NEWTON – In the aftermath of back to back town halls where he stood his ground in the face of partisan finger pointing and screaming, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) received accolades for his courage, while his fellow leafy district NJ congressman, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghusen (R-11), feels the sting of public irritation over his decision to opt out of actual town hall events in favor of a tele-town hall.
At that ribbon cutting ceremony, Lance took pains to publicly praise Frelinghusyen for his courage in wartime, noting the congressman’s backstory in a room packed with affirming veterans. “Congressman Frelinghuysen is his usual modest self, but as is true of many in the room, Congressman Frelinghuysen served with distinction as a sergeant in Vietnam,” said Lance.
Claps showered a red-faced Rodney.
U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) likewise saw fit to invoke classic martial imagery to buck up the veteran leader who last month ate a stream of negative headlines owing to his resistance to hosting a town hall event at a public venue.
The freshman congressman invoked a quote by General George S. Patton, pointing out that when it comes to working on behalf of veterans and veterans’ issues, Frelinghuysen embodies the never-say-die attitude of Patton.