by Doctor Science
We have already mailed in our votes for NJ's Special Primary Election this coming Tuesday, as we'll be out of state on vacation next week. I'm going to take a moment out of my frantic getting-ready-to-go schedule to say:
I endorse Rush Holt for the Democratic Senatorial nomination.
Rush has been my Representative since 1999. Even if he hadn't been our neighbor for much of that time, I would still say he's pretty much what I would ask for if you could cook up a Congressman in a vat to my exact specifications. He's incredibly smart, he's deeply progressive, he's not beholden to Wall Street, he both understands and cares about deeply important issues: economic inequality, climate change, and resisting the national security state.
There are two reasons I urge my NJ friends NOT to nominate Cory Booker, the front-runner:
- As Charles Pierce and digby have documented, Booker is on the side of Big Money. It's crucial that we have Senators who will at least attempt to hold the economically powerful accountable. Booker will not do this; Holt will.
- Holt has over a decade of experience in Washington, including serving on the House Intelligence Committee. He actually knows what's going on there. Booker does not, which means he will get his information and ideas from lobbyists and the powerful. Holt will push back against the kind of thing Ugh writes about in the previous post; Booker will not.
I put in many hours with Rush's campaign in 2000, and have helped him with time and money when we could over the years. If you're in NJ and have time this weekend, please consider helping him out with phone banking and door-to-door. Whether you're in NJ or not, please consider donating to his campaign.
And yes, we had this bumper sticker on our old car: