue Dog Dem, and we’re lucky to have him in this seat.

The Bad Gal

Nancy Mace

Nancy Mace is a onetime Tea Party gadfly candidate who skipped to the front of the line when the gadflies took over. Mace worked for Trump in 2016, so she didn’t even have to sell out to join the treasonous modern GOP. She owned and operated this shitty little political gossip site where she published all this petty tripe, so OF COURSE Republicans are running her for the U.S. Congress. All the usual terrible Republican ideas are there, of course, especially on health care. It’s time for an all-Joe ticket in SC-1. 

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Kansas

KS-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Likely Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Likely Dem

The Good Gal

Sharice Davids

One of the first Native women in Congress, Sharice Davids brought her devotion to service to this longtime Republican bastion. A strong team player, Davids has an especially impressive record on health care, including her anti-surprise medical billing legislation. Plus, down the stretch in our battle to save American democracy, she’s been a leader in the fight to save the Post Office from Turd Reich sabotage. Well worth rehiring.

The Bad Gal

Amanda Adkins

Amanda Adkins frankly has a lot of fucking nerve even running, after her role in transforming my beloved Kansas into Brownbackistan. After her batshit wingnut policies crotch-punted the state’s education system, Adkins now says, “also I want to take away your health care, vote for me!” Amanda needed her rich father’s money to bail her out of a nasty little primary, likely because her reckless, anti-science coronavirus jabber proves her judgement remains extremely shitty.

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Texas

TX-21

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis was working to turn Texas blue before it was cool, and when it was way, way harder. With her famous 11-hour filibuster for abortion rights on the floor of the Texas Senate, she reminded us to fight like hell, everywhere and all the time. She understands working class folks’ struggle from experience. She listens and she grows and she fights. And check out this platform!

The Bad Guy

Chip Roy

Chip Roy used to be Ted Cruz’s chief of staff, and that’s probably enough to make my case, but here are some other ways he sucks, if you need ‘em: he held up a disaster relief bill in one of his wingnut tantrums, he has wet, sticky feelings about drug company profits, and he’s had lots of crazy, racist, dishonest stuff to say about the pandemic. Roy sucks so hard he almost lost this seat in 2018 when nobody really thought it was in play. I’m sure he’ll be happier back on the Zodiac Killer’s staff anyway.

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Pennsylvania

PA-10

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Guy

Eugene DePasquale

Eugene DePasquale is a smart, dedicated public servant who does his homework and knows how to get shit done. As PA’s Auditor general, he’s achieved real progress towards just, efficient government, addressing the state’s unforgivable backlog of untested rape kits. He understands issues like health care and the opioid crisis from personal experience. A good man with a good resumé, he’d make a great Congressman.

The Bad Guy

Scott Perry

Scott Perry is a decorated veteran and I thank him for his service…at least up to the point when he jumped on the maniac Tea Party Express and started fucking up our government. Scott’s the kind of dude who spouts conspiracy theories, like linking the mass shooting in Las Vegas to ISIS, and spreads deadly coronavirus disinformation. He’s an anti-choice, anti-health care, immigration hardliner/gun nut. Oh, and my proposed constitutional amendment that would bar doofuses who get humiliated by Sacha Baron Cohen from Congress would make him ineligible anyway.

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Nebraska

NE-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Kara Eastman

Kara Eastman has two decades of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, the perfect balance to the GOP’s gaggle of wealthy white dudes. Kara founded Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, in addition to work with Friendship Shelter, Rainbow House, and other NFPs; wouldn’t it be great if Congress had a few more resumés like that? One of our most progressive candidates, she’s now running with more institutional support than when she nearly flipped this seat in 2018.

The Bad Guy

Don Bacon

Don Bacon served the nation in the Air Force for more than 29 years, attaining the rank of Brigadier General. Then he went to Congress to take health care away from the very people he’d been protecting so long, which doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. He opposes women’s rights and LGBTQ rights and gun control. To Don Bacon, there’s always plenty of money for the military (when all you have is a hammer…) and the GOP’s wealthy donor class, but health insurance for America’s working people? Sorry, chumps.

