FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OAKES ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR UNITED STATES SENATE
DATE: January 17, 2012
Democrat and East Hartford resident Matthew John Oakes announced his candidacy for United States Senate during a campaign kick-off party on January 14, 2012. Danbury resident Matthew Hack introduced Oakes, saying, “I have known Matt for the past 6 years, and I am so excited that he has decided to be a candidate. Connecticut, and the nation as a whole, are at a crossroad between the left and the right. We need people like Matt to represent the middle. Congress affects us all everyday and lately, things have been going wrong down there. Matthew John cares about people and always has, and I am sure that he is committed to helping the residents of Connecticut and the citizens of America."
A life long Connecticut resident, Matthew has worked in production as well as retail. After graduating Hartford Public High School where he was named a Hartford Courant "Focus On Youth" student, he attended Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. Oakes returned to Connecticut and worked for the Hartford Board of Education. He also attended nursing classes and has worked as a Certified Nurses Aide. Matthew has worked in education, health, as well as business. His additional experience includes being disabled since 2003 after being ruthlessly attacked in 2003. As an openly gay male, he has keen insight into the issues affecting the GLBTQ community today. Lastly, he was raised in Hartford's North End and is aware of the social issues facing inner city residents.
"I am pleased to announce my candidacy for United States Senate, a position that was previously occupied by Joseph Lieberman. Being poor, disabled, gay and a victim of crime, I am uniquely qualified to serve. I have seen it all, and in a time where both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street think they know what is best for America, I am willing to stand up and say let's meet in the middle. I have seen it all, I have nearly done it all, and for these reasons I have the experience and qualifications to serve the citizens of the great state of Connecticut,"
Oakes' friend Stephanie Swist made another important point, stating that “the number one thing to consider is that, while Matthew has a fun-filled past, his moral compass has always been straight on. He is the kind of friend everyone wants. He is there for his friends and family and will be there for the residents of Connecticut. His humor is not what is considered politically correct, but then again, he doesn't consider 'political correctness' politically correct.”
In attendance were Matthew Ryan and Ben Gordon of "The Programme with Matt and Ben", who added, “the current Congress is out of step with society. They are out of touch with reality and the public in general. Matt is here, he sits and has beers with us. He cares about everyone: black, white, Puerto Rican, Jewish, purple, red, gay, green or wrestling fans. He needs to be elected.”
The 2012 United States elections will be held on Tuesday November, 6, 2012.
More information about his experience and campaign platform is available at https://www.facebook.com/