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Labor backing LoBiondo’s run

A handful of protestors showed up outside the meeting.  From the Press of Atlantic City

It was warm and comfortable in the upstairs room at Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern here Monday night.

It got even more cozy as labor leaders, politicians, casino representatives and business organizations from throughout southern New Jersey gave U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, what amounted to an endorsement of his re-election bid.

Across the street, about 15 protesters bundled in coats, hats and gloves to hold off the cold tried to turn up the heat on LoBiondo: Members of Citizens for Progressive Representation, or CPR, held up signs and called out to those entering the restaurant that LoBiondo’s congressional voting record is the opposite of what his supporters inside were celebrating.

“The Bush administration has been one of the most anti-worker, anti-union administrations on record, yet LoBiondo has voted with Bush almost all of the time on labor matters,” said CPR Chairwoman Janet Fayter.

Those inside took note of the protest, but not the way CPR would have wanted: Labor officials said LoBiondo has always been there to strengthen the city’s gaming industry, fight for more jobs and stand up for the working man.

“The people who are outside, that’s where they’re going to stay,” said state AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Outside.”

LoBiondo told supporters the protest was an example of a political climate in which people “choose to ignore reality and real facts.”

We’ve had previous diaries on whether there will be a Dem challenger, but some from labor were discouraging that.

Another reality that was clear from Monday night’s event was that organized labor, traditionally considered a supporter of Democrats, was sending a message to any Democrat considering a challenge to LoBiondo: Don’t do it.

Roy Foster, president of the Atlantic-Cape May Central Labor Council, said there “won’t be no money” from labor for any Democratic congressional candidate in the 2nd District. Democrats in the district may think they’re automatically entitled to labor’s support, but they are “guests in our house,” he said.

LoBiondo said the event sent a “very clear message” to any potential Democratic challenger.

That creates something of a bigger problem for southern New Jersey Democrats.

And surprise, surprise, LoBiondo doesn’t want to limit himself to his promised 6 terms.  What about the supposed targetting of the district by the DCCC?

LoBiondo had originally pledged to serve only six terms. That would mean LoBiondo should now be serving his last year in Congress.

LoBiondo broke the pledge, saying he gave in to pressure from supporters.

Now, Democrats who hoped to win the seat this year are again faced with the prospect of running a candidate against the popular Republican, who usually wins his elections by wide margins.

Labor officials said they held Monday’s event because of concern that the National Democratic Committee is targeting LoBiondo’s seat in this year’s election…

Outside, Fayter said CPR, a new organization with as many as 100 members, is upset that labor’s decision to back LoBiondo now will stifle something necessary for Democracy — a strong challenge by an opponent and a differing point of view for voters to consider.

CPR is also upset that LoBiondo broke his term-limit pledge, she said.

“It’s time for a change,” Fayter said.

LoBiondo’s vote: Holding him Accountable

Yesterday the GOP House of Representatives crafted a razor-thin victory that will shape all of our lives for decades.  I wasn’t alone in decrying the lack of attention this measure got.  Ihlin at dailyKos had a diary up lamenting how so little attention was paid to this vote, which basically served to ram Republican budget priorities down the throats of every American for years to come.  This was a bill for the folks who’ve been seeking to brand “entitlements” as a code word for government hand outs that people don’t deserve.

Social Security and Medicare aren’t hand outs.  They represent YOUR money.  You paid in.  Everybody does.  In fact, every penny the government spends is your money.  Branding government dollars as undeserved “entitlements” sure is a convenient way to bash senior citizens, the disabled and the poor; it’s also a great way to reward the wealthy friends of the GOP.  (If you make less than $200,000 and vote GOP, you are voting against your own economic interests.)  The only way to stop this BS is to defeat a few of the Congressional Republicans who keep this convenient “lie” going.

DCCC targeting LoBiondo

LoBiondo could be vulnerable in 2006 congressional election

While I disagree with the headline, the substance is encouraging.  The DCCC is actively recruiting either Assemblyman Van Drew or Assemblyman-elect Whelan to challenge LoBiondo next year.  Both are non-commital, but they also aren’t ruling out a run.  Van Drew especially makes this an interesting race.  I don’t think LoBiondo’s vulnerable, nor am I convinced either Democrat will win, but the two Assemblymen will draw dollars into the district and force the Republicans to defend a seat they had previously taken for granted.  Since neither would have to give up their Assembly seats, they might decide they have nothing to lose.  And a close loss could even bolster their name recognition within their own Legislative districts, since both have been talked about as potential State Senate candidates in 2007 (Van Drew would particularly be a dynamite candidate, and could shut Republicans out of the 1st LD by pulling in another Assembly candidate to fill his vacant seat in a Senate run).  I’d say the only risk is a LoBiondo blowout, a possibility considering the way the district was redrawn after the 2000 Census.

Any candidates to run against LoBiondo?

There’s a currently Recommended Diary over at DailyKos that lists all the 2006 Congressional Races which are presently uncontested by Democrats.

NJ-2 (DowntheShore, essentially) is listed as one of the uncontested races. It’s a seat presently held by Frank LoBiondo. Frank LoBiondo got swept into office in 1994 as part of the “Contract On America” Crew.

From his website:
Representing the resort city of Atlantic City, Frank has been a powerful voice in Washington on gaming issues, serving as founder of the Congressional Gaming Caucus.

Congressional Gaming Caucus? Don’t tell me that a Republican at the head of the Gaming Caucus, which oversees gambling and casinos, hasn’t gotten a “donation” from Abramoff.

I’m from Central NJ, and not familiar with the strange and what look obviously corrupt politics of Southern NJ/AC, but I cannot believe that we can’t find a Democrat to run against this guy. LoBiondo is a sitting duck.

Who is considering a run against this guy? If no one is, who might be a potential candidate? Any Paul Hacketts out there?