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Progressive Candidate Darcy Burner: How I Became the Target of a Right-Wing Smear Campaign

After giving a speech about the politics of abortion, Burner became the target of a dishonest campaign cooked up by conservative bloggers.

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JH: Before I let you go I want to talk a little bit about the race. You’re running in Washington state’s newly minted First District. How is the race going?

DB: It’s going really well. All of the polls have shown me substantially ahead of my primary competitors. The ballots for the primary drop in about a month and have to be turned in by August 7. The Republican who is running in this race is very, very far to the right. He actually thinks that pregnancies should never be allowed to be terminated, even for the health or life of the mother. Apparently if one has an complicated pregnancy, that should be a death sentence in his world. I think this is an issue of human rights, and the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies rather than some politician like John Koster, is incredibly important. 

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet. He is the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy: And Everything else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America . Drop him an email or follow him on Twitter.

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