Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the Republican candidate challenging Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey’s 6th District, called the 28 year incumbent’s behavior on the floor of the House of Representatives “disgraceful.”
“Frank’s right,” the challenger continued, “he does not have much to be proud about after 28 years.”
“We need representatives in Congress who can put aside their hyper-partisanship and get to work on the serious problems our nation is facing,” Sonnek-Schmelz continued. “Any politician, especially Frank Pallone, should be ashamed, not proud, of politicizing the tragedy in Orlando.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democrats’ sit in a “publicity stunt.” “The House is focused on eliminating terrorists, not constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. And no stunts on the floor will change that,” Ryan said according to CNN.
Sonnek-Schmelz, 40, of Atlantic Highlands, is the Vice Chair of the borough’s Board of Education and a member of its Environmental Commission. He is the Chief Counsel and CFO, SoccerPost, the nation’s largest chain of soccer stores, and the CEO of City Sports, retailer his family brought out of bankruptcy and is relaunching.
The Republican newcomer says that after 28 years in Washington, Pallone is out of touch with the concerns of his Middlesex and Monmouth County constituents. If elected, he says he will focus on improving the economy, making healthcare truly affordable, ending the heroin epidemic and getting all Sandy victims back into their homes by the end of his first term.
Sonnek-Schmelz is holding a fundraiser in Metuchen on Sunday, June 26. His family is hosting a fundraiser on the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach on Thursday, June 30.