U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) will face an opponent in the 2010 Democratic primary: Lawrenceville resident Scott Baier, a 28-year-old former Mercer County Republican Committeeman who was a Socialist Party candidate for State Assembly in 2005. His platform includes putting George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld on trial for war crimes, abolishing the U.S. Department of Defense, the nationalization of the media, legalization of all drugs, a constitutional amendment banning all guns, and a "total ban" on pornography.
Attendance is also a big issue for Baier: "I pledge to you that I'll work hard and be present for every vote that I can make it to and hope it'll be every vote. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'll try to be present for every House vote."
Baier has endorsed former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson for the Democratic nomination for Governor, and says he's backing U.S. Senator Roland Burris in the 2010 Illinois Senate race.
Baier is already raising money – he says he prefers "cash, checks or money orders; no credit cards" and notes that he needs a campaign manager and a treasurer.