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Lentz Announces Experienced Campaign Consulting Team


SWARTHMORE, PA—State Representative Bryan R. Lentz took a significant step
closer today to formally announcing his candidacy for the Democratic
nomination in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District by announcing that
a group of experienced campaign consultants have signed onto his campaign.
Attracting this type of top flight talent is a testament to the strength
of his candidacy.

“I’m happy to announce today that Neil Oxman of the Campaign Group, Andrew
Kennedy of Kennedy Communications and Jeff Pollock of Global Strategy
Group have all signed onto our campaign,” Lentz stated.  “As we move
forward, it is important that we build an experienced team so that I can
go to Washington and continue the fight for renewable energy, creating
green jobs and improving veterans’ benefits.”

Neil Oxman, founder of The Campaign Group which advised Congressman Sestak
in 2006 and 2008, has been the principal media architect of two
Presidential primary campaigns and has elected dozens of candidates to
federal and statewide office including Governor Ed Rendell.  Oxman has
lectured extensively on media and political strategy at Oxford University,
the University of Pennsylvania, and various other colleges.

Andrew Kennedy is another Sestak adviser, who in 2006 managed Lentz’s
direct mail program, and is Principal of Kennedy Communications.  Kennedy
has been a national consultant with dual expertise in political and direct
mail for the past twenty years.  He’s managed three winning congressional
campaigns, served as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress, and
consulted for campaigns in twenty-seven states.

Jeff Pollock is the President of Global Strategy Group, a public opinion
polling firm that worked for Lentz in 2006 and again during his reelection
campaign in 2008.  Pollock’s clients include West Virginia Governor Joe
Manchin, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, and many members of Congress.  Pollock
has also conducted focus groups with voters for ABC’s This Week with
George Stephanopoulos and election town-hall meetings for ABC News.  He
also often appears as a political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and the FOX
News Channel.

Lentz is a veteran of the Iraq war and served with peacekeeping missions
in the Sinai Peninsula and Bosnia.  He was awarded both the Bronze Star
for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  In civilian
life, Lentz served for six years as a prosecutor with the District
Attorney’s office, where he prosecuted violent crime.  As a State
Representative, Bryan has been an advocate for renewable energy by drawing
on his experience in Iraq and making the argument that renewable energy
policy is directly related to our national security.  One of just four
Iraq war veterans in the State House, Bryan has been a constant and
visible advocate for veterans; honoring their service and pushing and
promoting job training and education programs to make sure they have jobs
when they return.  If elected, he will bring this same spirit of service
and tough, principled leadership to Washington.

The 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Delaware County,
along with Southwestern Montgomery County and Eastern Chester County, has
formally been a Republican stronghold.  However, the District has been
trending Democratic in recent years.  In 2006, Joe Sestak defeated
Congressman Weldon by twelve percentage points and in 2008 he easily won
reelection by twenty percentage points.  President Obama also won the
district with fifty-six percent of the vote in 2008.

With Congressman Sestak’s announcement that he will vacant his
Congressional seat and challenge Senator Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania
Democratic Senate Primary, Lentz is poised to carry the Democratic banner
into the general election to hold onto the 7th Congressional District.
Lentz began raising money and building a campaign organization and is now
planning a major campaign announcement in the near future.

Lentz’s State House District lies entirely inside of the 7th Congressional
District and, like the rest of the Congressional District, has a strong
Republican voter registration advantage.  Still, Lentz defeated a 28-year
incumbent in 2006 in one of the most expensive and closely watched state
house races in the entire Commonwealth.  In 2008, voters overwhelmingly
reelected Lentz to a second term in the State House with fifty-five
percent of the vote.

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September 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm Staff


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