A Democratic Party source spied a familiar Trenton politician in Washington, D.C. today: Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), who is said to be talking to Democratic Party leaders in Congress this week about possibly challenging U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) in 2016.
Mentored by former Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-5), Singleton has long projected Delaware – not Potomac – River fever. But a source with knowledge about the assemblyman’s D.C. movements said Singleton hasn’t yet ruled out a Congressional run next year. Part of his decision-making process includes careful consideration of what federal Democrats would offer in the way of support, the source said.
It’s a tough district for Democrats.
Republican Newcomer MacArthur last year defeated Democratic challenger Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard 54-44%. But Democrats look to presidential years for strong Democratic Party performance in Burlington. The late U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-3) won the seat in 2008 under the auspices of strong numbers put up by Barack Obama. Mr. Adler could not hold onto the seat, however, and lost when he occupied the top of the Democratic ticket in 2010.
Employed by the Carpenters Union on their political end, Singleton would take strong organizing skills into any campaign.
It wouldn’t be the first time a Democratic assemblyman challenged the sitting Republican congressman in the 3rd District. Singleton’s LD7 running mate, Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) once went after the seat when U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3) still reigned. Running in 2004 under Democratic presidential John Kerry on the ballot, Conaway lost to Saxton 35% to 63%.
Singleton could not be reached for comment.