balls -noun: Ron C. Rice
Ronald C. Rice: Message To Wavering Congressional DEMS: With this information, please grow a backbone and pass what we sent you to DC to do in the first place. Rep. Adler, we are watching, please don’t let NJ and those that supported you when you supported President Obama down [snip]
Ronald C. Rice:… and that’s why you can start calling his opponent Congressman Runyan. I rather have a Republican in that seat that I know is a an actual Republican than one that supports Obama and progressive politics to get elected and then acts like a Repug. Good riddance to him and all fair weather DEMS, we hardly knew ye all.
What the hell does it say about the re-election chances of the hard-won candidacy of Rep. John Adler, when an almost comically insubstantial candidate like Football Republican Jon Runyan can issue a testosterone-charged message like You can run but you can’t hide as he did when he formally got into the race last night. And have it all be taken seriously. Which, it is – and should be – but only because of how Adler squandered his own chances, and poorly served the people who needed him most.
Runyan? Really? Burlington County voting records show he registered as a Republican November 10, 2009, 1 day before the news that he was his county’s choice to lead the charge against Adler. Between 2000, the year Runyan registered to vote in Burlington, and 2008,
Runyan only voted in 5 general elections, sitting out 4. He has no record of money contributed to political candidates. Some football players are very smart – my father was – so this isn’t about football-players-are-dimwits. But there’s nothing in this guy’s record or history that suggests he’s even a particularly civic-minded citizen, let alone a man who should be deciding national policy.
And yet, this is who the Burlington and Ocean GOP (who are not as lost as last time) and the GOP in that little slice of Camden County have put their faith in to beat Adler.
And – wow – if that wasn’t enough, it is Adler who’s earning high praise from the Tea Party people. And now Americans for Prosperity, led in NJ by Steve Lonegan, is taking credit for Adler’s stubborn refusal to enact health care reform, citing AFP-led rallies in Toms River and Marlton supporting Adler for not changing his vote.
Great. We’ve got Tea Party and AFP activists overjoyed with Adler, and the incumbent himself thumbing his nose at his party. And stronger politicians – like Newark’s Councilman Rice – openly challenging him.
John Adler, you walked away from your responsibility to the people who needed you most in your District (Adam will have more on this) and played right into the hands of the far-right. I don’t know who’s going to knock themselves out for you this time, congressman. I do know quite a few people who were there for you last time, who will not be there for you again. Nicely played.