There’s gut-level anger out there.
And fear, says David Larsen.
Fed-up with the federal government, the Tewksbury businessman on Friday plans to launch his conservative Republican 7th Congressional District run against freshman U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).
“Lincoln’s birthday,” explained Larson, 52, a Brooklyn native who moved to Hunterdon County about 15 years ago and raises American quarter horses to supplement his windows and doors business.
“My current representative is totally disconnected from the people,” Larsen told PolitickerNJ.com. ” It’s the people’s house – not the politicians’ house. Our voices have been shut out of Washington. Then people’s concerns and opinions need to be acted upon.
“My opponent’s family career is government and politics – and my career is windows and doors,” added the fledgling candidate and political neophyte who has never before held elected office.
Pro-life “from womb to tomb,” Larsen objects to Lance’s “aye” vote for the cap and trade, “which i call cap and tax,” he said. He also objects to what he sees as Lance’s over-eagerness to join legislative forces with the likes of U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
“I am definitely for much smaller government,” he said. “A neighbor of mine told me the other day, ‘I don’t even recognize my country anymore.”
While toasting the Tea Party movement, Larsen admitted his campaign coffers are hardly brimming at present. But he expects that to change after he launches on Friday and opens his campaign headquarters on Route 22 in Green Brook.
“Lance is close to the $500,000 mark, of course, most of his funds are coming from PACs, not human beings,” said the challenger. “He goes to corporate events, and we’re trying to raise it through individuals at a time when many candidates are having a hard time raising money. I believe once people really understand what we’re doing, they’re going to get on board. What’s amazing to see is you almost have to buy a seat to get there. The guy with the most money these days is automatically the winner.
“I don’t think that’s right,” Larsen added.
Two days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addressed a packed convention of tea partiers in Nashville, the Republican said people are finally waking up to massive abuses of government.
“I’ve never seen so many people who are so angry,” said Larsen. “Everyone is angry – even people who have no idea who their congressman is, they want the bum out. The Tea Party movement is a grassroots movement of people who are fed-up. They want our representatives to stick to the Constitution. Whether you’re Tea Party or not, you’re still a constituent. We’re going to take it in, listen and learn and lead.”
Larsen said he’s spoken with former GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan and his representatives and hopes to have Lonegan’s support against Lance, but to date has not received a commitment.