Chris Myers: sweating bullets.
The race to replace Jim Saxton in Congress just got a lot harder for the GOP clowncar down here in NJ-3 as both candidates on the Republican side (BurlCo’s Chris Myers and Ocean’s Jack Kelly) woke up to see their stock had (figuratively) plummeted.
First was this extremely juicy article from today’s AC Press. In a nutshell, Chris Myers hired one of the infamous players from the book How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative to help run his campaign.
Says (potential?) primary rival Justin Murphy (via the article):
Myers needs to explain to voters the association between the staff he has retained and what we now know is a corrupt political operative who served prison time for doing just what his book title suggests. If you’re Chris Myers, I think you’re having a bad day today and rightfully so. He owes an explanation to the voters
Presumably Myers did himself few favors with his mealy-mouthed response: “I can’t speak to what happened in the past.”
And yet distancing himself from this demi-scandal will be tough. Afterall,
Saxton lent Myers his support; his spokesman – Jeff [“you’re not a real reporter”] Sagnip; and apparently his strategists: Jamestown’s Web site touts Saxton as a victorious client.
Yuck indeed, but some schadenfreude nonetheless. Afterall, Democrat Adler will likely benefit from any GOP miscues.
But in this case Myer’s poor judgement will also elevate his most serious primary foe Jack Kelly.
It’ll admit it, I prefer Kelly in the general simply because he’s probably the weaker candidate. First of all, being out in Ocean he’s at a historic and geographic disadvantage to Myers, whose powerbase is more centrally located in the district.
Secondly Kelly doesn’t have the defen$e industry in his pocket as Myers — a VP at Lockheed — does.
And thirdly, and most personally, Jack Kelly’s role in the Laurel Hester tragedy makes him a very appealing target. Can’t you just imagine all that pink money that will pour in to beat him if he’s the candidate?
ACT 2, Oscar Buzz
Now the minute i think to myself how great it would be to take this guy down, I discovered with unbridled glee that Freeheld, the Laurel Hester Story was nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category!
Now that’s good (and surprisingly relevant) news for many reasons, primarily that a wider audience now gets to know Laurel. But I hasten to remind you all what a prominent figure Jack Kelly played in this story, too. Afterall, he was on the board of freeholders that forced Laurel Hester to spend her dying days fighting their bigotry.
So now that the Academy has taken notice, the whole world will see Jack Kelly for what he is: an unsympathetic character.
And now he’s running for Congress.
So thanks to Oscar, every glbt blogger on the planet would have an anti-Kelly fundraising widget on their site should he win the primary this spring.
I don’t have any idea who’s gonna win that one, time will tell. But I do know that Chris Myers and Jack Kelly –the two greatest obstacles to “flipping” Saxton’s seat — each found themselves in a nasty glare of their own tomfoolery.
Which makes the Oscar buzz all the more delicious.