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Scudiery Says GoodBye; Announces Intention To End Term As Monmouth County Democratic Chairman

Dear County Committee Member,

In looking back at nearly a quarter century in politics, you remember sweet victories and frustrating defeats. But what you remember most are the people. Once the victory night celebration has faded, the speeches have blurred and the music has quieted, the memory is of the people who worked with you, stood beside you and tried to make a positive difference.

For more than two decades, together we’ve stood side-by-side with Monmouth County and New Jersey’s working families. We’ve stood by those trying to do the right thing, those who work hard to make their children’s future brighter; those who get up every morning and go to work, who struggle to pay the mortgage and their utility bills, to put food on the table for their families; those who attend their places of worship with pride and dignity; those who coach their children’s Little League teams; those who attend the parent teacher conferences.

The wealthy and the powerful always have someone to speak for them; our party gives voice to those who would otherwise be voiceless. Together we have provided that voice and leadership.

During my tenure, New Jersey has elected a Democrat every time there’s been a state-wide federal election. We’ve won every state-wide Presidential and U.S. Senate election. We’ll do so again this year.

I take pride in the ideal that as Democrats we represent all of the people. Our candidates reflect the diversity of the most diverse state in the country. Our ticket this year will reflect that diversity. President Barrack Obama, the first African-American President and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, our state’s first Hispanic United States Senator. We’ve come a long way in 23 years and proven that our Party is open to all. During my tenure New Jersey also elected its first Italian-American Governor and we’ve elected more women to office than any time in our history.

But as former Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas “Tip” O’Neil said, “All politics is local.”

Here in Monmouth County we’ve provided outstanding leadership and built from the municipalities up a growing party that has made enormous strides. Our Mayors and Council members are providing innovative, open and honest government across Monmouth County. We took leadership back on the Freeholder Board and are positioned by developing an outstanding local farm team to provide Democratic leadership again.

During my time as chairman we worked together to take back the 12th Legislative District. We worked to defeat an incumbent Republican Congressman and to elect Congressman Rush Holt. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has represented much of our county for 24 years.

I believe we’ve been successful as a party because people like you got involved for the right reasons, not because they were looking for a title, status or any other aggrandizement. We succeed when we put the people and the party first.

I urge our Democratic leaders throughout New Jersey to work to stop the infighting and the deal making that pits one group in our party against another. We need to support policies that help the many and walk away from policies that seem to enrich just a few.

Perhaps my favorite memory of politics in Monmouth County is not of a race that we won, but the one that’s most vivid – my first. John Winterstella and Gene Anthony were candidates for Freeholder in my first year; Jack Manutti and Annie Grant contested the Constitutional Offices. In that year, Surrogate Patricia Bennett was our only Democratic county-wide official. I walked with the candidates every day and night, we campaigned hard for months, and in the end came up a few hundred votes short. But we launched the party in the right direction. We gave it a start.

After 23 years, I’ve decided to end my term as Chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats. But I know that because all of the work of dedicated, loyal Democrats like you, I will leave it in good hands.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for the honor and privilege of serving the Monmouth County Democrats and all of the people of Monmouth County.

To our friends in organized labor; everyone who’s ever stuffed an envelope, made a phone call or talked to your neighbors to help elect a Council member or President; everyone who’s given of their time and their money to support our candidates; all of those who have put themselves before the voters and stood up for our party and its principles; all of those who have been selfless in their dedication to a cause that’s right, I thank you.

Godspeed,

Victor V. Scudiery, Chairman
Monmouth County Democrats, Inc.

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New DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez Speaks to Us

I received the following message in my inbox this morning. It is a message from the newly appointed Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Bob Menendez:

“Senator Schumer has told me repeatedly how important the DSCC’s grassroots were to our stunning victories over the last two election cycles.

So I was honored to have recorded a special video for the online community as one of my first actions as the DSCC chair.

I am so excited to work with you and with great Democrats across the country to hold our majority and win even more Senate seats in 2010. The challenges we face are steep, but I am confident that with your continued dedication, we will succeed.

Thank you so much for everything you have done and will do again for the DSCC.”

 

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New DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez Speaks to Us

I received the following message in my inbox this morning. It is a message from the newly appointed Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Bob Menendez:

“Senator Schumer has told me repeatedly how important the DSCC’s grassroots were to our stunning victories over the last two election cycles.

So I was honored to have recorded a special video for the online community as one of my first actions as the DSCC chair.

I am so excited to work with you and with great Democrats across the country to hold our majority and win even more Senate seats in 2010. The challenges we face are steep, but I am confident that with your continued dedication, we will succeed.

Thank you so much for everything you have done and will do again for the DSCC.”

