Monday, April 2, 2012

CD1: Rep. Wayne Gilchrest Launches GOTV Robocall for John LaFerla // Eastern Shore Dr. Announces New Endorsements

Former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest is launching a GOTV robocall into Maryland's 1st Congressional District. He is urging voters in the Tuesday, April 3rd Democratic Primary to support Dr. John LaFerla in his quest to take on Tea Party Rep. Andy Harris this November. Along with the robocall below, the LaFerla campaign also announces the endorsement of a number of prominent former federal lawmakers. It turns out former U.S. Senators John Breaux and Birch Bayh are now Eastern Shore residents!


Senators John Breaux & Birch Bayh, Congressman Steve Kagen, Sherwin Markman,
and Stan Salette all come out to endorse Dr. John LaFerla in his bid for US Congress

“I’ve gotten to know John LaFerla over the years and I have to say, I believe he is the best candidate to take on Andy Harris in the fall and end the war on women’s health care, but also the war on public education in this country” said Stan Salette when asked why he was endorsing John LaFerla. Salett’s fingerprints can be found on some of the most successful public education programs developed in the twentieth century, including his role as one of the primary architects of both Headstart and Upward Bound. As a key aide to both Robert Kennedy and Sargent Shriver in the 1960′s, Stan has seen both the promise of public education, and more recently, the demonization of the federal and state government’s role in helping educated young people.

Sherwin Markman was a special assistant to LBJ until 1968. He went on to work as a senior trial lawyer for Hogan & Hartson until 1992. He is the author of a novel, The Election, and the editor of Lyndon Johnson Remembered: An Intimate Portrait of a President. He noted that he was “proud to be voting for John LaFerla. The Doctor is a man of integrity and we in 1st district would be lucky to have him as our representative.”

Congressmen Steve Kagen is a physician and was the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district, serving from 2007 to 2011. He was defeated in 2010 by a Tea Party Republican. When asked why he was supporting Dr. LaFerla he said “I knew Congressman Frank Kratovil and was very pleased to see that he took a judgeship, a position that fits his character well. After learning that a Doctor had entered the race to replace him and take the seat back from the Tea Party it was a logical choice for me to support him. Once I got to know the doctor over the phone, I knew it was the right choice.”

“As a leader of the centrist movement in Congress, I know what it takes to vote your district and represent your constituency. As a resident of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I would be honored to have John LaFerla as my representative,” remarked Senator John Breaux. John Breaux is a former United States Senator from Louisiana who served from

1987 until 2005. He was also a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1972 to 1987. He was considered one of the more conservative national legislators from the Democratic Party. Breaux was a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

Senator Birch Bayh, like Senator John Breaux, also now resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and votes in the 1st District. “Dr. John has my vote. He will bring common sense back to Congress and I believe he will represent this district fairly and wisely.” Senator Bayh is a former United States Senator from Indiana, having served from 1963 to 1981. Bayh was influential in the passing of Title IX to the Higher Education Act, which aimed to give women equal opportunities in public education. As chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments, Bayh was the principal architect of two constitutional amendments. The 25th Amendment, which established the rules for presidential succession and disability and The 26th Amendment, which lowered the minimum voting age to 18.

When asked about the endorsements of such upstanding individuals, Dr. LaFerla said: “I am humbled to have their support and that of my family, friends, and the various community members and other local elected officials I have meet traveling from Taneytown in Carroll County, all the way down to Crisfield in Somerset County. I hope to be the nominee come primary election day on April 3rd and hope to be able to carry on in the tradition of Congressman Wayne Gilchrest and Congressman Frank Kratovil in representing this district fairly, bringing common sense back to Washington.”

John LaFerla is a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 1st District. He is a resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for more than a decade. His home is in Kent County and his private office is in Queen Anne’s County. He also sees patients at clinics in Caroline County and practices Public Health in Talbot.


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