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Trevor Thomas, in Home Stretch of Congressional Primary, Releases First Ad: VIDEO

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Trevor Thomas, the gay former Communications Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Media Matters staffer who is running for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd District, is out with his first ad today, featuring his mom, and running on all major networks in his district. LGBT issues have not been an issue in his race.

Thomas is running against former state Rep. Steve Pestka in the primary on August 7. The winner will challenge Tea Party Congressman Justin Amash in November.

Check out his ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Trevor Thomas Makes Final Push In Michigan Congressional Race: VIDEO

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With the clock ticking toward Michigan's August 7 primaries, Congressional candidate Trevor Thomas is ramping up his campaign. And things are looking good for Thomas -- that is, when voters are given more information about Thomas, meaning that Thomas needs to focus on getting his name and message out there. Today's endorsement from Rep. Patrick Murphy, a key Democrat in the fight to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, could, in theory, help in that regard.

"Trevor Thomas is a passionate public servant who will stand up for middle class families and fight for the people he represents," Murphy said, according to a press release. "A member of Congress needs to be able to work with people of different views. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell didn't just happen — it required extensive legwork and a willingness to reach across party lines. We would not have succeeded in repealing this discriminatory policy without Trevor. He showed the kind of dedication and commitment we should expect from a member of Congress. In this age of partisanship and rancor, West Michigan - and America - need Trevor Thomas in Congress."

Thomas said he is "honored" by Murphy's endorsement. "Representative Murphy's work has brought America closer to realizing its promise: that all are created equal and should have the same opportunities to serve our country."

But even a high-profile endorsement may not be enough to fill Murphy's campaign coffers, and with only a few days to go before fundraising ends, he's still out there stumping for change. If you want to help him out, you can do so HERE.

Meanwhile, you can check out video of Thomas telling a bit about why he's gone into politics, how to help the auto industry and what he would do about immigration reform, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Pollster: Gay Michigan Congressional Candidate Trevor Thomas Can Win Primary with Enough Funds

Trevor Thomas, the former Communications Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network ant Media Matters staffer who is running for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd District, can win the Democratic primary there if he obtains the funding to get his message out, a national pollster tells Mlive:

ThomasMark Mellman’s firm says a recent 400-person survey of registered Democrats shows Thomas with lower name recognition and overall favorability rating than [Steve] Pestka.

But when presented with what the firm and the Thomas camp say is a fairly worded description of both men, Thomas surges to a 22-point lead from a 21-16 point deficit.

"Trevor Thomas has a fantastic opportunity to defeat Steve Pestka in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District in what begins as a close race with a huge number of undecided voters,” Mellman wrote in a memo to the Thomas campaign. "Our poll confirms Thomas has a powerful set of messages at his disposal if he can raise the funds to get that message out." ...

“The reality is I need to be able to match his spending, but I’m very conscious that we may be outspent if he chooses to spend large amounts of money from his own pockets,” Thomas said.

At the end of the March, Pestka had about $105,000 more in cash on hand, according to campaign finance records. Reports for the second quarter have yet to be filed.

If you wish to help Trevor out, you can do so HERE.


Out Michigan Candidate Trevor Thomas Offers Madonna 'Vogue' Platinum Award for Donor Helping Him Strike a Pose in Congress

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Our friend Trevor Thomas, who's running for Congress in Michigan, is doing some creative fundraising, which may interest many of you. Thomas is challenging Rep Justin Amash, a Tea Party Republican from his hometown in Michigan’s 3rd District. (See his interview with Jennifer Granholm here)

TrevorToday, he's getting a special boost from Howie Klein, the former head of Sire records:

The campaign for Democratic Congressional candidate Trevor Thomas (MI-3) announced today the opportunity for one lucky person to receive the original and rare RIAA-certified Double Platinum Award Record for VOGUE.  The single reached number one in over 30 countries worldwide, becoming Madonna's biggest hit at that time and still remains one of her biggest singles of all time.  Madonna, a Michigan native, included groundbreaking, inclusive lyrics at the time: "It makes no difference if you're black or white, If you're a boy or a girl".  In a national effort launching today, the former head of Sire Records will offer up the award to a person who contributes to Trevor's campaign.  The lucky person will be selected from the folks who give their support to Trevor.

"Trevor is the example of the inclusive spirit of what Vogue was all about in the 90s and today.  He's trying to change the dynamic of politics.  Trevor isn't a politician and he's being upfront and honest with voters about who he is and what he stands for; his work for our troops will forever have an impact on our country.  And he's doing it while remembering his own parents - who worked on the lines of General Motors for three decades - and I think his campaign truly mirrors the passions of the people," said Howie Klein, former head of Sire Records and founder of Blue America PAC.

Check out Trevor's campaign and donate for a chance to win here!


Former SLDN, Media Matters Staffer Trevor Thomas Running for Congress in Michigan

Trevor Thomas, the former Communications Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network who also worked for a short time at Media Matters, announced today that he is running for Congress from Michigan.

TrevorThomas is challenging Rep Justin Amash, a Tea Party Republican from his hometown in Michigan’s 3rd District. Writes Thomas:

It's time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put politics aside to do what was best for our country. My parents' generation helped put the world on wheels and furniture in our living rooms. Now it is our time to stand up and fight for Michigan families to ensure they get a fair shake. This is a campaign for us all.

Thomas recorded a video to launch his campaign, in which he drives through his hometown.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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