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Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) fundraiser in Malvern on June 5

Dear Friends:

My good friend Bob Roggio and I are chairing a fundraising event in Malvern Tuesday evening June 5th in support of Chrissy Houlahan, our outstanding Democratic nominee for the 6th Congressional District in the critical midterm election this November.

Both Bob and I are former candidates for this 6th CD seat that’s been so frustratingly elusive. I ran in 2002 when the newly created seat emerged from the murky and cynical 2001 redistricting process driven by GOP leadership in Harrisburg. Ten years later, the congressional maps got even worse, leading to this year’s PA Supreme Court ruling ordering fairer maps. My campaign gave Jim Gerlach a run for his money, but the deck had been stacked. Six years later, in 2008, Bob stepped up in a big way and with less financial support and still came equally close to winning. All this is to say that Bob and I share a deep personal investment in seeing Chrissy finally bring this seat into the Democratic fold.

Why her election is so important: Winning back the House of Representatives is the imperative goal of the upcoming Mid-Terms. Democratic control of the House – is arguably the only safeguard the country has to check the unprecedented rise to power of a true demagogue whose recklessness and destructive nature is tearing apart the civic fabric of our nation and undermining years of progress made on many fronts. I suspect I am preaching to the choir but putting party and policy issues aside, electing Chrissy Houlahan simply put is critical to protecting our Democracy. Fortunately, Chrissy is the kind a candidate I’d be excited about supporting under any circumstances.

We couldn’t ask for a stronger candidate. Chrissy is a highly educated (Stanford, MIT), former US Naval Officer, successful business entrepreneur and executive, former teacher and education non-profit director – and the mother of two grown daughters. She and her husband Bart have lived in Devon for over twenty years. While idealistic in her aspirations for our country and ready to fight for policies that will support the working and middle class families that continue to struggle in this economy, she is a pragmatic problem solver who will work well with the other side to find meaningful consensus (if and when Republicans are ready to act in good faith — and some do want to). Having served in the Air Force, she has credibility on military issues and cares deeply about the many veterans from our post 9-11 wars that’ve carried such burdens and suffered lasting injuries in service of our country.

As the former Chief Operating Officer of AND1 (a major sports apparel and footwear company based in Paoli, PA), she knows how to create jobs and understands the needs of the business community. Having risen to leadership positions in the both military and the corporate sector, Chrissy has also overcome real obstacles herself and appreciates the challenges so many women face in the work world. Most recently, she spent two years (after AND1 was sold in 2005) as a chemistry teacher in Philadelphia School District through Teach For America – and then pivoted to run a non-profit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved and underprivileged communities. So she understands the importance of investing in our schools and doing so strategically.

Chrissy has been giving back over many years, but had never thought about running for office. That all changed, as it did for many, after November 2016. So she’s a fresh, new face. At a time when voters want authentic new voices that aren’t political insiders, she fits that bill to tee. The point is – she’s not only highly qualified – she’s highly electable if we do our part in supporting her financially and in other ways. I believe that Chrissy can be a change agent in Washington – an advocate for needed political reform (repeal of Citizens United, among other reforms), human and civil rights abroad and at home, social justice for all, and importantly economic fairness and job creation for Americans whether in rural or urban areas who have been left behind.

We hope you can join us on the evening of Tuesday June 5th. If you can, please contact Charles at 215-259-8253 or charles@chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com.

If you can’t make it, please consider donating to the campaign. For those with the financial means to do so, please consider giving the maximum possible ($2700 per person). That’s a lot and more than most folks can give. But whatever you can give, whether $1000, $500, $250, $100 or less, please do what you can to support Chrissy. Also feel free to share this invitation with any friends who might want to help.

Thanks so much for indulging this solicitation. Hope to see you Tuesday evening!

Best,

Dan Wofford

PS Co-hosts Sarah Peck, Jeannie Roggio, Susanna & Ray Creely, Stephen Cottone, Liz & Dax Roggio, Skip Carroll, Liz Tankel, Dariel & John Jamieson, and Michael Churchill & Tasha Stonorov

Featuring Special Guest Speaker – Admiral Joe Sestak

For more information on Chrissy go here.

Key facts about Chrissy Houlahan:

Daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval officer
Earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT
Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserve
Served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand
Founding COO of B-Lab – a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices
Worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member
Served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide
Mother of Molly and Carly, 24 and 22, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon

Chrissy Houlahan to US House PA-6 voters

email, 5/15/18

We have made it through the first test — this evening we officially won the primary! Now, it is onto the general election, and we’ll need more of the same power and passion that we applied to the first challenge.

