Quote of the Day goes to Politico, in a piece posted today, Mysteries in the race for the House:
Republicans are also fretting they could fall victim to some upsets. Among the potential losers are New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, both of whom are accustomed to easy reelection wins in conservative districts. Upton, the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, launched a late batch of TV ads, an indication that he’s taking his race seriously.
Is this race, close as it is and with so much energy flowing to and from Cho’s Ridgewood HQ, still an uphill climb? Yes, it absolutely is. Garrett is a 6-term incumbent. He’s been carried for years by the fact that his brand of do-nothing governance has been acceptable particularly to voters in CD5’s western territory, heart of NJ’s Tea Party. As the right fringe has taken control of the GOP, Garrett has become complacent. He has been for years. But this year, it’s cost him. Only one key newspaper – in crimson Sussex – endorsed Garrett. Every other – Star-Ledger, The Record, Express-Times, even The Jewish Standard – endorsed Cho, citing his energy and connection with voters against Garrett’s intransigence and dishonesty on Sandy. A retrograde culture warrior who wants to eliminate a woman’s right to choose and not enforce anti-gay hate crimes. Against that is Cho, a “smart and educated centrist,” as Star-Ledger calls him, with a “fresh look at government,” as The Record notes.
Garrett seems to know what’s up, because he’s been called out for ducking debates, perhaps unwilling to put his tired anti-gubmint routine up against the higher-energy Cho, who makes every effort to connect with CD5 voters. It just happened again today. Garrett declined a live video chat with the Ledger. But, working for every vote, Cho showed up.
Below the fold, Roy Cho takes questions in a live chat with statehouse reporters Matt Friedman and Brent Johnson. WATCH: