First ‘Occupy Candidate’ Comes from Occupy Philly
Politico is reporting right now that 29-year-old Occupy Philadelphia member Nathan Kleinman will be the first member of the Occupy movement to run for Congress this fall, against Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s 13th District — the Philly suburbs and parts of the Northeast.
Kleinman, who refers to himself as a human rights activist and organizer, served as an aide to Joe Sestak’s unsuccessful 2010 Senate campaign before becoming a legislative assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative Josh Shapiro.
More recently, he has been a member of the Occupy Philadelphia movement, participating in a number of associated working groups, including “Free University,” “Outreach Working Group,” “Process Working Group,” “Camp Liberty,” and “The Committee of Correspondence,” through which he became involved with InterOccupy.org, which he describes as “a central hub for communications” in the national Occupy movement.
His Wikipedia page also notes that he has done humanitarian work on behalf of the Sudan and Honduras.
Schwartz, who’s heavily favored to run against Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016, said she only knew “a little” about Kleinman. He made his announcement in Jenkintown, where, according to his Facebook page, he lives. We will have more on this as we get it.