Out of many promising Democratic campaigns for state senate this November, from Gina Ginovese’s attempt to unseat Tom Kean Jr. to Jim Whelan’s fight against ultra-conservative Sonny McCullough to Joseph Ariyan’s spirited campaign against Gerald Cardinale, there is another red-to-blue campaign that is gaining momentum each week and could result in the defeat of a Republican icon. In District 7, challenger Rich Dennison is winning accolades and headlines with his highly aggressive campaign to defeat entrenched incumbent and supposed “moderate” Diane Allen. The Burlington County Times Notes that:
Trying to pass Allen is Democratic Senate candidate Rich Dennison, a 30-year-old attorney from Florence, who is pressing her on everything from her recent vote against a state budget that provides $2.2 billion in property tax relief to her longtime support for President Bush.
Besides catching Allen acting as a partisan Republican in voting against property tax relief in Corzine’s budget, Dennison, with the help of Blue Jersey, has caught Allen in a moment of sheer hypocrisy concerning the topic of asset monetization: She was in favor of it with Whitman before she was against it with Corzine.
For all the reasons that Allen is wrong for District 7, Dennison is right and represents the superior choice in this election. On the national stage, Dennison has opposed the Iraq War from the beginning and wouldn’t short change our state’s veterans by refusing to vote against the troop surge bill as did Allen. Dennison has strong local ties to the community and grew up in a family whose field is education; Dennison’s experience in education and his campaign’s emphasis on increased funding for programs in education would be an asset for voters who share such concerns if elected to serve in Trenton. Dennison is incredibly strong on bread-and-butter issues affecting not only District 7 voters but all New Jerseyans, as evidenced by his stand on expanding health care to those who most need it, particularly uninsured children.
My experiences thus far with Dennison have revealed him to be a down-to-earth, humble and thoughtful person who would be one of our most capable and promising legislators in Trenton. If elected, Dennison could serve much of his life in the state senate, since he is only 30, but he has an incredibly impressive resume thus far, from serving as a speechwriter in the Clinton white house to beginning his own law firm to working in his family’s business in multiple BurlCo locations. In contrast, Allen only seems available to her constituents when an election rolls around every few years and has consistently voted with the Republican leadership over the years in the state senate, including recent votes against both the 2007-2008 budget and clean needle exchange, not to mention her “non votes” (neither yea nor nay) on the landmark civil unions bill and a recent stem cell funding bill.
Not a week doesn’t go by without politicsnj.com giving some press, to this increasingly-competitive campaign in the winnable, Democratic-leaning 7th district, and his victory would help stop BurlCo GOP machine politics, which is behind Allen, that have hurt taxpayers for far too long. Dennison, however, needs our help to win, and you can do three things right now to ensure that District 7 turns from red-to-blue. . First, become a friend of Dennison on his MySpace page, then join and volunteer for the District 7 team of Dennison-Conaway-Conners. Finally, we absolutely need to give Rich the financial support he needs to win in November and defeat such an entrenched and out-of-touch incumbent as Diane Allen. Finally, If you would, please make a check, however small, out to”Dennison for Senate” and send it to: Rich Dennison 225 W. Front St., Florence, NJ 08518
Dennison is a progressive voice who can very well win this senate race and is deserving of Blue Jersey’s support!