Morris County GOP Declines Debates Hosted by the League of Women Voters

Morris GOP Chair Laura Ali.

The Morris County Republican Committee has decided to politely decline invitations for its Republican candidates to participate in forums hosted and moderated by the Morris County League of Women Voters (LWV).

While the LWV states on its website that it is “proud to be nonpartisan,” the organization’s recent track record has unfortunately demonstrated a distinct and overwhelming bias against Republicans and the issues that they stand for, according to the Morris GOP. “The national LWV organization has ostensibly adopted a progressive, leftist platform over the last several years,” said the Republican organization. Here in Morris County, the LWV Board, which is largely comprised of registered Democrats, have become advocates of these causes that have little to no relevance to local governance. Also of concern is the fact that the President of LVW is running on the Morris Township Democrat ticket this year, in violation of the policy that precludes Board members from running for or holding political office, the organization averred. “She stepped down from the LWV leadership only after securing the Democrat party’s nomination. Finally, the typical design and format of the LWV’s ‘Forum’ favors Democrat candidates, with questions vetted by the LWV Board and topics steered toward the progressive national agenda, in favor of those with local relevance.”

“Opting out of the League forums is on me, not the local candidates. As the leader of the party, I see no benefit to the Republican candidates to participate in this type of forum hosted by a League that has spent the last year advocating for progressive, leftist causes,” said the Chairwoman of the Party, Laura Marie Ali. “We look forward to other opportunities to debate in forums that are balanced and fair and that give all candidates equal time to communicate their platforms and positions on local matters. Morris County is the best-run county in the state of New Jersey, and that’s a credit to consistent Republican leadership, policies and fiscal prudence that our candidates intend to continue to serve our residents.”

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2 responses to “Morris County GOP Declines Debates Hosted by the League of Women Voters”

  1. What are republicans afraid of? Refusing to debate is a disservice to the voters and the constituents that candidates seek to represent. The republicans must be afraid of the voters actually hearing their positions, because they know how unpopular they are. Whoever is in charge of the republican strategy should be applauded for their genius move! Hide their candidates from the voters! Try and sneak them to reelection by hoping the voters are ill-informed. If the NY19 special election and the Nebraska referendum are indicators of what’s to come this November…then maybe the republicans should reevaluate their cowardice. Democrats want to debate, to let the voters hear from each side. republicans want to hide, and hope the voters never find out their extreme agenda.

  2. This is the oldest GOP feint in the book. Bob Dole blew off addressing the NAACP during the 1996 presidential campaign stating he wouldn’t “walk into an ambush”. Laura Ali is well aware the GOP brand is damaged in Morris County due the $10k SALT deduction limitation, the SCOTUS reversal of Roe, and the widespread loathing of Former Guy. Accordingly, she wants to run a low key campaign among the base without riling up the opposition.

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