Italian American Democrats Endorse Congressman Bill Pascrell for Re-election

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council, the longtime voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party, today endorsed Congressman Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s Ninth District. Bill has devoted most of his adult life to public service as a public school teacher, New Jersey State Assemblyman, Mayor of his hometown, Paterson, and as a Member of Congress since 1997.

“We are proud to endorse Congressman Bill Pascrell in this Primary Election,” said Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., Chairman of the Italian American Democrats, former US Ambassador and former Mayor of Providence. “Bill’s campaign presents a great opportunity to re-elect an experienced, values-driven, Italian American leader to the U.S. House. He is a true champion of the middle class.”

“I’m so grateful to once again receive the endorsement of the Italian American Democrats,” said Congressman Pascrell. “My mother’s parents emigrated from Casertavecchia to Paterson with only the clothes on their backs. My father’s family traces its roots back to Napoli. It was my family who instilled me with a responsibility to give back to the community and support our neighbors. I am proud to be backed by the Italian American Democrats to continue to fight on behalf of regular working Americans.”

In endorsing Congressman Pascrell, the Italian American Democrats pointed to his record as Co-Chairman of the Italian-American Congressional Delegation, as well as his proven commitment to supporting Italian American values such as the importance of family, and giving back to the community. Bill is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and he works to enact tax fairness, defend Social Security and bring quality health care for all Americans. He consistently votes for gun-safety reforms and strongly supports a woman’s right to choose.

For thirty years, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council has been the national voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party — the national political action committee supporting Italian American candidates for Congress and major statewide offices, reaching out to Italian American voters for their presidential candidates, and promoting the appointment of Italian Americans at the national level.