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Remembering a Progressive hero: Frank Herbert’s story

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with one of the best public servants New Jersey has ever produced.

He is not well-known even in Democratic circles, let alone the state of New Jersey, and he last served in public office when Leonid Brezhnev was Premier of the USSR.

Frank Herbert, however is definitely not someone to forget, particularly if you’re a New Jersey Democrat or – even more so – a progressive.

You see, Frank Herbert did 2 things that New Jerseyans and progressives should forever be grateful for:

1) He pushed for and got the Legislature to pass the law that created New Jersey Transit, a system that provides business and social lifelines for hundreds of thousands of our residents.

2) He is the only candidate in New Jersey history to win a Federal election as a write-in candidate. In doing so, he saved the Democratic Party from nominating a Holocaust-denying, KKK-loving extremist.

His story is in the extended section below.  

Observations on a Democratic brunch

just got back from Parsippany, New Jersey, a somewhat Republican town in the rolling hills of Morris County, New Jersey. The occasion was a fundraiser on behalf of one of the Democratic candidates for Freeholder (essentially a County Commissioner) and a good friend of mine, Dana Wefer (http://www.danawefer…). Dana is a 24-year old Democrat with spunk, courage and unflagging energy who has been challenging the GOP-dominated county government for over a year. In 2005 she ran well against an entrenched incumbent; in 2006 she’s running with two exceptional Democrats to capture three Freeholder seats (the first time since 1973 that it would be the case). Also in attendence were Tom Wyka (http://www.tomwyka.c…), our NJ-11 Congressional candidate, NJ Democratic Chairman Joe Cryan and many others. P

A full roundup of what took place, who said what, and some good news from the Garden State about the future of progressive politics is in the extended body. Enjoy!

“We Are The Leaders We’ve been Waiting For” – Tom Wyka

Crossposted at Daily Kos,

  Hi Kossacks,

To my fellow Jewish Kossacks out there, a belated Shana Tovah. I hope all of you have a sweet and successful 5767 – and that it starts off with a Democratic landslide in November!

As I’ve said before, I’m now enclosed in the rolling hills of Morris County, New Jersey, where I’m attending Drew University. Morris County is usually a Republican bastion, but times are changing. In recent years the Democrats have been slowly, but steadily improving their county-wide performance, as well as winning local races across the county. One of those looking to turn Morris County blue is Tom Wyka (http://www.tomwyka.c…), a Parsippany IT Project Manager and Democratic activist. I spent last Sunday with him and his family, driving across Morris County and connecting with the grassroots.