I just looked back and reflected through many of the pictures, emails and articles that I have saved, starting as early as January of 2017. Some pretty remarkable memories…

Running two Pennsylvania legs of the Planned Parenthood relay race from Harlem to DC. Marching with my daughters and husband and a bus full of my neighbors in DC in the Women’s March.

Meeting the Chester County Democratic Committee when this was first an impossible glimmer of an idea. Attending Philly-wide candidate training with Ready to Run with my mom. Seeking the counsel of my closest friends. Talking to my kids and husband about the inevitable difficulty of this process and making sure we were all onboard.

Did I dare to do this?

Yes.

Okay, now what?

I announced my intentions to run for office — for Congress. Then, we built this team from the ground up — a team that is now poised to take us to that next level.

We enlisted the aid of so many of you. You, who have shared your ideas, dreams, time and treasure. So many of you who believed in me, in this race, and in us.

We received endorsements from so many organizations that fight for our shared values — too many to list.

Our race was featured in national press and local press. From Pod Save America, to Time Magazine, to The Economist, and more. From The Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Daily Local News, to the Reading Eagle, and more.

We watched the race itself evolve and morph from week to week over more than a year until we were, remarkably, running in a redrawn district and the incumbent Congressman dropped out.

Gratitude.

It has been an astonishing journey. When I entered into the arena I had no real idea what I would confront, but you have been by my side through it all.

Thank you. We have got this. But there is still work to be done.

Onward,

Chrissy

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Congressman Unblocks Social Media Critics After Legal Threat from ACLU-PA May 14, 2018

ACLU-PA, 5/14/18

But the ACLU Continues to Investigate Complaints

PHILADELPHIA – At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Ryan Costello of Chester County has agreed to unblock constituents from his official Facebook page, the civil liberties group announced in a statement today.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania sent Costello a letter in March on behalf of nine constituents threatening potential legal action over the congressman’s frequent blocking of his critics on his official Facebook page and viewpoint-based exclusion of constituents from his town hall meetings, which the ACLU explained undermined the constituents’ First Amendment free speech rights. The constituents who were blocked by Costello had expressed their opinions to him on a wide range of issues, including net neutrality, the environment, his support of President Trump, and his unwillingness to condemn racist, alt-right rhetoric.

“Democracy is noisy, and the right to free speech ensures that government officials hear what the people have to say,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “Our system of governance can’t work properly if elected officials cut off their constituents’ access in response to criticism.”

In response to the ACLU’s letter, the congressman’s staff also confirmed that they had blacklisted two of the constituents named in the letter from attending a January 2018 town hall meeting based on statements made by the constituents that the congressman’s staff considered “threats.” In follow-up discussions with Costello’s staff, the ACLU noted that the congressman’s staff had failed to identify any legitimate basis for deeming any of the named constituents security threats and reminded Costello in a subsequent letter that prohibiting their attendance at future events based on their views will lead to a lawsuit.

“Our constitutional rights can only be protected when people are willing to stand up and say, ‘This is not right,’” said Molly Tack-Hooper, staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful that our clients were willing to speak out publicly—not only to defend their own rights, but to raise awareness about this problem and preserve everyone’s right to contact their representatives without fear of retaliation.”…

keep reading at ACLU-PA

How the Houlahans celebrate Earth Day

from Chrissy Houlahan, the CCDC-endorsed candidate for US House PA-06 and the only Dem on the ballot for US House in Chester County. See her site here.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is always a special time in the Houlahan house. For years we celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday this week with an Earth Day birthday party with kids planting trees and flowers.

As my daughters got older, they started a honey company called Hives for Lives and ran it for more than a decade. They and their friends raised bees, and all of the proceeds from the sale of the honey went toward basic research for curing cancer. Around Earth Day, we would also celebrate our environment by inviting people to “Bee Day” parties where we would add the bees to their newly constructed and decorated hives. In total, Hives for Lives raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research while helping endangered pollinators.

As you can see, this time of year holds special memories for me, but now I’m worried, as many of us are, that our climate is threatened. President Trump has sold out our global leadership to big polluters.

We have hope, though, because there is an election coming soon and elections matter. We can stop this administration’s anti-environment agenda by sending scientists and climate advocates like myself to Congress this November.

In Congress, I will be a champion for our environment and will work to combat the threat of climate change and the assault on truth and data, but first I need your help to get there.

In my own career, I’ve worked to follow the lead of my kids and dispel the myth that businesses can’t protect their bottom line while doing good for the world. I hope to continue making this argument in Congress, because we need the public and private sectors to work together, innovate, and find bold solutions to the threat of climate change. Our health, national security, and economy are all at stake.

This is one of the biggest issues of our time, our actions will be judged by the generations to come, and we don’t have any time to waste. We can’t sit idly by and watch climate deniers roll back the progress we’ve made.