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PRESS RELEASE: 21st Century Dems Submits Petition Signed By 10,000 Supporting Barney Frank for Senate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2013 — 21st Century Democrats today submitted a petition with more than 10,000 signatures to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, calling on the governor to appoint former congressman Barney Frank to the U.S. Senate.

The Senate will begin its new term debating critical budget issues, including potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and we need a progressive champion like Barney Frank there to advocate for us,” said Jennifer Petty, executive director of 21st Century Democrats.

“We represent progressive Democrats, and our supporters are unified in their backing of Barney Frank. We know he is a real progressive champion who has the experience needed to make a difference from day one. Barney Frank will hit the Senate floor running.”

Patrick will appoint an interim senator once U.S. Sen. John Kerry, President Obama’s pick as next secretary of state, resigns his Senate seat. Patrick said he does not want to appoint anyone who intends to run in the special election to replace Kerry. Frank announced he would not run in the special election.

21st Century Democrats, the leading national Democratic organization dedicated to promoting and electing progressive Democrats, submitted the petition with 10,415 signatories to Patrick’s office. It will continue collecting signatures until Patrick announces his decision.

Based in Washington, D.C., 21st Century Democrats is a grassroots-oriented political action committee that endorses and helps elect progressive Democrats. The organization has endorsed more than 325 candidates from 39 states, including 32 current members of Congress. It has trained more than 650 grassroots organizers, contacted over 317,000 voters in 32 states, and won the majority of its endorsed races.For more information, visit 21stCenturyDems.org.

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