The politics of oil …. in a bit, but first I ask and I answer this vital question: “How are you feeling today (2nd district) candidate?” Answer; less than hopeful. Blue Jersey, I might be the man down here…… I might be THE Democrat. Forget your squeamishness, send help.
I’ve noticed there are Congressional candidates (yes, some, like me- Jason Castle comes to mind- who’ve never held elected office) with the good fortune to have pals on this site writing upbeat things about their campaigns. And then there’s Stein, fending for himself. Maybe me, chronicling my efforts, is enough for now….
BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF OIL. A diary:
Subject: RE: I’m confident. A letter
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:04:23 -0500
Cut it in half and we’ll run as a letter.
From: gary stein [mail to:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:46 AM
To: Perskie, Jim
Mr. Perskie, I cut 30%. It’s 346 words. It would be generalities if I cut it anymore. I’ve got more at stake then the typical letter writer, I’ve put more on the line. I’ve come right to the edge of wrecking our business, finances, domestic tranquility, you name it……..you have no idea. Please, let me know.
Subject: RE: letter
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:49:40 -0500
we’ll run sunday
GARY STEIN TO JIM PERSKIE a few seconds later!
From: gary stein [mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
To: Perskie, Jim
tears almost running down my cheek. sunday is a great day. thanks.
The road ahead will be tough. The proof; my piece about LoBiondo, and the 3 scenarios that were.
1) Worst outcome. What Jim Perskie (editorial page editor) ran as a “letter to the editor.”
2) Better; the 350 words I thought he was running, but didn’t.
3) Best; the original submission, submitted by a legitimate candidate for Congress, and what I stupidly hoped Perskie would run …. but didn’t.
One) The worst …. (which is better than nothing)
Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:01 am
Voice of the People, March 4, 2012
LoBiondo flip flops
Recently, U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, voted against drilling for oil off the Atlantic Coast, after he criticized President Barack Obama for not approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Those two positions, taken together, are maddening. In the summer of 2008, LoBiondo flipped his “no-drill” position to one of “yes, drill.” He takes pro-environmental positions only to head off Democratic challengers.
Midwesterners are as concerned with the sludge that would flow through that pipeline as New Jersey residents are with offshore drilling. In fact, there is no oil off New Jersey, but rather than educating voters, LoBiondo panders.
On a recent radio show, LoBiondo double-talked pro-drilling listeners by saying he’d reverse his decision if a provision that let New Jersey opt out. He also said he’d switch his position if state voters supported drilling in a referendum. At election time, many Democrats and independents will think LoBiondo is an environmentalist. Democratic Party leaders will wonder how he does it.
Gary Stein is a candidate for Congress in June’s 2nd District Democratic primary.
Two) 350 words …… or what made me cry for nothing, really. See above email.
Last week we had the spectacle of Frank LoBiondo voting with Democrats, against drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast, not a week after criticizing Obama for not going ahead with the Keystone Pipeline. Those two positions, together, are maddening. With gas heading towards $4-$5 gallon, he plays politics. Same way in 2008. LoBiondo flipped his “no” drill position late that summer to a “yes” drill. An apparent environmentalist, who initially voted for anti-business Cap and Trade legislation, I maintain the Congressman’s only interest, is Frank LoBiondo, and heading off Democratic challengers with established name recognition and money raising potential. He wants a sure thing. He, who said he was for term limits, wants a landslide win every two years.
About the Keystone Pipeline; a poll by the Pew Research Center says 66% of Americans support it. All politics is local and apparently no-one here gives a hoot about environmental issues in the mid-west, which there most definitely are. Our only apparent concern is potential oil spills off the beautiful coast of New Jersey. But there is in fact no oil off New Jersey, but don’t try educating voters, Congressman, just pander. The petro that would be pumped through the far away pipeline is more sludge than oil, and lots of chemicals would be required to make it flow. That raises concern out there, but that’s their problem not ours, right? We got beaches to protect; they only have water intensive agriculture and the world’s largest aquifer that btw, also supplies their drinking needs.
Talk radio phone lines lit up last week over the Congressman’s off-shore drilling position, prompting him to call in and effectively double-talk listeners by saying he’d reverse himself if there was a provision for N.J. to “opt out” or similarly, he’d switch, if voters supported drilling in a state wide referendum. The activist callers, most of them Republican, will have no-where to go in 2012. Many Democrats and Independents will appreciate the Congressman’s passion for our glorious beaches, and the Democratic Party chieftains will be left to wonder how he does it?
Three) The 500 word nirvana, or the version the local free paper had no problem printing (bless them) even though I told them I’d already OK’d things with Press of AC and what I thought was a 350 word “letter to editor”
Thank goodness for congressional elections every two years, or I’d personally lead a recall movement against schizophrenic Frank LoBiondo for voting last week, with Democrats, against drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast, not a week after criticizing the Democratic administration’s lack of leadership for not going ahead with the Keystone Pipeline.
With gas rapidly heading toward $4 to $5 gallon, he’s playing the most cynical kind of politics. And worse, it’s a repeat performance from the last major oil/economic/national security scare in 2008. Back then he held out until the last minute, flipping his no-drill position to yes late that summer. An apparent environmentalist who initially voted for anti-business Cap and Trade legislation, I maintain the congressman’s only interest is himself and heading off Democratic opponents. He wants a sure thing. He, who said he was for term limits, wants a landslide win every two years.
A poll by the Pew Research Center says 66 percent of Americans support the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast refineries. Apparently no one here gives a hoot about environmental issues in the Midwest. Our only apparent concern is potential oil spills off the beautiful coast of New Jersey. There is in fact no oil off New Jersey, but don’t try educating voters, congressman, just pander.
The petro that would be pumped through that Midwest pipeline is more like sludge than oil, and all kinds of mysterious chemicals would be required to make it flow easily. That raises concern out there, but that’s their problem not ours, right? We have beaches to protect; they only have water-intensive agriculture and the world’s largest aquifer which, by the way, also supplies their drinking needs.
Talk-radio phone lines lit up last week over LoBiondo’s vote against offshore drilling, prompting him to call these shows and effectively double-talk the listeners (and hosts) by saying he would reverse himself if there were a provision for states to opt out, or similarly, he would switch sides if New Jersey citizens supported drilling in a statewide referendum.
The activist callers, many of them snookered and Republican, will have nowhere to go in 2012 and will vote for LoBiondo regardless. Many Democrats and Independents will appreciate the congressman’s passion for our glorious beaches, and the Democratic Party chieftains will be left to wonder how he does it.
I am a candidate for Congress in the June Democratic primary, and I support offshore drilling and the Keystone Pipeline, and am for reducing our reliance on oil from crackpot dictatorships in the Middle East and Latin America. Democratic Party chieftains and tree huggers are left to ponder the meaning.
Gary Stein ran against Frank LoBiondo as a Democrat in 2010 general election