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Montco Man Who Took Part in ‘Occupy Philly’ Sets Sight on Schwartz’s Congressional Seat

By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County man is believed to be the first member of the “Occupy” movement to announce his intention to run for US Congress.

Nathan Kleinman, 29, is a Democrat from Jenkintown. He is unemployed and refers to himself as a human rights activist and organizer.

During a news conference today on the steps of the county courthouse in Norristown, Kleinman told reporters he was challenging incumbent Allyson Schwartz in the 13th District primary.

“I want to be clear that I am an autonomous candidate running on my own platform, though I am incredibly proud of my participation in Occupy Philly and Occupy Wall Street, and I do plan to continue that,” he said.

That platform, he says, includes economic fairness and equality for all.

He pledged not take any corporate money and vowed not to spend any time raising money when he’s elected to Congress.

Standing beside Kleinman was retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis, who made national headlines when he was arrested in New York City as part of the “Occupy” protests.

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  • Lee Von Hart

    Geez would have thought he and Allyson Schwartz were on the same page. Maybe he is running to make her look more moderate and appealing to more voters. It is like an Alinsky tactic? gosh I sound skeptical. Don’t trust rich liberal kid who is unemployed? When he could work for any of the countless NGOs in the area. Heck he worked for Josh Shapiro right so has connections. Hummm.

  • Owen

    Laura, this country isn’t yours alone. This is a democracy, and that means that the people decide what they want. Not you. Not your rich friends. But the people. If you can’t stand for that, you should be the one to leave. If you can’t stand for democracy, what are you doing in the country that brought it to life? If you want rule by the rich and mass inequality why don’t you go to some corrupt dictatorship? Because we are not going to leave.

  • Laura

    Great. Another “organizer” in govt like Obama. Jusst a heads up, life is not fair and if you want economic equality move to a communist country and get out of mine.

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