In an e-mail, Assemblyman Herbert Conaway, M.D. (D-Delanco) says he entered the race for Burlington County Democratic Chairman because “there appears to be far too much doubt about my moving up to Senate.”
The Senate seat is currently held by Republican Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park), who is currently battling cancer.
The full text of Conaway’s e-mail to Alice Furia, obtained by PolitickerNJ.com:
“This is now the second time you’ve pulled the rug out from under me when you led me to believe that we were working as a team to achieve important things for our party. One of the reasons I decided to run is that there appears to be far too much doubt about my moving up to Senate. How is it that a couple of persons who have no business staking a claim to that seat are in fact doing so? By taking on this challenge, I believe that I have at least a fighting chance of achieving my goal of serving in the Senate. Not moving forward diminishes the likelihood of achieving that goal significantly. I know fully well what I can do and what I cannot do. I’m a worker. Nobody has ever handed me a damn thing. I did not decide to do this on a lark. I never make important decisions that way. Why are you turning your back on me?”
Conaway turned down chances to run against Allen in 2001, 2003 and 2007.