Dear Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey:
Ronald Reagan coined a phrase, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” when running for Governor of California in 1966, which became known as the 11th Commandment of Republican Party politics.
Since the Democratic Party has always been known as the party of the circular firing squad, I would not expect State Senator Nia Gill to refrain from criticizing her opponents in the CD10 primary election, but I was shocked to read PolitickerNJ today and find that Gill dismissed the candidacy of Shelley Adler in CD3 and every other woman, running for Congress throughout the state this year, in an attempt to raise money from donors who are committed to sending more NJ women to Congress.
In a fundraising letter sent this week, the Gill campaign asked donors to “ensure that the New Jersey Congressional delegation will include at least one woman.”
“Unless Nia Gill wins, it won’t,” the email sent to prospective donors proclaims.
Knowing that both Adler and Gill have been endorsed by both of you in the CD3 general election and the CD10 primary election, I would be interested to know what you think about one of your endorsed candidates disrespecting the candidacy of another endorsed candidate to the degree that Gill has.
I could be wrong, but I think that it is safe to assume that there is at least some crossover between Adler’s and Gill’s donor prospecting lists and it clearly does not benefit Adler, who probably needs to raise $1-2 million to be in a position to defeat Jon Runyan this fall, compared to Senator Gill, who is probably not going to raise much more than $100K during the primary election cycle and will not need to raise much at all if she is fortunate enough to win the primary election, considering the degree to which CD10 is a safe Democratic district.
I recognize that it might not be my place to say this, being male, but aside from the fact that it is not nice to spit on the efforts of other women who are running for Congress in NJ, particularly those of someone like Shelley Adler, who recently lost her husband, the late State Senator and Congressman, John Adler, and has been inspired by his example and memory as well as a personal commitment and dedication to public service and a desire to continue his legacy, I think that a very strong argument could be made that Adler has as good a chance of winning in November as Gill does, if not a better one, primarily because Adler is definitely going to be on the general election ballot in CD3. There is no such guarantee that anyone will be seeing Senator Gill’s name on a general election ballot this year or in any other year to come.