NJ - December 4 - Bill Bradley, former United States Senator from New Jersey (D), today filed a
Statement of Organization for a committee exploring a presidential candidacy
with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Bill Bradley Presidential
Exploratory Committee was formed for the purpose of presidential "testing
the waters," Bradley said in his letter to the FEC.
Although federal election law does
not require the registration of a committee formed for purely exploratory
purposes, Bradley directed the filing "in keeping with the spirit of the
law and my own commitment to campaign finance disclosure," he said in the
letter. Theodore V. Wells, Jr., a member of the law firm Lowenstein Sandler and
a longtime Bradley associate, will serve as Treasurer of the Committee.
"I am considering seeking the
Democratic nomination for President in the year 2000," Bradley said in a
statement. "I would run to help unleash the enormous potential of the
American people. I want to help take that energy and channel it, not only toward
further economic vitality, but also toward finishing our agenda of obligations
that we have to one another. We can move forward and affirm the basic goodness
of the American people. We can realize our potential as workers, citizens and
Bradley said that the Exploratory
Committee would be overseen by Douglas Berman as Chairman and Gina Glantz as
Manager. Berman is a longtime associate who managed Bradley's campaign for
reelection in 1984. Gina Glantz is the owner of the national consulting firm of
Martin & Glantz LLC. Ed Turlington, former Chief of Staff to North Carolina
Governor Jim Hunt and Bradley's coordinator for the past two years, will serve
as Deputy for Politics.
Ways to contact The Bill Bradley
Presidential Exploratory Committee:
Toll-free number: 888 643-9799
By fax: 973 643-5559
Media Availability on Friday,
December 4, 1998, 1:00 PM New Community Corporation Neighborhood Center, Newark
Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) will file a letter with the Federal Elections Commission today to form
a presidential exploratory committee.
Senator Bradley will make a brief
statement and answer questions today at 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the New
Community Corporation Neighborhood Center at 56-86 Hayes Street in Newark, New
The availability will follow an
awards luncheon in the gym, at which Senator Bradley is delivering brief
congratulatory remarks to New Community employees. The event starts at 10:45
a.m. Senator Bradley will also speak at the luncheon at 12:25 p.m. Senator
Bradley has been a long-time supporter of New Community, a community development
corporation in its 30th year of service.
NOTE: No access to the gymnasium is
available from 10:45-12:00 during the New Community Corporation award ceremony.
Crews arriving during that time must wait outside or in a side-room.
Sound: Senator Bradley will already
be microphoned. Mult boxes will be provided both for media availability and for
the Senator's luncheon remarks.
Directions to New Community
Corporation Neighborhood Center:
Click here to view a street map of the area (this will open a
new browser window).
From the New Jersey
Exit 15W to I-280 West. Exit Clifton Avenue. At light, turn
left onto Clifton Avenue, which changes its name to Norfolk and then to ** Jones
Street. One block past S. Orange Avenue, make a right turn onto 14th Avenue and
then the first left onto Hayes Street. (Newark Public Library is on the corner.)
Neighborhood Center is on the left - middle of the block.
From Garden State Parkway:
Exit 145 to I-280 East. Exit Ð Newark Ð First Street, making the first right
onto First Street as you exit I-280. At W. Market Street, turn left (on corners
are: Wendy's, McDonald's, Checkers, UMDNJ). Follow W. Market Street as it curves
right and then left to light at Norfolk Street and make a right. Norfolk becomes
** Jones and proceed as above.
From Newark Airport:
N.J. Turnpike North to Exit 15W. (Rt. 280 West). Proceed as above.
Click here to view detailed driving directions from Newark
Airport (this will open a new browser window).
Media Parking: Available on the
street and in a vacant lot across from the community center. Live/Satellite
trucks should park behind the New Community Neighborhood Center gym.
Presidential Exploratory Committee Team
Douglas Berman has worked with Bill
Bradley for more than two decades. Berman managed Bradley's 1984 reelection
campaign, and served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Bradley's successful Senate
bid in 1978. Berman also managed Jim Florio's successful bid for Governor of New
Jersey in 1989, and served as Treasurer for the State of New Jersey from
1990-1992. Most recently, Berman has been President of Campaign for America, a
national organization working for federal campaign finance reform, and the
founder and President of Airport Satellite Parking, L.L.C. Berman is a graduate
of Yale College with a law degree from Columbia University.
Stritzler Glantz, Manager
Gina Glantz is chair of the
national consulting firm of Martin & Glantz LLC, which specializes in using
grassroots organizing and communications to affect public attitudes on public
policy. Among the Martin & Glantz campaigns are Hands Across America and the
Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence Against Kids, funded by a grant from The
California Wellness Foundation. Prior to the creation of Martin & Glantz in
1985, Ms. Glantz worked as a campaign manager, field director and political
consultant on campaigns at the local and national levels. In 1984, Ms. Glantz
served as the National Field Director for the Mondale-Ferraro Committee. Prior
to that, she served as Chief of Staff for Essex County, N.J. Executive Peter
Shapiro, and as District Administrator to Congressman Andrew Maguire (D-N.J.).
