Dear Mark Alexander:
We first met as early supporters of Barack Obama in 2007. I like you. You are smart, progressive and articulate on issues. I, of course, respect your right to run against my friend and colleague, Senator Nia Gill, in the upcoming primary.
But I do not like the turn your campaign seems to have taken. As we Democrats hope to elect Senator Barbara Buono our next Governor, and retain majorities in the legislature, it seems to me it is unnecessary, unwise, and unpleasant to read your rather nasty attacks on Senator Gill.
Senator Gill has been and continues to be one of the Senate’s most eloquent spokespersons for our progressive values, whether for marriage equality, civil rights, womens rights or for working families in our state. She is a remarkable debator and very often leads the Democratic side of the discussion for many of these issues on the floor of the Senate.
She has always supported, and will continue advocating for the health exchanges which the Governor vetoed, and for the expansion of medicaid which is so important for providing working poor families with access to health care. She has been a leading proponent of funding for family planning centers and continues to speak out on these issues.
So Mark, tell the BJ audience what you stand for and why you would be a better Senator. Do it without attacking Nia’s great record for women and for the less fortunate in our state. I look forward to a campaign about issues.
Lets work together for a unified Democratic party in November and to elect Senator Barbara Buono and Democratic majorities in the Legislature.
Senate Majority Leader