Open Letter to Democratic National Committee From Congressional Candidate
Dear DNC Chair Tom Perez & DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison,
We can agree, too many nationally elected officials put corporate interest over the interests of our people. Our fellow Americans are tired of politicians who bend to the will of corporate donors and special interest. This is evident in polls and vocal dissent. Unfortunately, our party is not immune to politicians influenced by cronyism.
We were concerned about the candidacy of New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew for New Jersey’s Second Congressional District. Not because it would bring additional competition to the race - competition helps spur innovation and give the people a real choice - but because Jeff Van Drew has shown time and time again he is not a Democrat; instead, he is a career politician who does not espouse the values of our party.
Van Drew has voted against marriage equality as recently as 2010. Van Drew did not vote on a bill that would prohibit transgender discrimination in schools. Van Drew has voted against stricter gun laws for aggressors in cases of domestic violence and was endorsed by the NRA in 2017. Van Drew voted against ensuring protections for immigrant students while in school and went as far as voting against a motion to condemn Donald Trump’s unconstitutional immigration executive orders.
These egregious votes were all made with Van Drew claiming to be a Democrat. Now he plans to run for the House of Representatives on our party’s ticket?
This is not a case of “change of heart” - Jeff Van Drew has served over a decade as a “Democrat” in New Jersey politics, but his votes state otherwise. Van Drew is not a “conservative” Democrat - he is an NRA-backed Republican. His positions directly oppose so many facets of our party platform - just to name a few Van Drew has acted in strong opposition to “fixing our broken immigration system”, “guaranteeing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights”, and “preventing gun violence”. His votes over the course of his political career do not reflect values that are shared by the Democratic Party and are candidly, abhorrent.
As we the people work to move the country forward, we must reject self-interested politicians in favor of true public servants. We ask you to carefully review his votes and consider whether a candidate with such poor positions is qualified for the Democratic ticket.
Very truly yours,
Sean A. Thom & the Democratic Constituents of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District
NJ Gay Marriage: How Lawmakers Voted, NJ.com, January 7, 2010 http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/nj_gay_marriage_how_lawmakers.html
Jeff Van Drew’s Political Summary, VoteSmart.org, https://votesmart.org/bill/23372/60346/24685/jeff-van-drew-did-not-vote-s-3067-prohibits-transgender-discrimination-in-schools#60346
Bills 2016-2017: S805 Revises certain laws concerning domestic violence and firearms, http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp
Jeff Van Drew’s Political Summary, VoteSmart.org, https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24685/jeff-van-drew#.Wh4pzLQ-eRt
Bills 2016-2017: SCR134 ScaAa (2R) Legislature intent for school districts and public higher education sites act as safe zones to protect identities and data related to undocumented students and their families. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp
Bills 2016-2017: SCR143 Condemns United States Executive Orders regarding immigration. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp
Fixing our Broken Immigration System, Democrats.org, https://www.democrats.org/party-platform#broken-immigration
Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights, Democrats.org, https://www.democrats.org/lgbt-rights
Preventing Gun Violence, Democrats.org, https://www.democrats.org/party-platform#gun-violence