With all the focus on the presidential race, it’s easy to forget that there still are state and congressional primary races going on. One such primary is in the Third Congressional District in Michigan where openly gay candidate Trevor Thomas has a serious opportunity to knock out ultra-conservative Democrat Steve Pestka in the August 7th primary. The winner takes on freshman Tea Party Republican Rep. Justin Amash, 30, in November. Amash is cozy with California Rep. Darrell Issa.
On Wednesday, both Democratic campaigns released their internal polling with each showing their candidate ahead and that there is a substantial percentage of the electorate still undecided.
“Voters are mostly undecided, and when they learn that Trevor Thomas is the only candidate with a comprehensive jobs and policy plan, and that Steve Pestka had a 100% rating from Michigan Right to Life and a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood, voters will decide to vote for Trevor in overwhelming numbers,” Thomas campaign director Clint Wallace told Michigan Live on Wednesday. In a memo to the campaign, Thomas’ pollster Mark Mellman said: “Our poll confirms Thomas has a powerful set of messages at his disposal if he can raise the funds to get that message out.”
In a recent fundraising letter, Thomas supporter former Gov. Jennifer Granholm wrote:
It’s crunch time. I endorsed Trevor Thomas in his race for Congress, and now he is facing a critical end-of-the-quarter deadline. The contributions he has received by this deadline are vital to him winning on August 7 and November 6.
On Friday, former US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), the first Iraq War veteran to be elected to Congress and the sponsor of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, added his support. Murphy knows Thomas through the candidate’s work at the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
“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,” Murphey said in a press release. “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.”Jennifer Granholm, Patrick Murphy,
While Thomas has a slew of powerful political supporters – he also needs to remain financially competitive. Saturday at midnight marks the second and final end of quarter filing and he’s reaching out to the LGBT community. Here is his ACT BLUE page: https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/28947