Being a supporter of Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s Congressional campaign, I know that I am going to be accused of being nitpicky on this one at best and biased at worst, but I just found the caption from the Campaign Events page on his website, which accompanies photos of Joe with Howard Dean, Frank Pallone, and Rush Holt to be silly at best and disingenous at worst.
The caption says the following:
November 5, 2005
Joe met with DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and Congressmen Rush Holt and Frank Pallone at a Corzine For Governor meeting in Franklin.
Anyone who was at this event knows that Dean, Pallone, and Holt spoke for a few minutes, shook hands, exchanged pleasantries, posed for photos, and then left for their next campaign stop.
Joe probably had as extensive a meeting with Howard Dean, Frank Pallone, and Rush Holt at the Franklin event as I did, only I didn’t bother to waste time posing for pictures.
I know that things like this are always part of campaign websites and most people don’t give them a second thought.
However, considering the reverence with which New Jersey progressives view Howard Dean, Frank Pallone, and Rush Holt, I would hope that most would be smart enough to not confuse photos and misleading captions with endorsements.
This is especially true when you consider the fact that Linda Stender was amongst a group of four New Jersey elected officials (Assemblymen Reed Gusciora, Pat Diegnan, and John Wisniewski being the others) who were the very first to endorse Howard Dean’s Presidential campaign, early in 2003.