I like a lot of people in politics, and sometimes that can make it difficult to choose which candidate to support in a contested primary among friends. But, that’s just not the case in the CD-10 race. Donald Payne might very well make a good Congressman. And, Nia Gill (whose passionate support for marriage equality in particular I will always be grateful for) would be even better. But, for me, Ron C. Rice is the best candidate for Congress in NJ’s 10th District. Plain and simple.
On the issues, Ron is everything progressives look for in a representative. He wants Citizens United overturned, and is a real advocate of strong pay-to-play rules.
And then there are the intanglibles:
– His constituent service reputation is excellent, and he is well-known to be (and often referred to in the media as) an exceptionally hard-worker.
– He has maintained his strong, unwavering support of marriage equality since the very beginning (and from Newark, where it is much harder to do than some other places).
– He has helped to train and raise money for young and first-time progressive local candidates for years. (And me too!)
– And, he is someone who is never ever afraid to stand up against the machine when it’s the right thing to do.
Ron’s commitment to progressive values and good government is why Democracy for America has endorsed him, why labor unions like SEIU and CWA have endorsed him, and why I am very proud to personally endorse Ron Rice as well.
To that end, I helped organize, together w/Betty and Tom Wyka, Rosi Efthim and DFA-NJ a low-dollar ($35) reception in Ron’s honor tomorrow evening at 6p at the Wyka home, One Bennett Ct., Parsippany, NJ 07054. If you agree with me that Ron Rice is the best choice for the 10th District, I hope you’ll join us in supporting him tomorrow night.