Sen, Menendez jokes with attendees Credits: Photo: Tom Kranz
Fanwood Dems: l to r Jack Molenaar, Council Candidate, Sen. Menendez and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr Credits: Photo: Tom Kranz
Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Senator Bob Menendez, Scotch Plains Council Candidate Colleen Gialanella and Mayor Candidate Kevin Glover Credits: Photo: Tom Kranz
Grass Roots Fundraiser Showcases Slate of Democrats
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • 10:34pm
FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Scotch Plains Democratic Chairman Lou Beckerman and Assemblywoman Linda Stender organized a Grassroots Fundraiser and Rally at the home of Union Country Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella, where Senator Bob Menendez and U.S. Representative Rush Holt were the featured guests on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2012.
“I think it is a testament to our town that we have, with the exception of the President, the entire Democratic slate of individuals running in the upcoming election all under one roof,” said Mayor Mahr in her opening remarks. She introduced Fanwood Council running mates Jack Molenaar and (in absents) Dan Levine.
Assemblywoman Linda Stender thanked Mayor Mahr for her “strong leadership” and emphasized the need to build strong leadership in Scotch Plains, introducing Kevin Glover who is running for Mayor and his running mate Colleen Gialanella for Council.
Rep. Rush Holt then took the floor, although he will not officially represent Union County until January 2013, when the redistricting will take effect. “I really love campaigning with everyone in this room because they know what it is all about. When our forefathers said they wanted to make a ‘more perfect union’, they didn’t mean just for the 53%!”
The “down to earth” Senator Bob Menendez was then introduced. “I am happy to go to bat for Union County because you have such a great Freeholder Board. While I don’t know the local Council Candidates, if they are cut from the same cloth, you really need to elect them!”
Senator Menendez then sketched a picture of the two different outcomes possible on the morning of November 7 2013. “We need to know the difference between a free market and a free for all market – we also have the opportunity to put a generational imprint on the Supreme Court…and we have to use our votes to free the Senate and break the filibuster. We voted to change the guard – now we need to guard the change.”