Binderim's Blog

Sunday, July 30, 2006



Stace Medellin, 832-868-9931,


KINGWOOD--U.S. Rep. Ted Poe of the 2nd Congressional District of Texas chose to hold the futures of working people hostage by voting for a provision which would hand over $268 billion dollars from the federal budget to wealthy special interests. The provision was added on to a House bill designed to increase the minimum wage by two dollars over the next three years; however, the tax cut for the wealthy would be stretched out for the next decade at billions of dollars per year.

“The estate tax ensures that the wealthy pay their fair share, while somewhat alleviating the burden on working and middle class families,” said Gary Binderim, the Democrat running to defeat Ted Poe. “All Ted Poe is doing is protecting the interests of a few wealthy families outside of his Congressional district on the backs of the working people living his own Congressional district.”

Binderim asks how Ted Poe and the Republicans can compare a $268 billion raid of the federal budget to a $2 increase in the minimum wage. “How can Ted Poe extort $268 million from working and middle class families who are already burdened with a $9 trillion debt and a $300 million deficit, on top of $3 per gallon gasoline, double-digit college tuition increases, and a rising cost of living?” asked Binderim.

Binderim feels it is time that the federal government mandate that businesses pay a truly livable wage. “A job is supposed to keep you out of poverty, and this wage increase is hardly getting us there, said Binderim. According to the 2000 census, at $5.15 per hour, almost 15% of workers in Beaumont earn the minimum wage and almost 23% earn less than the proposed $7.25 per hour (or $15,080 per year). “It is time to put the working and middle class families of District 2 at the top of Congress’ priority list. added Binderim.

“It is about time that Ted Poe answered some serious questions about his lack of representation of the vast majority of people in District 2,” said Binderim. “When over 53% of households in District 2 make less than $50,000 per year and only 2.9% of households make over $200,000 annually, just who is Ted Poe representing? It is time for a change and I will be the voice for change.”
Gary Binderim is campaigning on a vow to change the course of the federal government; beginning with a change in priorities in which the people of District 2 would come first—not wealthy special interests from outside of the district.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Binderim Keeps Rollin' On...

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2006
Contact: Stace Medellin, 832-868-9931,

Gary's Grassroots Campaign Rolls On

Gary Binderim, the Democrat running to beat Ted Poe in Congressional District 2, reports cash on hand of $1,056.18. Along with a loan to himself (mostly to cover the filing fee), Binderim raised over $8600 in personal contributions from regular, hard-working people from around District 2.
Binderim's report is located here; however, will be amended within the next 14 days to correct a few minor clerical errors.

After submitting his first quarterly report of the campaign, Binderim has already seen a quick uptick in fundraising with several contributions sent and arriving after the deadline. A major fundraising event is in the works, which will take place in Kingwood in August (details soon!). Along with a more concentrated effort on fundraising during this second half of the campaign, while continuing to meet voters face-to-face, as he has been doing since signing up for the race on January 2, the Binderim campaign expects to raise enough to ensure a major signage presence, as well as a direct mail and phone banking effort before the election. This is indeed a grassroots campaign and Binderim is committed to reaching as many voters as possible, personally and through other efforts.

"While fundraising hasn't taken a backseat in this campaign, Gary has concentrated on meeting the most important people in District 2--the activists and Democratic leaders that continue to help him spread the word and get out the vote for his campaign," said campaign manager Stace Medellin. "And whether it's been large community events or face-to-face meetings with individual voters, the response to Mr. Binderim has been tremendous, including an amazing response from spectators at the Kingwood Independence Day Parade where he was introduced to literally thousands of voters." And it helped that while his opponent rode in a fancy convertible, Binderim walked the entire route shaking hands and talking to the people. Binderim served as Kingwood's water services manager, so he is readily recognized by many Kingwood originals for his service and his professionalism during his stint as the services manager.

As one-term Republican incumbent Ted Poe will boast cash on hand of $224,215.96, one thing is evident--Poe has concentrated his efforts on raising and spending money the whole time he's been in office, while amassing a partisan Congressional record that shows his indifference toward the people. Since April, he raised over $111,000 from special interest PACs and wealthy attorneys and corporate-types. Since April, Poe also spent over $95,000, including several large payments to fundraising and political consultants. Obviously, he's not taking this grassroots challenge lightly, and he'll sell every favor possible get re-elected.

"While Poe stays busy showing off his price tag and running on his one divisive issue, Gary Binderim has been talking about the issues that matter: Strengthening Social Security; increasing disaster relief and recovery within the district for the present and the future; increasing access to affordable health care for children,
the elderly, and the disabled; reforming our public education system to strengthen our future workforce; and tax reform that benefits hard-working people, instead of making the rich richer," said Medellin. "This campaign is about the issues that matter to the people, and not what matters to Poe."

As Binderim states, "My only special interests are the hard-working people of District 2. This campaign is about re-establishing our national and local priorities and as the cost of living increases for all of us, as our current Republican administration pushes working and middle class families further into debt, and as Poe and the Republican Congress continually shows their indifference toward most working people, I've made it my job as a candidate to remind all voters that it can be and it will be better if they give me and the slate of Democratic candidates on our ballot their support."

Binderim is proud to have appeared at events with stellar candidates, such as Chad Khan (running in HD126), Dot Nelson-Turnier (HD150), and Diane Trautman (HD127) locally, and with statewide candidate David Van Os on a portion of David's Whistlestop Tour.

To contribute to the campaign to defeat Ted Poe, go to Gary's ActBlue.