UPDATE: Summer is really kicking my ass. Other shoe falls.
Disappointed in my friend Brick Township Democratic councilman James Fozman for endorsing Bob Hugin for Senate. I’m not tribal about this party, nor ‘any-blue-will-do’. I recognize Bob Menendez has an ethics cloud over his head – for which he is responsible. But elections have consequences; these midterms have specific consequences. And Fozman’s action accrues to Donald Trump, to the Republican agenda, to confirming Republican judges (and Justices), and to a likely vote in the wrong direction should the House impeach the President, and the Senate receive that case to decide.
Jim Fozman was photographed with his wife Vera and Hugin making this endorsement. Vera was a fellow Bernie Sanders delegate in 2016; Jim was with us at convention. Vera was working for Bernie NJ delegation chair John Wisniewski, his aide and treasurer. It’s hard to imagine somebody appearing to go from Bernie Sanders to Bob Hugin, in two years. Both Jim & Vera have apparently made that leap. One expects another shoe to fall. So I talked to Vera last night, and I can’t show that convo; I’ll just say it was not illuminating.
Hugin, despite what he says now that he’s running for office, would likely take actions that make abortion harder to obtain, has his own ethically-questionable history running Celgene (ask a cancer patient), and has a homophobic and misogynist history that he’s acted on well into his adulthood, using his position to keep both women and gay people out of his Princeton eating club. Such things suggest Hugin prefers a segregated elite; it raises questions about how clearly he can even see the rest of us. And more. It’s fairly transparent when candidate Hugin differs from Trump on the tax bill and on the Gateway project. He is after all trying to get elected in New Jersey; our views there transcend party. But where it counts, Hugin puts his money down. Chris Christie donor. Then maxed out to Trump. And – here’s the kicker – gave $233,200 to the RNC working to elect Trump.
I don’t want to oversimplify the Senate contest. Nor do I want to waste time on this drawing distinctions between Bobs; there aren’t as many as there should be. But the company you keep matters. Hugin needs Trump like Trump needs Hugin. And now Fozman, whose moment in the sun promotes both. Maybe Hugin wanted to distract voters from his own timidity, remaining silent as our trashy president had to be forced to honor John McCain with a simple lowered flag. It’s all very unimpressive.
I wish my friend Jim Fozman well. Always liked him, but I don’t understand him. Maybe I will if another shoe falls. **
** Fozman ‘hasn’t ruled out’ jumping to the Republican Party. Well, perhaps promises have been made down there in Ocean County …