Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tricia Flanagan has challenged her opponents to a debate. As of this writing neither Mehta, Singh or Rivera have accepted (I realize Anagnos is also in the race but I don’t believe he’s a serious candidate). The NJGOP will not offer a platform for the candidates to debate. Is Tricia Flanagan the only U.S. Senate candidate who believes that New Jersey voters deserve a chance to compare candidates issue by issue? Why will New Jersey’s Republican political bosses not encourage the candidates to debate?
The Camden County Republican Committee announced this week that it had given the line to U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta. Camden County joined 3 of New Jersey’s 21 counties in giving Mehta the line. In its press release the Camden County GOP called Mehta an “excellent U.S. Senate candidate ” and said he “has a keen grasp of the issues voters care about”. Let’s not forget the Camden County GOP also endorsed Vincent Squire for Camden County Freeholder in 2018 before later disavowing him.
A press release posted this morning on Insider NJ referred to Hirsh Singh as the “front-runner for U.S. Senate in 2020”. The release also called Singh “the” Republican candidate clearly forgetting that there are at least 3 other candidates in the race. The release left me wondering what Singh is the front-runner in? Front-runner in living in his parent’s basement? Front-runner in losing multiple prior elections? Front-runner in hiding from the voters (I’ve rarely heard him speak publicly nor have I heard him speak on issues important to New Jerseyans)? I’m wondering if in his next release Singh will simply skip the 2020 election and declare himself Senator?