A day after the filing deadline and with the official dimensions of campaigns now solidified, the Adler Campaign today lunged at Jon Runyan, the Republican neophyte who’s on a heat-seeking course to get rid of the freshman congressman, but who wants to do so as inconspicuously as possible, according to Adler.
“Jon Runyan’s public schedule continues to be limited to meetings with local political insiders, party loyalists, and numerous sportscasters and national reporters,” complained Geoff Mackler, U.S. Rep. John Adler’s (D-Cherry Hill) campaign manager. “While New Jersey families and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet and improve our local economy, Runyan appears unwilling to meet with local residents and talk about the issues that matter to them.”
Mackler attempted to put his man squarely on the side of the common man, as he dressed down Runyan for being MIA.
“After 150 days of hiding, local families and business owners are tired of wondering Where’s Jon Runyan?,” wondered the Adler diehard. “Mr. Runyan should take meeting local residents as seriously as he does dodging his taxes. It is time for Mr. Runyan to start holding public meetings and understand the issues facing South Jersey and the Shore.”
Runyan Campaign consultant Chris Russell immediately hit back at the Adler campaign.
“Instead of whining about the positive media coverage Jon Runyan is receiving and the grassroots enthusiasm he is generating, Congressman Adler should do something useful that would actually benefit the South Jersey residents he is supposed to be representing – like create jobs, cut taxes or reduce out-of-control government spending. Sadly, when you’re a career politician with no positive record to run on all you have left is baseless attacks.”
Engaged in a GOP primary against former Tabernacle Committeeman Justin Murphy, Runyan a few weeks ago started making the rounds of Republican clubs and Tea Party groups. Allies say he has held informational meetings with local, county and state elected officials, recreational and commercial fishermen, Jewish groups, Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant reps, and local business owners.