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Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in...?
RedState ^ | April 1st, 2014 | NA

Posted on 04/05/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT by neverdem

Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?

TEA Party conservative Steve Lonegan is fighting RINO unknown Tom MacArthur for the soul of the GOP in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district.

Liberal Republican Mayor Tom MacArthur of Randolph has a lot of money but not a lot of support. And so, like any former insurance company CEO with ties to AIG, he’s trying to buy it by bribing the local GOP county clubs in New Jersey’s third congressional district.

MacArthur gave over $25,000 to the Ocean GOP County to buy the powerful organization’s endorsement which promptly endorsed him. This was something of a foregone conclusion. MacArthur’s consultant, Chris Russell, lists Burlington County GOP, Ocean County GOP, and the National Republican Congressional Committee on his client list. On Wednesday the NRCC endorsed Tom MacArthur has part of its “Young Guns” program.

But MacArthur appears not to have been vetted by the NRCC given his tax and spend politics. The purpose of these endorsements is to try to force conservative Steve Lonegan out of the race and to create the impression that there’s a groundswell of support behind MacArthur. In other words, GOP establishment suits and not third congressional district primary voters are picking the candidate.

Not that it has done him much good. MacArthur’s campaign has thus far been a farce. He complimented the Ocean County County party leadership, “for running a fair and open process that I think brought out the best of all of us” after being endorsed by the club to which he had donated.

In a speech where he promised to help turn around this “company,” MacArthur also promised that he would stop taxes from rising. It’s a familiar lie. Running for city council in Randolph, NJ in 2010, MacArthur’s “number one priority” on was to “control property taxes” but he increased them repeatedly when he was mayor—over 10% in just three years.

MacArthur had campaigned as a “strong conservative,” like his mailers advertise, but he governed as a liberal. “I’ve been walking the town and talking with our residents and controlling taxes is the number one issue I hear about,” he told the New Jersey Hills on May 28, 2010. Al Napoliello, who ran with MacArthur, promised to “do [his] very best to hold the line on property taxes.” MacArthur promised again, in October 2010, to “control our taxes by all means necessary.”

But in April 2013, the city council of Randolph, NJ under Tom MacArthur raised taxes 3.69% in one year, despite noting that the town’s ratable base actually contracted in size. This was on top of a previous 4.32% contentious tax increase in 2010.

So why is MacArthur even running?

Probably for the same reason he ran in 2010—to keep a conservative out of the race and because his friends flattered his ego. Indeed, Tom MacArthur ran on a slate to force a fiscally conservative city councilwoman out of office in 2010.

[MacArthur] said, specifically, that he was asked to run “because of Mrs. Price.”

“I think the town deserves better. If I thought Arlene was doing a terrific job, I would have said no. Half of the time she’s been absent.” (P.C. Robinson and Neil Paley, “Local taxes, bond rating key primary issues in Randolph Township,” New Jersey Hills, May 28, 2010).

In fact, Price was absent only twice—once to put rest to her late father’s estate and once because she was in the hospital from a near fatal scuba accident. The real reason MacArthur ran was because Price was a conservative on spending and tax matters.

Here she is describing her pro-taxpayer positions.

This primary election is truly a David and Goliath battle because I’m running on my own against an entire political party machine that is fielding a slate of four candidates against me.

On Christmas Eve of last year, I received the news from the local political bosses that they were going to throw me off the ticket and take me out as a Councilwoman. These bosses did not even bother to consult with the elected members of the Randolph Republican County Committee before making this decision on their own.

My opponents – candidates handpicked by the party bosses in town – are not telling the truth about my attendance record as a Councilwoman.

The plain fact is that I’ve attended nearly 80 percent of council meetings during my time in office, according to meeting minutes, and my attendance record is 100 percent for this year.

Two unavoidable incidents that did cause me to miss several Council meetings were the death of my father and the need to settle his affairs in Kansas City, Missouri, and a near drowning that I had while scuba diving that put me in an ICU in a hospital in Pennsylvania.

The ridiculous attendance numbers thrown around by my opponents in articles published in this paper are just shameless distortions meant to mislead voters during political silly season.

So what are the real reasons the political bosses are trying to take me out as a Councilwoman?

“I had the audacity to stand up to them. I dared to put the interests of Randolph taxpayers before their interests. I spoke my mind and voted my conscience on issues before the Council,” Price wrote.

These are apparently unforgivable sins for the bosses who now run the local GOP. To me, it’s fulfilling my duties as a Councilwoman to represent the people of our town, not them. I’ve stood up for our taxpayers and I was the only one to vote against two of their tax-hiking budgets because they spent too much and taxed too much.

