FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 30, 2016)
Contact Person: S. B. Woo, (302)-366-0259
80-20 PAC, the largest Asian American Political Action Committee, announced today
its endorsement, with reservation, of Secretary Hillary Clinton for President. The
unanimous decision was reached at an Endorsement Convention of elected delegates representing the membership of the 80-20 organization. Delegate positions are equally apportioned between Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. Each affiliation controls one-third of the available delegate slots. The initial vote was 19 for endorsing Clinton with reservation and 6 for other choices. At the end, the majority view received unanimous support from all delegates.
80-20 endorses Sec. Clinton as the better choice of the two main candidates for President for her overall stance on minority rights and the overall better record of service of the Democratic Party to Asian Americans over the last four years in comparison to the Republican record.
The endorsement is made 'with reservation' because of Sec Clinton's lack of recognition of the unique concerns of Asian Americans including the unequal higher standards in college admissions currently in place for Asian Americans. .... Mr. Trump did not respond to 80-20's questionnaire.
"We don't like that Sec Clinton doesn't think we are important enough to her campaign for her to talk to us," said Dr. S.B. Woo, former Lt Gov of Delaware and the founding president of 80-20PAC. Addressing Clinton directly, Woo said, "You need to re-evaluate your prioritites. We will not accept benign neglect."
The "endorse with reservations" recommendation means that 80-20 leaves it to its members who already hold a strong preference for one candidate or the other to continue that support. 80-20 will not be putting out its full effort to flip votes as they would do for a candidate who did show strong support for Asian American concerns. Undecided voters are encouraged to vote for Sec Hillary Clinton.
80-20's strength is its ability to influence the Asian American community via its extensive mailing list and its ability to aid specific candidates via independent advertising expenditures. 80-20 will be doing neither on behalf of Sec Clinton in this general election. 80-20's view is that Sec Clinton needs to re-evaluate her stance and to engage in direct dialogue with Asian Americans.
The message being sent is "If you support us strongly, we will support you strongly. If you support us weakly, we will support you weakly." ....
ends. Emphasis added by S. B.)
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A tidbit after the Endorsement Convention was over:
Broadlands, VA wrote:
I heard that the vote for endorsement for presidential candidate has been over. Giving the way it has been voted and the outcome, for the sake of 80-20's future, I strongly advise you not to make the announcement.
80-20 has been getting this kind of emails several times per week. Our way is to hold an EC with
equal portions of Republican, Democrats and
elected by all PAC members. Every Delegate who wished to speak during the EC was called upon. These delegates discussed the issues for
6 hours and come to a unanimous decision for the benefit of AsAms.
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