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