Retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark will take on an active role in Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s re-election campaign, serving as honorary chairman of Veterans for Josh.
Gottheimer served as deputy communications director and speechwriter for Clark’s 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO, praised Gottheimer’s record of supporting veterans.
“Since taking office, Josh Gottheimer has been a forceful advocate for veterans. In Washington, he fights to make sure our heroes and their families get the benefits they have so-rightfully earned,” Clark said. “In New Jersey, he always stands up for our heroes, most recently demanding answers and accountability at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus.”
Gottheimer is seeking re-election to a third term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 5th district. He faces investment banker Frank Pallotta.
“General Clark is not only one of the most distinguished soldiers and leaders in our country, but he is a dear friend, and mentor,” Gottheimer said. “As I say wherever I go in the Fifth District, we must always have the backs of those who got ours. Under General Clark’s leadership, I know we will continue to ensure that veterans and their families who sacrificed so much for us will have their voices heard and their needs met.”
Clark campaigned for Gottheimer in 2016 during his successful bid to unseat seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (D-Wantage).
A late entrant in the 2004 campaign. Clark finished third in the New Hampshire primary and won Oklahoma, but withdrew in mid-February after watching the John Kerry juggernaut.
Clark was one of five finalists to become Kerry’s running mate, a job that went to another presidential contender, John Edwards.
“We must do everything we can to keep Josh in Congress, and I am proud to be serving as honorary chair of ‘Veterans for Josh,’” Clark said.