Mike Ferguson, R-NJ7, is well known in political circles for being a bit distant, not spending much time in the district or meeting with everyday folks. It’s helped him stay fairly unknown to most of the voters, and he uses that to define his image through taxpayer funded mailings and meetings in front of supportive groups.
But the truth is that Mike Ferguson is presenting an image 180 degrees away from his reality. He wants us to believe he supports the troops, but he voted against allowing service women in Iraq to have safe abortions in military hospitals. He wants us to believe he is a family friendly politician, but he voted to slash funding for catching dead-beat Dads and to increase the cost of student loans. He wants us to believe he cares about the environment, yet has a 17 percent rating from the bi-partisan League of Conservation Voters. He wants us to believe he opposes privatizing Social Security, but supports using Social Security funds in private Wall Street accounts.
Ferguson has been able to obscure his positions for six years, helped out by a favorable redistricting and a lot of out-of-state money from people like Tom DeLay and Bob Ney. But now the time for a fair election where the public knows the truth about the candidates is at hand.
Therefore, I am challenging Mike Ferguson to a series of four debates – one in each county New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District represents. That’s Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties.
I sent Congressman Ferguson a letter last week with the challenge, and have yet to hear back from him. We’ve only got a little less than seven weeks to go, and Ferguson is wasting time in the hopes that he can avoid getting in front of the voters.
You can help. Please call his campaign at (732) 560-4700 and tell them you want four debates so the voters know who they are voting for.