New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer appears to be trying to steer the Republican primary in the fifth congressional district toward his preferred candidate to run against in the general election.
The three-term congressman, who has four Republicans vying to unseat him, tried to lead the GOP primary by sending letters to show Frank Pallotta’s ties to former President Donald Trump, according to the New Jersey Globe.
Gottheimer, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and has over $13 million at his disposal, is seeking rematch against Pallotta, whom he previously won in the 2020 election cycle.
The congressman’s campaign mail, first reported by the Worldin an attempt to show voters where the Republican stands politically, one side says, “Frank Pallotta looks too much like Trump.”
Additionally, while Trump remains popular with the Republican base, Gottheimer has also used the former president’s endorsement beginning in 2020. Showing the famous Trump campaign design in the background, Gottheimer’s mailer said “Frank Pallotta will be a great Congressman for the great people of New Jersey!” Frank has my complete and total approval!
The Democratic congressman seems to prefer the rematch with his 2020 opponent over the race against De Gregoriohttps://t.co/AwUDm0vbzt
— New Jersey Globe (@TheNJGlobe) May 8, 2022
However, Trump has yet to take a stance on the Republican candidates in this primary race.
While a move like this is not unusual for an opponent of the opposing party, the move signals that the Democrat is trying to run against the person the mail is addressed to, like Pallotta, as if he would be a candidate. weaker.
In the 2020 election, Pallotta lost around 32,000 – 53% to 46%. In the last cycle, Pallotta also spent around $1.4 million. His Federal Election Commission (FEC) documents show he has raised just $250,740 so far this cycle.
As the World reported, Pallotta’s main adversary, Nick De Gregorio, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was one of the people who received the sender.
“It’s clear who Josh Gottheimer wants to win this Republican primary – and it’s not the guy who served his country on four overseas tours and is now calling on him and others to sell their equity portfolios to clean up Washington,” De Gregorio said. on publication.
Accusing Gottheimer of meddling in the Republican primary, De Gregorio added, “using liberal special interests money to run his own Putin-style disinformation campaign to confuse Republican primary voters about who the real Conservative leader is.” in this race.”
“This is completely false – and if Josh is the statesman he claims to be, he will immediately halt all spending in the CD5 Republican primary,” De Gregorio continued. “I also call on my opponent, Frank Pallotta, to immediately disavow Gottheimer’s attempt to put his thumb on the scales in this race.”
De Gregorio’s FEC filings show he has raised more than $700,000 since becoming a congressional candidate.
“Josh is scared for good reason. He knows the cost of food and gas, and the Biden administration’s dismal failure to secure the border and support our cops are indefensible here,” De Gregorio added. “But here’s a message for you, Josh, man to man: I will never stop fighting for the future of this country against gutless cowards like you.”
Gottheimer declined to comment on the World when sending mail.
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