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Gay Congressional Candidate Sean Eldridge Officially Kicks Off NY Campaign with New Ad: VIDEO

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Sean Eldridge, the former political director at Freedom to Marry and husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who filed papers back in February to run for Congress from upstate New York, last night unveiled an ad announcing his campaign along with a website.

The campaign announcement has been preceded, in July, by a pointed profile in The New York Times of Eldridge and Hughes entitled, "Young, Rich and Relocating Yet Again in Hunt for Political Office." That article thrilled Republicans who believed the profile only furthered a narrative about Eldridge they're trying to make stick, wrote our Sean Mandell.

The Times Union adds:

He's worked to raise his business profile in recent months, and Republicans, sensing his ambition, have already rushed to paint him as a rich carpet-bagger.

While Eldridge has yet to be officially endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner came to Eldridge's defense:

“While a lot of people talk about the needs to create jobs, Sean Eldridge has actually been doing it, investing in small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and helping them to expand and create jobs. Sean also has a strong record promoting environmental protection and civil rights throughout New York. While some folks work tirelessly to protect tax breaks for billionaires and corporate special interests, Sean has been working to grow small businesses and fight for middle class families.”

Those issues are at the forefront of Eldridge's new ad. Buzzfeed points out that what's not there is any mention of his LGBT work or the details that he's gay and married to Hughes. Eldridge's website does mention his support for marriage equality in his online bio and in the issues section of his website.

Writes Capitol Confidential:

The race will be instantly competitive because of Eldridge’s personal wealth: Eldridge married Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year, and has already invested $215,000 in his campaign. The 19th District covers the mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills, as well as parts of Rensselaer and Montgomery counties, and broke for Barack Obama in 2012 even as [Eldridge's opponent Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook] won a solid re-election.

Eldridge is the only Democrat running.

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Gay Congressional Candidate Sean Eldridge Hit With Attack Ad: VIDEO

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Sean Eldridge, husband to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who in February filed papers to run for Congress in New York's 19th congressional district against Republican incumbent Chris Gibson, has come under attack in a new online ad released by the National Republican Campaign Committee. The online ad, which reportedly cost "several hundred dollars to post," targets Eldridge as a rich, out of touch carpetbagging elite who doesn't understand the needs of hard-working New Yorkers, Capitol Confidential reports:

“'Sean Eldridge knows the world of big-money politics, spending $250,000 to get his candidate elected to the New York State Senate,' a narrator says [in the ad], referencing Eldridge’s support for Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.

The ad closes with a photo of Gibson, noting how he’s 'earned' his service and touting his four overseas combat tours as an Army commander and his receipt of a Purple Heart medal."

The attack ad comes on the heels of a profile by The New York Times of Eldridge and Hughes entitled, "Young, Rich and Relocating Yet Again in Hunt for Political Office." That article elicited delight from Republicans who believe the profile only furthers the narrative about Eldridge they're trying to make stick.

While Eldridge has yet to be officially endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner came to Eldridge's defense:

“While a lot of people talk about the needs to create jobs, Sean Eldridge has actually been doing it, investing in small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and helping them to expand and create jobs. Sean also has a strong record promoting environmental protection and civil rights throughout New York. While some folks work tirelessly to protect tax breaks for billionaires and corporate special interests, Sean has been working to grow small businesses and fight for middle class families.”

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Facebook Co-Founder's Husband Sean Eldridge Files Papers to Run for Congress

EldridgeSean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has filed papers in New York to run for Congress, Gawker reports:

According to the filings, Eldridge, a Democratic activist and the head of an investment firm, will be seeking a House seat in New York's 19th District, currently represented by Representative Chris Gibson. Gibson, a two-term Republican and former West Point professor, was reelected in November by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent. But the 19th District also broke for Obama; it is one of the dozens of vulnerable districts Democratic strategists are gunning for in 2014 in an effort to reclaim the House.


Maine Marriage Equality Group Hits $100,000 Fundraising Mark, Gets Matching Donation from Facebook Co-Founder

Mainers United for Marriage, the gorup working to pass a ballot measure legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, hit their target in a $100,000 matching donation challenge offered by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (pictured) and his partner Sean Eldridge, the Bangor Daily News reports:

HughesThe Mainers United for Marriage campaign raised $121,197 as of Friday but topped $100,000 on Thursday, the deadline for raising the matching funds, David Farmer, spokesman for the campaign, said Monday...

...Farmer said Monday that more than 1,000 people contributed to the matching fund, with 470 of them donating for the first time. The average contribution was $115, he said.

“We’re happy with the results,” Farmer, who writes a column for the Bangor Daily News, said in a telephone interview. “It exceeded our expectations.”

Information about who contributed how much to the matching grant will be available in the next campaign finance repor

t due to be filed on July 24 with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.


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