McCleod Uses Chris Christie to Dishonestly Attack Pallone

The Republicans actually have a candidate in NJ6 to run against Frank Pallone, former Holmdel and Keyport Municipal Court Judge Robert McCleod.  It doesn’t seem like much of a challenge — on his website the link to “What’s Wrong With Frank Pallone” comes up 404 and all the information in on Word documents — he has the great Republican ability to twist facts to the breaking point and use Chris Christie politically.

What?  Use Chris Christie politically?  How is that possible when Christie is such a non-partisan crusader against fraud and corruption?

Anyway.  Back to McCleod.  Apparently he has decided to pretend that Chris Christie impaneled a grand jury just for Frank Pallone to investigate his connections to the health care industry.  Here’s what he wrote in a “memo“:

Attorney Chris Christie impaneled a federal grand jury to investigate whether Pallone had been the beneficiary of improper campaign finance actions by officials at UMDNJ.

The grand jury was impaneled to investigate problems at UMDNJ, not to investigate Pallone.  In fact, according to the article McCleod points to as the source for his attack, it was not Pallone who was investigated but a lobbyist who raised money for Pallone.  Pallone was not a target at all, much less the reason the grand jury was impaneled.

In a less cynical era we’d call it a lie, but today it is spin.  

McCleod takes it a step further, stating as fact his own guesswork based on his own false interpretation of the facts:

To ward off any further action by this grand jury Pallone commenced his pattern of counterattacks on Christie and later John Ashcroft. “The Jersey Boys,” The American Spectator, Washington Prowler, January 14, 2008.

There is no evidence, or even suggestion, in the article referenced, that Pallone went after the $50 million no-bid contract Christie gave Ashcroft as an effort to protect himself.  It would have been stupid to draw attention to himself and piss off Christie, but he did it anyway.  McCleod made up the accusation out of whole cloth, then attributed it to a third party to make it look real.

And to make it all perfect, McCleod decides to play the gay card.  This one is really pretty funny:

Besides enriching himself with contributions Pallone is doing the bidding of Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and another big recipient of Stryker family money. The Stryker family is also a big contributor to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a cause close to Pallone’s heart, or another body part.

This is the level of discourse we get from the New Jersey Republicans?  This is the kind of person who gets to be a municipal judge?  Goodness gracious.

Third Quarter Cash on Hand for Democrats

Cash on Hand from the FEC quarterly filings:

Rob Andrews (NJ1) $2,429,899
Rush Holt (NJ12) $623,200
Frank Pallone (NJ6) $3,105,223
Bill Pascrell (NJ8) $1,031,440
Don Payne (NJ10) $751,399
Steve Rothman (NJ9) $1,838,631
Albio Sires (NJ13) $132,605

Your politics 101 quiz:  Which of these Congressmen is thinking of running for the U.S. Senate?

Good coverage of our rally at Pallone’s office & meeting w/Pallone

This is the first time The Home News has come out for a MoveOn (& peace group) petition/letter delivery at a congressional office (at least of the ones I’ve been to in Central Jersey).  The picture took up most of the above the fold front page of the ‘local’ section.

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Pallone wasn’t happy that the article didn’t mention that he had voted against the war or that he voted against the previous supplemental spending for the war, but the upside is that it may spur him to write an OpEd.


Protesters meet at Pallone’s New Bruns. office

NEW BRUNSWICK – About 20 members of various anti-war groups gathered in the Church Street office of Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th Dist., Thursday afternoon to rally for an end to the war in Iraq. Group members also said they seek a de-escalation of the war of words with Iran.

The constituents’ one-hour session with Pallone officials – equal parts teach-in, lobbying effort and critique of elected officials – also made clear they want Pallone to vote against President Bush’s request for a $93 billion appropriation to help fund the war in Iraq.

“We need true leaders that are going to say “no’ to this president and this war,” one protester said.

The group also expressed its misgiving with what some characterized as war profiteering and with poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where wounded troops returning from war are treated.

Pallone was in Trenton Thursday to attend Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s budget speech. Pallone, however, is scheduled to meet with … the Central Jersey Coalition to End the War…

The Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, US Labor Against the War, Monmouth Co. Dem for America and Monmouth Co. Greens (about 8 of us) met with Cong. Pallone last Friday.

Pallone is standing by his promise to not vote for the Supplemental (he has never voted for one in the past), even if there are conditions put on it, as Murtha intends to do.

He said Woolsey asks him often to sign on to her bill to end the war, HR 508.  His problem with it is that it has too much stuff in it.  He’d like a simpler bill and is signed on to Murtha’s withdrawal plan, but he’ll look at Woolsey again.  He appeared not to have heard the objection to Murtha’s `over the horizon’ concept – that the troops will be ready to go back in and probably will.

