Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford Law Professor, author and Internet civil liberties advocate made two annoucements on his blog this week – the formation of Change Congress and that he is considering a run for Congress in California’s 12th District to fill the seat of late Congressman Tom Lantos.
As a self-proclaimed “progressive (pc word for liberal),” Lessig will most likely face former state Sen. Jackie Speier in the Democratic primary and he responded to strong objections from some that his entrance into the race would only serve to stall her “deserved” bid.Will Oremus of the San Jose Mercury News reports:
Known as a fighter for the public interest in the Internet age, Lessig has picked Congress as his latest target. His bid to replace the late Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, would be part of his broader campaign finance reform project, called “Change Congress.”
“My goal is to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on some fundamental principles that need to be reformed so Congress regains the confidence of the people,” Lessig said. The question now is whether running for office himself is the best way to do that.
Not surpisingly, Lessig and his supporters have engaged heavily online through Lessig08.org, DraftLessig.org, 4Lessig’s “Hackfest” event, Change Congress video, and a Draft Lessig for Congress group on Facebook boasting almost 4,200 members to date. He plans to announce his decision by March 1.
Lessig’s Bid for Congress Ends As Quickly As Begins (WP, Post I.T. blog)