 

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PALLONE ONCE AGAIN CHOSEN TO CHAIR POWERFUL ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) was once again chosen by his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to chair the committee’s powerful Subcommittee on Health. The New Jersey congressman served in the same position for the last two years during the 110th Congress.

The subcommittee has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the House Ways and Means Committee. The subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food, drug and device safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related concerns.

Pallone issued the following statement after being chosen again as chairman.

“It is indeed an honor to once again receive the support of my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.

“As the 111th Congress convenes, our nation faces enormous economic challenges that will impact a health care system that is already in crisis and getting worse every day. I am committed to working with President-elect Obama, the Committee and the Congress to develop an agenda that will improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans.

“Last Congress, my top priority was strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) so that 10 million children would have access to quality health care coverage. Twice, Congress passed legislation that I helped develop accomplishing this goal, but both times President Bush vetoed the bills. Next week, the House will once again vote on this very important legislation. I am confident it will pass with strong bipartisan support, and will then be signed into law by Barack Obama after he becomes president.

“I will also continue to work with my colleagues in crafting the health care provisions that will be included in the economic recovery package.

“As the original author of legislation that would temporarily increase each state’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) during this economic downturn, I will continue to push for its inclusion in the recovery package so that states can continue to provide critical health care services to those hurt most by this economic recession.

“After moving Health Information Technology (HIT) legislation through the Subcommittee last year, I am also anxious to work with my colleagues in crafting HIT provisions for the overall recovery package that will modernize our health care system, strengthen the quality of care and lower overall costs.

“In the coming weeks, I also expect to begin holding hearings on the need to overhaul our nation’s health care system. Our current health care system is not sustainable without significant reform, and I look forward to working with the Obama administration to develop comprehensive legislation that ensures every American has access to quality and affordable health coverage.

“The Subcommittee will also focus on the FDA, and the need to pass food safety legislation that includes a more thorough system to prevent contaminated food products from reaching store shelves. In order to accomplish this goal, I will once again introduce comprehensive legislation that includes the players at every stage of food production.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Subcommittee to arrive at a consensus on a generic biologics bill that will provide patients with better access to life-saving and lower cost biologic drugs.

“As chairman, I will also continue to be a strong advocate for the expansion of NIH medical research and will raise awareness about the need to improve minority health and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities that currently exist in our country.”

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PALLONE ONCE AGAIN CHOSEN TO CHAIR POWERFUL ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) was once again chosen by his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to chair the committee’s powerful Subcommittee on Health. The New Jersey congressman served in the same position for the last two years during the 110th Congress.

The subcommittee has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the House Ways and Means Committee. The subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food, drug and device safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related concerns.

Pallone issued the following statement after being chosen again as chairman.

“It is indeed an honor to once again receive the support of my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.

“As the 111th Congress convenes, our nation faces enormous economic challenges that will impact a health care system that is already in crisis and getting worse every day. I am committed to working with President-elect Obama, the Committee and the Congress to develop an agenda that will improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans.

“Last Congress, my top priority was strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) so that 10 million children would have access to quality health care coverage. Twice, Congress passed legislation that I helped develop accomplishing this goal, but both times President Bush vetoed the bills. Next week, the House will once again vote on this very important legislation. I am confident it will pass with strong bipartisan support, and will then be signed into law by Barack Obama after he becomes president.

“I will also continue to work with my colleagues in crafting the health care provisions that will be included in the economic recovery package.

“As the original author of legislation that would temporarily increase each state’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) during this economic downturn, I will continue to push for its inclusion in the recovery package so that states can continue to provide critical health care services to those hurt most by this economic recession.

“After moving Health Information Technology (HIT) legislation through the Subcommittee last year, I am also anxious to work with my colleagues in crafting HIT provisions for the overall recovery package that will modernize our health care system, strengthen the quality of care and lower overall costs.

“In the coming weeks, I also expect to begin holding hearings on the need to overhaul our nation’s health care system. Our current health care system is not sustainable without significant reform, and I look forward to working with the Obama administration to develop comprehensive legislation that ensures every American has access to quality and affordable health coverage.

“The Subcommittee will also focus on the FDA, and the need to pass food safety legislation that includes a more thorough system to prevent contaminated food products from reaching store shelves. In order to accomplish this goal, I will once again introduce comprehensive legislation that includes the players at every stage of food production.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Subcommittee to arrive at a consensus on a generic biologics bill that will provide patients with better access to life-saving and lower cost biologic drugs.

“As chairman, I will also continue to be a strong advocate for the expansion of NIH medical research and will raise awareness about the need to improve minority health and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities that currently exist in our country.”

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