By James J. Devine
As a Democrat, I am offended by a lot of things this crew in Trenton has done but Jon Corzine’s search for a lieutenant governor really shows how out of touch they are.
The notion that Corzine would select Randal Pinkett as his nominee for lieutenant governor raises the question of whether the Democratic Party should be renamed the Game Show Party.
Despite his outstanding credentials, Randal Pinkett would not be on the radar screen if he had not been the “Survivor” on Donald Trump’s TV show.
By the same token, Corzine would have never been elected if he did not convince corrupt political power brokers that “The Price is Right.”
I am a real Democrat and I was done with Republicans after the first few years of Ronald Reagan—so I am no fan of Christopher Christie—but simple as ABC, I’ll take Anybody But Corzine.
Independent Chris Daggett presents an interesting alternative to the George Bush appointee, but like many voters, I want to know a little more about the man and feel certain that he has the opportunity to succeed before I cast my vote.
Meanwhile, what have they done to the Democratic Party in which I was raised?
In John F. Kennedy’s 1946 congressional campaign, he reminded Boston voters that immigrants struggled and faced deep prejudice, clearly demonstrated by ‘Irish need not apply’ signs.
Corzine, in his ham-fisted attempt at playing political hack, decided early on that Irish, and other white males, need not apply for lieutenant governor.
Pinkett is no Sarah Palin, but being a game show contestant or Wall Street billionaire does little to assert what kind of values a person shares with real working class families. He is smart and hard-working, but what kind of man is he? Does he distinguish good from evil?
If he demonstrates the good judgement to reject an alliance with incompetent and corrupt Corzine, Pinkett may very well have a solid political future in New Jersey.
Broken promises, inept leadership, coziness with corruption, fiscal irresponsibility and pure political hackery have defined Corzine’s tenure.
The degree to which money talks has converted the party of the people into an aristocracy and damned the values that make the Democratic Party great.
Instead of justice and opportunity for African Americans, women, Hispanics, working families and so many others, these populous constituencies are supposed to be satisfied with a patronage job here and there. When Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court, we said, “one women Justice is not justice for women.”
Corzine has learned nothing from history because his entire life has been about chasing money on Wall Street. As governor, Corzine has done nothing to justify another term.
Given that past and this present, New Jersey can only face a grim future with Corzine in the State House, so voters must decide which alternative best represents real change.
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