President Barack Obama Endorses Madeleine Dean for Congress

President Obama today announced his first wave of mid-term endorsements, including Madeleine Dean for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional district in Montgomery and Berks County.

In response to the news of the President’s endorsement Dean said “For eight years, he lifted others up. He reached for a big-hearted, better America that worked for everybody. He knew what too many politicians forgot: That public service is a privilege and a responsibility. I am honored to run for Congress in my hometown, to serve at this important time in our Nation’s history, and this afternoon I am humbled to earn the support of President Obama.” 

In his endorsement announcement, President Obama said “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law.”

Madeleine Dean will be on the November 6th general election ballot as the Democratic nominee for the 4th Congressional District. Click here to see the full Endorsement List.  


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Madeleine Dean Endorsed by Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart

Abington, PA – Democratic State Rep. Madeleine Dean announced today that she has been endorsed by Philadelphia City Controller, and Abington native, Rebecca Rhynhart.

Rebecca Rhynhart said, “We need more women in elected offices across Pennsylvania and across the country. Madeleine Dean is the best candidate in Montgomery County’s race for Congress to achieve that goal. Not only does she have a track record of fighting for Pennsylvanians as a trusted legislator, she is a fresh, progressive voice who will not be silenced on the national stage. I am proud to support Mad.”

Dean thanked Rhynhart for her support, “Rebecca is an example of the incredible progress and momentum women in politics are achieving across the nation. As the first woman controller of Philadelphia, she is an inspiration to women everywhere – proving that when we run, we can win. I am thrilled to stand with her.”

This endorsement follows a large increase in momentum in the Congressional primary in Montgomery County following the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer last week. Dean is also endorsed by several Montgomery County Democratic elected officials and various labor unions, including the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, SEIU, and UFCW Local 1776.  Dean also has the endorsement and support of EMILY’s List, a pro-Democratic women organization that supports leading female candidates, Planned Parenthood, and Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz of Montgomery County. 

Dean is also the only candidate in the primary who has released a televised commercial, which can be viewed here.


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Madeleine Dean endorsed by AFL-CIO, 4 unions, 12 elected officials for Congress in Montco

Picks Up Momentum Following Endorsement Last Week By Rep. Mary Jo Daley.

Abington, PA – Democratic State Rep. Madeleine Dean today announced a series of major endorsements of her campaign for Congress in Montgomery County. The endorsements come on the heels of State Rep. Mary Jo Daley of Narberth ending her campaign for Congress last week and throwing her support to Dean.

Dean announced endorsements today from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, SEIU, IBEW Local 98, Plumbers Local 690, and Steamfitters Local 420. Dean is the only PA4 congressional candidate with labor endorsements – having also previously gained the endorsements of UFCW Local 1776 and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542.

Dean remarked, “I have been proud to stand up for working people in Harrisburg – voting to raise the minimum wage and increase funding for our public schools.  I want to continue those efforts in Washington.  I’ll stand up to Donald Trump’s plans to cut Social Security and Medicare and undermine the rights of workers.  I’m grateful that so many groups are rallying today behind our message and candidacy.”

AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale commented, “During her time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Madeleine Dean has been an exemplary partner in our fight to advance working people across the Commonwealth. She has demonstrated a commitment to economic justice and a passionate dedication to the issues that affect working families and our communities. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is proud to endorse her candidacy to represent the 4th Congressional District.”

John Dougherty of IBEW Local 98 also announced his union’s support stating, “IBEW Local 98 is proud to endorse Madeleine Dean for Congress. Throughout her admirable career, Madeleine has always fought to protect labor’s hard-earned rights. She understands that working class families are the backbone of America. As a member of Congress, she will work to strengthen America’s middle class and support the ideals and objectives of the labor movement.”

“Madeleine has been a leader in Harrisburg for protecting union jobs and an outspoken advocate for union rights. I know that she will continue to be a champion for workers across her district when she represents them in Washington,” said John Kane of Plumbers Local 690.

Dean also announced endorsements from 12 local elected officials including: Montgomery County Treasurer Jason Salus, Montgomery County Controller Karen Sanchez, Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny, State Representative Matt Bradford (Montgomery), State Representative Mark Rozzi (Berks) Plymouth Township Councilman Christopher Manero, and Abington Township Commissioners Ben Sanchez, John Spiegelman, Jimmy DiPlacido, Ken Brodsky, Drew Rothman and Matt Vahey.

Representative Bradford, who represents Norristown, East Norriton, Plymouth, and Worcester Township, added that, “Serving alongside Madeleine in the state house every day, I know how committed she is to improving the lives of Montgomery County residents. Mad has the passion, experience, and drive we need to make a difference in Congress. I am proud to support her campaign.”

Dean has previously been endorsed by former Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Dwight Evans, Congressman Matt Cartwright, Representative Mary Jo Daley, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Lisa J. Nutter, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, and Collegeville Democratic Committee Chairwoman Andrea Baptiste.

Newly-released Federal Election Commission documents revealed in the last 48 hours show Dean with a significant cash-on-hand advantage over her opponents in the Democratic primary.  Dean reported having $385,000 on hand, in comparison to $20,000 for Congressman Joe Hoeffel and $135,000 for Shira Goodman.


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Rep. Mary Jo Daley, Congressman Dwight Evans Back Madeleine Dean For Congress in Montco

Abington, PA – State Representative Mary Jo Daley – who represents Narberth, Lower Merion, Conshohocken, Whitemarsh and Plymouth in Harrisburg – announced she is ending her campaign for Congress. During her announcement she endorsed Madeleine Dean for Congress.

Representative Daley remarked, “I have spent the bulk of my career encouraging and helping women of all walks of life enter the politics. If my legacy is a broad shift in the gender makeup of our elected leaders, then I have done my job.”

“After reviewing the state of the race and the current Democratic field of candidates, three women and one man, I realized that we would be facing a bitter and costly campaign that could very well lead to blowing a rare occasion to elect a strong, progressive woman from Pennsylvania to Congress. We need our future congresswoman to be a daily foil to President Trump and the Republicans in Congress who threaten our nation’s values. We need a congresswoman who will be a leader across the district, and will serve as a beacon to all women who are thinking about running for office. And most importantly, we need a congresswoman who will be able to win. I believe Madeleine Dean will be that Congresswoman and that is why I am endorsing her today.”

Congressman Dwight Evans also endorsed Dean today, saying, “I watched Madeleine Dean stand up for our progressive values in Harrisburg.  She's the right person at the right time to represent Montgomery County in Congress.  Madeleine is smart and hard-working and I'm proud to be supporting her.'"

Dean thanked Daley and Evans for their support: “Congressman Evans has done a great job representing his district, including Philadelphia, Lower Merion, and Narberth in Congress.  He was a mentor to me in Harrisburg, in the Legislature, and it would be an honor to serve with him in Washington.”

Dean added, “I particularly want to express my gratitude to Mary Jo Daley.  The toughest part of this campaign for me has been running against a friend like Mary Jo.  She and I have fought on the same side of so many issues in Harrisburg.  Representative Daley is a champion for women’s rights, and has been a leader on getting more women involved in politics, on reducing gun violence, and on standing up for working people.  More than that, she is a thoughtful legislator and a good person —  the kind of person we need more of in higher office.  Her support means a lot to me personally, and it sends a real message to Democrats interested in sending a progressive champion for change to Washington.  I look forward to working with her for years to come.”

Dean continued, “Our new congressional district in Montgomery and Berks counties provides an opportunity to send a fresh new progressive voice to Washington to stand up against Donald Trump.  In Harrisburg, I’ve been fighting for affordable healthcare for all and a reduction and elimination of gun violence. I will use that experience to change Congress.”

Last week, Dean announced that she had raised $410,000 in her first 5 weeks as a congressional candidate.  She won a majority of votes in the endorsement meeting of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, but fell short of the super-majority needed to win an endorsement.  Dean has also been endorsed by former Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Matt Cartwright, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Lisa J. Nutter, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, and Collegeville Democratic Committee Chairwoman Andrea Baptiste, in addition to labor unions UFCW Local 1776 and IUOE Local 542.


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Dean Raises $409,000 in First Quarter of Congressional Campaign

The campaign starts with $389,000 cash on hand.

Abington, PA – Madeleine Dean, candidate for Congress in Montgomery County, announced today that her campaign has raised $409,000 since her announcement on February 23rd.

Over 90% of the donated amount came from Pennsylvania donors – 69% of the total contribution amount came from donors residing in Montgomery County.

“I am excited by the strength and momentum our campaign has gained in such a short time and the diverse support we have gathered” Dean said. “Exceeding our quarterly dollar and donor goal demonstrates our campaign’s momentum.”

Dean is State Representative in Abington and Upper Dublin, serving on the Appropriations, Judiciary and Finance Committees. During her tenure she has formed the PA SAFE gun violence prevention caucus, was chosen by her colleagues as Chair of the Southeast Delegation, and is a leading advocate for progressive issues including increasing school funding, raising the minimum wage and ensuring healthcare for all.

She has been endorsed by former Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Matt Cartwright, former Mayor Michael and Mrs. Lisa Nutter, Mayor John Fetterman, and Collegeville Democratic Committee Chairwoman Andrea Baptiste, in addition to labor unions UFCW Local 1776 and IUOE Local 542.

On March 18th, Dean earned the majority of support at the Montgomery County Democratic Committee Endorsement Convention with 53% support on the second ballot.

“I am running for Congress to bring a voice to Washington that represents the progressive and bold ideals of Montgomery County. I am ready to help end the current culture of silence in the face of chaos and disorder in D.C.



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