He again said he would look into Jones and DeFazio on requiring Bush to get authorization before attacking Iran. He agreed there is reason to worry about what the administration might do.  We discussed whether legislation following the Union of Concerned Scientists recommendation barring the US from using nuclear weapons could be initiated.

He is a co-sponsor of Rothman’s condemnation of Ahmedinejad for holding the conference of holocaust deniers, which includes Bush-like language about Iran’s uranium enrichment program and language defending Israel’s right to defend itself.  He wasn’t aware of how it feeds into administration rhetoric, but won’t reverse his co-sponsorship.

The issue of depleted uranium was brought up. [CJC had previously asked the Congressman to sign on to the “Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act of 2003” (HR 1483IH).]  There doesn’t appear to be any current legislation regarding this issue.

He will consider drafting legislation that would go further towards undoing the Military Commissions Act.  He again said he wouldn’t consider impeachment.

He said legislation on Katrina will be coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Vote for ‘Out Now’ on Pallone’s POLL

Especially if you live in the 6th district, please vote in Pallone’s Iraq withdrawal strategy poll

“Immediate withdrawal” is losing badly to “redeploy” and “stay the course.”

Update:  On second thought, write or call and ask for a more sophisticated poll.  The phrasing of the options is overly simplistic and the detail on B, vs. the lack of detail – provisions for the safety of the troops as they are brought home – makes the poll questions skew toward a particular result.  Contacting the office, also allows one to make a clearer statement of constituent’s views on withdrawal.

Results of Current Poll: What do you think is the best Iraq policy?
The last response was on 12-11-2006 14:36.

Answer (followed by Votes & Percentage):

A – Stay the course

2016  35.2%

B – Dramatically lessen the American footprint in Iraq by redeploying American troops, giving the responsibility of securing Iraq to the Iraqis.

2253  39.4%

C – An immediate withdrawal of US forces in Iraq

1380  24.1%

Total 5721

Where’s Mike? We Know This Weekend!

After six years of hiding and jiving, Mike Ferguson is finally sending out a public schedule of where he’s going to be.  AND YOU CAN BE THERE TOO!

We have his bus schedule for through election day, and it is extensive since he is afraid he might lose his seat.  But you can show him — just like in this video from the debate! — that the voters are just not with him.

PLEASE GET PICTURES OF THE RALLIES.  Especially the ones with sparse attendance.  Send them to nathanrudy@gmail.com and we’ll post the best ones.  Cell phone pictures are fine.  Video of his talks is good, too, especially when he is lying. 

The full schedule is after the jump. When we can find them, we’ve provided links to Google Maps.  Sometimes the maps aren’t perfectly accurate and you’ll have to drive up and down the street to find the "rally".

Sy Hersh ‘Watching Lebanon’ & Pallone’s Open House

Is anyone else freaking out about Seymour Hersh’s latest New Yorker article, Watching Lebanon

According to a Middle East expert … Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah – and shared it with Bush Administration officials – well before the July 12th kidnappings. “It’s not that the Israelis had a trap that Hezbollah walked into,” he said, “but there was a strong feeling in the White House that sooner or later the Israelis were going to do it.”

The Middle East expert said that the Administration had several reasons for supporting the Israeli bombing campaign. Within the State Department, it was seen as a way to strengthen the Lebanese government so that it could assert its authority over the south of the country, much of which is controlled by Hezbollah. He went on, “The White House was more focussed on stripping Hezbollah of its missiles, because, if there was to be a military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities, it had to get rid of the weapons that Hezbollah could use in a potential retaliation at Israel. Bush wanted both. Bush was going after Iran, as part of the Axis of Evil, and its nuclear sites, and he was interested in going after Hezbollah as part of his interest in democratization, with Lebanon as one of the crown jewels of Middle East democracy.”

Administration officials denied that they knew of Israel’s plan for the air war. The White House did not respond to a detailed list of questions…

“The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with many benefits,” a U.S. government consultant with close ties to Israel said. “Why oppose it? We’ll be able to hunt down and bomb missiles, tunnels, and bunkers from the air. It would be a demo for Iran.”