MacArthur is running against Steve Lonegan. Lonegan won the third congressional district when he ran for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker. Even though Lonegan lost to Booker in the special election in October, Lonegan won a higher percentage of the vote for U.S. Senate than any Republican in New Jersey has gotten in a dozen years—and he ran as a conservative. “Lonegan lost,” noted columnist John Fund, “but his principled campaign showed the strength of conservative activists in a state that hasn’t voted Republican for president in a quarter-century.” Unsurprisingly Lonegan is defeating MacArthur handily in at least one poll because he has a record.

Neither Lonegan, nor MacArthur are from the third congressional district, but Lonegan has actually moved into it. MacArthur’s family members continue to list Randolph, NJ as their home and have bought a condo. In order to run for the vacant seat, MacArthur has to establish residency in Ocean County, NJ. Property records show that he owns a large property in Ocean County. There are several media reports where MacArthur states that they intend to make Ocean County their permanent home.

However, the MacArthurs still own their family home in Randolph. In addition, they are heavily involved with a pro-amnesty Bethlehem church in Randolph where Macarthur has served on leadership boards. Currently, the Facebook page for his teenage, Isabella, states that she is still a student at Randolph High School and his wife, Deborah, also has Randolph listed as her current city of residence on her Facebook page. Nexis lists both Tom and Deborah MacArthur as still registered to vote in Morris County, Randolph, NJ.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; 3rdcongressional; election2014; election2016; lonegan; newjersey; nj3rd; rino; rncc; stevelonegan; tommacarthur

1 posted on 04/05/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

McConnell


2 posted on 04/05/2014 4:33:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: neverdem
Because the NRCC is a RINO organization.

Never give a penny to alphabet GOP groups.

Donate directly to TEA party candidates.

3 posted on 04/05/2014 4:34:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; a man who respects it has earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: neverdem

NRCC ‘Young Guns’ advance McSally, drop Tobin

Andy Tobin’s predicament might be tied to the fact that the “specific goals” he’s been working on aren’t in the district he‘s campaigning from, or even the state of Arizona. Tobin is busy focusing his attention on Mexico.

http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nrcc-young-guns-advance-mcsally-drop-tobin/


4 posted on 04/05/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: neverdem

Because it is made up of socialist republicans, oh wait Rush would call them “low information” republicans...


5 posted on 04/05/2014 4:38:42 PM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
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To: Coleus; jocon307; Alberta's Child; Pharmboy; Calpernia; Malsua; dead; nj26; OldFriend; Clemenza; ...

“The current chair is Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Republican_Congressional_Committee

GOPe struck again or is Walden just a boob?


6 posted on 04/05/2014 4:49:14 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

The first thing that has to go is the GOP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the party of the democrat.

Folks if you want to save the Union, you need to get off your butts. As we get closer to Maine’s secession vote on June 12, 2018. People will start to read the advantages of being free. Our biggest problem is the two party system. Big money owns both parties.

Look, we in Maine are going to be free, but what about you and your families? Sure the gates are wide open into Maine now, but the day after the vote, other than to tourist, there will be no immigration into Maine for at least one year.

The GOP is the single biggest enemy the conservative has. The GOP is the biggest enemy to the Republic, not communism, but the GOP.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 4:56:47 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

“As we get closer to Maine’s secession vote on June 12, 2018.”

You’re having the secession vote and beat Texas? Good luck!


8 posted on 04/05/2014 5:08:04 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: neverdem
Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in...?

Ummm because they ARE RINOS....Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor...hello???? is anyone home?? McFly??

9 posted on 04/05/2014 5:29:52 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: neverdem; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; GeronL; Viennacon; randita; ..

The NRCC endorses strong candidates, RINO and conservative both.

I’ve heard a couple NJ freepers say positive things about MacArthur.

Steve Lonegan is a perennial candidate who has repeatedly failed to win higher office. He’s a weak choice for this historically Republican but extremely vulnerable district and everyone besides his fan club realizes this.

MacArthur has my support as well unless someone can prove he’s a “RINO” and no the mere act of daring to run against self-proclaimed tea party darling Steve Lonegan does not automatically make him a RINO.


10 posted on 04/05/2014 6:06:46 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: max americana
Read both state Constitutions, remember Texas was conquered during the civil war, Maine on the other hand seceded from Mass to become state.

If you are waiting for Texas to secede, you have a long fruitless wait ahead of you.

But as for Maine, Read the preamble and Article one sections 1&2

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MAINE

2003 ARRANGEMENT

(Arranged by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and approved by the Maine State Legislature,
Resolve 2003, chapter 98, pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6)

PREAMBLE.

Objects of government.  We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.

Article I.

Declaration of Rights.

Section 1.  Natural rights.  All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

Section 2.  Power inherent in people.  All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.


