Above, Lisa Mandelblatt seated next to Tom Malinowski in Flemington late last year.
Her voice breaking, tears flowing, Lisa Mandelblatt has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for the 7th congressional district and the chance to run against Republican Leonard Lance in November. She endorsed Tom Malinowski.
Mandelblatt, who was one of the earliest people in the race, made her announcement on the auditorium stage of Springfield’s Dayton High School, her alma mater and where she was once voted Most Likely to Succeed.
But before she encouraged her voters to join the Malinowski campaign, there were shouts from the audience, the longer her speech went on at the podium, for her to “shut up,” “stop talking,” and “get off the stage.”
Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it. It wasn’t that long a speech, and – clearly – Mandelblatt was making news, which it’s likely nothing else that happens here tonight will.
Tom Malinowski, who appeared surprised by the announcement, graciously accepted her support.