And guess who’s behind it:

April 15, 2006 News Roundup

  • Politics NJ’s count of how races are going to swing is up. Currently the U.S. Senate race is listed in the “Toss Up” category but with a chance of moving towards the “Leans Democratic” column.
  • After switching from Democratic to Republican parties candidate for East Hanover Town Council, Philip Maenza , is still not fully accepted as a true GOP member by sitting council members. They feel that Maenza is running on the Republican ticked, not because his values have changed, but because he has a better chance of winning as a Republican in Morris County.
  • Staunch environmentalist, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), is calling for expedited cleaning of PCBs in the Raritan River that have been harming fish and have the potential to harm humans as well. PCBs were outlawed and are now classified as a possible carcinogen that  can cause nervous system disorders.
  • The smoking ban went into effect at 12:01 this morning. No smoking in bars, racetracks, bowling alleys, clubs and concert halls are just some of the provisions of the ban. Sorry smokers, maybe now is a good time to quit, no?
  • Governor Corzine’s sales tax hike has hit a major speed bump. Legislators from both sides of the aisle are strongly opposing it, and now rumors have started that it may not have enough votes to pass through the State Senate.

    Happy Saturday!!!

  • Meet the Candidates

    This is the most recent listing of candidates that have filed petitions for federal office. The first candidate listed in each category is the incumbent. The number after their names indicates the number of petition signatures submitted, and I also included the slogans of some of the candidates running without the party endorsement.

    US Senate:
        Bob Menendez (D) 8029
        James D. Kelly Jr (D) 1300
        Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R) 4202
        John P. Ginty (R) 1742

    House Districts
    1:  Rob Andrews (D)

    2:  Frank LoBiondo (R) 804
        Viola Thomas-Hughes (D) 298
        Henry David Marcus (D) 207 "Change the Course!"

    3:  Jim Saxton (R) 949
        Richard Sexton (D) 293

    4:  Chris Smith (R) 675
        Gary Schiavone (D) 310

    5:  Scott Garrett (R) 513
        Michael Cino (R) 300
        Paul Aronsohn (D) 495
        Camille M. Abate (D) 427 "A New Spine For Congress"

    6:  Frank Pallone Jr (D) 310
        Leigh-Ann Bellew (R) 278

    7:  Mike Ferguson (R) 896
        Linda Stender (D) 532

    8:  Bill Pascrell (D) 4301
        Jose Sandivol (R) 407

    9:  Steve Rothman (D) 1020
        Vincent Micco (R) 321

    10: Donald Payne (D) 1244
        Deshon Porter (D) 211

    11: Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) 699
        Tom Wyka (D) 332

    12: Rush Holt (D) 1216
        Joseph Sinagra (R) 225

    13: Special election for unexpired term
        Albio Sires (D) 530
        James Geron (D) 268

    13: For full term
        Albio Sires (D) 3229
        Joseph Vas (D) 594
        John Guarini (R) 255

    Every NJ Congressional District Will Be Challenged

    Update 3 (A big one, so I’m posting it up top): There WILL be two Democratic challengers to Frank LoBiondo in NJ-2. Fairfield Township councilwoman Viola Thomas-Hughes and Henry David Marcus will compete in the primary. This now means that every Republican House member in New Jersey will face a challenger in November.

    According to the Division of Elections, Gary Schiavone has filed to challenge Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional district. With about two hours left until the filing deadline, no Democrat has filed in the 2nd yet to challenge LoBiondo.

    The GOP has failed to file challenges to Rob Andrews (NJ-1) and Donald Payne (NJ-10).

    Update 1: Donald Payne (NJ-10) will have a challenger in the primary, and Michael Cino has just filed to challenge Garrett in the primary. Assemblywoman Oadline Truitt (D) from the 28th legislative district will face a primary challenge.

    Update 2: (via politicsnj)

    Joe Vas filed petitions to run for the full 2-year term in the 13th district, but not for the Special Election.

    John Ginty filed petitions to seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate today.  Ginty filed with 1,742 signatures.

    James Kelly, a resident of a group home for the mentally disabled , filed as a U.S. Senate candidate in the primary against Bob Menendez.

    BlueJersey Podcast – with Congressman Pallone

    We’re baaaaack! The latest installment of the BlueJersey.net Podcast is live and ready to download.

    We sat down with Congressman Frank Pallone to discuss taking back the House in 2006, the republican prescription drug disaster, why he’s proud to be a democrat, and more, including – blast from the past – the Superfund! (Listen now)

    Pallone let his feelings be known on the corruption scandals rocking Washington:

    I really question whether the republican leadership is going to do ANYTHING about ethics reform.

    on appealing to the base:

    We HAVE to motivate our progressive voters, or we don’t win.

    and even on marriage equality:

    I have no problem with gay marriage. I’m hopeful that the Supreme Court of New Jersey will actually say that it is constitutionally based and can’t be prohibited.

    To listen now, click here.

    If you’ve already subscribed to our feed through iTunes, it should download for you next time you start the program. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can subscribe here