WFP Endorses Gillibrand

Progressive Party Gives Gillibrand Backing and a Ballot Line

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For more information, contact Joe Dinkin at 718.222.3796 x.217 or jdinkin[at]workingfamilies[dot]org

New York – Today, the Working Families Party announced its endorsement of Kirsten Gillibrand for US Senate. The endorsement, which marks the progressive party’s first of the 2012 cycle, gives Gillibrand the WFP’s line on the November ballot – Row D – and also the support of its formidable grassroots door-to-door get-out-the-vote operation.

“In just a few years, Senator Gillibrand has proven herself to be one of Washington’s most effective advocates for working people,” said Bob Master, co-chair of the Working Families Party, and Legislative and Political Director of the Communications Workers of America Region 1. “From making access to decent healthcare affordable for families to reversing the outsourcing of decent jobs, Kirsten can get it done.”

In 2010, 182,655 New Yorkers cast their votes for Senator Gillibrand on the Working Families Party line, or almost 4% of voters statewide.

Votes cast on the Working Families ballot line count the same for the candidate, but also, say supporters, make a statement about your values. “When you vote on the Working Families line for Gillibrand for Senate, you’re voting for your values,” said Camille Rivera, a leader in the Working Families Party and Executive Director of United NY. “If you want to urge all our elected officials to stand up and fight for working families like yours, cast your vote on the Working Families line.”

The Working Families Party is an independent grassroots party that fights for the 99%. WFP evaluates the records of all the candidates and supports only those who stand up for working-class and middle-class families on issues like good jobs, affordable healthcare, fair taxes and quality schools.

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