NEAL FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 31, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Fenlon 413-624-6325
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL WELCOMES DELEGATES TO DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION IN SPRINGFIELD
Will Co-Host Delegate Party with Elizabeth Warren and Address Convention
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal will welcome nearly 5000 delegates from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the City of Springfield for the Democratic State Convention this Friday and Saturday.
“Springfield has deep Democratic roots and tradition, so I am pleased to welcome Democrats from throughout Massachusetts to my hometown,” said Neal. “The upcoming election will determine the future of fundamental Democratic programs like Social Security and Medicare and I am committed to upholding the foundation of our Party."
Democrats from all corners of the Commonwealth are invited to Neal’s “Welcome to Springfield Reception,” which he is co-hosting with Elizabeth Warren. The event will take place from 5:30-8 at Theodore’s, 201 Worthington St.
Prior to co-hosting their party, Neal will introduce Warren as she arrives in Springfield for a rally in Stearns Square Park at 1:45 p.m.
“Springfield’s downtown entertainment district consists of great restaurants, theatre, and commerce,” said Neal. “I look forward to showing Democratic friends from near and far our thriving downtown. Together with Elizabeth, I know we will get the delegates energized for the weekend’s festivities and beyond.”
Neal is scheduled to address the convention around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, where he will outline Democratic priorities for this election cycle. Following his speech and the convention business, Neal is excited to announce a door-to-door unprecedented voter contact initiative. Last week Neal emailed every delegate statewide expressing his excitement for the door-knocking.
“Campaigns are won on the ground,” said Neal. “From my first run for the City Council to my Congressional campaigns, I know there is nothing better than shoe leather and speaking to voters on their doorsteps.”
Part of Saturday's convention business will honor first responders from last year's June 1 tornado. A narrarted video tribute will be broadcast for all delegates. In addition, Neal will offer remarks at the Springfield interfaith service- scheduled for tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Old First Church- and the Monson commeration service scheduled for tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
"As western and central Massachusetts rebuilds from last year's devastating tornado, it is important we take a moment to reflect," said Neal.