DCCC CHAIR LUJÁN RECOGNIZES MATT LONGJOHN AS PART OF ‘RED TO BLUE’ PROGRAM

DCCC CHAIR LUJÁN RECOGNIZES MATT LONGJOHN AS PART OF ‘RED TO BLUE’ PROGRAM

Addition to Battle-Tested Red to Blue Program Highlights Longjohn’s Strong Campaign

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján today announced that Matt Longjohn has earned a spot on the DCCC’s highly competitive Red to Blue program.

Longjohn has worked hard in his community to earn a spot on Red to Blue by surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising. Beyond his demonstrated ability to build a winning campaign infrastructure, Longjohn has a strong record of service, message that connects with voters in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District and deep ties to the community he aims to serve.

“As a doctor and former National Health Officer for the YMCA, Dr. Matt Longjohn couldn’t sit by while Washington Republicans made it harder for Michiganders to access affordable and quality health care,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján. “Matt’s expertise in health care and his strong campaign operation make the race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District one to watch.”

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and more. It is not an endorsement.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by the Michigan Nurses Association

Matt Longjohn endorsed by the Michigan Nurses Association

Longjohn receives an endorsement from Michigan Nurses

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that the Michigan Nurse’s Association has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Matt is exactly the kind of hard-working advocate nurses and our patients need in Washington. Nurses need him in Congress to fight for health care for all, a stronger voice in our workplace, and a law to limit the number of patients hospitals can assign nurses at one time. Nurses are proud to support a fellow health care professional who understands that patient safety and empowering nurses are matters of life and death”, said Jamie Brown, RN, president of the Michigan Nurses Association

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am excited to announce that the Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed my campaign for Congress. Nurses need to be protected as critical contributors to health and health care outcomes, and their contributions need to be sustained by ensuring they can safely do their jobs. When I go to Congress I will work every day to fight for safe staffing conditions for nurses, safe patient care, and protecting collective bargaining rights for Nurses  ” said Longjohn.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by IBEW Local 153

Matt Longjohn endorsed by IBEW Local 153

Longjohn receives an endorsement from IBEW Local 153

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that IBEW Local 153 has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 153 believes that the time has come for change in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. The issues that face the working people of Southwest Michigan now more than ever need to be addressed. From Health Care, wage stagnation and Right to Work the working families of IBEW 153 represents well over 1350 members and retirees, 350 of which reside in Southwest Michigan. These members deserve a Congressman that will fight for them and all the residents of Southwest Michigan and that is why we endorse Dr. Matt Longjohn as the next Congressman for Michigan’s 6th district”, said IBEW COPE committee.

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by IBEW Local 153.  I am running to finally give the hardworking families of Southwest Michigan the representation they need in Congress. For too long, the middle class has been shrinking while the billionaires and corporations have been getting unfair tax breaks.  When I am elected, I will fight to make affordable health care a reality, make sure that all Americans are earning a living wage, and fight to get the dark corporate money out of politics. ” said Longjohn.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Sierra Club

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Sierra Club

Longjohn receives endorsement from Sierra Club

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that the Sierra Club has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn has earned the Sierra Club’s endorsement because Congressional District 6 deserves a representative who will make environmental protection a top priority. As a physician and public health expert, Matt understands the intrinsic links between a healthy environment and healthy communities.  Unlike Fred Upton, we are confident that Matt will be a fierce defender of clean air, water, and the health of all Michigan citizens. We will work hard to ensure he is elected to Congress” said Mike Berkowitz, Political Director, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn has spent his career advocating and fighting for the health of communities across the country. In comparison, his opponent Fred Upton has spent his time in DC voting against protections for our environment and has worked alongside President Trump to dismantle the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act, driving up health care costs and putting insurance coverage to over 600,000 Michiganders at risk.  The people of District 6 will be in good hands with a future leader like Dr. Longjohn, and we will be working hard to make sure he is elected in November,” said Richard Barron, Political Chair, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter:”

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Sierra Club.  You can’t live your healthiest life without safe and clean air, water, or soil, and in the 6th district, our environment is also the basis of our economy. The future of tourism associated with our lakes, beaches, recreational activities, fishing, and hunting, as well as our agricultural economy, depend entirely on our efforts to protect and sustain our environment.  We need a Representative in Washington who understands how seriously to take environmental issues. Over the past several years, Congressman Fred Upton has been cashing checks from big oil and gas industries, while repeatedly voting against environmental protections that have hurt Southwest Michigan. For example, he voted to repeal the Clean Water Rule. Families from Parchment to Plainwell, and anywhere else that has been dealing with PFAS contamination, know we need more protections on our water. Though Mr. Upton talks about being a problem solver, he votes along party lines and has earned a 13% voting record on overall environmental issues. Unlike Congressman Upton I will be a staunch defender of the environment” said Longjohn.

