A profile of courage it isn't. On the afternoon after the Alabama special election in which Republican Roy Moore was defeated, candidate John McCann issued a press release saying that candidates like Moore were "unacceptable."
Hey, Stumbling John, the election is over.
And what does McCann mean by "unacceptable"? Social conservatives? Pro-lifers? Born-again Christians? Pro-Second Amendment? Was McCann referring to the allegations by women against Moore? He doesn't say.
What he does say is that it is "the loss of another seat in the United States Senate." Another? Is McCann referring to Al Franken, the Democrat Senator from Minnesota who recently resigned? What is McCann referring to?
McCann has been trying to style himself a feminist -- and to contrast his feminism with what he claims is Lonegan's anti-feminism. In a recent Politico column, McCann brought up his tax liens and suggested that they arose from his wife's medical practice and that Steve Lonegan was somehow an anti-feminist for raising the issue. Someone looked into this and suggested to us that candidate McCann was being less than honest with Politico.
Candidate McCann's first IRS lien was filed September 8, 2011 for $17,704 against John McCann's legal practice (John McCann/Law Office of John McCann) and not his wife's medical practice (she is a doctor in New York City). McCann's wife does not use his last name in connection with her practice. This first lien appears to cover several quarterly tax periods beginning in 2010 and ending in March 2011. This lien in no way directly involved either his wife or her practice.
That lien was prepared by the IRS in Detroit, Michigan, for filing in Bergen County, New Jersey. Separately, the IRS office in Baltimore, Maryland, also prepared a duplicate of this lien that was separately filed in Hillsborough County in Florida, where McCann owned property. This is done to ensure the debtor's judgment is paid if the real estate he owns is sold. This tax lien was paid in December 2011 and released.
The second lien -- for $118,295 -- was filed in February 2014 against both McCann and his wife. This lien came was filed 2 1/2 years after the first, and doesn't impact on his earlier business lien. Now, it has come to light that there are more liens, but that is for another day...
McCann's is a very strange candidacy. It seems entirely spent on dishing out DCCC talking points on Republican Steve Lonegan. When asked to comment on an actual issue -- like the Republican Tax Bill -- McCann clams up. The best the New Jersey Herald could get from him is "noncommittal."
Why? Well remember where John McCann came from. He put together his campaign for Congress while a political patronage employee for Democrat Sheriff Michael Saudino. The Bergen Record said he was Saudino's "right-hand man." Yes, this Michael Saudino...
That was posted just a few days ago, before McCann's latest round of DCCC talking points inspired attacks on Republican Steve Lonegan.
Oh, and did we mention that John McCann is the lawyer for the NJ Sheriffs' Association? You know, the same folks who put out a press release yesterday lauding Democrat Gottheimer and attacking the Trump administration. And guess who was quoted? Yep, McCann's boss...
“Last year, Bergen County taxpayers received more than $500,000 back from the federal government through the SCAAP program, and almost $7 million through a cooperative agreement with the federal government at our correctional facility in Hackensack. I applaud Congressman Gottheimer for fighting to make sure local law enforcement here in North Jersey has the resources needed to fulfill our mission, protect our communities, and save taxpayers money.” said Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino. (InsiderNJ, December 13, 2017)
Like we've said before, John McCann's candidacy seems designed to screw up GOP chances in the 5th District.