Frelinghuysen Up Against an Ethics Complaint; Sherrill and McKeon Respectively ‘Chilled’ and ‘Concerned’

Former Senator Rodney Frelinghuysen, who has had no public involvement with Republican colleagues even before leaving office in January, has put his name at the top of a list of GOP officials endorsing Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco’s reelection.
An ethics watchdog claims Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) violated House rules by criticizing a local bank executive in a fundraising letter to her employer, according to a report in Politico.
Read that report here.

Examining a possible run against Frelinghuysen, Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-27) released the following statement this afternoon:

“Having reviewed Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s statement, I have significant concerns. Referencing this note as innocuous is troubling. It can well be interpreted as a direct attempt to intimidate through inappropriate means a thoughtful individual exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights. The specter of using ones position in such a manner has serious implications and should be considered by the Office of Congressional Ethics.”

Announced Democratic candidate Mikie Sherrill issued the following statement:

“This complaint is a step in the right direction.  As a former federal prosecutor, I am appalled that Representative Frelinghuysen used the power of his office to intimidate and target one of his own constituents.  It is frankly chilling, and clearly deserves further scrutiny. This abuse of power demonstrates why he needs to go next November.”

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