I recently received a piece of literature from the Leonard Lance for Congress campaign that perfectly encapsulates what has gone horribly wrong in the Garden State since the rise of the Tea Party Movement.
My friends, you are gazing at the heart and soul of a monstrous betrayal of both the conservative and Tea Party movements here in New Jersey. Behold a rogue’s gallery of Lonegan Gang members, led by Mike “The West Point Weasel” Doherty.
To a man (and woman) they don the mantle of Movement Conservatism but do so ultimately to the effect of a Guy Fawkes mask: every one of them cast their lot with incumbent Representative Leonard Lance – an establishment RINO whose legislative record in Congress regarding the expansion of government and government spending is so abysmal that no conservative organization in the country will endorse him.
Let’s start with the Weasel himself: in 2010 Mike Doherty – the knight in shining armor who represented the hopes and dreams of Movement Conservatism – rammed a stiletto in its back by endorsing Lance over his obviously conservative challenger David Larsen. Even then, I had my doubts about this guy; they were crystallized last year when I uncovered his complicity in the Eichmann/Winkler attacks on the Bayshore Tea Party group and ultimately confirmed with ontological certitude this year when Doherty twisted the stiletto by accepting a managerial role in Lance’s campaign.
It was the kind of sellout only a Judas Iscariot or Benedict Arnold could fully appreciate, for it was done with the most politically cynical of intentions: after I foiled Boss Lonegan’s attempt to co-opt the Tea Party Movement last year and then exposed Doherty and his thugs Eichmann and Winkler as frauds, it soon occurred to them that true Movement Conservatives along with most of the Tea Party organizations in NJ no longer trusted them – at which point Lonegan, Doherty and the rest of gang decided to cast their lot with the GOP Establishment in the hope of riding his coattails – proving what I knew and tried to explain over a year ago: that these people are shameless hacks for whom Movement Conservatism was nothing more than a glidepath to political power.
Sure enough, I was proved right when Doherty announced that he joined the Lance campaign. What he didn’t announce is that he took his thugs with him. The butt-buddy duo of Eichmann & Winkler – think of them as the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of Garden State political intrigue – has already begun the assault on Larsen, hyperlinking to it on the pages of the once credible Conservative New Jersey – where a deeply disturbed Richard Zeundt makes feeble attempts to express his support for Larsen while permitting links to bogus websites created to trash political enemies. Poor Richard. Perhaps he needs some couch time.
The West Point Weasel tells us that
Over the years, Leonard Lance has stood for honor, integrity and always doing the right thing on behalf of New Jersey’s taxpayers. Leonard Lance has done a great job in Congress and deserves our overwhelming support.
A powerful endorsement – from a sellout who stands to benefit considerably if Lance is re-elected. According to the Weasel, Lance always did “…the right thing on behalf of New Jersey’s taxpayers.” Really? Seriously?
In 2004 then State Senator Lance voted to pass the “Highlands Act,” a kissing cousin of UN Agenda 21 that severely restricted and, in many cases, prohibited property owners in Hunterdon, Morris and Warren counties from developing their own land. This has drastically reduced the value of those properties in direct contravention of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Lance brags about authoring an amendment to the state constitution that prohibits state borrowing without voter approval. However, the New Jersey Constitution has prohibited borrowing without voter approval since 1844. Prior to getting his amendment passed, Lance issued a press release attacking Gov. Corzine for his attempt to borrow $2.5 billion without voter approval. Sadly, Lance’s own debt legislation (SCR-39) maintains the loophole permitting the borrowing he was attacking.
While a State Senator, Leonard Lance voted to re-confirm for LIFETIME TENURE three of the justices who ruled in favor of borrowing without voter approval: Deborah Poritz, Virginia Long and Jaynee La Vecchia. Prior to Lance’s vote, these justices handed down a number of awful decisions:
- Ruling against the right of the Boy Scouts to exclude gay men from being scouting masters (1999.) This ruling was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Striking down in 2000 a parental notification law involving abortions performed on minor children
- Ruling as legal the illegal substitution of Frank Lautenberg for Robert Torricelli on the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senator in 2002
- Ruling in 2006 that New Jersey must permit same-sex civil unions
When asked to justify voting to re-confirm an activist liberal justice, Lance responded, “Debbie is an old friend.”
