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Trivedi rolls out more endorsements

Trivedi rolls out more endorsements

Any doubt that the local Democratic leadership and rank-and-file are mostly behind Manan Trivedi in the 6th Congressional District has long since been dispelled. But that didn’t stop Trivedi’s campaign from unveiling still more endorsements from party insiders Wednesday—including two people who had previously endorsed his primary opponent Doug Pike.

The latest Democrats to jump the fence in the contentious primary were Reading City Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz and former Lower Merion Township Commissioner Felice Wiener. Those endorsements were complemented by support from more than two dozen current and former elected and party officials, including state Representative Barbara McIlvaine Smith (D-Chester) and Michele Vaughn, who chairs the Chester County party.

Several Democrats who endorsed Pike when he was the only candidate in the primary have now either gone neutral or switched sides. And while many political watchers still consider him the favorite because of his considerable advantage in campaign cash, the surge of party support for Trivedi has created one of the most competitive House primaries in the state.

Asked about the latest supporters to switch sides, Pike campaign manager Andrew Eldredge-Martin said that “we respect their decision and look forward to working with all Democrats in the general election.”

See Trivedi’s full release below:

READING, Pa – Influential community organizations to individual community leaders alike, Democrat Manan Trivedi continues to receive key endorsements that will prove to be a valuable asset to the campaign’s ground game with just a little more than one month before the May 18 primary.   From the Liberty City Democrats to the Greater Reading PAC (GRPAC) to a Democratic party chairperson, a state Representative and twenty-four more committee people, Trivedi is picking up momentum at a critical time in the election season.

Coming from the Liberty City Democrats, the organization released the following statement on their web site following their endorsement meeting. “Manan Trivedi submitted an excellent questionnaire showing a real understanding of and passion for LGBT issues. His record of military service in Iraq and background as a medical doctor would give him a valuable perspective as a Congressman. From repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to understanding the unique healthcare needs of LGBT community members, Manan will be an advocate. If elected, he will also be the only Indian-American serving in Congress.”

Both GRPAC president Jen Schlegel and their treasurer, Bob Millar stated that “Manan is an outstanding candidate and we found his background and progressive positions on the issues important to us to be compelling reasons to endorse him.”

The addition of the individual community and political leaders now brings Trivedi’s total to 137, which triples the amount of his Democratic primary opponent.

The following is a complete listing of the new endorsers to the Trivedi campaign.

Liberty City Democrats


George Manos – Lower Merion Commissioner

Felice Wiener – Former Lower Merion Commissioner

Nina Rosenthal – Montgomery County Committeeperson

Dana Axelrod – Montgomery County Committeeperson

Ellen Aspinall – Montgomery County Committeeperson

Barb McIlvaine Smith – PA State Representative – Chester

Michele Vaughn – Chester County Democratic Committee Chair

Thomas Sennett – Chester County Democratic Committee Vice-Chair

Cheryl Bagenstose – Berks County Committeeperson

David J. Batdirf, Esq. – Berks County Committeeperson

Joanne Brancadora – Berks County Committeeperson

Roberto Cesca – Berks County Committeeperson

John Cole – Berks County Committeeperson

Barbara Cole – Berks County Committeeperson

Ralph Galen – Berks County Committeeperson

Barbara Galen – Berks County Committeeperson

Bart Ganster – Berks County Committeeperson

Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz – Reading City Council Member & Berks County Committeeperson

Richard Hinnershitz – Berks County Committeeperson

Robert Leinbach – Berks County Committeeperson

Bruce Light – Berks County Committeeperson

David Meyers – Berks County Committeeperson

Larry Miccicke Jr. – Berks County Committeeperson

Mae Miller Dieter – Berks County Committeeperson

Mary Lou Pollock – Berks County Committeeperson

Carl Ramich – Berks County Committeeperson

Dorothy Robinson – Berks County Committeeperson

George Schutt – Berks County Committeeperson

Kim Stahler – Berks County Committeeperson

Manan Trivedi is a primary care physician, a former Lt. Commander and an Iraq War veteran from Berks County.

April 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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comments [6] | post a comment

  1. Davey

    Apr 14th, 2010

    cool. so um, how about the other 600,000 people in the district? When is manny going to try to get some votes and stop courting every random committee person?

  2. Bruce Bailey

    Apr 14th, 2010

    Haven’t heard much from Doug Pike lately. Is he still running?

  3. Yes

    Apr 14th, 2010

    oh please bruce. are you really impressed by some cmte people?

  4. K . Martel

    Apr 15th, 2010

    Holy Ganesha ! Trivedi seems to be building momentum.

  5. Anonymous

    Apr 15th, 2010

    Who’s manny? And frankly if Trivedi’s campaign is unable to engage committee people, many of whom are actually paying attention to this election right now, he’ll have a tough time in May with the general electorate. Courting local party leaders is a smart and commonplace tactic for any candidate for office. Calling him out for that is naïve.

  6. Manny Is a Muslim

    Apr 16th, 2010

    Trefedi Is a Muslim and Has not denied it anywhere

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