[OPINION] Pallone Will Continue Lautenberg’s Legacy

by Josh Lautenberg

On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy for the passing of my father, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. Thank you, too, for the friendship and support you gave him, and us, during his distinguished career. He was always so grateful for your generosity and good counsel over the years. I know my father was a great man, and he will be deeply missed.

I’m writing to you now because I am deeply concerned about the future of the state and the people my father loved so much. A Special Primary Election has been called for August 13th to determine the Democratic challenger who will run in the October General Election to fill my father’s seat. As you can imagine, it is extremely important to my family and me that my father’s legacy is preserved in his successor. Last week, we released a statement announcing our endorsement of Congressman Frank Pallone, because we know that he is right for New Jersey and he is the person my father would’ve wanted to succeed him.

Please take a moment to read our statement  and to watch this video on Frank Pallone.

Frank Lautenberg followed three fundamental principles as New Jersey’s U.S. Senator: stay true to his progressive values, put New Jersey first, and be a workhorse, not a showhorse. After he announced his retirement, he spoke often about his desire that his replacement in the Senate respect those core principles and continue his work.

Deciding which candidate to endorse was not an easy decision. Most of the candidates in the Democratic field have proven themselves as hardworking, progressive leaders who care deeply about New Jersey. But only one of them stands out as ready to continue Frank Lautenberg’s progressive leadership in the U.S. Senate. That candidate is Congressman Frank Pallone.

We are saying: Stick with Frank.

Frank Pallone, like Frank Lautenberg, has always looked out for working families in New Jersey and made them his top priority – in fighting for economic justice, healthcare reform, environmental protection, education and so many other issues. Frank Pallone, like our Frank, will put in the hours and hard work necessary to fight for New Jersey in the Senate. And Frank Pallone knows that gimmicks and celebrity status won’t get you very far in the real battles that Democrats face in the future.

Frank Pallone worked with Frank Lautenberg for many years. He understands what it takes to take on and defeat Republicans and the special interests that attack the well being of working families. While it may not always attract glamorous headlines, Frank knows that to be effective you must put New Jersey and your principles first, not your own glory.

When New Jersey Democrats examine the Senate candidates closely, they may be surprised to find out that not all of them share core Democratic values or loyalty to the party. And one candidate stands out as the best hope of continuing the progressive legacy of Senator Frank Lautenberg – Congressman Frank Pallone.

Friends, this election is only weeks away and the outcome completely depends on you. My father may be gone but his legacy can be carried forward. His passion for advocating for the people of New Jersey still exists in Frank Pallone and I implore you to vote for this great public servant, who has worked tirelessly to do what’s right, like my father did. I can’t express enough the importance of not only getting yourself to the polls in August but demanding your friends, family and co-workers vote too.

Simply put, Frank Pallone will only be your next Senator if his supporters get to the voting booth in huge numbers. The consequence of not getting involved or assuming this race is already over will ensure victory for Cory Booker. Frank Pallone can win this race but only with your help. On behalf of my father, I am asking you to get out there and work hard to help Frank Pallone to victory on August 13th.

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