Are Dems trying to take over the Sussex GOP?
Are Democrats trying to weaken the state’s strongest Republican county in preparation for the November campaign against Governor Chris Christie? Two things have caught our attention:
First, a public employees union that has endorsed liberal Democrat Barbara Buono against Republican Governor Chris Christie appears to have found a candidate to take on conservative Republican Gary Chiusano in the Surrogate’s race in the June primary.
Second, a long time Hudson County Democrat operative is pushing the candidacy of Bader Qarmout against conservative Republican Parker Space. Space, Sussex County’s Freeholder Director, is running for Assembly.
Qarmout picked-up just 6% of the vote in last year’s Republican primary against Governor Christie-backed Joe Kyrillos, a Monmouth County State Senator.
During that campaign, CNJ was very critical of Qarmout’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
Qarmout, who told CNJ that he held state contracts under Democrat administrations, also needs to explain why he voted in Democrat Party presidential primaries in the past. Until then, it will be difficult to take his claims to be a conservative Republican seriously.