Campaign 2010

Dec 11, 2013

Backbench Republican Candidates Bring Backroom Deal Making

After Congressman Jon Runyan saw the writing on the wall and threw in the towel on the reckless Republican Congress and decided not to seek re-election, the field of potential Republican candidates is so weak that party bosses have taken to “backroom” deal making instead of public debate to find a candidate.

According to media reports yesterday, Republican party bosses have taken the discussion behind closed doors to try and figure out how to deal with the mess on their hands.  The only potential Republican candidates who have shown even the slightest interest in running are either radical Tea Party ideologues, dogged by scandal, or back bench party hacks who have spent their entire careers pushing agendas that hurt New Jersey.

“The field of potential Republican candidates is so weak and embarrassing that party bosses won’t even discuss them in public – only in backroom deals and smoke filled rooms,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republican Party bosses have retreated to backroom deal making to try and figure out how they will handle the fact that the only potential Republican candidates who have shown even the slightest interest in running are either radical Tea Party ideologues, dogged by scandal, or back bench party hacks who’ve spent their entire careers pushing agendas that hurt New Jersey’s middle class. No one in their right mind wants to run under the toxic banner of the reckless Republican Congress and no amount of backroom deal making will change the fact that new Jersey voters will reject the out-of-touch agenda of this Republican Congress.”

BACKGROUND:

“Backroom Discussions Continue Right Now Concerning the Prospects For the Seat” in NJ 3. “Sources in CD 3 say the contest to replace U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan has come down to a handful of candidates. Backroom discussions continue right now concerning the prospects for the seat of Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-10), John Giordano, assistant commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement at the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and others.” [Politicker NJ, 12/10/13]

“No Republican Frontrunner Has Emerged” and Local Republicans Organizations “Have Long Had a Rivalry.” “No Republican frontrunner has emerged to run for Runyan’s seat. The district is made up of Ocean and Burlington Counties, and the strong Republican organizations in both places have long had a rivalry.” [Star-Ledger, 11/6/13]

Republicans Looking to Avoid “Bloody Primary Fight.” “Democrat Aimee Belgard, a Burlington County freeholder, quickly announced that she would run for the seat, while [Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill] Layton said Republicans would work to avoid the kind of bloody primary fight that hurt them when they lost the seat in 2008.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/8/13]