Where’s Their Outrage Now?

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Remember that time Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, and Camden County Freeholders Carmen Rodriguez and Susan Shin-Angulo were “outraged” when then U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin was “silent as allegations of sexual assault mount against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?”

At the time, Camden County Republicans wanted to know why Lampitt, Egan Jones, Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo weren’t outraged over then Assemblyman Arthur Barclay admitting to punching his girlfriend.

Here we are more than a year later and these same women, Lampitt up for re-election, Rodriguez up for re-election and Shin-Angulo running for Mayor in Cherry Hill all remain silent that former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, who admitted to punching his girlfriend during a domestic incident, still has a $60,000-a-year job with Camden County. (I didn’t mention Egan Jones because she’s decided not to run for re-election).

Over a year ago these South Jersey “women leaders” were outraged a man was silent about allegations of mistreatment of women. Today, they’re silent about a man who actually admitted to violence toward a woman who still has a job with the government run by the same political machine that helped them get elected. These women aren’t leaders – they’re hypocrites.

But, hypocrites or not, what will the “progressive” Democrats do? Will they vote for them anyway? Will the “progressive” Democrats in Camden County continue to be part of the problem and do as they’ve always done and vote for the machine Democrats on Election Day?

It’s time for the “progressive” Democrats to step up and show their outrage. Let’s see if they do.

PRESS RELEASE: Who Served On Committee That Found Barclay “Fit” For An Appointment

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Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino isn’t letting the Arthur Barclay situation die. Today, via press release, he asked who reviewed Barclay’s credentials before putting is name up for an appointment in Camden City. Ambrosino’s press release on the matter follows:

HADDON HEIGHTS – Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino congratulated Camden’s City Council for pulling a resolution appointing former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay as a commissioner on the city’s parking authority prior to last week’s council meeting.

CCGOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino said, “While I congratulate Camden City Council for doing the right thing, there is no doubt Mr. Barclay’s name should have never been submitted for consideration for an appointment to the parking authority. The fact he was even considered leaves some unanswered questions.”

“A municipal appointment committee reviewed Barclay’s credentials. Who served on this committee?” Ambrosino asked, “It was reported that the committee was ‘satisfied as to his fitness’ who determined Barclay’s fitness?”

“City government has to answer these questions and county government still needs to explain how Barclay still has a job,” Ambrosino said. “No doubt, if Barclay were a Republican, Camden County machine Democrats would be demanding his resignation at the mere accusation of punching a woman, much less admitting it as Barclay did.”

“No longer are Camden County Democrats getting free passes on anything, from Barclay’s resignation last year and the fact he somehow still has a county job, to the scandal involving former Haddon Township Commissioner Paul Dougherty and the resignation of Gloucester Township Board of Education member Brian Dougherty, we’re exposing them for all their misdeeds,” Ambrosino said. “Camden County Republicans are reenergized and ready to take the fight to the machine. If exposing the misdeeds of machine politicians is what it’s going to take to win elections again, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

PRESS RELEASE: Race-Baiting Norcross Super PAC Mailer Invades LD-1 Campaign

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The Republican candidates in LD1, Mike Testa for state Senate and Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen for Assembly hit back at a mailer sent by a Democratic PAC. Their press release follows:

September 16, 2019, First Legislative District – Republicans slammed a negative attack mailer against GOP Assembly candidate and Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan today, alleging the shadowy Super PAC funded by allies of George Norcross darkened and distorted McClellan’s photo, placed it inside a yellow circle reminiscent of Aunt Jemima syrup branding and used racially-charged language in a desperate attempt to hang on to a district that is slipping away. 

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The Republicans demanded Democrat incumbents Bob Andrzejczak, Bruce Land, Matt Milam, and Cape May County Democrat Chairman Brendan Sciarra to immediately disavow the mailing, and call on the Norcross-linked General Majority PAC to cease and desist from spending in support of their candidacies.

“The Democratic party claims to be the party of inclusion; however, the moment a person of color like me disagrees with their narrative, they launch an ad hominem attack, whip out their best ‘Aunt Jemima’ photograph and purposefully darken my complexion in order to suppress dissent,” said McClellan.  “This attack ad launched against me isn’t just tone deaf, it’s totally deaf to the economic struggles that faced all the people of South Jersey in the recent trying economic times. I am a Republican because we support job creation and real opportunity not just giveaway programs. I know about that struggle firsthand and promise to diligently represent South Jersey to increase economic opportunities.”

“The Cape May County GOP has worked hard to reach out to the African-American community and Antwan is without a doubt one of our brightest stars.  To see him subjected to these kinds of racist attacks is extremely distressing,” said Cape GOP Chairman Marcus Karavan. “Unfortunately, these are the kinds of attacks you would expect from District 1 Democrats, who, to my recollection, have never run a woman or a person of color for the state legislature.”

“People that buy into this race-baiting narrative being advanced by the Democrats are just asking for more of the same lackluster representation and cronyism,” said Erik Simonsen.  “I suggest that everyone, not just people of color, look closely into the thinking that spawned this attack ad and ask themselves if this is the representation they want.

“It’s no surprise that the very first mailer sent out by the Democrats was a negative attack. They can’t defend their party’s radical liberal agenda and the insane policies of Phil Murphy, so they turn to personal smears,” said Senate candidate Mike Testa, Jr. “But to see Antwan depicted in this way is beyond offensive. We are not going to sit by and let the Democrats hide from this one. The days of Bob Andrzejczak and running mates dutifully staying silent, while George Norcross’ shady PAC – funded by companies who got suspect tax breaks – does their dirty work, are over.”