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Minnesota

MN-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Guy

Dan Feehan

Dan Feehan is an Iraq veteran (he earned the Bronze Star) who served as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Obama, but he still puts his teaching experience on equal footing with his showier credentials, because he takes the idea of “service” seriously. Feehan knows his district’s unique needs, and came within a hair of winning in 2018. This one’s like choosing between the ribeye at Gibsons & a dumpster full of diapers.

The Bad Guy

Jim Hagedorn

Jim Hagedorn was already known as an unusually bigoted and misogynistic sack of shit, even by the standards of Trump’s GOP, and then the Black Lives Matter protests sent him over the edge into full white nationalism. Hagedorn hates poor people as much as he hates black people, but there’s nothing he hates as much as Minnesotans who believe they have a right to health care. Losing elections is an old hobby of Jim’s, and it’s time to reacquaint him with that sensation.

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Iowa

IA-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Abby Finkenauer

One of our most impressive freshmen, Abby Finkenauer quickly became the youngest woman ever to sponsor a bill that passed the U.S. House, and has served with quiet excellence ever since. She’s been fighting hard for her constituents during the coronavirus crisis, and Iowa Republicans sure are fucking terrified of her.

The Bad Gal

Ashley Hinson

Ashely Hinson hilariously referred to herself as “a recovering journalist” at a Trump rally, (you know, those places where they incite violence against journalists) and now hopes to ride a wave of plagiarism and lies to Congress, where she’d dutiful carry out the anti-worker agenda national Republicans recruited her to enact. Unless we get Abby Finkenauer’s back, that is. This one’s gonna be a nail-biter, folks. 

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Maine

ME-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Guy

Jared Golden

Marine veteran Jared Golden became the first Congressman elected by ranked choice voting when he swung this seat in 2018. Since then he’s delivered bipartisan solutions in Washington and excellent service for his constituents in Maine. Golden is certainly an independent thinker; he split his impeachment votes and endorsed Michael Bennet in the presidential primary…let’s keep his voice in the room.

The Bad Guy

Dale Crafts

Dale Crafts is one of the Republican Party’s “young guns” and no I’m not kidding. I guess the cutting edge conservative up-n’-comers these days are rich old white men with medieval views on reproductive rights and marriage equality, dudes so wingnutty even their endorsements read like warnings. Dale is staunchly anti-health care, but manically pro-gun, an excellent fit for the death cult that is the modern GOP, but why would you let this loon write laws?

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New York

NY-02

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon’s resume: 29 years in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with four overseas deployments, plus 32 years as an educator and guidance counselor, with more than a decade on the Babylon Town Council, where she delivered big, especially for veterans. A lifetime of service. A proven, battle-tested fighter. Let’s help Jackie take her fight for Long Island’s working families to Congress.

The Bad Guy

Andrew Garbarino

Andrew Garbarino has been such an obedient little puppet in the New York State Assembly, his donor masters want to send him to Washington to cut their federal taxes for change. Garbarino’s own stated reasons for seeking this seat are full of cold political calculations, and eerily free of constituent concerns. This Dem-trending district was loyal to Peter King for decades, but Pete finally flushed himself off into the sunset, and we can absolutely beat this glorified accountant to plutocrats.

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Indiana

IN-05

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Christina Hale

Christina Hale has a seat waiting for her in the Get Shit Done Caucus; she got more than 60 bills passed in the Indiana state legislature, all with bipartisan support. And despite her tremendous success, she’s never forgotten her experiences as a young single mom, struggling to provide health insurance for her son, which is probably why she’s been such a reliable fighter for working people.

The Bad Gal

Victoria Spartz

Victoria Spartz was probably the shittiest candidate in a crowded primary to succeed retiring Susan Brooks, and her shittiness puts the seat in play, huzzah! Victoria is hoping that screaming Socialism Socialism Socialism will distract Indiana voters from her shady self-dealing and lunatic wingnut platform. The good news is, this Club for Growth stooge can’t seem to raise money, and this is one of those suburban districts we’ve been picking off, so I like our chances here.

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Oklahoma

OK-05

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Kendra Horn

Even during a Blue Wave, this seat shouldn’t have flipped, and Dems shouldn’t have a prayer of holding it now. The problem for the GOP is that Kendra Horn is freakin’ awesome. See, unlike her wingnut predecessors, she listens to her constituents, she fights for her district’s unique needs, especially during the pandemic. Republicans want to stop Horn before neighboring districts figure out they can have Representatives who serve the people, not just wealthy donors.

The Bad Gal

Stephanie Bice

Oklahoma State Senator Stephanie Bice is a rising star in the GOP, which is something you only come to be by doing shitty stuff like opposing your own constituents’ right to health care, while simultaneously backing more taxpayer-funded pay for Stephanie Bice. An NRA puppet, a wannabe wall-builder, and an anti-choice fanatic, Bice is perhaps most famous for lying about having Mike Pence’s support during the exceptionally nasty Republican primary for this seat, and lordy, if you’re desperate/clownish/immoral enough to bicker and fib about that sad, hollow puppet’s backing, you’re certainly not fit for leadership.

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New Jersey

NJ-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Amy Kennedy

Amy Kennedy has a lifetime’s worth of experience in education and mental health advocacy, from New Jersey’s public schools to the boards of Mental Health America and Interaxon, and she’s running hard on health care, campaign finance reform, and all kinds of other good stuff. Plus, she’s not the biggest turncoat in Washington, unlike her opponent.

The Bad Guy

Jeff Van Drew

Jeff Van Drew is a treasonous little shitweasel who unhesitatingly discarded his every professed belief after one bad internal poll. After riding the 2018 Blue Wave to Washington, Jeff’s refusal to back impeachment angered the very people who elected him, so he simply said “just kidding about everything I’ve ever said to anyone,” and merrily pledged “undying support” to a new Turd Emperor. HOT TAKE: people who believe in nothing except procuring power for themselves shouldn’t be lawmakers.

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New Jersey

NJ-03

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Guy

Andy Kim

Andy Kim is a former national security official who decided to challenge his Congressman when his Congressman tried to strip millions of Americans of their health insurance, because unlike his (now former) Congressman, Andy Kim fights for his constituents’ health. He served his country from the Pentagon to the White House to Afghanistan before hopping aboard the 2018 Blue Wave, and he’s been serving his district with distinction ever since.

The Bad Guy

David Richter

David Richter is yet another rich white guy looking to buy his way into politics any way he can. And it turns out if that meant going nuclear on a party favorite when Jeff Van Drew’s treachery forced him to find a new district to run in, well…no problem. Yeah, Richter is a bit of a carpetbagger, sure, but he’s also a cookie-cutter wall-building Trumpist, and if you still believe we need businessmen to clean up Washington, WOOO YOU CRAZY. PS, the dude literally moved jobs out of New Jersey, so caveat emptor and all that. 

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Texas

TX-22

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Guy

Sri Preston Kulkarni

Sri Preston Kulkarni served the nation as a diplomat overseas for fourteen years before the sight of Nazis marching through Charlottesville spurred him to bring his fight back home. Running an innovative campaign targeting voters in 21 different languages, Sri is the perfect new Congressman for the New Texas that’s emerging. His healthcare-focused message nearly flipped this district in 2018, so let’s push him over the finish line.

The Bad Guy

Troy Nehls

Troy Nehls is a local sheriff who is perhaps most famous for repeatedly downplaying his county’s notorious human trafficking problem. Before he was a shitty sheriff, Troy was a shitty cop, who got fired for “reasons including destruction of evidence.” Lately, he’s been a dangerous anti-mask/anti-science voice during the pandemic, even as COVID-19 spread through his district. Oh and he’s rabid Trumper, of course. Unless we want Gym Jordan’s Creepy Wingnut Caucus to grow, let’s keep this clown away from Congress.

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Illinois

IL-13

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Rep

Inside Elections: Tilt Rep

Roll Call: Tilt Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is running for Congress because she’s lived through the sort of family health care crisis that her opponent wants to bring back. From issue to issue, she’s running on a solid Democratic platform. She’s worked for Dick Durbin AND Abraham Lincoln, IMPRESSED YET? Betsy came within one point of defeating Rodney Davis in 2018, and you can tell this district is just itchin’ to flip.

The Bad Guy

Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis is out of touch because he’s never worked a day outside of politics. He transitioned from campaign work to Congressional staff, ran for office a couple times and lost, before finally finding a spot on the back bench, beginning an undistinguished career as a rubber stamp. Rodney was useless before Trump came along, and he wasted little time in selling out completely. He’s counting on his voters forgetting the smile on his face as he voted to take away their health insurance. Let’s remind them.

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Virginia

VA-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Elaine Luria

Elaine Luria was my favorite candidate in 2018, and now she’s my favorite freshman. A barrier-breaking 20-year Navy veteran, an entrepreneur, and…hell, read her bio yourself, I can’t do any better. Expertise, boldness, and a lifetime of service; this is what all our elected representatives should be like. Luria has a motto: Be Good, Do Good Work. She lives up to it. She looks out for her constituents. She led on impeachment. Let’s keep her around.

The Bad Guy

Scott Taylor

So, Scott Taylor is supposed to be a moderate. So “moderate” he voted for the AHCA, knowing it would wreck millions of American lives. He also voted for the GOP tax scam, even as he neglected to pay his own taxes. Scotty’s actually super shady, from his business history to his campaign forging signatures in an attempt to get a vote-splitting independent on the ballot. Coastal Virginia fired this crook two years ago for good reason, and now he wants his old gig back? Hard pass.

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Utah

UT-04

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Guy

Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams knows how to win as a Democrat in Utah, and that ain’t nothin’, because this one was a squeaker last time. And he’s been the Blue Dog he promised to be, earning accolades for his bipartisanship, but look at what you get from a “conservative” Democrat: look at Ben’s work on suicide prevention and immigration, his impeachment vote, heck, look at the whole dang platform! It’s moderate vs. maniac in Salt Lake City!

The Bad Guy

Burgess Owens

Burgess Owens is a former NFL player turned manic culture warrior, throwing tantrums about antifa and “radical left” anthem-kneelers, but don’t worry, he’s also a dutiful Trump drone who hangs out with the absolute lunatics of the QAnon movement. Of course, Burgess believes the middle of a pandemic is a jolly good time to steal health care from thousands of his potential constituents. Ultimately, just another wingnut idiot who says stupid shit on TV.

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Georgia

GA-06

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Lucy McBath

Lucy McBath showed us we could beat the murderous GOP/NRA team-up even in Newt Gingrich’s backyard, and she’s kept right on beating ‘em in Washington. And while yes, McBath has been a leading voice for gun control since her son’s tragic murder, she’s also led on issues ranging from veterans to Pell Grants. Definitely a keeper.

The Bad Gal

Karen Handel

Karen Handel is so shitty, she’s managed to be shitty at CHARITY. While serving as a Vice President at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Karen tried to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, and when that blew up in her face, she threw a fit and quit. As Georgia Secretary of State, Handel was a ferocious vote suppressor. Anti-health care, anti-minimum wage, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ…Karen Handel fucking sucks, y’all. We beat her in the midterms, but it looks like this one needs one more flush.

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Florida

FL-26

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the first South American immigrant to serve in Congress, is about two things: hard work and service. She brings valuable experience from the nonprofit sector to the struggle against climate change (crucial for her South Florida district), and a passion born of personal tragedy to the fight for gun control. And lord knows Debbie’s steady leadership on the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force stands in sharp contrast to her opponent’s deadly incompetence.

The Bad Guy

Carlos Giménez

Carlos Giménez, as Mayor of Miami-Dade County, followed the disastrous Trump/DeSantis/Grim Reaper coronavirus playbook, perhaps assuming voters would elevate him to higher office if only to get him to stop killing them. Also, since Giménez is so corrupt he has a legit monorail scandal on his record, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn he’s waving fistfuls of CARES Act funding around under a GET YER BRIBES HERE sign. Just another servile Trump sellout lookin’ to crawl into the swamp.

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Texas

TX-23

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Lean Dem

Inside Elections: Lean Dem

Roll Call: Lean Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Gina Ortiz Jones

Gina Ortiz Jones IS the American Dream, folks. The resumé reads, “service, hard work, excellence, repeat.” A former intelligence officer with a long career in national security, Gina’s got legit chops. She knows her district‘s unique needs. Basically, if you’re putting together a Congress, you want as many Gina Ortiz Joneses as possible. In 2018, she damn near won against a relatively sane moderate, so now the GOP is so scared of losing this seat they’re playing dirty.

The Bad Guy

Tony Gonzales

Tony Gonzales just barely squeaked by in a primary as nasty as a truck stop bathroom. From stiffing contractors to illegally having a campaign volunteer pose as a border patrol agent to, ahem, his mom calling the cops on his opponent, Tony is exactly the sort of ethical train wreck you’d expect Conman Don’s GOP to attract, which is why FUCK NO he doesn’t belong in Congress. That he’s running as a crazed Trumpist in this Clinton +4 district shows he’s too fucking dumb for the job, too.

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New York

NY-11

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Guy

Max Rose

Max Rose earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart serving his country in Iraq and Afghanistan before serving New York at Brightpoint Health and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. In his freshman term, not only has he delivered concrete results on opioids and the East Shore seawall, he even deployed with the National Guard to aid in the coronavirus fight. This’ll be one of the closest races in the House, but Max is worth keepin’ around.

The Bad Gal

Nicole Malliotakis

If you like flip-flopping hacks with absolutely no core beliefs who’ll say anything to get elected, you’re going to LOVE Nicole Malliotakis. Yes, this is the same Malliotakis that ran for Mayor of NYC, though her current platform is unrecognizable, on issues ranging from Trump to voting by mail. Oh, and allies of her campaign doctored a photograph to make it look like she was donating supplies to coronavirus first responders, when she actually…didn’t do that. And this one of the GOP’s better recruits, YIKES.

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Ohio

OH-01

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Kate Schroder

Kate Schroder, a cancer survivor and health care advocate, couldn’t stay on the sidelines while Steve Chabot voted every ten minutes to steal health care coverage from millions. Recently, Kate has been working in Zambia to improve children’s health care; holy crap, does this mean we can actually have decent human beings in government? This certainly seems like an ideal time to have Schroder’s years of experience in both health care and politics in Congress.

The Bad Guy

Steve Chabot

Steve Chabot is exactly the sort of corrupt, out-of-touch suburban Republican that’s rapidly going extinct, running hard on his failed, dated platform, his anti-choice record, and his anti-health-care-in-general record. Chabot’s hobbies include climate change denial, and calling the cops on his constituents for recording town halls. Steve-O is also a big ol’ impeachment hypocrite, with a giant campaign finance scandal. We actually sent this creep packing once before; let’s make it stick this time.

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Missouri

MO-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Jill Schupp

Jill Schupp’s passion for problem-solving led her first to the school board and City Council, then the Missouri House, then the Senate, and she’s not done moving up yet. See, her St. Louis County constituents keep promoting her, because she delivers, on issues like day care safety and surprise ER billing. Even during this crucial campaign, Schupp hasn’t stopped fighting for health care and safe schools. Promotion earned.

The Bad Gal

Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner is most famous for her unrestrained glee at voting to steal health insurance from millions of Americans, which is, y’know…demented. Before coming to Congress, Wagner spent years as a Republican political operative, which explains her partisan disdain for half the people she “represents.” Seriously, she really hates actually dealing with her constituents. In many ways, Ann is the perfect GOP CongressHack: a multimillionaire raking in donations from other multimillionaires to rig the system in favor of multimillionaires.

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California

CA-25

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Christy Smith

Christy Smith has already been delivering concrete results for this region in the California State Assembly, on issues including mental health care for first responders and human trafficking. Smith’s lifelong advocacy for public education will be particularly valuable next year when we have to clean up after Betsy DeVos. This one’s an easy choice.

