Is John Adler’s voting record what we want? No it is not. But as Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) data demonstrates, his record is that of an average Democratic Representative and far better than that of the most liberal or moderate Republicans.
Among the 20 bills in 2009 most important to ADA, Adler’s score was 85%. That score happens to match exactly (85%) the average score of all Democrats in the House of Representatives. Not so terrible. Truly conservative Democrats scored below 50%. Although his score was the lowest of NJ Democrats, it was only slightly below that of Pascrell (90%) and Pallone (95%). We are fortunate that our other Democratic Representatives scored 100%.
His voting record is noticeably different from that of Republicans. The average score of all Republican Representatives was 7%. The four most liberal Republicans scored 45%. 75 Representatives scored 0. In comparison with Adler’s score of 85%, the highest NJ Republican Representative’s score was Lance (40% which almost makes him a “liberal” Republican), followed by LoBiondo (35%), Smith (30%), Frelinghuysen (15%), and you can guess at Garrett’s score, but any guess above 0 is wrong.
A strong Democratic turnout in support of Adler will avert a buffoon from taking office and one whose ADA score will be closer to 0 than Adler’s 85%. It will also help maintain the Democratic leadership in congress. Strong Democratic turn-out and pre-election support might even encourage Adler’s more liberal tendencies within this GOP stronghold. Let’s keep Democrats in office and plan to be more choosy when we return to a period when there are genuine liberal or moderate Republicans and more electable liberal Democrats from whom to select.