In his book “The Soprano State,” author Bob Ingle sums up Leonard Lance succinctly: “Cronyism trumps principle.“
Alison McHose – she of the “Let’s nullify now!” school of constitutional idiocy – gushes that
Leonard Lance is leading the fight against Obamacare from the floor of Congress. He is a consistent conservative who has been there when we need him.
No, Alison…Lance is not a “consistent conservative.” He’s a consistent RINO.
Michael Patrick Carroll – who I always regarded as a principled conservative – has apparently joined the rush to the sellout door:
Congressman Leonard Lance has always been a principled legislator willing to pay the price necessary to do the right thing no matter what. That’s what I want to see in a Congressman. And that’s why I’m proud to endorse Leonard Lance.
Seriously…did Carroll pen this with a straight face? Was Lance willing to “pay the price” when he voted for Cap & Trade? True, he now says he opposes C&P, but he opposes it because he was dissatisfied with the lack of commitment to curbing emissions from other countries:
“There was the promise then that China and India would come on board. It was their expectation that there would be progress in Copenhagen and that didn’t happen.”
What this means is that if China and India suddenly decided it was a good idea to trash their economies by adopting the Cap & Trade plan, Lance would be all for it: he is still a firm believer in man-made global warming – despite the accumulated evidence suggesting it’s a hoax – and is still an ally of the Sierra Club and its extremist environmental agenda.
In light of what we know about Rep. Lance based on nearly four years in Congress, I can understand why he’s spending a great deal of both time and money trying to convince Republican voters in the 7th Congressional District that he is a “Principled Conservative.”
What escapes my comprehension is how any sincere Movement Conservative can, in good conscience, endorse him in light of all the votes he cast for more spending and bigger government:
- He is one of just 40 Republicans to vote for child health care, one of just 24 to vote for parental leave for federal employees, one of just 18 to vote for expansion of the hate crimes law to cover sexual orientation and disability, one of just three to support the “Lilly Ledbetter Law” that hampers employers and small businesses.
- He’ll insist that he voted for the Ryan budget but he won’t mention that he voted for appropriations bills that far exceeded the Ryan budget.
- He’ll complain about the excessive debt burden but won’t tell you that he voted to give Obama an additional $2.1 trillion to spend when he voted for the so-called “Budget Control Act,” for which the Club for Growth called him a “hypocrite.”
- Prior to entering Congress he signed a pledge from Citizens Against Government Waste not to take earmarks but broke that pledge after 4 months on the job, spending so many federal tax dollars on pet projects and special interests that he was named Porker of the Month by Citizens Against Government Waste in April of 2009.
- He voted for the TRAIN Act to rein in excessive regulations but doesn’t mention that he voted with the Democrats on five amendments that would have completely undermined the TRAIN Act.
- He has a pro-life web page on his campaign site in spite of the fact that, as recently as last year, he proudly stated that he was pro-choice.
- When Lance had a chance to strike a blow against Obamacare, he voted for a continuing resolution that funded it to the tune of $105 billion and even voted to expand the scope of Obamacare by including – believe it or not – veterinary services.
- Lance claims to care about escalating energy prices and yet he has often sided with groups such as the Sierra Club to restrict the U.S. from developing its own energy. He was one of only eight Republicans to vote for Cap & Trade and more recently, one of only five Republicans to support programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
- After President Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling that devastated jobs, Congressman Lance was one of only nine Republicans who voted to keep Obama’s moratorium in place.
THIS is a “principled” and “consistent” conservative? Doherty, McHose and Carroll apparently believe so – and more is the pity for their constituents, who are being led down a garden path strewn with rose petals of pure and utterly cynical deception.