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Monday, November 17, 2003


Congressman Wu Endorses Dean for America

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November 17, 2003

Congressman Wu Endorses Dean for America

WASHINGTON--Oregon Congressman David Wu today endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D. In making the endorsement, Wu, who represents Oregon's First District, cited Governor Dean's strong record on health care and his dedication to improving educational opportunities and access for all Americans.

"Congressman Wu has been a faithful representative of the people of Oregon, and his inspirational story reminds us why America's must always be the land of opportunity," Governor Dean said. "I look forward to working with him on issues like education and health care that are important to the people of his district and all Americans."

Congressman Wu, who is in his third term, is the first and only Chinese-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves as chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as well as a member of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of moderate Democrats in the House.

Oregon's First District stretches from Portland to the Oregon Coast, encompassing all of Washington, Yamhill, Columbia, and Clatsop counties, and part of Multnomah County.

Wu joins Reps. Neil Abercrombie, Bob Filner, Raúl Grijalva, Maurice Hinchey, Zoe Lofgren, Jim McDermott, Jerrold Nadler, Major Owens, Frank Pallone, and Tim Ryan, in addition to Vermont Senator Patrick J. Leahy, who have already endorsed Governor Dean.

The congressman also joins over 10,000 Oregonians who are actively supporting Governor Dean's campaign. More than 9,200 Oregonians have donated nearly $600,000 to the campaign this year--this level of fundraising places Oregon in the top 15 states among the 50 states in fundraising support--and Oregonians regularly host over 20 Dean MeetUps each month, attracting an estimated 3,400 campaign volunteers and new supporters.

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