One more Democrat put out of service. Right on!
Senate Leader Survived Every Challenge but This One
Nov 4, 2021, 9:27 PM
New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney, shown last year, has lost his bid for reelection.
The Republican Party did nothing to help Edward Durr’s race for the state Senate. But he still gave them something to celebrate Thursday, when the AP called New Jersey’s 3rd Legislative District race for Durr.
The political novice didn’t beat just anybody, Politico reports: He upended New Jersey politics by unseating Steve Sweeney, a Democrat who’s been president of the Senate for 12 years.
Financial disclosure reports show that Durr, a 58-year-old truck driver for a furniture store, spent about $2,200 on his campaign. “Hahaha no way,” tweeted Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas.
“I kept telling myself and telling people I was going to do it, but in the back of my mind I was like, ‘You know, how am I going to beat the Senate president?'” Durr said Wednesday.
His campaign efforts consisted of an 80-second video, lawn signs, and knocking on doors, per the New York Times. The video showed him at his truck, which he was driving when the race was called.
Durr, who says he’s a “constitutional conservative,” did not run a campaign of fresh ideas; he mostly complained about Sweeney, career politicians, and especially the state’s handling of the pandemic.
“You have the debacle of unemployment. The masking of the kids in school,” Durr said. “You have Senator Sweeney trying to take away peoples’ medical freedom rights.”Larger efforts to beat Sweeney failed.
The state teachers union poured more than $5 million into defeating him in 2017; Sweeney still won by 18 percentage points. With the Senate leader’s loss on top of Gov.
Phil Murphy barely winning reelection, New Jersey Democrats have issues. But progressives who saw Sweeney as an obstacle to their policies, and Murphy’s, aren’t unhappy that he’s out—precisely because he’s had such clout.
“He has tried to torpedo almost every important piece of legislation going back over 10 years,” said the executive director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance.
“I just tapped into the right focus,” Durr said.
Doesn’t take millions to win – just the right message. This one is for the Gipper (Durr)! Thank you – Sir.