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    The Silence of the Lance

      Lance is silent on the moral train wreck in the White House.  And he is silent on Republican policy.  Why?  Does anyone really doubt that the White House is in the grip of a malignant narcissist, who is incompetent, unprincipled, and unethical? Why is Lance silent?  Because, while the rest of us are riveted by the White House spectacle, Lance and his colleagues are enacting a conservative revolution, but they want no discussion of the implications. So he is silent.  He knows the damage the tax cuts have done.  He knows the benefits went to the top 1%.  He knows that the next step is to go after your entitlements. In a federal budget in which military spending and interest on debt payments are rising, there is nowhere else to cut.  So he is silent.  He knows that healthcare is under serious threat.  He knows up to 52 million Americans with a pre-existing condition couldbecome uninsured.  So he is silent.  He knows that our environmental policies have been shredded to favor fossil fuel companies.  He knows what climate change and declining air quality mean for the health of our kids and grandkids.  But he is silent.  He knows that the Supreme Court has been highjacked.  He knows what Kavanaugh’s appointment will mean for women’s rights; for gun safety; for the powers of the President.  So he is silent.  He knows that an assault on our public school system is coming.  He knows that the Koch brothers and Betsy Davos and their ilk     see “privatization” of education as the next frontier. And he is silent.  He knows there is no money left for infrastructure, that Trump would love to torpedo the Gateway project.  So he is silent.  He knows his political future is tied to the Congressional Leadership Fund SuperPac and their ability to drown the midterm campaign with fearmongering and disinformation.  So he is silent.  And he will be silent on November 7, because we will rise up in a Blue Wave that will send him sprawling onto the retirement beach of his choice!  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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    Lance’s Platform A Disaster: Constituents Need Change

      What on earth is Leonard Lance running on?  Is he proud of legislation that targeted Blue states to limit our tax deductions? Of enabling the likes of Bob Hugin to benefit from extraordinary treatment for the wealthy, while we remain a donor state for Trumpland? Of generating $1 trillion in share buybacks to boost the net worth of the top 1%?  Does he strut and swagger about the fact that real wage growth has been flat or even declined since Trump took office?  Does he highlight the meteoric growth in the National Debt? Is he saying what Republican deficit spending will mean for Social Security and Medicare?  What is his stance on healthcare now?  Does he know yet how many of his constituents are on Obamacare? How, exactly, will he cover pre-existing conditions?  Is he pointing to Scott Pruitt’s bonfire of regulations that protect our kids and grandkids? To President Trump’s abandonment of fuel economy standards, or the coal emissions rollback?  Is he touting his new-found status as a moderate on gun safety? Or does he prefer to run on his 93%, A-, NRA approval rating?  Is he supporting Betsy Davos in her efforts to use Federal funding to arm our schoolteachers? Is that the limit of his educational policy?  Or is infrastructure his signature accomplishment? No funding for the Gateway Project, other than a set of lottery tickets for funds that MIGHT provide SOME of the money that Trump removed in a fit of personal pique.    Is he happy to defend a corrupt administration, led by a President whose defense is to subvert the rule of law and to turn the DoJ into a personal fiefdom to be aimed at his adversaries? Is he advertising the long list of investigations Republicans swept under the rug, and now fear Democrats might instigate?  Or is he going to fall back on time-honored Republican tactics of phony press releases, whisper campaigns, character assassination, voter suppression and scare tactics?  It looks as though Leonard Lance has allowed Paul Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund to make that decision for him.  Remember, empty vessels make the most noise. Don’t be fooled.   #RememberinNovember #NJ07 #TimeforChange  
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    Leonard Lance Looks Away

    Leonard Lance likes to position himself as a man of integrity.  Yet he remains silent on ethical issues surrounding his own campaign, and on the moral carnage that is consuming the Presidency.  Lance has been substantially outraised by Tom Malinowski in the Congressional race. He was slung a life belt from the Congressional Leadership Fund, Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC, in the form of $2.1 million in media buys. The big donors to CLF are listed here.  Personally, I don’t want Sheldon and Miriam Adelson of Las Vegas deciding who should represent NJ7.  And if you want to find out who is behind the donors listed as “American Action Network”, good luck. Anonymous donors account for almost half of CLF’s funds.  CLF’s first contributions on behalf of Lance feature a scurrilous attempt to paint Malinowski as a supporter of terrorist rights.  Further, CLF created a faux-Malinowski website to amplify that message. The Star Ledger called on Lance to denounce this Dark Money-funded jiggery-pokery, but our “man of integrity” claims his hands are tied.  Now, two Trump associates, his ex-lawyer, and his former campaign manager, emerge from court as felons, guilty of illegal payments, and tax and bank fraud. Can we just let the Times headline sink in?   “PLEADING GUILTY, COHEN IMPLICATES PRESIDENT” “In coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”    We now know from court papers that as far back as August 2016, the owners of the National Enquirer agreed to identify stories potentially damaging to Trump and his campaign and, when necessary, buy the silence of the women who wanted to tell them, a narrative that has been flatly contradicted by the White House for months.  This stinks to high heaven.  And the response from our “man of integrity”? Nothing, even when called upon by the Star Ledger.  Aesop said “a man is known by the company he keeps.”  By aligning completely with an immoral and dishonest President, by wading in the muck with CLF, Leonard Lance tells us everything he would rather we not know about his character. Silent. Weak. Complicit.  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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