Adam who?

I’ve gone back and forth about promoting this excellent diary over the last few days. Why? Because even though my lifeblood is going to the actually viable campaigns of upstarts Upendra Chivukula (NJ-7) & Marie Corfield (LD-16), I believe in conceding no vote, no town, no district – wherever we are. But is Adam Gussen doing that? – Rosi

There have been many underfunded, longshot candidacies launched against Scott Garrett over the past decade. Some of the candidates – names are unimportant – contributed to their own wounds and left their supporters bitter and upset.

But Adam Gussen may take the cake for the worst, most embarrassing, and downright shameful candidacy ever run against Scott Garrett.

While we knew he was a longshot, unlikely to put together a serious challenge, he has proven that occasionally even the cynics can be too hopeful.

With two weeks to go, and following the most recent round of FEC filings, Adam Gussen has failed to prove that he has raised a single dollar. His FEC filing page is a testament to his consistency, 0, 0, 0, 0. (I would link to his FEC page, but when I try to access it, the FEC responds: “The candidate you have selected has not reported financial activity.”)

PolitickerNJ this week put Gussen in their “Losers” column:

No one expected the Teaneck Deputy Mayor to be ultra competitive in his general election campaign challenge of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5), but the Democrat to date has supplied no evidence that he’s spending any money.

I am not trying to humiliate Mr Gussen, but a failure on this magnitude, a campaign of this inadequacy, is inexcusable. The 5th should be one of New Jersey’s most competitive House seats. He has had nearly a year to raise money, nearly a year to figure out the basics of running for Congress. He faced an uphill challenge, but we didn’t expect he would take out a shovel and dig an even deeper hole.

Out of the many candidates who have dissapointed Democrats and activists in the 5th before, Gussen may be the worst. Partially because there was a real opportunity wasted.

 

Comments (11)

  1. Erik Preuss

    and you shouldn’t worry about “humiliating” him. If you run for Congress you at least have a responsibility to the people who elected you to make an effort. I can’t comprehend how this guy got the BCDO line

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  2. Rex Banner

    remember – when he was running in the primary against Jason Castle, he touted his connections and experience as the ability to raise a lot of money (I forget what he said to the Sussex Dems but I think it was around $1,000,000).

    I think there have been some robocalls but haven’t heard of anything else from anyone in the fifth district as far as him running any semblance of a campaign.

    It is a disgrace to anyone who lives in the 5th.

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  3. Rosi Efthim

    The fact that this happens under the watch of the mighty mighty Bergen operation makes this doubly wasteful.

    After all, I’m in lowly Hunterdon County, and I’m watching Upendra Chivukula in the 7th turn this race into a fight. Impossible to believe Democrats would allow Scott Garrett to sit without a fight.

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  4. Rosi Efthim

    The fact that this happens under the watch of the mighty mighty Bergen operation makes this doubly wasteful.

    After all, I’m in lowly Hunterdon County, and I’m watching Upendra Chivukula in the 7th turn this race into a fight. Impossible to believe Democrats would allow Scott Garrett to sit without a fight.

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  5. honestNJdem

    First things first, you don’t know how to look up a candidate in the FEC website here is Adam’s fileing.

    http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/C

    Second Mr. Castle although he lives in Teaneck now, he lived and was registered to vote in Clifside Park in the Primary, therefore he couldn’t even vote for himself.  Also as far as Jason goes he’s recieved two letters from the FEC for failure to file and is going to face administrative fines from the FEC.  Doesn’t sound so ethical for a candidate.

    Lastly,  I know a lot of people wanted Steve Rothman to challenge Garrett, but he would have lost.  He still would have hired Paul Swibinski and ran an ulta progressive campaign.  In other words Steve is not the 5th district.

    On the other hand Adam is a moderate democrat that reflects the views of the district more than someone who would go to the extreame left.  By the way the extreames of both parties not willing to comprimise is something that is creating a road block in DC.  

    Unfortunately becuase Steve decided not to run many within the organization some so called democratic majority leaders have refused to help Adam.  Time and time again I have heard that they want the candidate to fail to protect Steve’s image.  You don’t have to support a candidate you don’t like but if you are a true democrat you shouldn’t really be this vocal. At least not before the general election..

    The fact is your opinion is yours along and you may change an undecided voter based on your one sided ill informed opinion.

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