Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach’s failure to submit sufficient petition signatures to get on the ballot in CD-7 Democratic primary brought to mind a question I’ve been kicking around for a while. What would be possible of Tea Parties competed in Democratic primaries?
Nationally, there is no question that the Tea Party movement has made a difference in restraining the growth of government since 2010 when the Republican Party took back the House of Representatives. On the plus side, the Tea Party Caucus has restrained the Obama/Pelosi/Reed agenda. On the down side, an argument could be made that if not for 2012 Tea Party victories in the senatorial primaries in Missouri and Indiana the GOP would be two seats closer to controlling the Senate. There would have been less “war on women” fodder for the liberal media and Democratic machine to use in defeating Mitt Romney in the presidential election.
Tea Parties boast that they stayed home in 2012 rather than voting for Romney, thereby assuring Obama’s reelection. There are some Tea Parties campaigning for conservatives to withhold their votes in 2016 if the GOP does not nominate a candidate that meets their approval.
Tea Parties have had some success in Republican primaries that have resulted in losses of “safe” Republican seats in general elections. Delaware in 2010, and Missouri and Indiana in 2012. If Tea Party conservatives really don’t vote in general elections rather than choosing between “the lesser of two evils,” the are assuring the the greater of two evils wins.
Why not take the battle to the Democrats? Why fight only with “RINOs” and then surrender the general elections to the Democrats?
What would be possible if Tea Parties took there fights to Democratic primaries rather that only Republican primaries?
In CD-7, Tea Party activist Dave Larsen is challenging Congressman Leonard Lance for the third consecutive primary. There’s no reason to think that Larsen will have any more success in the GOP primary this time around than he did in 2010 or 2012. Had Larsen file to run in the Democratic primary, he’d be the front runner for the Democratic nomination now. Kovach says she is going to appeal the decision to disqualify her petitions. She will probably lose the appeal and wage a write-in campaign. If she gets 200 write in votes, she’s the Democratic nominee. Unless someone else gets more than votes than she does.
The CD-7 Democratic primary is now an opportunity for the Tea Party to infiltrate the Democratic Party. Lon Hosford could probably get 200 write-in votes and more than Kovac. Hosford as also run against Lance in past GOP primaries. Why not try the Democratic primary, since it is wide open?
If the Tea Parties could move the Democrats toward the political center, as they have moved the Republican Party to the right, America would be better off. Kovach’s fumble creates an opportunity in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.