Steve Lonegan: Color-Blind “Racist”

Democrats and the cheerleading Media have long despised Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.  Over the years, they’ve tried to paint him as a racist, KKK-loving right-wing extremist.  There’s just one problem with their charges of racism:  Lonegan has been legally blind since he was 14.

As the senatorial candidate was led to the podium by his guide, a friend asked who the other guy was.  What was going on?  “Lonegan is blind,” I whispered.  “That’s his guide.”

Lonegan developed retinitis pigmentosa (RP) when he was in high school.  Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness. The progress of RP is not consistent. Some people will exhibit symptoms from infancy; others may not notice symptoms until later in life. Generally, the later the onset, the more rapid is the deterioration in sight. Also notice that people who do not have RP have 90 degree peripheral vision, while some people that have RP have less than 90 degree.

The most challenging aspect of retinitis pigmentosa is that it is not stable. Sufferers must continually adapt to less and less sight and how that impacts their life, career and relationships. Another aspect is that RP sufferers do not look different. RP does not result in any outward effect on the eyes and so people with RP “do not look blind”. Furthermore, though legally blind because of reduced field of vision or acuity, they may be able to see things that hold in their line of sight long enough (if bright enough) to comprehend e.g. see large or bright objects albeit indistinctly.

A form of retinal dystrophy, RP is caused by abnormalities of the photoreceptors (rods and cones) or the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of the retina leading to progressive sight loss. Affected individuals may experience defective light to dark, dark to light adaptation or nyctalopia (night blindness), as the result of the degeneration of the peripheral visual field (known as tunnel vision). Sometimes, central vision is lost first causing the person to look sidelong at objects.

The effect of RP is best illustrated by comparison to a television or computer screen. The pixels of light that form the image on the screen equate to the millions of light receptors on the retina of the eye. The fewer pixels on a screen, the less distinct will be the images it will display. Fewer than 10 percent of the light receptors in the eye receive the colored, high intensity light seen in bright light or daylight conditions. These receptors are located in the center of the circular retina. The remaining 90 percent of light receptors receive gray-scale, low intensity light used for low light and night vision and is located around the periphery of the retina. RP destroys light receptors from the outside inward, from the center outward, or in sporadic patches with a corresponding reduction in the efficiency of the eye to detect light. This degeneration is progressive and has no known cure as of June 2012.

In 1995 Lonegan was elected Mayor of Bogota, defeating incumbent Democrat Leonard Nicolosi. He was reelected in 1999 and 2003 by double-digit margins.

In 1998, Lonegan ran unsuccessfully for New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District seat against then-freshman Rep. Steve Rothman.  As Mayor of Bogota, he cut municipal spending, merged several municipal departments and privatized some services.  Lonegan ordered the municipality to hire civilian emergency dispatchers at lower pay than uniformed officers, angering the local police union; successfully fought the implementation of LOSAP (Length of Service Award Program), which extended pension payments to volunteer fire and rescue personnel; and required that local union contracts exceeding inflation be put to voters for approval. While he was in office, Republicans, long in the minority in Democrat-leaning Bogota, controlled the municipal council for 11 straight elections.  Lonegan, a supporter of term limits, did not seek reelection in 2007.

As Mayor, he cut municipal spending, merged several municipal departments and privatized some services. Lonegan ordered the municipality to hire civilian emergency dispatchers at lower pay than uniformed officers, angering the local Police union; successfully fought the implementation of LOSAP (Length of Service Award Program), which extended pension payments to volunteer fire and rescue personnel; and required that local union contracts exceeding inflation be put to voters for approval. While he was in office, Republicans, long in the minority in Democratic-leaning Bogota, controlled the municipal council for 11 straight elections.

In 2006, Lonegan asked the outdoor advertising company, CBS Outdoor, to remove a McDonald’s advertisement in Spanish from a local billboard. The company refused.  Without apparent legal remedy, Lonegan filed papers for a public referendum in Bogota on making English the official language for the municipality. The public question was rejected by the County Clerk’s office, which is partly responsible for officiating elections, on legal advice that it violated state and federal law.

The next year, Lonegan hired two illegal aliens, paying them each $80 to put together political signs for Americans for Prosperity. Lonegan left the men to do the work at a property he owned in town, where they were picked up by police after a neighbor spotted them.  Lonegan said the men had told him they had legal documentation and later argued that local police, angered by tough labor negotiations with his office, had targeted him.

On Jan. 19, 2008, Lonegan was arrested by New Jersey State Police troopers for trespassing at a town hall meeting scheduled by Gov. Corzine at a high school in Middle Township.  Lonegan was standing on the school’s lawn protesting when police and school officials asked him to move to a designated protest area and remove a sign he was holding.  Police arrested him when he refused.  School officials later apologized and police dropped the charges.

A former co-worker served as an aide to the outspoken Lonegan.  Fearlessly, Lonegan apparently proceeded to give a speech about government waste and entitlements in a Newark neighborhood.  The aide, seeing that the situation was growing ugly, dragged Lonegan away.

We’ve been looking for a fearless, uncompromising Republican candidate and here he is.  The N.J. director of Americans for Prosperity, his radio commercials have sounded the alarm about the attacks on the U.S. Constitution and traditional American culture.

“[New Jersey] is a Conservative state,” he declared at a Tea Party meeting on Thursday night, “based on Conservative values.”

He noted that he’d been married 32 years, “which makes me a right-wing extremist in Corey Booker’s book.”  He noted how gay marriage was the high watermark on Booker’s agenda.  “We don’t need a picture of a N.J. Senator standing next to the Holly wood sign,” he said of Booker’s hobnobbing with the Hollywood elite, who will be funding Booker’s campaign.

“We need a Senator who is from [and for] New Jersey.  You are the people of New Jersey I grew up with,” he stated, citing the state’s diverse workforce of mechanics, truck drivers, sales clerks, office workers and company executives.  New Jerseyans are sick and tired of politicians telling the entitled what they want to hear.”

Lonegan said that what he stands for he stands for with conviction and passion.

“I believe America is the greatest country in the history of mankind.”

Booker’s cheerleaders are busy assuring our nervous moderate voters that Lonegan doesn’t stand a chance in the Oct. 16th special election.  Decidedly politically incorrect, Moderates fear Lonegan will rock the boat.  You can be sure of it, because this is a boat that needs rocking.

From the description of retinitis pigmentosa, what those who suffer from it can see, if they can see at all, is variations of gray.  Lonegan doesn’t judge by the content of people skins, but by their characters, be they of high quality or low.  He’s ready and willing to defend a suburban middle class that is in danger of being enslaved by the entitlement class and their political enablers.

Lonegan may have weak eyes, but he has a strong voice (literally and figuratively).  If Moderates would just come out of their shells and Conservatives out of their sullen resignation to a Democrat, Progressive world, they’ll find a true champion in Lonegan.

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