Via Down With Tyranny, here’s an amusing anecdote about the campaign of Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook poke button pioneer Chris Hughes and New York congressional candidate:
Things aren’t unfolding that well for [Eldridge]. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, eager to keep Hughes’ money flowing, has played him for a fool, not even giving him a coveted Red-to-Blue slot until Sean went bonkers on him. “Israel doesn’t help at all,” one heartbroken staffer told me. “All he does for this campaign is ship us bagels and cream cheese every week. We’d all rather have local donuts. He can shove his crappy bagels up his ass with the cream cheese.”
A Democratic House candidate is under fire for his husband’s sizable investment in a Chinese oil company that does extensive business in the Iranian oil sector.
A wealthy Democratic congressional candidate opposes hydraulic fracturing in New York even as he profits from the practice in other states, newly released documents show.
Sean Eldridge, who married the guy (Chris Hughes) who made hundreds of millions after pioneering the Facebook “poke” feature, is running for Congress as a man of the people, having vowed to fight against “the power of money and special interests in politics.”
You know, despite the fact that Eldridge (i.e., Hughes) has contributed almost $1 million to his own campaign, and has raised money from Silicon Valley billionaires. Oh, and the fact that Eldridge is operating a 21st century fiefdom in an effort to buy political support from local business owners.
Earlier this week, Eldridge was in Washington, D.C., raising money with at an event co-hosted by Steven Elmendorf, a rich liberal lobbyist whose clients include Facebook, Time Warner, General Electric, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. You know, a real man of the people. Elmendorf has already donated the maximum permissible amount ($5,200) to Eldridge’s campaign.
Sean Eldridge is a 21st-century feudalist. After marrying Chris Hughes, who earned hundreds of millions of dollars for developing the Facebook “poke” button, Eldridge and his husband set out in search of a fiefdom from which to launch a Congressional bid. After a couple false starts, they eventually settled on New York’s 19th district, where Eldridge is currently trying to unseat incumbent Chris Gibson (R., N.Y.), a lifetime resident of the district.
After purchasing a suitable mansion in the district, Eldridge used his husband’s money to start Hudson River Ventures, an investment fund that focuses on local small businesses. He provides money, shelter, and protection to his adopted vassals, asking only for political allegiance in return.
The Register-Star reported Wednesday that Eldridge’s firm has just made a $100,000 investment in an agriculture center in the small town of Copake:
Multimillionaire poke-button pioneer/Mark Zuckerberg college roommate Chris Hughes donated $2,600 to Senator Kay Hagan’s reelection campaign last month, according to campaign finance records:
Earlier this week, Republican lawmaker and former Army officer Chris Gibson formally launched his reelection campaign in New York’s 19th congressional district. It’s not off to a great start.
That same day, Gibson suggested that his Democratic opponent, Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge, was out of touch with the district, and “doesn’t fully understand what the needs of our communities are.”
What a disgrace. How dare Chris Gibson, a lifelong resident of the district, call Eldridge out of touch.
Democrat Sean Eldridge, who has spent nearly a million dollars of his husband’s money in an effort to win a New York congressional seat while decrying money in politics, spurned a call from his opponent on Tuesday to limit campaign spending in the race.
Sean Eldridge, the 26-year-old spouse of Facebook “poke” button pioneer Chris Hughes, has had a rough week.
THE POLITICO recently published a damning report on Eldridge’s strange reluctance to engage with the media. He faces mounting criticism over his efforts to unseat incumbent Representative Chris Gibson (R., N.Y.), a decorated war veteran and lifetime resident of the district he serves. Eldridge has lived there since 2011 in the $5 million Hudson River Valley estate Hughes bought to facilitate his husband’s political ambitions. “Eldridge” is the top donor to his own campaign (at least $700,000 and counting), and takes money from his billionaire friends while decrying the influence of “special interests” in politics.
Philmont, N.Y. resident Ed Fertik is not impressed. Fertik authored an epic letter-to-the-editor for the Register Star on Friday, in which he describes the “elitist” Eldridge’s campaign as “one of the most disgusting political maneuvers we could ever witness here in Columbia County.”