FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2103                
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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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BOARD OF GOVERNORS

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