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AAA-Fund Endorses William Tong for United States Senate

AAA-Fund Endorses William Tong for United States Senate

For Immediate release
June 30, 2011
Contact: Caroline Fan at carolinekfan@gmail.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian American Action Fund endorsed Connecticut State Representative William Tong for United States Senate. Tong is running against former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Congressman Chris Murphy in the Democratic primary. If elected, Tong will be the first Asian Pacific American to serve in the U.S. Senate, outside of the state of Hawaii, since Senator S. I. Hayakawa (R-CA) served in the 1970s.

“William is smart, passionate, and dedicated to helping the hardworking people of Connecticut,” said Gautam Dutta, AAA-Fund Executive Director. “He has proven himself to be a principled and engaging leader, and we are proud to endorse him for the United States Senate.”

In 2006, Tong became the first Democrat to hold Connecticut’s 147th’s district seat and the first Asian American to serve in the General Assembly. He is also the first Asian American to be elected at the state level in Connecticut’s history.

Born to parents who immigrated to the United States with less than a dollar between them and having grown up working alongside them in their restaurant, Tong has a deep understanding of the large challenges facing many hardworking Connecticut families today. As State Representative, Tong has supported policies to encourage small business growth, job creation, civil rights, and strengthening the middle class.

“William has first-hand knowledge of the issues facing families in Connecticut,” said AAA-Fund Endorsement Chair Caroline Fan. “And he has shown his dedicated to helping families and small businesses thrive. We look forward to supporting him throughout his campaign.”

To donate or get involved with the William Tong campaign, please visit http://www.williamtong.com/.

For more information on the AAA-Fund’s endorsement, please contact Caroline Fan at carolinekfan@gmail.com.

The AAA-Fund is a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on every level of local, state and federal government in America. To achieve this goal, we address the chronic under-representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Americans (AAPIs) as campaign volunteers, campaign contributors, and candidates for political office.


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