Pac Plus, a membership-based organization housed under the 527 group PowerPac, sent an email Thursday in support of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s run for U.S. Senate in 2014. The group, which focuses on electing progressive minority candidates, lists seven reasons Booker’s race is one to watch — the last: “There are no African Americans serving in the U.S. Senate.” The email was sent to 75,000 people nationwide, according to a PowerPac official.
“Every progressive person in America should support Cory Booker’s campaign for U.S. Senate,” writes Steve Phillips, founder and chairman of PowerPac, on the Pac Plus website. “[N]ow we need new vehicles to champion change over the next several years, and Cory Booker’s campaign is one of the best vehicles for that kind of movement that I have seen in many years. Progressives from coast to coast should enthusiastically embrace and back his candidacy.”
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