After several months of quiet groundwork, Democrat Sean Eldridge formally announced late Sunday that he will run for Congress next year.
The 27-year-old investor posted a video to his campaign website offering a brief biography and some generic campaign themes, as well as hints on several lines of attack against Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, who won the seat in 2010.
“I love the Hudson Valley. It’s where I’m building my family, my home, and my business,” Eldridge says. “Right now the voices of every day New Yorkers are being drowned out by the special interests and party politics, causing gridlock in Washington. We need an independent voice who will fight for us.”
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 Gibson won a solid re-election.
Eldridge stresses that he went to public schools and cares deeply about the Hudson Valley. He promises to “create jobs,” protect Medicare and Social Security against budget cuts, and “reduce the influence of …read more