Michael J. Shurin – Congressional Candidate

Below is a message from Congressional Candidate Michael J. Shurin – who would be Hoboken’s voice if he’s elected (8th District). He’s running against HCDO incumbent Albio Sires.

Without further adieu…

A Message to Hoboken Yuppies and Transplants

The most important election date in New Jersey is June, 5th 2012, and I’m betting most people probably have no clue.

Due to gerrymandering, designed to give an insurmountable advantage to either the Democratic or Republican parties, depending on the district, general election day is pre-determined for Legislative and Congressional races. New Jersey already knows how the redistricting process played out for the State Legislature: only one seat change. New Jersey cannot send 11 House incumbents — some of whom have been serving since before I was born — and a product of nepotism to Washington and expect something better. That being said, the only election that matters is the June 5th Democratic Party primary, because a GOP or third-party candidate will never win in the new, heavily gerrymandered, 8th Congressional district. If you’re a registered Democrat or unaffiliated voter, your vote counts, to everyone else, sorry! (Don’t blame me, blame the system designed to protect incumbents).

I guess this is the point where most politicians go on a self-righteous rant, and will tell you how great they are and make delusional promises about jobs, education, and crime. If you’re tired of that, then I’m the politician you’ve been waiting for. You can Google my name, Michael J. Shurin, and everything you need to know about me is there. I believe in full disclosure, and I leave little to the imagination in my bio. Continuing on the theme of full disclosure, I am a party flip-flopper. Before I was a RINO (Republican in name only), now I’m a DINO. Bottom line: I’m an independent at heart, the hardest thing you can be in politics. Words can’t describe how little I care about rigid political ideology and partisanship. I’m running for office to help regular people not get screwed. If you’re an unaffiliated voter who is fed up with the partisan/ideological gridlock in Washington, then I’m definitely your candidate.

Do the right thing, make your vote count

For all the solidly liberal/progressive Democrats reading this, I promise you that I’m the best candidate for you too. The fact is, the current incumbent, Rep. Albio Sires, is your worst case scenario Blue Dog Democrat, and he’s somehow been allowed to get away with this in one of the most Democratic districts in America. Just an example, last week he was meeting with representatives from JP Morgan Chase. This week JP Morgan is under scrutiny for a two billion dollar loss, a loss its CEO Jamie Dimon calls a “terrible, egregious mistake”. The Wall Street Journal has reported that JPMorgan officials have reduced contact with important Democrats since the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul. But apparently they still keep contact with Rep. Sires.

Yeah, I’m fiscally conservative/responsible on most economic matters, but he’s a corrupt corporate/union puppet. Every election he wins the more difficult he becomes to defeat. If I were to win this election, a relatively low-voter turnout election, there is a decent chance I would not get re-elected. Mostly because I’m not concerned with appeasing special interest groups, which means you can come back in 2014 and elect a real liberal/progressive. But ultimately, we need change to happen. The people in power in Hudson County are too comfortable with their positions, and they rarely get challenged. A Shurin victory would trigger a trickle-down effect on local politics, as I will use the pulpit of Congressman to endorse only competent outsiders for public office. Together we can all work to overturn the Hudson County machine.

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

– F.D.R.

Trust me, two years of me isn’t as bad as it sounds. No one in Congress will work harder than me to end the failed war on drugs (cut crime) and legalize marijuana (because it’s safer than alcohol, and because people have a right to do what they want with their own bodies). I will be a vocal leader on Women’s reproductive health and LGBT equality (even though I’m a 25 year-old straight man). Yes, I will vote for major reforms to our entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security), but I will also vote to cut defense spending and raise revenues. Simply put, we cannot continue to run trillion dollar deficits every year. We need a grand bargain, with both sides of the aisle making major concessions.

Finally, I want to remind you of the district you live in. It’s a majority-minority district drawn to elect a Latino candidate. It includes Elizabeth, the Latino sections of Newark, and Northern Hudson County among other areas. Unfortunately, they are severely underrepresented by their so-called “Latino” leaders. Rep. Albio Sires is a prime example of this problem. A minimum of 50,000 Mexicans are dead on our border from the drug war, another 1,110 were killed in Puerto Rico last year alone, and Rep. Sires voted for this. The Obama administration handed over 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast and Furious), and deportations are up over 40% since President Obama has took office. Where has Rep. Sires been on these issues? Deadly silent. To put it bluntly, he hasn’t done anything to help this community. I’m asking you to help me properly represent these good people who are being screwed the hardest.

Michael J. Shurin
Democratic Candidate for Congress

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