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Progressive Action PAC Endorses 23 Progressive Candidates for Congress

October 1, 2012

Contact: Brad Bauman (202) 520-2155

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Progressive Action PAC (PAPAC), leadership PAC of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today endorsed 23 candidates for Congress in races across the nation. From a police officer and teachers to doctors and an astronaut, from the West Coast to the East Coast and small towns in between, these candidates are diverse in every way except one: their commitment to progressive values. Each is a strong progressive who will fight to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, to protect American jobs and to defend the hardworking families that make this country great.

In addition to endorsing 23 challengers, PAPAC has endorsed current Congressional Progressive Caucus Members Reps. Louise Slaughter and David Cicilline.

Honorary PAPAC Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison released the following statement on the endorsements:

“Each candidate PAPAC has endorsed will fight to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, strive to protect and create American jobs, and fight against the Republican agenda to gut the middle class. The American people will be proud to welcome these progressive champions to Congress in January, and we’ll be proud to call them colleagues in the fight for a fairer, more prosperous America. Congress needs more people willing to respect a hard day’s work, end Too Big to Fail banking, and stand up for America’s heroes–the teachers, nurses and firefighters Republicans are targeting with deep cuts. We’re ready to work to make sure these 23 candidates help build an economy that works for everyone.”

The candidates endorsed by PAPAC include:

Congresswoman Louise Slaugher NY-25

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Congressman David Cicilline RI-01

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Ami Bera, CA-07

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Val Demings, FL-10

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Lois Frankel, FL-22

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Alan Grayson, FL-09

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David Gill, IL-13

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Jose Hernandez, CA-10

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Jared Huffman, CA-02

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Patsy Keever, NC-10

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Dan Kildee, MI-05

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Ann McLane Kuster, NH-02

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Grace Meng, NY-06

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Joe Miklosi, CO-06

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Patrick Murphy, FL-18

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Rick Nolan, MN-08

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Sal Pace, CO-03

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Mark Pocan, WI-02

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Raul Ruiz, CA-36

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Krysten Sinema, AZ-09

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Carol Shea-Porter, NH-01

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Nate Shinagawa, NY-23

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Syed Taj, MI-11

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Mark Takano, CA-41

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Manan Trivedi, PA-06

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Rob Zerban, WI-01

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