Ron Paul backer seeks GOP nod against Holt

Republicans will have a congressional primary in the twelfth district, where two candidates are seeking the chance to challenge five-term Democrat Rush Holt. The Monmouth County GOP organization is backing Holmdel Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman, while Ron Paul’s New Jersey campaign is promoting Dan Maiullo, who says he joined the GOP last November to support Paul’s candidacy. Maiullo says he’s running to “help perpetuate the enormous energy harnessed by the Ron Paul campaign for President,” and wants to his campaign against Holt “as a platform for communicating his principles of freedom and limited government.”

Meanwhile, Holt is reportedly pleased with Bill Foster’s victory in an Illinois special election to replace Dennis Hastert. Foster, like Holt, is a scientist.

Ron Paul backer seeks GOP nod against Holt