11 posted on 04/05/2014 6:16:36 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: Impy

Lonegan has an enormous war chest. I don’t see him losing in this particular contest, at least in a general election.


12 posted on 04/05/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Well lots of people do see him losing it, the guy just isn’t a good candidate.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 6:31:42 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine
The first thing that has to go is the GOP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the party of the democrat.

GOP = Giving Obama Power


14 posted on 04/05/2014 6:35:21 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: neverdem

why did so many FReepers support and donated to RINO Bush?


15 posted on 04/05/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Impy

It’s futile to explain reality. If they haven’t figured out after five straight losses for higher office that voters don’t like their candidate, they’ll never get it. We might as well let Lonegan/Oberweis supporters cling to their “this time will be different” delusion, because after their savior loses, they’ll gear up to run him again in 2016.

(One of Oberweis’ fans who was gung-ho for him in the primary recently got fired from his campaign and now admits he has no chance in the general. Heh.)


16 posted on 04/05/2014 6:59:17 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine; All

Why is Maine waiting till June 12, 2018 to vote on secession???


17 posted on 04/05/2014 8:24:50 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: COBOL2Java

They don’t care. They fear the Tea Party gaining critical mass more than they fear losing to democrats. Just look at the lastr couple elections.

They won’t tolerate a TP candidate having a decent chance. They have said so and are forcing a RINO on us in WV.


18 posted on 04/05/2014 8:26:44 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

“It’s futile to explain reality. If they haven’t figured out after five straight losses for higher office that voters don’t like their candidate, they’ll never get it.”


Except that this time Lonegan is running in a district that he carried less than six months ago against media darling Cory Booker despite being outspent by like 8 to 1.


19 posted on 04/05/2014 9:01:11 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

A Republican getting 44% in statewide election will probably be carrying this district.

He won’t be running against Booker this time. Is the rat candidate for the seat a clown like Booker who will make several gaffes? Booker was a cinch to lose the more Republican areas of the state.

If he’s elected how will he do in 2016 when the rat candidate for President may be carrying the district?

Why risk it with this chump? Knowing him he’ll probably pull an Oberweis and run for the Senate again, or Governor, and lose again.


20 posted on 04/05/2014 9:30:37 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; AuH2ORepublican

He also wasn’t carpetbagging in another district when he beat Booker in that district. Lonegan made a pledge in his Senate race that it would be his “last” campaign if he didn’t win, then broke it a few months later and ran in an area of the state he’s not from when an open seat became available. The Dem will no doubt slam him for that, and it will be an issue in a tossup district.

Alex Sink just managed to lose a tossup congressional district she had won as an unsuccessful statewide candidate in earlier election. Her supporters no doubt had the same confidence that Lonegan’s fan club has.

Oh well, just remember, you were warned...

(Now who wants to take bets on how soon Oberweis and Lonegan’s undying fanclubs will launch efforts to “draft” them again in 2016?)


21 posted on 04/05/2014 10:45:31 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: stevie_d_64
"Why is Maine waiting till June 12, 2018 to vote on secession???"

The second Tuesday in June is primary day, otherwise it is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Since the Second Tuesday in June is going to be the official voting day in the Republic, we want the vote to create the Republic on that day.

22 posted on 04/06/2014 5:12:11 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

4 years from now???

This is almost like the VP coming in to do a PC, and if the words got out to the VC, we might all end up doing KP...

“Goooooooooooooooddddddd Mornin’ Maaaaaaaaaiiiiinnnnneeee!!!”

;-)

Good luck Maine...I hope the momentum lasts till then...A lot can happen in 4 years...


23 posted on 04/06/2014 7:04:03 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: neverdem

RINOs support RINOs. It is just that simple.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 8:17:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; randita; InterceptPoint; Viennacon; yongin; ...

Imagine if Oberweis ran for IL-12, that’s what this is like.

Unfortunately, MacArthur is also a carpetbagger from north Jersey, just like Lonegan. Personally, I don’t give a damn about carpetbagging but lots of voters do.

I don’t know WTF is wrong with NJ Republicans, an egomaniac from North Jersey decides to run for this district simply because it’s open, and the person they choose to unite behind to run against him is also a former Mayor from north Jersey? That totally undermines a possibly effective issue to use against Lonegan. There wasn’t a single local Republican up to the job?

Anyway, reason for this ping, the new financial reports came out last week.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G14/NJ

Stevie seems to have spent all this dough (leftovers from the Senate race?), he has less cash on hand than the rat now. MacArthur raised almost nothing (says he was too busy winning the local party support) but loaned himself 2 million of his own money and now has the most cash by far. I didn’t realize he was rich and willing to self-fund, maybe that’s why they picked him.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 8:56:33 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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