US Senate

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Booker, Running for Federal Office, Doesn’t Comment on Federal Issues?

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Rush Holt ran an ad that enumerated things Holt stands for at a federal level, and states that Cory Booker doesn’t support these same things.  One of these items is a carbon tax in order to reduce greenhouse gasses, and while Holt has vociferously backed the concept (as did Ronald Reagan for reducing acid rain when it was known as cap and trade), Cory Booker hasn’t taken a position.

That’s OK, I think. I’ve never though that one candidate in a race should be able to dictate what the others talk about. If Holt wants to talk carbon tax, that’s his decision.  If Booker doesn’t, that’s his.

But when it comes to the reason why Booker won’t take a position on the issue you have to be a little confused.

Kevin Griffis, senior adviser and communications director for Booker’s campaign, said in an e-mail that Booker “hasn’t taken a public position on a carbon tax, which is largely a federal or state-level issue.”

So the Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, buffeted by Hurricane Sandy which is largely seen as exacerbated by climate change, who regularly travels around the country making speeches on various issues, who advocates for state and federal gun laws hasn’t commented on a carbon tax because it’s a federal or state issue?  

Last I looked he’s running for federal office, so not commenting on federal issues is a little weird.  

For disclosure, I’ve already voted for Holt in this election and hope he wins.  He won’t.  Booker will.  And that’s cool.  He’s got my support for the general.

But I bring up this kind of thing because the splitting hairs, mealy mouthing ducking of issues by campaign consultants and media advisers is a big thing that’s wrong with politics.  If you have a position state it, and if you don’t just say you don’t.

But explaining makes you look either weak or obfuscatory to the public.  When you’re a CEO that’s not a problem because your power isn’t based on public opinion but internal corporate intrigue and authority.  But neither is a good thing for a politician who wants to make a difference.  Politicians and elected officials gain their ability to pass laws, change the debate and get things done based on their ability to persuade the public.  It’s the coin of the realm.

And I want a junior Senator who can get things done, not one who goes along to get along.

Meet the 58 Democrats Too Conservative For Their Districts

Every election season activists have the same debates: to primary or not to primary? Risk-averse campaign professionals wince at the thought of primaries to any sitting Democratic members of Congress, while ideological activists and party interest groups are more enthusiastic about challenging errant Blue Dogs and conservative Democrats.

These debates unfortunately remain one of the last redoubts of hazy gut-based analysis and decision-making in politics, but that’s all about to change. Primary Colors will bring a Moneyball approach to this guessing game, and help progressive activists target their resources on the lowest-value members in the lowest-risk districts.

Harry Reid Tweaks Tune on Cory Booker

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It’s not often that the United States Senate President majority leader weighs in on an open primary for an open seat, but yesterday on PBS Newshour he seemed to back Newark Mayor Cory Booker over Congressman Rush Holt, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver and Congressman Frank Pallone (video below).

In an interview with PBS Newshour correspondent Judy Woodruff, Reid responds to a question about the lack of African-American Democratic members of the U.S. Senate by saying that Booker was ‘on his way,” and predicted, quite assuredly, his election in October.

“Well, just hold your breath,” Reid says. “Cory Booker’s on his way, from New Jersey. That’ll happen in October.”

This is a little different than back in December before Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to make something perfectly clear: He backs Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in a prospective primary against Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

“I always support incumbent senators,” Reid told POLITICO Thursday evening. “I would always support Lautenberg or anyone else that’s running for reelection.”

Reid was positive about Booker back then, though.

“He’s a very good man, he would be a good senator,” Reid said of Booker Thursday, noting he had previously spoken to the Newark mayor. “Of course we have to work out a few issues, but he would be a wonderful senator and he’s a great man.”

But in the subsequent conversation, Reid said he didn’t want to make it appear that he was “dumping” on Lautenberg, saying, “That didn’t sound too good to me.”

“I always support incumbents and I always have and I wasn’t going to say anything bad about Cory Booker – he’s a wonderful guy,” Reid said.

Beware of Booker

By James J. Devine

Newark Mayor Cory Booker became a household name and established his political credentials with millions of dollars raised among Wall Street insiders and other wealthy people who have no concern for people in New Jersey.

The Newark mayor has a national reputation that is undeserved by his actual accomplishments as a politically divisive absentee who failed to stop rising violent crime rates, unemployment and property taxes in his hometown.

Booker temporarily quelled violence statistics by loosing belligerent tactics that have resulted in calls for a federal takeover of the police department, but his massive layoff of 1,150 city workers ended that charade.

Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, as well as Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, have far more substantive records of leadership and achievement albeit without the celebrity for celebrity’s sake that Booker has.

Rush Holt Runs Against “Democrats in Washington” in Web Ad

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Rush Holt’s new web ad is about implementing a “speculation tax” for Wall Street to cut down on computer trading.  He specifically says, “Most Democrats in Washington won’t touch it,” an interesting choice.  The only Democrat in Washington he’s running against is Frank Pallone, and he’d likely support it — if it were possible.

Which is another point — if Democrats in Washington won’t touch it there’s no chance it’ll pass.  I’d rather hear about things the candidates can actually implement instead of things that would be nice in an alternate universe.

Rush Holt Speaks with Blue Jersey

On Friday, the Holt campaign office in West Windsor was teeming with activity. Blue Jersey visited for an exclusive extended interview with the Congressman who is running against three other Democrats in a primary election next month for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat.

We talked about why he’s running, his accomplishments in the House chamber dominated by do-nothing Republicans, and why he feels he’s the best candidate to assume the Lautenberg legacy.

On the issues, among the things we discussed are climate change, health care, energy, today’s surveillance state, public education, foreign policy, and immigration.

Blue Jersey will be happy to conduct similar interviews with the other senatorial candidates. Contact us.