An Exception for an Exceptional Candidate – Jeff Gardner

Awesome! Second big national endorsement of the day! Democracy for America’s Chair Jim Dean gives Jeff DFA’s endorse later today. Thanks, Howie, digby, John & the Blue America team! – Rosi

Blue America rarely reaches out to help candidates raise money in local legislative races. We do make exceptions for exceptional candidates and we have one for you today: Jeff Gardner of New Jersey, who’s in a primary race against a corrupt incumbent drowning in a sewer scandal, John Girgenti, the Majority Whip, best known as the New Jersey legislator who killed marriage equality. With vicious homophobes like Girgenti leading the Democrats… who needs Republicans!

Jeff Gardner made a name for himself as an advocate for marriage equality, and he’s much more than that. As a fourteen-year veteran attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, he’s been fighting to protect workers, making sure union members are guaranteed their rights in the workplace. As an early organizer for Democracy for America, he pushed Democratic candidates up and down the ballot to champion progressive policies and push for common sense solutions. He’s a real Democrat who is itching to fight for the issues important to all of us.Whether it’s protecting women’s access to family planning services or fighting for marriage equality, Jeff will never back down from a fight.  He’s going to stand up for what he believes in, which means standing behind progressive policies that too many Democrats run away from.

We need to support the very best Democrats at every level of government, not just in Washington. The battles in Wisconsin and Ohio highlight the need for strong progressive leaders in traditionally Democratic-leaning state governments. We can’t afford to put collective bargaining rights at risk. We can’t let the radical right take away a woman’s right to choose. Most importantly, we need Democrats who are going to fight for us. I hope you can join us in making sure Jeff has all the resources necessary to take down this entrenched incumbent in the Democratic primary in June. He’s our newest addition to the Blue America PAC and he’ll be joining us for a live session 11a PDT/2p EDT at Crooks and Liars on Thursday.

A message from Jeff to Blue America members: “I know most of you don’t live in New Jersey, much less the 35th district. Still, your support is vital.  The battles in Wisconsin and Ohio highlight the need for strong progressive leaders in our state governments. We can’t afford to put collective bargaining rights at risk. We can’t let the radical right take away a woman’s right to choose. We can’t allow conservative, anti-progress Democrats to bargain away our civil rights. The status quo already has one party as its champion– it doesn’t need two.”

If recent attacks by GOP Governors have stirred something inside of you, there’s something you can do to fight back…please donate to Jeff’s campaign 

here.

Thanks for doing what you can,

digby, John, Howie and the Blue America team

Comments (4)

  1. Got Kids
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  2. carolh

    the awesome candidate we’ve known for years!

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  3. johnleesandiego

    so loving and supporting Jeff amongst ourselves is great; but at the very least tweet articles that mention him (even if others have already done so) and post articles to your facebook account. RT his tweets on twitter. The teaparty types have been using these tactics for a while and we need to use social media ad nauseum to get our candidates name out.  

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  4. Jeff Gardner

    and of course thank you Blue Jersey!

    🙂

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