SCOOP: DailyClout interviews Pelosi Challenger Shahid Buttar. Health Care, Housing, Costs Saved on Military Expenditure?
DailyClout is honored to have been invited by @ShahidforChange, Shahid Buttar’s Congressional campaign, to interview the candidate, a grassroots activist, privacy rights advocate, Constitutional lawyer, and Muslim immigrant, who is running in the SF primary to unseat Rep Nancy Pelosi. The SF Primary is a “two past the post” primary, so Buttar and other challengers do indeed have the chance to go on to the General, even if Rep Pelosi also wins the primary.
SF’s primary is June 5th.
Buttar — who is, disclosure, an acquaintance of DailyClout CEO Naomi Wolf’s from their years spent separately working on various civil liberties issues — spoke about his agenda for his potential constituency. He is promoting a platform that would focus on single payer health care for San Franciscans; on affordable housing, in a city where rents are increasingly only for the very affluent; and Buttar also made the case that there can be savings on military appropriations, that could then be brought home to fund other needs that citizens have — not just in California but nationally. He also stressed his own experience with military budgets and appropriations.
Buttar’s campaign has generated support from across the country, and he is raising money with small donations rather with maxed-out contributions. His interview has strong words for the record of Rep. Pelosi. who has been, of course, a formidable powerbroker on the establishment Democratic side of the aisle.
While DailyClout cannot endorse candidates, this challenge and this race are well worth following. Whatever else you may take away from Shahid Buttar’s candidacy, it does appear that the DNC’s (and RNC’s) stranglehold on which candidates, and which elections, to support, may be weakening, as citizens push back across the country at the “anointed” candidates of the major parties, and challenge the gatekeepers.
Watch Shahid Buttar answer DailyClout’s questions here: