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DeLong Out-raises opponent in 3rd Quarter, Raises $1.2 million to date

October 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Noel Fritsch 
(562) 961-4108

Congressional Candidate Gary DeLong Continues Lead in Campaign Fundraising and Endorsements 


Over $1.2 Million Raised to Date

 

Congressional candidate Gary DeLong announced today that his campaign has raised over $1.2 million since announcing his candidacy for California’s 47th Congressional District.Furthermore, DeLong has nearly double the cash-on-hand his opponent has—with $450,000 in the bank after covering debt, to Lowenthal’s $235,000 after debt. “Once again it’s clear who the residents of the 47th Congressional District would like to represent them in Congress. People across the political spectrum—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—agree with my goal of eliminating deficit spending by growing the economy and creating jobs,” DeLong said.

“With over 1,000 individuals contributing to the campaign, it’s apparent the people know sending a local small businessman with a track record of balancing city budgets to Congress is much better than sending a career politician with a history of excessive spending from Sacramento. My supporters include small business owners, hard working families, and community leaders.”

The September 30th fundraising totals are:

$1,207,000 Gary DeLong

$857,781 Alan Lowenthal

In addition to the overwhelming fundraising success, the campaign has also earned the endorsements of a long list of elected officials and community leaders in the district. The complete list of endorsements is here.

The new 47th Congressional District is 58% Los Angeles County, including the communities of Avalon, Long Beach, Signal Hill and a portion of Lakewood. 42% of the district is in Orange County, including the communities of Cypress, Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.

The California Target Book’s analysis of the newly drawn district indicates Republicans held a 52-48 edge in the 2010 Congressional elections.

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Gary DeLong – New Approach

It’s time for a brighter future for California. We’ve just launched a new advertisement that highlights my priorities for California’s future. It’s running on the air on many channels in the 47th District. Click here or on the video below to watch it, and please share with your friends.

 

Press-Telegram Endorses DeLong Unequivocally

Long Beach Press-Telegram: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Gary DeLong for Congress


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By Eric Bradley

LONG BEACH – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stepped into the 47th Congressional District race on Friday, endorsing Republican Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong. The endorsement was announced at Hotel Maya near the Queen Mary.

Dick Castner, the U.S. Chamber’s executive director of the Western Regional Office, praised DeLong’s business experience as the leader of a telecommunications consultant firm and his service as chairman of the City Council’s Budget Oversight Committee.

He tied California’s unemployment rate, the nation’s third highest, to DeLong’s opponent, state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

DeLong has been previously endorsed by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Log Cabin Republicans, former Gov. George Deukmejian, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and other elected officials.

The new 47th Congressional District has no incumbent. It includes most of Long Beach and stretches east into western Orange County.

Lowenthal has many high profile endorsements and is supported by about two dozen labor groups, among them the Long Beach Police Officers and Firefighters associations, most of the Long Beach City Council, former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, the Sierra Club and dozens of federal, state and local elected officials.

DeLong has been previously endorsed by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Log Cabin Republicans, former Gov. George Deukmejian, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and other elected officials.
The new 47th Congressional District has no incumbent. It includes most of Long Beach and stretches east into western Orange County.


eric.bradley@presstelegram.com, 562-714-2104, twitter.com/EricBradleyPT

 

Long Beach Press Telegram Endorses Gary DeLong for Congress — The Long Beach city councilman is a new breed of independent thinkers who look past party lines

Gary DeLong is not your typical Republican congressional candidate.

For one thing, the Long Beach city councilman and businessman is pro-choice and supports gay marriage. And though he’s a staunch fiscal conservative, he isn’t convinced that President Obama’s heath care plan needs to be repealed.

In short, he’s one of the emerging group of independent-minded politicians who are looking past party lines for smart solutions to the country’s problems. For that reason, we strongly urge voters to send him to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6.

This page endorsed DeLong for the 47th Congressional District in the June primary election, but noted that he had to improve his message and refine his platform before he received an endorsement for the general election. He has done exactly that, spending the summer listening to constituents and developing detailed positions and plans. He returned recently to the editorial board with some solid, original ideas that don’t hew to the usual Republican Party line.

“I’m not running as a member of a party,” he said. “I’m running for everybody.”

For example, DeLong said he has concluded that Medicare and the Affordable Care Act should be reformed rather than abolished or repealed. Not only were those much more specific plans, they show that DeLong has the kind of independence that we need to break through the partisan gridlock.

DeLong reiterated that his main reason for running for Congress is a desire to help fix the country’s economic woes. While DeLong said he would stand with Republicans on fiscal issues, he bucks the party’s stances on social issues and calls himself environmentally friendly.

As the only Republican serving on the Long Beach City Council, he has demonstrated an ability to compromise with his Democratic colleagues while helping to balance the city’s budget deficit this year.

“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, a Republican, in the middle or decline-to-state, I think people are suffering fairly equitably across the board,” DeLong said. “The middle class is shrinking and we have to work together to fix this.”

Those beliefs will serve DeLong well in a district that takes in most of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and parts of cities in western Orange County.

“Clearly, I’m more socially liberal,” said DeLong, who handed the editorial board a campaign pamphlet that did not note his party affiliation.

DeLong is not only the best candidate in this race, where he faces Democratic state Sen. Alan Lowenthal. DeLong is one of the best running for Congress this year.

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