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Voters in the 9th Congressional District are posed with a tough choice. Two capable, progressive members of Congress are facing off in a primary. Only one can stay in Congress. Sometimes in life we face these types of tough dilemmas. But the stakes are too high to make the wrong choice. President Obama needs fighters in Congress to reform our campaign finance laws, pass comprehensive climate change legislation, and protect middle class families.
Bill Pascrell is one of those fighters the President needs back in Congress come 2013.
My friendship with President Obama goes back fifteen years. As a Senior Advisor, State Director here in New Jersey, and member of the transition team I know his values are one in the same with Congressman Pascrell. I know that if Bill were drawn into a congressional district with Scott Garrett – the darling of the Tea Party – he would not back down. He would have brought that fight right to Garrett’s doorstep and put another seat in play to regain the majority for the Democrats, just like he did in 1996.
Steve Rothman had that chance, but instead chose to move into Bill’s district and waste resources that should go towards defeating Republicans.
I don’t take this endorsement lightly. As the campaign unfolded over the last few months, my initial instinct was to stay out of this race. But I couldn’t stand idly by any longer. Specifically, I was disappointed by the tenor of Rothman’s campaign. Attack ads the Star Ledger called “dishonest, ludicrous, wrong and ridiculous” motivated me to speak up. I applaud Bill Pascrell for running a campaign appealing to the best in people, not the worst. Our focus must remain on the key issues of the day: creating jobs, affordable healthcare, and educational opportunities for our children.
As Democrats, we shouldn’t need to worry about dishonest attacks from within the party.
Bill doesn’t sit on the sidelines during important political and legislative fights. When President Obama needed help passing healthcare legislation, Congressman Pascrell was there to forge consensus and get the bill passed. As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he delivered important funding that improved our infrastructure, created jobs, and protected our environment. Bill is the fighter we need standing arm-in-arm with President Obama.
On June 5th vote Bill Pascrell for Congress.