Michigan Democrats — June 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

Fmr. US Rep. Patrick Murphy, author of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal bill, endorses Trevor Thomas in MI-03


A different kind of candidate

Former US Rep. Patrick Murphy from Pennsylvania today endorsed Trevor Thomas for Congress in Michigan’s Third Congressional District. Murphy was the first Iraq War veteran to be elected to Congress and was the author of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

Trevor Thomas is a passionate public servant who will stand up for middle class families and fight for the people he represents. A member of Congress needs to be able to work with people of different views. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t just happen – it required extensive legwork and a willingness to reach across party lines. We would not have succeeded in repealing this discriminatory policy without Trevor. He showed the kind of dedication and commitment we should expect from a member of Congress. In this age of partisanship and rancor, West Michigan – and America – need Trevor Thomas in Congress.

This is an important endorsement for Thomas as his primary opponent, Steve Pestka, has accumulated a number of endorsements from what could be described as “establishment Democrats” and a number of labor unions. Other groups and individuals who have endorsed Thomas are Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Raul Grijalva, Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Chellie Pingree, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, former Kent County Republican Party chair Bob Eleveld, IBEW Local 275, Democracy for America Michigan, and the Progressive Women’s Alliance of Western Michigan.

Thomas released the following statement:

I am honored that Representative Murphy has endorsed our campaign. He has shown great courage, both as a member of Congress and serving in Iraq. Representative Murphy’s work has brought America closer to realizing its promise: that all are created equal and should have the same opportunities to serve our country. I am grateful to Representative Murphy for his endorsement, and I thank him for all he has done for our country.

Murphy’s endorsement comes on the heels of the release last week of Thomas’s four-part comprehensive policy and jobs plan for West Michigan.  The plan highlights major policy positions on jobs and the economy, smart investments for our future, equality of opportunity, and American leadership in the world. You can read his plan HERE.

Here’s Thomas speaking at at house party recently: 

This is a critical fundraising period for Trevor Thomas. Internal polling conducted by his campaign shows that he is an extremely viable candidate against bot Pestka in the primary and tea party Republican Justin Amash in the general election IF HE CAN GET HIS MESSAGE OUT. In order to do that, he needs money.

If you’d like to contribute to Trevor Thomas’s “Campaign for Us All”, you can do so at his Act Blue page by clicking HERE.