Now that Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill is out of the race, former NFL star Jon Runyan is being all but formally embraced as the Republican who will run against U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill).
In response to Hill’s withdrawal, Camden County Republican Chairman Rick DeMichele, who has one large but traditionally Democratic town – Cherry Hill – in the district, said that Hill “will forgo speaking at tomorrow’s Camden County Lincoln Day Dinner as to allow for Mr. Runyan to be the focal point of the evening.”
Hill is a denist and retired Navy rear admiral.
“Dr. Hill’s announcement is a testament to his own selfless leadership,” said DeMichele. “While he would have made a strong candidate and equally outstanding Congressman, Dr. Hill recognizes the importance of teamwork and unity, and his commitment to stand behind Jon Runyan will prove an insurmountable force against John Adler this November.”
Although Adler has told of his own blue collar background on the campaign trial – he watched his uninsured father suffer a string of heart attacks that drove him broke, cost him the family dry cleaning business and eventually killed him when Adler was in his teens – DeMichele contrasted it unfavorably with that of Runyan, who grew up in Flint, Mich. with a father who worked at a General Motors plant.
“Runyan’s blue-collar upbringing and work ethic will resonate with voters and provide a stark contrast to Adler’s out-of-touch Ivy League liberalism,” he said.