This is an awesome ad from Congressman Rush Holt (D. NJ-12) who is running for U.S. Senate:
Saving in the Social Security system is not rocket science, according to Rush Holt, the only rocket scientist in the race to fill an empty U.S. Senate seat.
The formula is simple, the congressman says in a new web ad released by his campaign on Thursday: "Make the wealthy pay their fair share. End of story."
It is the latest in a series of web ads released by the Holt campaign in recent weeks. Like previous ads, it comes in a 1-minute long version and a 15-second shorter spot and shows Holt standing in a laboratory classroom-like setting in front of a whiteboard, addressing the camera directly. - New Providence-Berkeley Heights Patch, 7/19/13
This is a great ad I have to say. Holt is one of 26 co-sponsors of the House version of the Protecting & Preserving Social Security Act authored by Congressman Ted Deutch (D. FL-21) and Senator Mark Begich (D. AK), the original author:
Holt still trails Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in the primary but his name is starting to resonate with New Jersey Democrats:
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt – an underdog in the Democratic contest for U.S. Senate – won a “straw poll” tonight among Democrats in a deeply Republican corner of New Jersey.
Holt (D-12th Dist.) won the informal, non-binding contest conducted at the end of a candidates’ forum hosted by the Sussex County Democrats. He received 34 votes while Newark Mayor Cory Booker got 19 votes. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) got 12 votes and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) received nine votes.
The four candidates are running to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in an Aug. 13 special primary. The winner will run in the special general election on Oct. 16. - The Star-Ledger, 7/17/13
Holt and Oliver attended the forum at the time while Booker was at a campaign event in Camden and Pallone was on his way back from Washington after casting votes. Both Booker and Pallone sent surrogates. Holt took the time to differentiate himself from Booker:
“I should admit something up front. I’ve never run into a burning building and I don’t have a million Twitter followers,” he said. “For some people I’m well-known for having beat Watson in Jeopardy! For others it’s the bumper sticker you see around the state that says my congressman is a rocket scientist.”
But Holt said he would like to be known as a teacher, scientist and a “committed progressive.”
“And, I think it must be said, to carry on Frank Lautenberg’s fight. He was a fighter. I’m determined to carry on that fight, for children’s health, for gun safety – for all of the things that we worked on.” - Star-Ledger, 7/17/13
I really like both Holt and Pallone more over Booker. Holt has a big hill to climb in securing the party's nominee but he's worth watching in this primary. If you would like to get involved with Holt's campaign or donate, you can do so here: