Progressive corruption-fighting Democrat Lisa McCormick was unable to wrest the Democratic Party nomination for Congress away from Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the campaign hampered by the coronavirus outbreak.
Watson Coleman earned half as many votes against McCormick as she did in the last presidential election year primary, but the challenger and other progressive candidates could not muster their voters.
The 75-year-old incumbent appeared to be panicked by the issues raised by the challenger, who has faulted Watson Coleman for voting to fund a $40 million abstinence only program in schools and massive corporate bailouts as part of President Donald Trump’s CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion emergency response package approved in late March.
As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Watson Coleman has brought back to the Garden State only 74 cents of each tax dollar New Jersey residents sent to Washington DC.
In the closing weeks of the campaign, Watson Coleman has pulled out a number of endorsements from Washington politicians and she has been boldly defended by Republican blogger David Wildstein, the GOP dirty trickster who shut down the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish a mayor who refused to endorse Gov. Chris Christie.
Wildstein, 58, now the editor of the politics news site New Jersey Globe, pleaded guilty in 2015 to two felony conspiracy charges but those federal charges were reversed about the same time he began his spirited advocacy on behalf of Watson Coleman.
McCormick champions Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and aggressive measures to eliminate the corrupting influence of money in politics.
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