Pallone Campaign Criticizes Opponents For Lack Of “Transparency And Accountability”

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.

LONG BRANCH — Weeks after U.S. Senate candidate Frank Pallone first signed the “People’s Pledge” and asked Cory Booker, Sheila Oliver and Rush Holt to join him, Pallone’s campaign today noted the request has been met with silence.

While widely regarded for its ability to remove outside special interests and unnamed PAC money from the Massachusetts United States Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in 2012, the “People’s Pledge” is having less of an effect in the primary race for New Jersey’s upcoming special election to fill the remaining portion of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.

“In an expedited election sorely lacking in much needed direct voter contact as a result of multiple debate opportunities being turned down by Congressman Pallone’s opponents, the ‘People’s Pledge’ is the bare minimum the other three candidates can do to make sure Democratic voters aren’t encumbered by outside influence,” said a statement from Pallone’s campaign. “Yet, Democratic voters have not even been give the courtesy of an answer in the negative and an acknowledgement that outside special interests and unnamed PAC’s with their own agendas will play an active role in this race. Instead, these voters have simply been ignored by Cory Booker, Sheila Oliver and Rush Holt.” 

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