Governor Howard Dean today announced the endorsement of California U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren. Rep. Lofgren became the first member of Congress to officially endorse Governor Dean's presidential candidacy.
"I am ready to work for him, and to help build the resources to make his campaign a success," Rep. Lofgren said. "I believe Governor Dean represents the hope we need in America to rebuild our economy, restore our credibility overseas, improve our environment and renew our faith in government.
"As a physician, Dr. Dean knows the definition of compassion. Dr. Dean has been at the bedside of real Americans, treated their illnesses and eased their pains," she added. "Now, our economy is ill, and it is time to call in the doctor."
Tonight, Congresswoman Lofgren plans to attend the Children’s Defense Fund Presidential Candidate’s Forum
as Governor Dean’s honored guest.
“Congresswoman Lofgren is a terrific leader who has earned the respect of her colleagues and her constituents. I am honored to receive her endorsement,” Governor Dean said today. “Congresswoman Lofgren and I agree that this President has broken his promise to America’s kids by short-changing our schools and as a result leaving far too many children behind,” Governor Dean continued.
Rep. Lofgren said the economy was also a critical issue in this race.
"In my home county of Santa Clara, California, we have lost thousands of jobs since George W. Bush promised that tax cuts were the way to economic health," she said. "In Silicon Valley, we have an unemployment rate over 8%. Tax-free dividends will not put Silicon Valley back to work. We need to put a governor in charge of changing how our economy is stimulated.
"To lead a state takes vision. America needs vision to restore our economy and rebuild faith in our country and our security. Governor Dean offers that vision. As a governor of a state, he knows all too well the pressures of improving education and services, something our incumbent President appears to ignore."