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NRCC Spotlights ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Out of Touch’



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Last week, the New York Times offered a not-so-flattering profile of Sean Eldridge, an aspiring Democratic congressman with roughly in personal wealth who is looking for just the right congressional seat to purchase run for:

Two years ago, Sean Eldridge and his husband, the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, bought a $5 million estate in Garrison, about 50 miles north of New York City. It offered 80 acres of rolling fields and a farmhouse once owned by a Vanderbilt. It would also allow Mr. Eldridge, 26, to run for the local Congressional seat if he chose to.

But that seat appeared unattainable, and soon the couple’s gaze shifted north, to the neighboring district on the other side of the Hudson River. In January, they bought a $2 million modern home here overlooking a reservoir, laying the groundwork for Mr. Eldridge’s campaign for their new local Congressional seat, New York’s 19th.

A story like this is an easy lay-up for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which put together a web ad hitting Eldridge:

The only catch: How many people even remember Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee writes in to let us know that unlike 2012, when Mitt Romney was the devil incarnate, successful entrepreneurs who invest in other companies are now exactly the kind of people we want in government:

“While a lot of people talk about the needs to create jobs, Sean Eldridge has actually been doing it, investing in small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and helping them to expand and create jobs. Sean also has a strong record promoting environmental protection and civil rights throughout New York. While some folks work tirelessly to protect tax breaks for billionaires and corporate special interests, Sean has been working to grow small businesses and fight for middle class families.” – Emily Bittner, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Thanks, DCCC!


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