Author: Rory B. Bellows
Republican Challenger Dale Glading has run a spirited campaign in New Jersey’s First Congressional District against Democrat Rob Andrews. Andrews, if you remember, tried to challenge Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic Senate Primary and had old Frank smack him across the face with his depends. Since then, Andrews was secretly put back on the ballot for Congress in a classic Democratic bait and switch after hiw wife had agreed to be the Democratic Nominee for Congress in the First District.
Today, Glading’s campaign issued two press releases. The first describes how Andrews hasn’t even run a campaign and really doesn’t think he is the best man for the job anyway. The second was an endorsement by a former MLB pitcher, Curt Schillin (Boo This Man!). They list him as a Phillies great, but he’ll always be a red sock, and I’m pretty sure he faked bloody sock in the 2004 ALCS against the beloved Yankees.
Here are the texts of those press release’s:
To the constituents of District 1 in New Jersey,
It’s been 8 long years since I left Philadelphia but I can assure you I still have ties there, and New Jersey, and am rooting hard for the Phillies to seal the deal and win their first World Series in 28 years. I am writing this note for another reason though. I understand Dale Glading is in a tough fight as he tries to win election for the Congressional seat in District 1. I have not yet had the chance to meet Dale in person but I wanted to extend my support for Mr. Glading’s campaign in hopes, just like the Presidential election, the people voting on Tuesday will ‘look behind the rhetoric’ and see what the people involved are truly about. What does it say about us in this day and age when we have to look too long and too hard, and too far, to find people that are honest, have integrity, and are more interested in others well being than their own? Dale Glading is that man and that’s exactly the type of person we must have serving us for the next two years. I don’t care what the polls say, get out and vote. I firmly believe that if everyone that is registered takes a step back and looks past the ‘white noise’ our politics have become, they’ll see that Dale Glading is the kind of person who will change things that must be changed. We must take action, we must push our Government for more accountability, more honesty and most of all we must ensure that the tax dollars we are spending on our elected officials are being spent on people that will actually DO something while in office. People that will FORCE positive change and redirect the policies and legislation to benefit the voters first and foremost.
God Bless and Good Luck on Tuesday, “Congressman” Glading!
Rob Andrews Goes AWOL
Andrews refuses to actively campaign
while Glading breaks voter milestone
Barrington – Dale Glading, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 1st District, broke a key milestone in his campaign for Congress this week. Glading has met more than 25,000 targeted Democrats, independents, and uncommitted Republican voters since August 1.
In contrast, his opponent, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, an 18-year incumbent and member of the Washington elite, has held no known public campaign events, has not launched a campaign website, and has not made any effort to engage the voters.
When Andrews squirmed back into the race in September, his campaign manager claimed that Rob would take no votes for granted and would campaign vigorously. But, reminiscent of his wife’s non-existent, phantom campaign in the primary and summer months, Rob Andrews has done exactly the opposite.
To top it all off, Andrews has failed to appear at an astounding 40 percent of his agreed-to public appearances, including the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum and a digital town hall debate at Sterling High School.
“One has to ask the question: does Rob Andrews really want to be re-elected?” Glading inquired. “When he lost his Senate primary to Frank Lautenberg, he spent the next several months telling anyone who would ask that he wouldn’t return to Congress.”
“Rob Andrews even told an NJN reporter that he believed the best man for the job of representing the 1st District was now someone other than him,” Glading continued. “And on that point, we are in total agreement.”
“Then Rob slid back into the race at the last minute, affirmed by voice vote in a closed-door session,” Glading added. “Since then, he has not campaigned and he has refused to appear at several scheduled forums and events.”
“Is Rob Andrews simply tired of being our congressman?” Glading asked. “It certainly seems so. Since 1997 he has done nothing but use his congressional seat to run for higher office, and it looks like this year his total lack of concern for his constituents has reached epidemic proportions.”
“By contrast, I have spent the past 10 months meeting voters and listening to their concerns,” Glading concluded. “If Rob Andrews’ real wish is to return to private life, the voters of the 1st District and me are happy to oblige him this November 4th.”