Husband of Facebook co-founder announces Congressional bid
September 23rd, 2013
11:42 AM ET
7 months ago

Husband of Facebook co-founder announces Congressional bid

Washington (CNN) - The husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has formally announced his 2014 congressional campaign in New York.

Sean Eldridge, 27, will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent and 24-year Army veteran Chris Gibson in the Empire State's 19th Congressional District, located in the Upper Hudson Valley.

"Right now the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned out by the special interests and party politics causing gridlock in Washington," Eldridge said in a statement Monday. "We need an independent voice who will stand up to Big Oil and Big Banks and fight for middle class families."

What Eldridge lacks in experience, the first-time candidate makes up for in ample fundraising connections. Eldridge is president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund. And he counts billionaire George Soros and Napster co-founder Sean Parker among his donors.

As of June 30, Eldridge had already raised closed to $748,000, nearly double the incumbent's $417,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Eldridge has contributed $215,000 of his own money to the campaign, with the remainder mostly coming from individual contributions. Eldridge said he has pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions to his campaign.

The bulk of Gibson's money comes from committee contributions, including some associated with corporations, with about 20% coming from individual contributions. The two-term congressman has not made any personal contributions to his own campaign.

Gibson's campaign said Eldridge's announcement "comes as no surprise." His team pointed to reports about Eldridge moving to the district specifically to run for Congress.

Eldridge and Hughes had moved to Garrison, 50 miles north of New York City, two years ago with eyes on exploring a congressional bid against then-Rep. Nan Hayworth. But they realized the seat would be too much of a challenge after Hayworth was defeated in 2012 by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, and bought another home farther north this year, according to The New York Times.

Gibson's team is also hitting Eldridge for his friends in high places.

"He's been raising money from wealthy friends while at the same time touting an economic plan that boils down to loaning his potential constituents money," Stephanie Valle, campaign spokeswoman for Gibson, said in a statement. "One thing is clear – this race will test the hypothesis of whether Congressional seats can be bought."


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • New York
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I need to hear more credentials. As a democrat, I'm inclined to support Mr. Eldridge, but he needs to explain more of his vision.

    September 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    Take down the repos any way you can. They don't deserve to even call themselves citizens let alone Congresspeople.

    September 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. just asking

    getting bored just sitting around the house living off your 'wife'???

    September 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. jinx9to88

    If all fails buy the seat, everyone else does.

    September 23, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Go for it! No more DO NOTHING Repubs!

    September 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Gunderson

    Oh, yes,
    Country in enough trouble now. What Answer? Simple. We Need more Democrats! And more Democrats! And Food Stamps. More Food Stamps.

    September 23, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    I would look at every Repub seat that is up for election in every blue state. Get the GOP out of office, or at least bring some moderate GOP back.

    September 23, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    jinx9to88

    If all fails buy the seat, everyone else does.
    -------------------------
    Almost all of the "loans" made by his investment company in the Hudson Valley have been in the form of grants to non-profit groups like small colleges, and new startup businesses.

    September 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Dutch wrote:

    I need to hear more credentials. As a democrat, I'm inclined to support Mr. Eldridge, but he needs to explain more of his vision.
    -----------------–
    Aside from the apparently obvious support for same sex marriage, there's very little political info about him. Too busy making money.

    September 23, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Gun – we certainly don't need people like the GOP who are he'll bent on destroying America with unfunded wars and economic stupidity. In the last repub president's final year, we lost 8 million jobs, and our grandchildren will be paying for the other repub follies we are trying to dig out of.

    September 23, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson wrote:

    Oh, yes, Country in enough trouble now. What Answer? Simple. We Need more Democrats! And more Democrats! And Food Stamps. More Food Stamps
    ---------------------
    There some things about food stamps that need to be said. For starters, if it were not for food stamps, the The Great Recession could easily have been called the The Greater Depression. The entitlement programs were a safety net that kept millions of people from sudden economic crash landings. Most of whom, were simply laid off of their jobs.

    And another thing, those college football players that you like to cheer about on Saturdays, because of NCAA rules regarding working and compensation, many college atheletes on scholarships resort to food stamps. Finding summer jobs has always been difficult because the rules prevent you from making contact with many propective eimployers. It just wouldn't look right for an athlete to be contacting with business owners during the academic school year. and so they don't.

    September 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. kirk

    Of course they can be bought.gerrymandering and voter suppression is the goal

    September 23, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. anonymous

    What Eldridge lacks in experience, the first-time candidate makes up for in ample fundraising connections. Eldridge is president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund. And he counts billionaire George Soros and Napster co-founder Sean Parker among his donors.
    -–

    No experience but the backing of billionaire socialists. Yeah, just what the country needs to accelerate our decline at the hands of the leftist lunes and mob.

    September 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Just another Dem socialist, trying to take advantage of the system.

    September 23, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Shadow

    just asking said:
    "getting bored just sitting around the house living off your 'wife'???"

    The New York Observer:
    " The New York Observer ranked him as one of NY's Top 50 "most powerful gay figures" of 2011."
    He married in 2012 and was successful before he met his spouse.

    September 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    anonymous

    No experience but the backing of billionaire socialists. Yeah, just what the country needs to accelerate our decline at the hands of the leftist lunes and mob.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Right on anon! So much better to turn the nation back over to the kochhead fascists and THEIR mob who got us into this fiasco in the first place!

    September 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Shadow

    just asking said:
    "getting bored just sitting around the house living off your 'wife'???"

    The New York Observer:
    " The New York Observer ranked him as one of NY's Top 50 "most powerful gay figures" of 2011."
    He married in 2012 and was successful before he met his spouse.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Sounds like askin' is jealous!

    September 23, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Nothing like another .0005%'er democrat.

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. RealTruth

    Malory Archer,

    Actually Eldridge met his now husband while he was still in undergrad. He was never "successful" before he met his spouse. His "successes" only exist because his spouse (who won the Facebook lottery) was able to write checks for his investment firm.

    I hate to discount his success but I have a lot more respect for people who earn their money the old fashion way (lots of hard work).

    September 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |