Paul DeGroot has interesting plans for Saturday.
The Republican candidate in CD-11 plans to attend a March to ROEvember rally in Montclair.
This is very much a Democratic event that is bound to attract Democratic politicians, including Mikie Sherrill, the woman DeGroot is running against. Abortion rights, after all, are a key part of the Democrats’ midterm campaign.
DeGroot’s point is simple – he’s pro-choice and he wants people to know it.
In fact, he plans to give his supporters shirts identifying them as both pro-choice and pro-Paul DeGroot.
“As a pragmatic outsider, he (DeGroot) stands with the women of our district and respects their right to choose,” says a message from the DeGroot campaign.
Two points need to be made.
One is that many Republicans are pro-life, or at least they are not pro-choice to the extreme. So, there certainly is some political peril in taking part in what is clearly a Democratic event.
The other point is that the Sherrill campaign has been attacking DeGroot for saying he opposes a federal law to codify Roe v. Wade. He also opposes federal legislation banning abortion.
DeGroot wants to stress that he is pro-choice and that he backs New Jersey law on the subject, which is permissive. And he says the best way to make that point is to show up – hopefully with a group of supporters – at a pro-choice rally.
DeGroot said Thursday afternoon that he is tired of “people lying about me.”
By people, he means the Sherrill campaign.