Underdog Holt taps Glenn Greenwald for online town hall

July 29, 2013

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), an underdog U.S. Senate contender in New Jersey, has tapped journalist Glenn Greenwald for an online town hall meeting he is hosting Tuesday, his campaign announced Monday.

Greenwald, a columnist and blogger for London's Guardian newspaper, was first to report the National Security Agency's sweeping telephone surveillance effort in June. He expressed his support for Holt and -- dinged his leading opponent -- in a tweet earlier this month.

"Anyone concerned about mass spying or Wall-St-controlled crony capitalism candidates (Cory Booker) can back Rush Holt," Greenwald tweeted.

Holt is a sizable underdog in the Democratic Senate primary, which is just 15 days away. Polls show Booker, the mayor of Newark, in complete control of the race. Holt, who holds a PhD in physics, has embraced the role of quirky underdog, while seeking to underscore his liberal record and cast himself as a champion of civil liberties.

Joining Greenwald in Holt's "Geek Out Live" online town hall event will be former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a quartet of  biology and energy experts, and Carnegie Institute President Richard Meserve. The event is being billed by Holt's campaign as a meeting that "will connect voters across New Jersey and around the country with major thought leaders to talk about the challenges facing America."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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