Like most Americans,
for many years Perry Gershon was absent from politics except for voting.
Just before college he worked on Teddy Kennedy's Presidential campaign,
and four years later on Gary Hart's, but after graduation from Yale he went
on with his life - med school, UC Berkeley MBA, building a career and a family.
Sometimes it takes a
radical change in what most consider "the norm" for everyone
to realize they need to do more than show up at their
polling place on Election Day. For Perry, that realization came during
the summer of 2016. He was in Washington, DC visiting the Holocaust
Museum with his son, Logan. As he looked at the exhibit of 1930's
Germany, he was struck by how similar it was to the things
he was hearing and seeing at Trump rallies - the racism, the
vilification of the press, the targeting of "others".
Then Donald Trump became President-elect. Trump's election was
Perry's "call to arms". He believed that he could not sit idly by as our
democratic ideals and principles were denigrated. As a successful
businessman, he was able to take stock of his place in life and wanted
to make a difference. He resigned as a partner in his business to run
for office, a suggestion made at a fundraiser by Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gershon's childhood hero was Bobby Kennedy, and he tried to get Teddy
Kennedy elected. He views himself in that Kennedy 'Camelot' mold. He is
the classic American Dream poster child. He did not inherit his wealth.
He's smart and ethical and created a commercial real estate finance business that helped other
businesses stay afloat and kept people employed. He wants to bring his ability to
bring people together to Washington to help bring America together.
He gave up his career for two other important reasons that are extremely
vital in this election. He knew he could use his own resources to
challenge the dark money that Zeldin will get from Mercer and the gun
lobby. And he is letting voters
know that when he is in office, having his own resources means he won't
be beholden to any lobbyists and PAC donors. His only loyalty
will be to the people who live in his District - his constituents.
Perry Gershon views this election as the most important in America's
history. "Donald Trump represents the existential threat on American
values. If the Democrats don't take back the House, he's going to
declare victory, and then God only knows what's going to happen after
that. It won't be more of the same, it will be worse."
Below are links to hear
Perry and his positions on many issues, produced by the campaign and
While New York is a blue state (solidly Democratic) - Suffolk County
is a swing part of it. So if everyone who really cares about where our country is
headed goes to the polls on November 6th - remember that "all
politics is local" - Perry Gershon will be our next Member of
Congress. Do your part to make sure he is!