Previously, I have shared my reasons as a Republican for supporting Tom Malinowski in the 7th district congressional race against Tom Kean, Jr., in this publication. Rather than restate those reasons here, I can synthesize them. Or rather, let a reader’s reply to one of my article’s do so for me.
According to that reader:
If you claim to be a Republican voting for Democrat Tom Malinowski, and by extension voting for the corrupt Biden-China Administration then you’re NOT a Republican. Your first name should be Benedict, as in Benedict Arnold. You know who he is and that he could have cost us our country in the process. Are you doing the same?????
This reply speaks volumes. It is where any number of our fellow citizens are. Where, though, is Tom Kean, Jr.? And who is he – actually?
Other than his (frankly, venerable) last name, I know of no meaningful professional accomplishments (besides getting elected), no legislative accomplishments and, indeed, have no insight into what Kean, Jr. wants to do if he wins this race or – by extension – why he is even running.
Kean, Jr. has spent almost all of his 54 years on this earth as a politician in one of the dreariest of all political arenas; the New Jersey State Legislature. Before that, he was a legislative aide to a member of congress. Before that he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. Before that, was the Director of Ticket Control for the Desert Storm Homecoming Foundation and a “partner” of – you guessed it, The Kean Family Foundation, LLP.” And before that, he was growing up. https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/196429/Thomas_Howard_Kean_Jr_.html.
We all can form our own understanding of what this is. To me, as a father, much of it looks like the efforts of an influential Dad deeply (and understandably) involved in the life of a directionless, unaccomplished son. Whose only adult paying job has been what he is now – an unaccomplished, professional politician.
Why is he running? In the last month or so, Kean, Jr. has moved from platitudes (he will somehow control inflation) to the perverse – which is that, of the two candidates, Kean, Jr. is the ethical one. In an avalanche of direct mailings supplemented by media buys, we see the familiar pattern. Dark, still photos. Chilling, conclusory phrases. And a progression from “concern” about Malinowski to “he did it.” Did what, exactly? The allegation is that Malinowski improperly traded stocks to profit off the pandemic. The proof? Malinowski is the subject of a bipartisan Congressional ethics investigation.
Which is falsity by omission. The bipartisan Committee (split 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans) found that Malinowski committed a paperwork error by failing to report stock trades before the reporting deadline and was fined $200. Critically, the bipartisan Committee report specifically ruled out insider trading, concluding that Malinowski had no clue which stocks his broker, Neil Gagnon, was buying and selling.
This conclusion was reported by the bipartisan Committee over a year ago. Leaving us with two possibilities. If Kean, Jr. read the report, then he knows that the heart of his campaign is untrue. Alternatively, Kean, Jr. is fundamentally incompetent.
Let’s be kind. Let’s assume that it is the latter. Either way, this is hardly the stuff of a self-described ethics champion. If you want MAGA – and all the emptiness upon which it rests – you know whom to vote for.