Lawler was a regional field director for Scott Murphy‘s successful congressional race upstate, and was most recently the campaign manager for City Council candidate Evan Thies, who was defeated by Steve Levin. Lawler was also a regional field director for Barack Obama’s campaign, working in Iowa, Misouri, Texas, Mississippi, Oregon and Montana, according to his FaceBook page.
Saujani is one of the only declared congressional candidates (so far) taking on a member of her own party. The argument she’s laying out, in a fund-raising email sent this morning to supporters—presumably all Democrats—is that there needs to be “change” in the district.
“In 2008, we saw how small dollar political donations helped change American politics forever. And your contribution of $14 can bring change to the 14th District,” Saujani wrote.