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Andrew Yang endorses Pallone primary opponent

Russ Cirincione gets backing of ex-Democratic presidential candidate

By David Wildstein, May 27 2020 3:45 pm

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has endorsed Russ Cirincione for Congress in his primary challenge to House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch).

“When I spoke with Russ, he told me he was running for Congress to fight for his 3-year old son. Climate change will cause catastrophic physical and economic destruction within our lifetimes. Russ will fight to the bone to address climate change and for Universal Basic Income,” said Yang, an entrepreneur who stunned political observers by continually making it to televised candidate debates. “His opponent, Frank Pallone, has declined to join the Emergency Cash Relief Bill in Congress. Russ for Us!”

Cirincione, a government housing attorney, said that he has also received the backing of Humanity Forward, a non-profit formed to continue advocating for Yang’s policies.

“I am humbled by the endorsement of Andrew Yang and Humanity Forward. Due to their advocacy and public service, the national conversation now overwhelmingly supports a Freedom Dividend that is crucial for equitable economic justice during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Cirincione.  “We need more leaders willing to fight for the common good of humanity and put politics aside. The work we are doing today will benefit Americans for generations.”

Yang participated in eight nationally-televised presidential debates and raised $41.8 million, significantly outperforming the presidential candidate endorsed by Pallone, New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Still, Yang won no delegates and dropped out after a sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses and coming in eighth in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

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