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Yesterday, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, (New York’s 9th Congressional District) hosted a birthday party which she turned into a Tessanne tweet party.

During the post-birthday soiree and holiday cocktails at Woodland Restaurant, 242 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, there was a mixing and mingling of political elites, business leaders and young professionals of New York City, which also doubled as a fundraiser for the congresswoman’s 2014 re-election bid.

The congresswoman, who has followed Tessanne Chin’s rise in the competition, made the decision to make her event a “Voting Party”, for her fellow countrywoman.

“For weeks we have watched our darling Tessanne deliver one flawless performance after another on ‘The Voice’,” she said.

The congresswoman is asking all Jamaicans with a franchise to support Tessanne.

“We will be right there, all Jamaicans, wherever we are across the diaspora, to support her with our votes. [I], more than anyone, know that every vote counts,” she said.

“We will be celebrating on Tuesday night when the votes are counted!,” congresswoman Clarke said.

The congresswoman noted the diaspora’s support, which has reached fever-pitch proportions, especially in the Brooklyn diaspora enclaves, which also includes her congressional district.


“I try to attend and support cultural events here in the diaspora every chance I get which gives me so much joy,” she said.

“Our exploits in academia, politics, music, sports, culinary arts, etc., are a phenomena on the world stage. As people of Jamaican and Caribbean ancestry and heritage, we feel a special infusion of pride when any one of us excel in our chosen paths and [we] are compelled to revel in that success. I encourage everyone to get on every device available and vote at the maximum to ensure victory for Tessanne.”

The congresswoman’s event followed on the heels of the recently very successful Jazz Meets Fashion fundraiser for ‘Clarke for Congress’, which was also the 79th birthday celebration of her mother and doyen of New York politics, the Honorable Una S.T. Clarke, CD.

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