Democrat backing Kean seems to the right of GOP Senate candidate

A new radio advertisement for Tom Kean Jr.’s U.S. Senate race features the endorsement of Larry Giancola, a Hudson County Democrat. Giancola urges other Democrats to join him in abandoning Bob Menendez. But it doesn’t seem like Giancola, despite his party registration, is the kind of guy who usually votes for Democratic candidates. A series of Letters to the Editor he has written for The Record show Giancola as a fairly conservative fellow; during the 1989 gubernatorial campaign, he wrote: “I would like to comment on your Aug. 28 editorial headlined, ‘(Jim) Courter’s ugly swipe at gays.’ In it, you say that recent research suggests that biological conditions that exist before birth may be largely responsible for determining whether a person is homosexual or not. I disagree with you on this and so does the New Testament. The Bible calls homosexuality sin.” In 2005, he wrote: “How easy it is for liberals to tell us how to spend our money. These same people love to spend everyone else’s money but their own. The truth is most liberals treat themselves rather well and are more likely spreading poverty through their policies than anything else. The United States contributes far more money to Africa than any other country, and what does it have to show for it? Africa today is no better off than it was 10 or 20 years ago. The miracle of turning Rhodesia into Zimbabwe has resulted in starvation. I challenge Bill McKibben’s assertion that 18 percent of American children live in poverty. Our poor possess more designer jeans, sneakers, stereos and cellphones than many in the middle class of other countries.” Giancola wrote in 2002: “Regarding recent legislation proposed by Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen, D-Union, to stop the rash of sexual abuse cases in churches, specifically the Catholic Church … Cohen proposes elimination of a limitation on jury awards that result from lawsuits generated by such abuse. His concern seems not so much for the victims of this abuse as to silence the church and its moral teachings. Where was Cohen’s concern when President Bill Clinton was having sex with a girl younger than half his age? Where was his outrage, and why didn’t he publicly support the president’s impeachment? Besides intimidating churches, this bill also enriches the lawyer lobby. Trial and malpractice lawyers are the best friends and contributors the Democratic Party ever had. Cohen would also lead us to believe that there is now no punishment for those convicted of such abuse, and that the church today gets off scot-free. That simply is not true. There is no immunity from prosecution for any priest, rabbi, or any other type of clergy convicted for that behavior.”

Democrat backing Kean seems to the right of GOP Senate candidate