Top Five Things To Know About Sean Eldridge (D-NY)
Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is running for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
1. Eldridge Moved To #NY19 Just Last Year
Eldridge was born in Canada and raised in Ohio. Eldridge and his husband Chris Hughes first moved to #NY19 on January 4, 2013, buying a $2 million home in Shokan. They also own a $5 million loft in New York City and a $5 million estate in Garrison, which was once owned by a Vanderbilt. In 2011, when the couple purchased the estate in Garrison, Eldridge stated it was where “we put down roots, where we want to have a family” and that the area reminded him of his childhood home. He moved the next year. Eldridge’s $5 million SoHo loft in New York City has been called “a hub” of Democratic national politics.
2. Eldridge Supports ObamaCare
Eldridge has plainly stated that he would have voted for ObamaCare had he been in Congress at the time. Eldridge has stated in interviews that he would oppose repealing or delaying ObamaCare.
3. Eldridge Is Close Friends With Nancy Pelosi
Sean Eldridge and Nancy Pelosi are “close friends.” Eldridge and Hughes have hosted fundraisers with Pelosi, invited Pelosi to their wedding, and have even stayed at Pelosi’s Napa Valley home. Despite this clearly close relationship, Eldridge has refused on three separate occasions to tell voters if he will be voting for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
4. Eldridge Opposes Fracking
Eldridge has stated his opposition to fracking clearly in interviews, saying “I oppose fracking.” His opposition comes despite his acknowledgement that fracking could bring “more jobs and more economic growth.” According to a 2011 report from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, fracking would create between 13,491 and 80,510 jobs.
5. Eldridge Opposes The Farm Bill
Despite New York Democrats Sean Patrick Maloney and Chuck Schumer noting the Farm Bill included “major victories” for New York farmers, Eldridge told the Poughkeepsie Journal that he would have voted against the bipartisan Farm Bill.