Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin has challenged the right of congressional candidate Linda Stender to use Union County College’s facilities for her rally with former President Bill Clinton on Saturday, and further charged that the school was discriminating against Republicans.
In a letter to the college’s president, Thomas H. Brown, Morin said that hosting the rally was a violation of the school’s facility rental guidelines.
“I was taken aback today to discover that Union County College was hosting a rally promoting one Democratic candidate to the exclusion of her Republican opponent, Leonard Lance. To my knowledge, there was never any offer of this event being an “open public debate of political issues” as this rally was apparently orchestrated without contacting the Lance campaign,” wrote Morin.
Morin included an excerpt of the guidelines in the letter, which say “In no case shall external use of College facilities be granted for an event or other activity which promotes partisan political activities or candidates to the exclusion of their opponents. This prohibition shall not preclude the use of College facilities for open public debate of political issues.”
Morin said that he requested use of facilities in 2006 for his annual party convention, but verbally denied because it was considered partisan political activity.
“Clearly, the only logical interpretation that can be taken from these two disparate acts is that the College is now practicing political discrimination between ‘favored’ political parties/candidates and ‘unfavored’ ones,” he wrote.
Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.