Princeton venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle did not register as a Republican until 2007, his Republican 3rd District congressional primary rival announced today.
“When we revealed Mr. Sipprelle’s donations to Chuck Schumer and House Democrats in January and Mr. Sipprelle refused to explain them, people started asking ‘What’s this guy’s story… Is he really a Republican?’,” said Tom Fitzsimmons, the congressional campaign manager for Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre. “So we decided to do a simple check of public records to find out, and it turns out that before 2007, Mr. Sipprelle was not a registered Republican.”
Sipprelle donated $1,000 to Schumer in 2002 and made $500 donations to five separate House Democrats in June, 2009. The vast majority of his nearly $100,000 in political donations, however, have been to Republicans or conservative political action committees. Between 2004 and 2006, for instance, he donated $51,000 to the Republican National committee. He has also given $15,000 to the conservative Club for Growth.
Lack of history with the Republican Party did not stop the formidable GOP organizations from Ocean and Burlington Counties from rallying behind former NFL star Jon Runyan — who only registered as a Republican late last year — to take on U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill). .