BRIDGEWATER – Springing no Tea Party surprise on fellow Republicans, Bridgewater Mayor Patricia Flannery today enthusiastically endorsed the re-election of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), one among several allies unleashed by Lance as part of a first-day effort to obliterate right-leaning renegades from trying to gain traction against him.
A longtime pro-life activist and former aide to conservative Congressman Mike Pappas, Flannery this afternoon stood with the freshman moderate congressman on the Somerville leg of Lance’s 7th District re-election launch.
Unlike Flannery, Lance is pro-choice.
But the mayor of Somerset County’s sprawling center piece town, who tomorrow plans to officially name a footbridge over Route 22 after a township soldier killed in the Middle East, said the congressman’s fiscally conservative record makes him an easy choice for her support.
“You don’t have a more fiscally conservative legislator than Leonard Lance,” Flannery told PolitickerNJ.com in her makeshift office on Route 287. “We’re talking about a former state senator who filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jim McGreevey over deficit spending. He called New Jersey state debt the Sword of Damocles hanging over the state.
“I am enthusiastically endorsing his re-election,” the mayor added. “Leonard Lance understands the United States Constitution and American history, something I sure patriotic voters appreciate.”
Virtually unknown Tewksbury businessman David Larsen launched his GOP Primary candidacy last Friday night to Lance’s right with the question, “Where has he been?”