The campaign of state Senate candidate Justin Wagner is showcasing the support of one of the country’s biggest Democratic names: former President Bill Clinton.
Wagner’s camp is set to release a new mailer Thursday that includes a supportive statement from the 42nd president, touting the Croton-on-Hudson attorney as a “candidate of mainstream values and common sense solutions for the Hudson Valley.”
Clinton is ultra-popular in Democratic circles and is a top surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Why is he pledging support for a candidate in a state-level race? Clinton lives in Chappaqua, Westchester County, which lies within the newly configured 40th Senate district that Wagner seeks.
“Justin will work with people on both sides of the aisle to get our economy moving again and put people back to work,” Clinton said in a statement included on the campaign document. “I will be proud to call Justin Wagner my State Senator.”
Wagner is challenging Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, for a district that includes parts of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. Clinton’s statement stops just short of using the word “endorse,” but makes clear he’s supporting Wagner.
The mailer—funded by the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee—is expected to hit lower Hudson Valley mailboxes just before Election Day, and the Wagner camp has plans to use Clinton’s image on campaign literature that will be handed out the day of.
Here’s the mailer: