With the S-CHIP bugaboo at a fevered pitch, I was hoping we could get NJ Sen John Adler onto Blue Jersey BlogTalkRadio over the weekend. I reckoned Sen. Adler — who’s running for Congress — would welcome the opportunity to share his views on the timely topic of kid’s health care.
Just to review: incumbent GOP Congressman Jim Saxton has the best healthcare taxpayer money can buy. But when it comes to making allowances for children’s healthcare, Jim Saxton would rather stand by the President. (Nothing new to look at for Blue Jersey readers, but the context is necessary if folks do a Google search to learn about this race.)
Anyway, I wasn’t able to track Sen. Adler down, but that’s okay he had a really good reason for being incommunicado.
I had an intense two day training session with top members of Congresss, leading political consultants, and many of the top tier challenge candidates for 2008, including several open seat candidates.
Billed as a sort of “bootcamp” for top tier candidates, the DCCC — along with AFSCME — has hosted such events for the past several cycles. In ’06, twelve alums from this bootcamp went on to unseat an incumbent GOP rival.
(So while John Adler was in Chicago honing the stragety, the Blue Jersey BlogTalkRadio juggernaut rolled on. If you missed our show, click here and get with the program!)
It’s not surprising that the more steam John Adler gathers, the louder the chatter becomes that Jim Saxton will retire, at least locally.
To that I can only say: SAXTON BETTER NOT RETIRE!!
After getting clobbered by Jim Saxton in ‘o6, I want another chance to beat him fair and square. I want the satisfaction of the victory dance after the election is over. (Sports fans, you know the one.)
For democrats in NJ-3 like me, we deserve to muse about a victory dance. After twentysomething years of Jim Saxton’s bilge, it’s been a looooong time coming.
P.S.: Take the poll (after the flip) and let us know what Congressional District you vote in!