MARTINSVILLE – Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) said the fact that her 7th Congressional District opponent accepted an endorsement from President George W. Bush, $5,00 from Exxon/Mobil, and advertising capital from the Bush-backing Freedom’s Watch, make it hard to classify state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) as a moderate.
“It all adds up to someone who will continue Bush’s policies,” said Stender at a buck-up-the-troops stop here at Somerset County Democratic Party headquarters on Sunday afternoon.
She also objected to Lance’s tagline that he’s a fiscal conservative, citing his support for Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.
Even if he suffered silently during the Bush era, Lance went along with a party that backed President George W. Bush and his policies.
“I think people have had it,” Stender said. “They’re fed-up. As a candidate who’s been out there, I know there’s a wave coming on Tuesday. We literally have an army of volunteers – a spectacular operation.”
Better financed than Lance in this Republican-leaning district, the Stender campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have been laying down a steady barrage of cable television advertising and eating some Lance backlash ads in return.
“We’re into survival mode at this point,” said Stender as she kept moving.