You have to admire the guts on that woman, who was the only Democrat to challenge indicted and vindictive US Senator Bob Menendez in the 2018 Democratic primary.
She had the temerity to demand to know “Who hired Al Alvarez?” while Governor Phil Murphy’s popularity was waxing from daily TV exposure in his Covid-19 updates. McCormick has long held that Murphy bought a job that he is unable to perform well despite his occasional tensions with corrupt political bosses, particularly George Norcross.
Now, she is taking on Bernie Sanders for promoting one of his former rivals, who helped derail his bid for the presidential nomination, and for abandoning those New Jersey progressives who responded to Bernie’s call for a political revolution.
“I am disappointed in @BernieSanders for throwing the progressive movement in New Jersey under a bus,” said McCormick in a tweet. “@HammForSenate @Arati4Congress @RussForUs2020 @ZSpezakis @Oseguera2020 @LisaMcCormickNJ could use your help but instead you broadcast this neoliberal, absentee, corporate shill!”
The Twitter accounts mentioned in the tweet belong to Lawrence Hamm, who is seeking the US Senate nomination, and progressive Democratic US House candidates Russ Cirincione (NJ-06), Hector Oseguera (NJ-08), Zina Spezakis (NJ-09), Arati Kreibich (NJ-05), and Lisa McCormick (NJ-12).
Lisa McCormick has been just as tough on Republicans as the fiercest member of the Resistance, but she does not allow Democrats to walk in the shade when they are doing wrong.
They say it takes great courage to stand up to your enemies, but even greater courage to stand up to one’s friends. McCormick may be the only high profile political candidate who routinely calls out all sides.
Booker was largely absent as mayor while he toured the nation giving $20,000 speeches college campuses and last year, he missed more votes than any other member of Congress.
McCormick resurrected a quote from Frank Pallone’s 1983 campaign in which he said: “It does not matter if you are a Democrat or Republican. If your senator does not show up, then you are not being represented.”
The New Jersey chairman of the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, Lawrence Hamm, is challenging Booker, who appeared with the Vermont senator in a June 11 video broadcast.
While McCormick believes that the fault lies with Sanders’ campaign staff, which is seeking to protect their own careers with an eye to what happens after this election, she says Bernie Sanders fundamentally betrayed the political revolution by bailing out of the race for the White House refusing to bracket with progressives in New Jersey and giving legitimacy to Booker, whose candidacy helped tank Bernie in 2020.
New Jersey has unique laws that allow candidates to obtain more favorable ballot position under certain circumstances but the Sanders campaign did not arrange to help the lawmaker’s most ardent supporters and he has not even endorsed Hamm’s senate candidacy against Booker.
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