Sean Eldridge Omits Husband, Marriage Advocacy from Campaign Launch
It was an announcement many have expected for months. In a nearly three-minute video tweeted out Sunday night, Sean Eldridge announced his candidacy for New York’s 19th congressional seat against a popular Republican incumbent, and provided a glimpse of the campaign ahead.
The 27-year-old activist, investor and husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, filed paperwork establishing his congressional campaign in February, and has been rapidly laying the groundwork. But while the Democratic candidate’s first campaign ad released last night lampooned "Wall Street and Big Oil" while touting vague progressive principles like strengthening the economy and building the middle class, notably absent was mention of two keys aspects of Eldridge’s life: his advocacy for marriage equality or his marriage to Hughes.
"Right now the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned out by the special interests and party politics causing gridlock in Washington," Eldridge says while standing in a scenic field in the Hudson Valley. "We need an independent voice who will fight for us. And that’s why I’m running for Congress."
Eldridge’s attempt to unseat popular incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson in 2014 is expected to be a tight race. And while the district is politically divided with 52 percent of voters in the 19th District going for Obama in 2012, Eldridge’s campaign launch appears to signal a focus that will shy from his advocacy work or the historic nature of his candidacy.
"I love the Hudson Valley. It’s where I’m building my family, my home, and my business," Eldridge declares.
Although Eldridge’s campaign website notes he "helped lead the successful campaign for marriage equality in New York State in 2011," Freedom to Marry, along with Hughes, who is worth an estimated $935 million and bought The New Republic magazine last year, go unmentioned. Note of the facts that Eldridge is married at all, let alone gay, are no where to be found.