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Remembering a Progressive hero: Frank Herbert’s story

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with one of the best public servants New Jersey has ever produced.

He is not well-known even in Democratic circles, let alone the state of New Jersey, and he last served in public office when Leonid Brezhnev was Premier of the USSR.

Frank Herbert, however is definitely not someone to forget, particularly if you’re a New Jersey Democrat or – even more so – a progressive.

You see, Frank Herbert did 2 things that New Jerseyans and progressives should forever be grateful for:

1) He pushed for and got the Legislature to pass the law that created New Jersey Transit, a system that provides business and social lifelines for hundreds of thousands of our residents.

2) He is the only candidate in New Jersey history to win a Federal election as a write-in candidate. In doing so, he saved the Democratic Party from nominating a Holocaust-denying, KKK-loving extremist.

His story is in the extended section below.  

Ratfucking New Jersey’s Redistricting

*** Update 4:29pm: Good guesses in Comments. You’ll find the mystery man’s real identity after the jump.***

Ratfucking1This was snapped at yesterday’s public hearing on legislative redistricting – historic because of the presence of the tie-breaking 11th member (no, he’s not in the picture). Look at the guy on the right, head down in deep chat with Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. Know who that is?

I’ll pull this diary back up to the frontpage at around 4pm, check in to see if anybody can name this guy, and know his significance. And I’ll give you the answer then if somebody hasn’t already nailed him.

Some hints, and a larger picture, on the flip…

Memo to DSCC Chair Bob Menendez: Check your offices

Yes, it’s right out of Watergate, but it’s true. A conservative operative just got arrested trying to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s offices:

James O’Keefe, the young conservative filmmaker who was behind the undercover operations that led to the ACORN scandal last year, was arrested with three others for allegedly trying to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) yesterday.

The FBI announced today the foursome have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony.

The affidavit alleges that the botched phone bugging began with two of the four men — Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, both 24 — entering Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans in Village People-style construction worker garb, claiming they were telephone repairmen.

If they got caught this time, perhaps they bugged other offices. TPM has the affidavit. I think Menendez should A)make sure everyone’s offices are okay and B) make a big deal out of this.

Of course, maybe Jersey politicians already assume their offices are bugged for other reasons. 😉