I understand that when an anomaly runs for the nomination as a Democrat, it is easy to dismiss them. After all, we hope that any candidate who runs as a Democrat is genuinely a Democrat. This is probably what led Bill Orr to exclude Diane Sare from his round up of the NJ5 democratic primary. But was this too hasty? (On a personal note, I support Jason Castle in this race)
Diane is a Larouche Democrat. As a Democrat, I find many of her political positions “nauseating.” The pictures she and her supporters carry around of President Obama with a Hitler mustache are appalling. Plus she does not have the Democratic line in any of the Districts four counties.
Nonetheless, as reported by the press, at both debates her supporters have far outnumbered other attendees. According to the Lehigh Valley News in the second debate, in which more than 100 people showed up, there were more than fifty attendees in Diane Sare t-shirts.
To add to this, she has outspent her two Democratic rivals. To date, the FEC shows that she has raised close to $30,000 and spent nearly $25,000. Jason has raised and spent less than half of that, and Gussen is at $0.
So my warning is this: while it remains highly unlikely that Diane Sare is the nominee in November, she cant be dismissed. If primary campaigns are about enthusiasm and resources, then she can rightly claim a lead in both areas. Maybe it says more about a slow start by the other two candidates, but we should easily outpace a fringe candidate.
My advice, donate and volunteer and get involved today!