The Anderson Tapes (on Ukraine)

Toby Anderson admits he’s the “outsider” in the race for the Republican nod in CD-11.

That’s a problem because an upcoming touchstone in the race is Friday night’s Morris County Republican convention, which is when the county committee endorses a candidate. They are by definition, “insiders.”

The “insiders” in the congressional race are Larry Casha, a GOP state committeeman, and Tayfun Selen, a county commissioner.

Besides Anderson, the “outsiders” in this fight are Paul DeGroot, Robert Kovic and Larry Friscia. None in that group holds elected office, or even has strong ties to the inner ring of Morris Republicans.

Anderson is undaunted, brazenly predicting on his Facebook page that he’s making progress with county committee members, adding, “arguably, we’re in the lead right now.”

Anderson delivered that upbeat message while visiting county committee members over the weekend in Parsippany, which brings the largest delegation to the convention.

He also found time for an old political stunt.

Parsippany is where Rep. Mikie Sherrill has a district office, so Anderson was filmed standing outside and proclaiming that, “She’s going to be evicted … in January.”

On a more substantive note, Anderson, an Iraq War veteran, issued a statement a few days ago on how to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It follows below:

Combination of Executive and Congressional legislation required:

1. Immediately Write-off all US public and private debt held by the Russian government, corporations, and private citizens wherever they may reside (unless they are US permanent residents). Any individual or entity that tries to purchase that debt will be subject to the same effect. This needs to be backed up by an act of Congress.

2. All Russian assets and income that are in US territory are to be frozen, seized and used to pay for supplies for Ukraine (military and non-military supplies) and for the training of the Ukrainians to fight Russian aggression until the Russians abandon this invasion.

3. Require all Russian Federation citizens legally within the US to declare within 14 days their goal to seek citizenship or not (if eligible). If they choose not to (or are not eligible), then they will face immediate expulsion to a 3rd country.

4. Open up all previously closed Oil and Gas production and distribution to boost supply to meet the demand needs of all of our allies that use Russian oil and gas. Also, bring our allies on board to do the same.

5. Provide a temporary subsidy to export LNG and oil products to Europe and Ukraine (to all Russian customers) to match Russian pricing. This subsidy expires when Russia withdraws from Ukraine or 1 year – whichever is sooner.

6. Liquidate seized Russian and Belarusan assets to pay for war materiel for Ukraine.


Executive/Diplomatic Actions:

1. Compel our allies and 3rd countries to leave Russian sources of energy once we have replaced their supply.

2. Require Each NATO country to put out an unequivocal statement that if Russia attacks any NATO country, no matter how close or small, they will declare war on Russia and defend their allies until Russia is expelled back to within its own borders or surrenders.

3. Require Belarus to immediately break with Russia or be treated as an aggressor that is subject to all of the same measures as Russia.


In 1 week (or sooner if needed) – if the invasion has not stopped and Ukrainian resistance is collapsing, then:

1. Immediately call upon allied countries close to Ukraine to call up their reserves for a long-term mobilization in preparation for a Russian attack.

2. Commit some US troops to the defense of NATO, but reserve the vast majority for a Chinese attack on Taiwan. Our partner NATO countries will need to carry much of the European fight so we can ward off China’s next move.

3. Use the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of war material (weaponry, vehicles, and supplies).

4. Shut Russia and Belarus out of the SWIFT system (accommodates European requests, but forces the issue in a week).

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