The Human Rights Campaign PAC has endorsed Democrat Robert J. Menendez for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district, one of 22 pro-equality candidates across the U.S. that received the backing of the prestigious LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.
The endorsement frequently comes with access to money and access to an enormous voter data base of equality voters.
“At a time when our rights and freedoms are under attack by extremist politicians and judges, we need strong leaders who will advocate for everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community,” said Geoff Wetrosky, the Human Rights Campaign national campaign director “That’s why HRC is proud to endorse Rob Menendez to represent New Jersey’s 8th congressional district and it’s why we’re working to mobilize Equality Voters to support him at the polls this November.”
Annette Taddeo, a Florida state senator taking on incumbent Republican Rep. Maria Elvia Salazar in a Miami-based district, also won an endorsement. Taddeo’s father, Anthony, was born and raised in Orange, and her aunt was a school secretary in West Orange. Salazar ousted Donna Shalala in 2020.
Newly elected Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat who defeated former Gov. Sarah Palin in a special election this year, also received a Human Right Campaign PAC endorsement.
Menendez, a Port Authority commissioner and the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, is a near-certainty to hold the seat against Republican Marcus Arroyo. The longtime incumbent, Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), is retiring after serving in Congress since 2006.
“The progress that has been made on issues of LGBTQ+ equality is under threat by the extremist forces in Washington and across the country,” Menendez said. “In our struggle to move towards a more equitable future, we have learned from the reversal of Roe that progress can never be taken for granted.