Based in U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s home county of Passaic, the Dominican Political Representation organization (DOPOR) today endorsed U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9).
Publicly identifying the reason for endorsing cross-the-river brand Rothman over the homegrown Pascrell, the organization said Rothman voted against building a 700-mile border fence between the United States and Mexico, while Pascrell voted for the fence.
“Steve Rothman is a true friend of the Hispanic community who understands our people and shares our values,” said DOPOR President Ramon Guzman. “He knows that the hundreds of millions of tax dollars that Bill Pascrell wants to spend building a huge fence to keep Latinos out of America would be better spent on real needs like improving our schools and expanding health care.”
“This is definitely one of the most significant endorsements of the campaign so far and I am truly grateful to have this outstanding organization and these wonderful community leaders standing shoulder to shoulder with me,” Rothman said.
DOPOR is the second major Hispanic group in Passaic County to back Rothman over Pascrell, following La Aliaza Civica Ministerial, an organization representing 120 Passaic County Latino churches led by the Rev. David Rios.
“Steve Rothman now has the support of the most significant Latino political organization in Passaic County and the largest group of Latino ministers in Passaic County,” said Cid Wilson, a Dominican-American leader and Bergen County Community College trustee advising the Rothman campaign. “These are highly regarded civic leaders who represent thousands of people who will be voting in this primary. Having their support is a tremendous asset to our campaign.”
Rothman Campaign Consultant Paul Swibinski said that the support of the Latino groups and also Passaic City Council President and Assemblyman Gary Schaer, (D-36), Passaic, shows that Pascrell’s base in Passaic County is, in Swibinski’s words, “fractured beyond repair.”
“This is a real wake-up call for anyone who thinks that Pascrell is going to come out of Passaic County with any real numbers,” Swibinski said. “He has major problems in his home county and virtually no support in Bergen and Hudson counties.”