If he really wants to be a U.S. Senator, Steve Lonegan should eliminate the words ‘Obama’ and ‘Obamacare’ from his stump speech and talking points. He should never say the phrase ‘Republican backbone” in public again.
Despite the recent scandals in the IRS, State Department and Justice Department, the president remains popular. 48% of American voters still approve of the president according to the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll released Sunday. It is a safe bet that New Jersey voters, who reelected President Obama by 18% only 8 months ago, have a higher regard for the president than rest of the country.
Running against Barack Obama in New Jersey is a losing strategy. Running against ‘Washington’ works. Running against the IRS, government eavesdropping, rising healthcare costs and the anemic economy works. Running for liberty and prosperity works. Running for jobs, better education, better healthcare and less government intrusion into our personal lives works.
‘Republican backbone’ sounds scary to most New Jersey voters who are not Republican.
Unless a well known and well funded Republican we haven’t heard about shows up in Trenton with 1000 valid signatures to get on the Special Primary ballot this afternoon, we’ll be calling Steve Lonegan the presumptive GOP nominee for Senate tomorrow.
Dr. Aleita Eck appears to be a remarkable woman. A modern day saint even. But unless she has $10 million of her own money, more if she is not telegenic and fast on her feet, she has less of a shot to be the GOP Senatorial nominee than Seth Grossman or Troy Webster had to be gubernatorial nominees in last week’s primary. Who is Troy Webster? That’s my point.
No American politician has ever been canonized. Congressman Chris Smith is working on it, to the detriment of his influence in Washington.
Lonegan has never been a candidate in a statewide general election. His biggest statewide electoral accomplishment was the campaign to defeat Governor Corzine’s stem cell research bonding referendum in 2007. The defeat of that bond referendum shocked the New Jersey political/media establishment.
Lonegan has an opportunity to shock the world in this coming Special Election. He has the opportunity to unite the conservative and moderate wings of the New Jersey Republican Party, like only someone who has exploited and deepened that rift as he has over the years, can.
Unless Geraldo Rivera, Steve Forbes or Lou Dobbs show up in Trenton with 1000 valid signatures this afternoon, Steve Lonegan is going to be the GOP nominee for Senate. He should start campaigning for October 16 today and leave the blood letting to Frank Pallone, Rush Holt, Sheila Oliver and Cory Booker.
In order for Steve Lonegan to win the Special Election, he needs to be a happy conservative.
Lonegan needs to start appealing to moderate voters today.