This, and Senator Buono’s nearly $250k raised in her first month, makes an impressive start to her campaign. Promoted by Rosi.
When Cory Booker decided not to challenge Chris Christie for Governor, the choice for me and many others became crystal clear… and for some even more clear! When Senator Barbara Buono called me, there was no hesitation, you have to admire her guts and willingness to be the first to step up and provide leadership! As a small business person, a senior, a parent and grandparent, I have many interests in the political arena that make her candidacy very attractive and worthy of my proactive support, it is as an LGBT civil rights activist with an emphasis on the T that is one the major reasons for my political being. No one needs to remind me that Barbara was the prime sponsor of the very first fully inclusive LGBT rights legislation in New Jersey!
This diversified and inclusive list of LGBT leaders supporting Barbara is far from complete. Many folks were on holiday and could not be reached. Several folks not listed are enthusiastic and indicated strong support but are unable to go public at this time and deferred public commitment to give respect to their County leaders or other non declared candidates with whom they have personal relationships. There is a high level of enthusiasm among LGBT and allied leaders for Senator Buono based on her record as a balanced progressive who relates well to independents and the clear contrast she presents in her record and goals for all New Jerseyans as opposed to the demonstrated record of Chris Christie that shows his prime focus is for his own political goals.
Within this context, I am honored to have the opportunity to help elect the first female Democratic Governor of the State of New Jersey. Anyone have a problem with that? 😉 … and Yes, we have momentum and are welcoming more folks to sign on!
After the jump, a short introduction to the LGBT Outreach Committee behind Sen. Buono for the primary, and then a list of its members:
BUONO FOR GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES LGBT OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Over 20 Prominent LGBT Leaders will head up outreach for the Buono for Governor Campaign
Group cites the Senator’s strong support for marriage equality for all New Jerseyans
In 2009, when Democratic leadership failed to pass marriage equality in the State Senate, Senator Barbara Buono cast an historical AYE vote in favor of marriage equality while speaking passionately on the Senate Floor urging the Democratic Party Leadership to support the legislation. Senator Buono is committed to make it law when elected Governor this November. In addition to her fight for marriage equality, the Senator has sponsored and advocated for legislation to end transgender discrimination. In 2011, Senator Buono was honored by Garden State Equality for her advocacy and sponsorship of one of the toughest pieces of anti-bullying legislation in the country.
“I am proud to endorse and chair this committee to make our case to all pro-equality voters in New Jersey why Barbara Buono is the best candidate to challenge Chris Christie in November. She provides a clear contrast and will give the voters a clear choice,” stated Babs Casbar Siperstein, former President of the New Jersey Stonewall Democrats.
“As one of the first openly gay elected officials in the State of New Jersey and as Deputy Mayor of Asbury Park, I am proud to add my name to the long line of LGBT supporters for Barbara Buono’s candidacy for Governor. As a staunch ally of the LGBT community in the State Senate, we can count on Senator Buono to be a pro-equality leader for all New Jerseyans,” stated Asbury Park Deputy Mayor John Loffredo.
“Senator Barbara Buono has been standing tall for all New Jerseyans, including those who happen to be LGBT, throughout her career. We need a Governor like her – a leader for all, not just for some,” stated Sue Fulton, an Obama-Biden 2012 Delegate and a 1980 West Point Graduate. President Obama appointed Fulton to the West Point Board of Visitors, making her the first openly gay member of the board that advises the Academy.
The following will coordinate the LGBT Outreach Committee for the Primary Race.
Babs Casbar Siperstein
Former President, New Jersey Stonewall Democrats, former Vice-Chair, Garden State Equality
Councilman Ed Zipprich
President, New Jersey Stonewall Democrats
Red Bank’s first openly gay elected official and Municipal Chairman
Chairwoman Ann Baker
Roosevelt Democratic Party & NJ Stonewall Democrats Executive Board
Former National Stonewall Board Member, Delegate Democratic National Convention 2000 (Puerto Rico), current Garden State Equality Board Member
Mayor Randy Bishop
First Openly Gay Mayor in Neptune Township History Past President, NJ Stonewall Democrats and Former Assembly Candidate
Rev Bruce H Davidson
Retired Executive Director of the Lutheran Office of Government Ministry in New Jersey
2012 DNC Obama-Biden Delegate
Councilwoman Kathy Horgan
Red Bank Human Relations Commission
Bedminster Democratic Party Municipal Chairman & Former Assembly Candidate
Bound Brook Democratic Party Municipal Chair & Former Assembly candidate
Obama-Biden 2012 Delegate & Presidential Appointee
Jon Holden Gallucio
Former Managing Director, Garden State Equality
Gary and Charlie Maffei
One of the 16 couples who filled for a marriage application in 2004 at Asbury Park City Hall.
Former Wood-Ridge Councilman, currently President Imperial Court of NY
Asbury Park Deputy Mayor John Loffredo
One of New Jersey’s first openly gay elected officials
Labor Attorney and LGBT Advocate
Gary Paul Wright
Member, Newark LGBTQ Advisory Commission, Member Essex County LGBT Advisory board, Former Board member of Garden State Equality
Member Garden State Equality Board, First Head of NJ Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Section
Co-Chairman Monmouth County Democrats Pride Caucus
Fred A. Blumberg
Co-Chairman Monmouth County Democrats Pride Caucus & Past President Gay Union at Trenton State