Dr. Matt Longjohn named to DCCC’s Red to Blue List

Dr. Matt Longjohn named to DCCC’s Red to Blue List

Public health leader and political outsider’s campaign for Congress recognized as among most the country’s most competitive

Portage, MI — Dr. Matt Longjohn, public health leader and candidate for Congress today announced that his campaign has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s prestigious Red to Blue list.  The addition of Longjohn’s campaign indicates that he is positioned to topple 32-year incumbent Congressman Fred Upton this November.

“From the beginning, this campaign has been about bringing a new generation of leadership to Congress.  I’m proud that our grassroots campaign has received this distinction–the first time any campaign in Southwest Michigan has ever earned it. We could not have made it onto the national radar screen without the support of all our volunteers.  Voters are looking for a representative who will do what’s right — get special interest money out of politics, expand health care coverage and protect people with pre-existing conditions, and preserve our water and Great Lakes”, said Longjohn

Matt Longjohn endorsed by AFSCME Council 25

Matt Longjohn endorsed by AFSCME Council 25

Matt Longjohn receives 4th union endorsement

Portage- Today, the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that AFSCME Council 25 has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“The Republican leadership in D.C. has fought tooth and nail to make life harder for every day working people and rig the rules in favor of big businesses and CEOs,” said Council 25 President Lawrence A. Roehrig. “Matt Longjohn has laid out bold visions where anyone that works hard for a living isn’t forced to choose between groceries or the electric bill, where children from every zip code have access to affordable higher education and vocational training, and where our seniors don’t have to worry about constant attacks on their pensions and health care and can retire with dignity.”

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by AFSCME Council 25.  I am running to finally give the hardworking families of Southwest Michigan the representation they need in Congress. For too long, the middle class has been shrinking while the billionaires and corporations have been getting unfair tax breaks.  When I am elected, I will fight to make affordable health care a reality, make sure that all Americans are earning a living wage, and fight to get the dark corporate money out of politics. ” said Longjohn

MI-06 Poll–Matt Longjohn Well-Positioned to Defeat 32-year Career Politician Fred Upton

MI-06 Poll–Matt Longjohn Well-Positioned to Defeat 32-year Career Politician Fred Upton

A new poll of likely voters in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District shows that Democrat and first-time candidate Dr. Matt Longjohn starts the general election campaign just 5 points behind 32-year incumbent Fred Upton,despite being largely unknown. More important, when voters hear balanced profiles of both candidates, with Upton’s profile based on language from his own website, Longjohn vaults into a commanding 11-point lead. This poll shows that while the electorate here remains conservative and still leans slightly toward the Republicans, the environment is much more favorable to Democrats than might be expected. Barack Obama is much more popular than Donald Trump, and the Republican health care bill –which Upton authored –is extremely unpopular. Moreover, as evidenced by the impressive movement outlined above, voters are hungry for an independent political outsider, like Longjohn. This poll clearly shows that Matt Longjohn has an extremely strong chance to flip this seat for Democrats –if he has the resources to get his message out to voters, which is much easier in this relatively inexpensive district than in many more-expensive suburban seats around the country.

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:

  • The environment is friendlier for a Democrat than it has been in years; Upton’s GOP Healthcare bill is very unpopular. While the likely electorate in the district is still quite conservative (46% conservative vs. just 28% liberal), Republicans have only a modest 3-point lead on the generic ballot (43% to 46%). Moreover, while Donald Trump won this district by 8 points, he is now 9 points underwater on personal favorability (43% favorable vs. 52% unfavorable). Former president Barack Obama is much more popular (55%/43%). More troubling for Upton, the “health care bill that Republicans in Congress tried to pass last year,” which was authored by the incumbent, is extremely unpopular (31% favorable vs. 49% unfavorable).
  • Upton’s standing is mediocre, leads by only 5 despite huge name ID advantage. For such a long-term incumbent, Upton’s standing is only mediocre at 42% favorable to 40% unfavorable. But his 82% name ID is much higher than Longjohn’s 30% name ID (22%/8%). This 50-point name ID advantage does boost Upton to a 5-point lead (44%-49%) in a two-way ballot (when Stephen Young is included, Upton leads 41%-47%-3%).
  • Longjohn’s strong profile boosts him to an 11-point lead in the informed ballot. After voters hear balanced profiles of both candidates, with Upton’s based on language from his own website, Longjohn moves from 5 points down to 11 points ahead (53% to 42%),a remarkable shift of 16 points in the net vote margin. This is due in large part to independents who start the race dead even (43% Longjohn to 42%Upton) but move decisively to Longjohn after hearing both profiles (59% to 30% in the informed ballot).

