Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan really went to bat for suburban Conservatives here in the besieged state of New Jersey. In a matter of months, he closed a 30-something point lead to ten points in his Special Election Senate race against Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Oct. 16th. West Milford – you know all about Booker. We all do.
Lonegan delivered the Conservative message to New Jersey and voters were starting listening. Another few weeks and he might just have made it.
But he ran out of time and money. The Republican Party in New Jersey refused to support him, while Booker was able to count on the Hollywood counter-culture to roll in the billions to get him elected.
Lonegan has been incredibly important to the Conservative movement, not just in his decision to run for Senate but in the organization he founded, Americans for Prosperity, which supplies the research and tactical analysis necessary for Conservatives to prevent America from succumbing to Socialism and Communism.
I hate to sound like one of those letters candidates send out, begging for donations, but he really needs our help. Mitt Romney’s campaign workers sent out an e-mail (someone else who should have won his election, by the way) asking us to help Lonegan out. This is Steve Lonegan’s e-mail:
“It’s been just over a week since the campaign has ended and bills keep coming in, but all the help I was supposed to get from conservatives and Republicans across the country hasn’t.
“Our campaign not only ran four points ahead of Mitt Romney’s showing in this state (Romney would have won if he had run four points better!), but we carried nine counties and all six congressional districts with Republicans.
It was a victory for our ideas, and a message that Republicans can take back our country if we stand up for what we believe.
I did, and now I’m facing a lot of bills that I thought we’d be able to pay, but I can’t. And I can’t because groups like the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee sat on their hands while you and I struggled to make this race competitive.
“Their absence sent a message to others to stay away. Groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund wouldn’t even acknowledge my candidacy, even while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Republican Senators who aren’t even running until 2016 or 2018.
“I put $100,000 of my own money into this campaign and I don’t expect to see any of that. Lorraine and I are not wealthy people, but I believe in the free market and individual liberty and how this is threatened by the policies of Barack Obama and Cory Booker.
“But I have at least another $68,000 in bills I have to pay, and I need your help, because the people who send you endless letters in the mail and endless emails asking for money did nothing.
“YOUR IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL HELP WILL ALLOW ME TO PAY THESE BILLS AND GO BACK TO SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE RADICAL OBAMA-BOOKER AGENDA. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION OF $25, $50, $100, $250 OR MORE NOW SO I CAN PUT THIS BEHIND ME AND MOVE FORWARD.
“The National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose job it is to elect Republicans, actually sent out an email (go to the bottom to read it!) that asked people to send money to help MY campaign.
“But they kept every penny. And now I’m left holding the bag.
“Losing this election was painful for Lorraine and me. I want to be able to keep fighting for what you and I believe in, but I just can’t do it until I can pay these bills.
“Thank you for your continued support! I appreciate all the help you can give towards paying the bills I had counted on others to help pay. I look forward to working with you in the future for the causes of liberty and freedom.
“Yours for Liberty,
PS: Click here to contribute: https://loneganforsenate.com/secure-contribution.php
Begin forwarded message:
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Brook Hougesen, Press Secretary – National Republican Senatorial Committee
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 11:27 AM
Subject: Strippers. Corruption. And Abandoned Homes.
“The Senate race in New Jersey is tightening. The race has shifted 7 points in our favor, over just the past few days. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in the lead, but that lead is dropping — indicating momentum is shifting as we get closer to Election Day.
“As they learn more about his character, voters are realizing that Cory Booker isn’t fit to serve. First, the news broke that Booker got paid $689,000 from a law firm to which he then steered $2 million in city contracts. Then, he issued a new vacant property ordinance, which he continued to violate on his own property. Now, we’re learning that Booker is named in a lawsuit for allegedly failing to properly investigate fraud within his Administration as Mayor. Unfortunately, that’s only the beginning.
“Booker has been caught lying about a fictional friend named T-Bone and inflating stories about his past. Then, it was revealed that he was tweeting with strippers. The last thing we need in the Senate is another Anthony Weiner.
“We can win in New Jersey and in 2014 Senate races across the country, but only if supporters like you step up today. Your support will ensure we have resources to get our message out and support Steve Lonegan and conservative Senate candidates in their fight.
“Please contribute $100, $50, $25, or whatever you can afford today to help us win in New Jersey and take back the majority in 2014.”
If 2,720 people (by my math) just contributed $25, Lonegan would be out of debt. Ironic, isn’t it, that a man who wanted to get our nation out of debt had to go into debt to get elected to office to bring fiscal responsibility to Congress? Unfortunately for us – and him – he lost the election.
Lonegan supported us; let’s see if we can’t support him now. I sent my $25 via credit card – and I’m unemployed. (If Romney had been elected, as he should have been, that would be the case). Everyone says that you can’t trust politicians. But this guy has been around forever and his message never changed and never would have – limited government, fiscal responsibility, free enterprise.
We could have trusted him. He trusted us – let’s not let a friend down.