The Bad Guy

Mike Garcia

Mike Garcia was an executive at a defense contractor before sneaking into this seat when Katie Hill vacated it, and I think Congress would be better off with one less weapons dealer alumnus, don’t you? An anti-choice fanatic, and a health-care-stealing jerk, Mike likes to scream SOCIALISM over and over so nobody notices how much he sucks. We noticed. Mike isn’t much of a Congressman, but he’ll make an interesting footnote.

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Virginia

VA-07

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Abigail Spanberger

We knew we’d gotten an ass-kicker when Abigail Spanberger first rose up to challenge Tea Party maniac Dave Brat. The former CIA operative now fights for gun control and health care from a seat the GOP held for 38 years. And her leadership on impeachment showed the world that even our most vulnerable members were willing to risk their careers to protect the nation from Trump’s lawlessness. We should keep her around, is what I’m saying here.

The Bad Guy

Nick Freitas

Nick Freitas is a cookie-cutter Rand Rand Paul/Heritage/FreedomWorks jackass who launched himself to wingnut stardom with a deranged, hateful, pro-gun speech on the floor of the House of Delgates that sounds like a bot after being fed 5,000 hours of Fox commentary. Anyway, young Nick is that magic combination of whinging victimhood, regurgitated talking points, and white boy mediocrity that drives Cult45 wild, but holy fuck he has no business writing anybody’s laws.

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Arizona

AZ-06

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Lean Rep

Roll Call: Lean Rep

Sabato: Lean Rep

The Good Gal

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is an emergency room physician and cancer research advocate, and you’re already thinking, “holy crap, that’s a voice we could sure fuckin’ use in Congress right about now,” aren’t you? A proven team player and problem-solver, Tipirneni has been serving her community for decades, and this is precisely the sort of suburban district we’ve been flipping lately.

The Bad Guy

David Schweikert

David Schweikert is so fucking corrupt, even members of his own party joined a unanimous House vote to reprimand his crooked ass. When he’s not committing crimes, Schweikert likes trying to steal his constituents’ health care, or get them killed outright, serving as one of the NRA’s nuttiest lapdogs. Still, history teaches us that Dave will pull every dirty trick in the book to keep his grift going, because he’s not one of those fun, noble, anti-hero criminals from the movies, he’s just a sack of shit.

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New Mexico

NM-02

Incumbent

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Tilt Dem

Roll Call: Tilt Dem

Sabato: Lean Dem

The Good Gal

Xochitl Torres Small

Xochitl Torres Small brought her killer resumé as a water attorney and Senate staffer to Congress, along with a firm understanding of the issues facing southern New Mexico: health care, water rights, energy development, broadband access, and more. Republicans thought they could take Xochitl down by hitting her over her impeachment vote, but that plan hit a coronavirus-shaped wall.

The Bad Gal

Yvette Herrell

This one’s a rematch; Yvette Herrell won’t take “leave us the fuck alone” for an answer. Before her failed attempt to bring Dotard-style hate politics to New Mexico, Herrell served on the board of everyone’s favorite band of corporation-humping ratfuckers, ALEC, ewwwwww. She won her primary by claiming to be the Trumpiest of Them All, which she proves by attacking the media and lying a lot. Another premature victory speech sure would be hilarious, though.

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Texas

TX-24

Open Seat

Ratings

Cook: Toss-Up

Inside Elections: Toss-Up

Roll Call: Toss-Up

Sabato: Toss-Up

The Good Gal

Candace Valenzuela

Candace Valenzuela overcame childhood homelessness to become the first member of her family to graduate college, going on to fight for her community on her local school board. She understands the needs of working Texans from lived experience, while her opponent wallows in the right-wing fever swamps. Valenzuela knows what America needs in 2020 is less Donald Trump and more John Lewis.

The Bad Gal

Beth Van Duyne

Celebrity hate-monger Beth Van Duyne rocketed to wingnut superstardom when, as Mayor of Irving, Texas, she said a bunch of hellaciously racist shit to Glenn Beck following the Ahmed Mohamed clock incident, and she’s been vomiting up insane, hateful lies about “Sharia law” ever since. That’s pretty much the whole argument here, “Look how much I hate Muslims, please send me to Congress to hurt them.” Shitty person, shitty mayor…she’d be a super-shitty Congresswoman.

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