An Alaskan in New York

New York donors and activists are having a free meet-and-greet tonight with Diane Benson, the Democratic challenger running against Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska ("Congressman for All Alaska," says his web site), a supporter of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere."

Young is the third ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, according to his bio.

Here’s the invitation for tonight’s event:

Dear NYC Political Friends –

I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to attend a free event, a Meet and Greet with Diane Benson, who is running for Alaska’s at-large (and only) Congressional seat in 2008. The event is being sponsored by Democracy for NYC (the local coalition of Democracy for America) and myself on Monday evening, February 11, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Red Sky Bar @ Lounge, 47 East 29th Street. (between Madison and Park Avenues) Please see attached invitation.

Diane Benson, a member of the Alaskan native community and the mother of a severely injured Iraq war veteran, is a solid Progressive candidate who can turn a long held Red state Blue – in a year when expanding Democratic control of Congress is a clear goal and priority. Diane has received the endorsements of former United States Senators Max Cleland and Mike Gravel, Governor and former U.S. presidential candidate Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Diane has consistently been in the forefront of the battle in Alaska to: promote civil rights, to promote responsible development in her pristine state through programs that utilize renewable and sustainable energy, to make access to quality health care for all a reality, get sensible programs like S-CHIP signed into law and to sponsor legislation to control the pharmaceutical industry. She is also a loud and enthusiastic voice against the war in Iraq, which we currently find ourselves mired in, while championing programs for veterans.

To find out more about this remarkable woman and exceptional Congressional candidate please click on http://www.bensonforcongress.com or refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Benson <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Benson&gt;.The trials and tribulations that are her life story are truly inspiring and they have led her on her journey to seek to enter the realm of public service as an advocate for the residents of Alaska – her home and the state she loves.

Please RSVP for this event to ruth_benedict@comcast.net as space will be limited. There will be a cash bar with drink specials available throughout the evening as well as full menu service – to go along with an enjoyable amount of mingling and socializing with like-minded NYC Progressives. But the reason to come out on February 11 is to meet Diane and be inspired by the very moving story that is her life.

Please come out and see for yourself – don’t miss it!

Very Appreciatively,

Lewis Cohen Finance Director Democracy for NYC

An Alaskan in New York