What does Ambassador Murphy think of some people in his party turning others in his party away?
Blue Jersey saw something interesting on the interwebs last night. Seems the power-brokers at the Middlesex County Democratic Organization aren’t done yet with retribution against progressive primary candidates and supporters, and their pissy mood is spilling over onto regular Party volunteers as well. Last night, they abruptly cancelled a phone bank at their Metuchen HQ rather than have volunteers from Central Jersey Progressive Democrats (CJPD) make GOTV calls for Phil Murphy & Sheila Oliver and the Democratic ticket. I mean, sure as hell looks that way.
What we know: Local progressives organized two nights of phone banking. When they began arriving, wearing CJPD buttons and ready to work alongside the other volunteers, the person running the office certainly acted like he was expecting people, and went to fetch call lists. But after a long 5 minutes, he came back in and said there was no phone bank. A …“misunderstanding.” By now, the office was filling up; folks already there (some with buttons) and folks who kept arriving, and each expecting to make calls for Murphy. Because, phone bank. A teenager. A woman who fought 45 minutes of Middlesex traffic to get there on time to phone bank. People who got emails from the campaign confirming the phone bank was happening. And everybody walking in the door – Central Jersey Progressive Dems buttons or not – was there to get Phil Murphy elected.
About a dozen vols in all. But, after a few minutes of confusion, the same MCDO staffer announced they were going to close the entire office, and he put a sign on the door that the phone bank (that they said was never planned) was cancelled. And locked the door. Now, even if you buy that some version MCDO’s story – that it was a long day with hosting Joe Biden in Edison, “crossed-wires” in planning etc – no political operation worth its salt turns away a dozen vols ready to rock the phones this close to an election. Especially when their candidate’s lead has been steadily shrinking. EVER.
Seems MCDO would rather cancel a phone bank, and turn away volunteers willing to give their time to help elect a Democrat as NJ’s next governor, than work with progressives even when those progressives offer their help.
Maybe Phil Murphy needs to have a talk with somebody over there. Sure seems like a weird way to build unity.
If we hear from the MCDO, we’ll post their response.