In a press release on his new opponent in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, Murray Sabrin called Dick Zimmer a two-time loser. Sabrin’s statement is both hypocritical and inaccurate. Sabrin, is a two-time loser: he won 6% of the vote in his 1997 run for Governor as Libertarian, and he received 13% in his fourth-place finish in the 2000 Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Zimmer is actually a three-time loser: he lost a 1979 race for State Assembly to incumbent Barbara McConell, lost a bid for U.S. Senate in 1996 to Bob Torricelli, and was defeated in his 2000 race for Congress against Rush Holt in a race that went to a recount. But Zimmer won races for the State Assembly in 1981 1983 and 1985, for the State Senate in 1987, and for Congress in 1990, 1992 and 1994. It’s hard for Sabrin, whose never won an election, to call Zimmer, who is 11-0 in Republican primaries and 8-3 in general elections.