National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC whose mission is to elect Democrats who have shown long-term commitment and dedication to fighting for progressive principles.  Carpenter and Marino released the following statement on their group’s endorsement for Watson Coleman:

“Assemblywoman Watson Coleman has proven herself time and again to be someone who will stand and fight for progressive values.  With Congressman Holt retiring, we need a leader who will stand with President Obama and progressive Democrats and fight to defend middle class families against the Tea Party and their billionaire buddies.  Now, more than ever, we need someone in Congress who will work to pass stronger gun laws, protect Social Security and Medicare, strengthen equal pay laws and improve access to affordable care.  Bonnie Watson Coleman has always stood on the front lines and never shied away from taking on the tough fights, and we know she will continue to be a champion of principle in Washington as well.”

Assemblywoman Watson Coleman thanked the Progressive Democrats of America for their endorsement:

“The Progressive Democrats of America have a highly organized, highly efficient operation and we are very grateful for their endorsement and their support.  As a member of the Assembly I have always fought for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights and I have every intention of taking on those same battles if elected to Congress.  These issues are not won easily, but nothing worth having ever is and I will keep fighting until we realize our goals.”    

Watson Coleman’s campaign for Congress announced their campaign committee last Friday and has already received endorsements from the Mercer County Democratic Committee, the Union County Democratic Committee and elected officials from throughout the 12th Congressional District along with the support from labor groups including the New Jersey Laborers Union, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, CWA 1039, the SEIU NJ State Council, AFSCME Local 979 out of Middlesex County and Corrections USA.  The campaign has also been endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Bishop Reginald Jackson.

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12