BAYONNE – U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) admitted that the Republicans made great gains in the 2014 election cycle by controlling the overarching message about Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama’s record.
“There were a lot of cases where I think [Democrats] wanted [Obama] in the district, and they could have done well. But I think the Republicans did a good job of poisoning the well,” Sires said on Monday following the dedication of Bayonne’s first new firehouse in decades.
“It would have been smarter [for Democratic candidates] to say to that we worked with the President on health care and bringing down the unemployment rate. When we started working with this President, we were losing [hundreds of thousands] of job a month,” Sires added. “But once [a candidate] doesn’t invite you to an event, it’s very difficult to assert yourself.”