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Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Endorses Thompson For Mayor

Backs Candidate with “Bold and Strong Record” of Support For the LGBT Community

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Endorses Thompson For Mayor

New York, NY - The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club announced today that it is endorsing Bill Thompson for Mayor of New York City.

Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, said, "We believe Mr. Thompson will provide the city with the progressive leadership that is sorely needed.  Thompson's bold and strong record of long-time commitment to the LGBT community is a laudable one.  We also believe he is the best candidate to stand up and secure the defeat of Christine Quinn and thus put a final end to the Bloomberg-Quinn Administration, an administration that delivers for the wealthy and privileged at the expense of the middle class and working poor."

The club deliberated at length as in addition to Bill Thompson, mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio, Anthony Weiner and John Liu all serve on its Board of Governors.  The club believes all four candidates are preferable to the more conservative Quinn, as they all have strong records fighting for the rights of the LGBT community.  Of all the candidates running, the club believes that Bill Thompson can best unite the city and bring about economic justice.  The city-wide club will aggressively campaign for Thompson, bringing significant resources to bear in terms of voter outreach and GOTV efforts.

”We are happy to join with progressive labor and elected officials in endorsing Bill Thompson,” Roskoff continued.  “As a former President of the NYC Board of Education and former NYC Comptroller, Bill has a unique and proven record fighting for quality education, fiscal responsibility, fairness and equality.  Thompson is a not one who divides, he unites and stays true to principle.  Given that Quinn and her backers have already unfairly and maliciously inferred that Thompson is racist, and another candidate of being homophobic shows the desperation and nastiness of the Quinn campaign.” 

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club was named after legendary gay activist Jim Owles, who was a pioneer in the national gay rights movement.  With its 100-person Board of Governors, the club works to elect leaders – like Bill Thompson – who share the values which promote equality and economic justice.

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  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. John Blair
  5. Mark Benoit
  6. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  7. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  8. Robin Byrd
  9. Hon. Gale Brewer
  10. Christian Campbell
  11. Gus Christensen
  12. Hon. Martin Connor
  13. Hon. Jon Cooper
  14. Wilson Cruz
  15. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  16. Alan Cumming
  17. Valorie Curry
  18. Michael Czaczkes
  19. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  20. Jon Del Giorno
  21. Aries Dela Cruz
  22. Kyan Douglas
  23. Hon. Daniel Dromm
  24. James Duff
  25. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  26. Hon. Herman Farrell
  27. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  28. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  29. Dan Gettleman
  30. Emily Jane Goodman
  31. Hon. Mark Green
  32. Tony Hoffmann
  33. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  34. Binn Jakupi
  35. Hon. Letitia James
  36. Hon. Corey Johnson
  37. Camille Joseph
  38. Phillip Keane
  39. Greg Lambert
  40. Dodge Landesman
  41. Marc Landis
  42. Phillip McCarthy
  43. Matt McMorrow
  44. Michael Mallon
  45. Mike C. Manning
  46. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  47. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  48. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  49. John Cameron Mitchell
  50. Donny Moss
  51. Barry Mullineaux
  52. Hon. Paul Newell
  53. Denis O'Hare
  54. Noah Pfefferbilt
  55. Josue Pierre
  56. Bob Pontarelli
  57. Billy Porter
  58. Randy Rainbow
  59. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
  60. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  61. Barbara Rosen
  62. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  63. Maer Roshan
  64. Toby Russo
  65. Bill Samuels
  66. James Sansum
  67. Scott Sartiano
  68. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  69. Lynn Schulman
  70. Frank Selvaggi
  71. Rev. Al Sharpton
  72. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  73. Tom Smith
  74. Marti Speranza
  75. Anne Strahle
  76. Hon. Scott Stringer
  77. Wayne Sunday
  78. Hon. Bill Thompson
  79. Hon. Matt Titone
  80. Hon. Ritchie Torres
  81. Sam Underwood
  82. Derek Walker
  83. Jessica Walter
  84. Patricia Nell Warren
  85. Wil Weder
  86. Seth Weissman
  87. Mel Wymore
  88. Emma Wolfe
  89. Hon. Keith Wright
  90. Zephyr Teachout