Ms. Glantz is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Wells, Jr., Treasurer
Ted Wells is a member of the law
firm Lowenstein Sandler P.C. and one of the most respected litigators in the
nation. Wells recently concluded the trial of former Agriculture Secretary Mike
Espy by winning an acquittal for Espy on all 30 counts. He has served as Finance
Chairman for Bill Bradley's Senate campaigns as well as U.S. Congressman Donald
Payne's campaigns. Wells is former General Counsel to the New Jersey Democratic
Party and to the New Jersey NAACP. Wells attended the College of Holy Cross and
received both his M.B.A. and his J.D. from Harvard University.
Ed Turlington, Deputy Manager
Ed Turlington has spent the last
two years coordinating Bill Bradley's activities since Bradley's retirement from
the Senate. Prior to joining Bradley, Turlington served as Campaign Manager for
North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt's successful reelection campaign in 1996, and
as Hunt's Chief of Staff from 1993 to 1996. Turlington also served as Chief of
Staff to Lt. Governor Bob Jordan from 1987 to 1989, Special Assistant/Counsel to
U.S. Senator Terry Sanford from 1986-87 and Executive Director of the North
Carolina Democratic Party from 1985 to 1986. Turlington is a graduate of Duke
University with a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Joyce E. Gresko, Finance Coordinator
Joyce Gresko has been
Executive Director of Participation 2000, a political action committee
co-chaired by Bill Bradley, former Texas Governor Ann Richards and New Jersey
Congressman Robert Menendez. Participation 2000 trains recent college graduates
to work in Democratic campaigns. Prior to joining Participation 2000, Ms. Gresko
served as Executive Director to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Ms.Gresko has
also served as In-State Finance Director for Senator Paul Wellstone's
re-election campaign in 1995 and as a fundraiser for Gubernatorial candidates in
Washington and Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Daniel B. Maffei,
Maffei rejoins Bill Bradley after serving as his press secretary in 1996. Since
Bradley left the Senate, Maffei served as Press Secretary for Senator Daniel P.
Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and on the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means
Committee. Prior to his congressional service, Maffei worked as a television
producer and reporter in Syracuse, N.Y. and Watertown, N.Y. Maffei is a graduate
of Brown University, and earned a Masters in Journalism from Columbia and a
Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Louis B. Susman is Vice Chairman of
Salomon Smith Barney Investment Banking, and a Managing Director. Susman is also
a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee. Mr. Susman is
responsible for all Investment Banking offices outside of New York City, which
include Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto. Prior to joining
Salomon Brothers Inc. in June 1989, Mr. Susman was a Senior Partner at the St.
Louis-based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell. Susman is a graduate of the
University of Michigan and received his law degree from Washington University.
Betty Sapoch has worked with Bill Bradley
since his first run for the U.S. Senate in 1978, as head of his 1978 Princeton
campaign office and as Finance Director for his 1984 and 1990 reelection
campaigns. Sapoch heads a full service fundraising consulting firm, Sapoch &
Co Inc, founded in 1994 and including clients such as the Welfare to Work
Partnership, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars. Sapoch also acted as New York City Finance
Director to the Democratic National Committee from 1990 to 1995. She is a
graduate of Rutgers University.
Alex Kroll spent his entire business
career in advertising with Young and Rubicam, where he rose from cub copywriter
in 1963 to CEO in 1985, retiring as Chairman and CEO at the end of 1994. Kroll
served as Chairman both for the American Association of Advertising Agencies and
the Advertising Council, the organization which produces most of the important
public service advertising in the U.S. Under his leadership in 1997, the Council
developed and launched a dramatic new strategy which focuses more than a billion
dollars worth of donated media each year, for ten years, on the plight and
problems of American children. Kroll graduated from Rutgers University, where he
was a consensus All-American football player, and is a member of both the
National College Football Hall of Fame and the Advertising Hall of Fame.
Becker has worked in New York City in advertising for more than 30 years. He
joined Young & Rubicam in 1968, left briefly to be Chief Creative Officer at
Ted Bates and then Senior Creative Director at BBDO. In 1987, he returned to
join Young & Rubicam's subsidiary Wunderman Cato Johnson as Chief Creative
Officer Worldwide. In 1996, Mike was invited to join the newly formed Young
& Rubicam Inc. Partnership Board. Becker has taught at Pratt Institute, won
and judged numerous awards shows, and participated in public service campaigns:
Peace Corps, Earth Day, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports,
Operation Welcome Home after the Persian Gulf War, and Teach For America. In
September of this year, Becker formed beckercommunications based in New Jersey
with a facility in New York City. Becker is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Eric Hauser is the founder and President
of The Hauser Group, a strategic public communications firm formed in 1996.
Hauser served as Communications Director for Bill Bradley from 1991 to 1995,
leaving Bradley to join the Widmeyer Group, a Washington public relations firm.
Hauser's service with Bradley was preceded by several other posts in Congress,
including Press Secretary to Rep. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Hauser is a graduate
of Kenyon College.
Richard J. Codey, New Jersey Senate Democratic Leader
has served in the Legislature since 1974, and was reelected in 1997 to his sixth
term in the state Senate. This past January, his colleagues selected him as
Senate Minority Leader. Senator Codey has sponsored numerous laws and bills
dealing with health care, reducing gun violence, reforming New Jersey's mental
health laws, and cracking down on "deadbeat parents." Codey is a
graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.