ABOUT THIS POLL: Global Strategy Group conducted a live telephone survey of 500 likely midterm voters in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District from August 24th to 29th, 2018. The margin of error for the overall electorate at the 95% confidence level is +/-4.4%. Care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of the expected electorate are properly represented based on historical turnout.

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Longjohn receives major national endorsement from Senator Elizabeth Warren

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that Senator Elizabeth Warren has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn will bring a valuable and much-needed voice to Congress. As a physician, Matt has a proven record of putting people first — not Wall Street, billionaires, or CEOs who already have too much influence in Washington. Matt will never stop fighting until families in Michigan have access to affordable healthcare and prescription drugs. I’m thrilled to endorse him”, said Senator Warren.

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren has been a champion for the middle-class in the Senate, protecting consumers and putting forth people-first policies while taking on the big corporations and billionaires who have too much influence in Washington. When I am elected to Congress I will be equally committed to advancing these people-first policies to improve the health and quality of lives of as many people possible.” said Longjohn.

 

Clean Water Action Endorses Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District

Clean Water Action Endorses Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District

LANSING– Today, Clean Water Action announced its endorsement of Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.

“Throughout his career as a doctor and advocate, Matt Longjohn has shown the depth of his commitment to protecting our environment and public health. His record as a public health advocate is substantial, and we are confident that he will continue the fight in Congress,” said Mary Brady-Enerson, Clean Water Action Michigan Director. “Michigan needs congressional representatives like Matt Longjohn. Our water is in a state of crisis, and we must have representatives who are willing and able to stand up to the dirty water agenda of the Trump administration,” concluded Brady-Enerson.

Longjohn is running against incumbent representative and noted climate change denier Fred Upton, who voted to remove stream and wetland protections, to fast track approval for oil and gas pipelines, and to make it easier for fossil fuel corporations to influence EPA’s scientific review process during his current term. Longjohn has been an outspoken public health advocate throughout his career, serving as National Health Officer for YMCA since 2001.

“Michigan residents understand how valuable our fresh water is. It is time for the residents of the 6th district to have a representative who understands that as well. Matt Longjohn will fight for our water resources, oppose further cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and work to prevent the Trump administration from undoing all the progress we’ve made on Great Lakes protections,” said Brady-Enerson. “We are proud to endorse Matt’s campaign for the 6th congressional district, and look forward to working with him as a legislator. The choice is clear – Matt Longjohn for Congress.”

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Clean Water Action is Michigan’s largest grassroots conservation group with over 250,000 members across the state. Through direct advocacy and education they organize Michigan residents to protect the Great Lakes and our water resources. Learn more at www.cleanwateraction.org/mi

Matt Longjohn endorsed by End Citizens United

Matt Longjohn endorsed by End Citizens United

Longjohn receives an endorsement from leading campaign finance reform group

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that End Citizen’s United has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Michiganders are fed up with a rigged system in Washington where politicians are controlled by mega-donors and special interests, while everyday Americans are shut out of the conversation,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “Matt Lonjohn is fighting to upend this system so Congress focuses on the people they are supposed to represent, not a handful of big political donors. And he’s already leading by example by turning away corporate PAC money in his campaign. He’s demonstrating to voters that he’ll put their interests first, and we’re proud to back his campaign.”

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am excited to be endorsed by End Citizen’s United.  They are the leading group working to stop the influence of dark money in politics.  Campaign finance reform is a major issue in the 6th district. Congressman Fred Upton has continually supported the interests of his corporate donors over those of his constituents.  Congressmen Upton sees taking corporate PAC money merely as a campaign tactic and fails to see it as a legitimate issues voters want to see addressed. When I get to Congress I am going to be a strong voice to End Citizens United and put together real campaign finance reform that takes corporate money out of politics. ” said Longjohn.