Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes, has filed the paperwork required to run for Congress in his upstate New York district in 2014.
Eldridge will be running against sitting Congressman Chris Gibson, who, while not a Tea Partier, touts a very conservative Republican agenda. Here’s the video:
Gibson believes in looser gun restrictions, while most of the nation favors tighter. He is anti-choice. He has tried numerous times to overturn the Affordable Care Act. In other words, he’s a hardline Republican.
Eldridge is a progressive Democrat. He is an entrepreneur in his own right as well as a philanthropist. He is the founder of Protect Our Democracy, which campaigns to get corporate money out of political campaigns. He is also a small business venture capitalist.
His husband, Chris Hughes was at one time more or less the public face of Facebook. He and Mark Zuckerberg were college roommates. Hughes is still a shareholder with an estimated wealth of $850 million. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, is worth about $24 billion. Since their business departure, they have headed in divergent directions, politically.
Some have credited Hughes with Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, saying that through Facebook, Hughes helped mobilize the base.
From Fast Company:
“Technology has always been used as a net to capture people in a campaign or cause, but not to organize,” says Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. “Chris saw what was possible before anyone else.” Hughes built something the candidate said he wanted but didn’t yet know was possible: a virtual mechanism for scaling and supporting community action. Then that community turned around and elected his boss president. “I still can’t quite wrap my mind around it,” Hughes says.
His key tool was My.BarackObama.com, or MyBO for short, a surprisingly intuitive and fun-to-use networking Web site that allowed Obama supporters to create groups, plan events, raise funds, download tools, and connect with one another — not unlike a more focused, activist Facebook. MyBO also let the campaign reach its most passionate supporters cheaply and effectively. By the time the campaign was over, volunteers had created more than 2 million profiles on the site, planned 200,000 offline events, formed 35,000 groups, posted 400,000 blogs, and raised $30 million on 70,000 personal fund-raising pages.
Hughes has founded the philanthropic group, JUMO. He is the owner of the progressive magazine, The New Republic, which he has given a web friendly design. He has also been critical of Zuckerberg’s recent fundraiser for New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, saying,
“I, for one, have a lot of questions about Chris Christie, particularly because less than a year ago he vetoed a marriage equality bill in the New Jersey state legislature,” he said. “For me personally, I got married to my husband last June, [and it] was just really personally frustrating.”
…There are tens of thousands of couples in New Jersey that can’t share their love and be recognized under the law because of that decision. I’m not a single issue voter, and I think most people aren’t either, but for me personally, it would raise serious concerns about supporting someone like him.
Here’s the video:
If Eldridge wins, at 27, he will presumably be the youngest Congressman. Currently, the youngest is Aaron Shock, a Republican from Illinois, who is 31. Hughes and Eldridge married last year.
|Wendy Gittleson grew up in a political family. Her passion is for social justice and fairness. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. She lives in a union household. In her rare downtime, you’ll find her hiking or exploring the shoreline with her dogs. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson|