No matter what the voters say tomorrow, Paul DeGroot is taking his case to court.
The Republican candidate in CD-11 has filed a defamation suit against opponent Mikie Sherrill and her campaign. His claim is that Team Sherrill continues to run campaign ads that are false. The suit puts it this way:
“These defendants have spent millions of dollars to falsely accuse the plaintiff of favoring (a) law which bans abortion in the case of rape, incest and when a woman’s life is in danger.”
DeGroot says he is pro-choice, but doesn’t support congressional action to supersede state laws that ban abortion outright, although he would support federal action to guarantee exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.
Still, his opposition to fully superseding state abortion bans is what has given Sherrill an opening for her ads.
Here’s a larger point.
It is very, very difficult – almost impossible, in fact – to prevail in a defamation suit over campaign ads or literature. There’s also a legitimate question if a “false ad” in itself constitutes defamation. No matter, the suit’s been filed in state Superior Court, Morristown, so we will see what happens.
About those endorsements
I have never thought all that much about candidate endorsements.
Usually it means that the candidate being endorsed is guaranteed one vote – that being the endorser’s. Sometimes it doesn’t even mean that.
Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential candidate from Hawaii, has endorsed Republican Bob Healey in CD-3.
Healey called it a “personal honor,” adding that Gabbard “personifies the independent, strong voice that our district deserves, but has not had over the last four years.”
Close followers of politics will remember some of Gabbard tweets over Ukraine that seemed to tilt toward Russia. For example, she faulted the Biden Administration and NATO for not recognizing Russia’s legitimate security concerns. This, of course, was Russia’s justification for its brutal invasion.
Back in CD-11, DeGroot in the waning days of the campaign has been endorsed by Joseph Biasco who is on the ballot as a Libertarian.
The following is taken from Biasco’s campaign web page.
“When a sitting president is removed via massive fraud with no recourse, it is time for action. When our government forces poison vaccines onto people, injuring and killing them, it is time for action.”
That somewhat irrational message is far from the message DeGroot has espoused the entire campaign, but all support, one supposes, is worth having,
As for CD-5, Josh Gottheimer rallied over the weekend with Bill Clinton.
That prompted the campaign of his opponent, Frank Pallotta, to get a bit creative.
It is trumpeting a robocall on his behalf by Juanita Broaddrick, who long has claimed that Clinton sexually assaulted her.
“While Josh welcomes a disgraced former president to boost his struggling campaign, we continue to count on hardworking (CD-5) voters to get us across the finish line,” Pallotta said on his campaign Facebook page.
One has to observe that if Clinton is a “disgraced former president,” what does that make Donald Trump? After all, Clinton was only impeached once.
By the way, do people really listen to robocalls?
Last but not least, we come to CD-7.
Incumbent Tom Malinowski popped up on CNN this morning.
As he has done numerous times on the campaign trail, he spoke of the incredible energy of his volunteers – people making phone calls and going door-to-door on his behalf.
“I think I’m going to win,” he said.