Congressman Barney Frank Backs Torie Osborn for Assembly

April 10th, 2012

Renowned Progressive Congressman Enthusiastically Endorses Torie Osborn’s Assembly Bid

SANTA MONICA, CA— Continuing to make major headway, today Torie Osborn captured an endorsement from the influential and wildly popular progressive Congressman Barney Frank.

Congressman Frank is one of the top ranking Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and is recognized as one of the most well known openly gay elected officials in our nation. He served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011, and is still the committee’s ranking Democrat.

“I have worked with Torie Osborn for much of my time in Washington on behalf of the LGBT community and on other progressive issues of concern to us both. Based on her proven record I’m happy to endorse her and know she’ll be an effective advocate in the State Assembly,” said Congressman Frank.

Osborn, a community non-profit leader and government reformer, is running a powerful campaign for the new, open 50th Assembly District. A community leader with deep ties to the district, Osborn is waging a grassroots campaign, energizing voters with a call to fix Sacramento, fully fund public education, and fight for jobs, health care and environmental protection.

“I am incredibly grateful to have received this important and prestigious endorsement from a national icon like Congressman Barney Frank,” said Osborn. “His support provides another tremendous boost to my campaign. If elected, I plan on carrying on California’s proud tradition of developing innovative, groundbreaking and forward-looking public policy that will help get our state back on track to fiscal solvency and economic prosperity.”

Congressman Frank and Osborn met in 1993 when Osborn was Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and worked together during the Clinton years, a formative time for the visibility and growth of the LGBT movement They also share a strong commitment to economic justice: “Along with his rapier wit that regularly levels the Right, the quality I most admire in Congressman Frank is his unwavering dedication to economic justice as fundamental to the American way.”

For more information about the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign, or to view Torie’s full list of endorsements, click here.

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Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform.

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