The campaign of congressional candidate John McCann recently issued a press release claiming to have been placed "on the radar" by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). "On the radar" is the first designation in the NRCC's "Young Guns" program, which highlights "promising" candidates.
To get considered for this program and to obtain the "on the radar" designation, a candidate's campaign must first fill out a lengthy questionnaire and complete a background survey with questions like:
- If you are an attorney, please list the type of clients/nature of litigation (corporate, criminal defense, family, etc.) and any noteworthy cases that could potentially be relevant in a congressional campaign:
- Have you ever owned or run a business?
- If so, has this business ever been a part of any legal proceedings such as a suit, judgment, bankruptcy, etc.?
- Please list any history/problems with your business partners (bad breakups, criminal history, sanctions, significant lawsuits, etc.).
- Have you or your business ever had any tax warrants, liens, etc., filed against you? Were annual business filings consistently submitted on time?
- Have your personal finances been thoroughly examined, including analysis of any foreclosures, personal bankruptcy filings, investments, etc.? Are all taxes up-to-date?
- Is there anything in your past that has not been addressed in this questionnaire that you see as a potential vulnerability in your run for Congress?
Considering the answers that McCann would have had to provide to questions like these -- if answered truthfully -- we fail to see how the McCann campaign could have possibly obtained entry into the program or secured the designation for their candidate. If answered truthfully, that is.
We understand that some law enforcement officers who have been in legal disputes with Mr. McCann, an attorney, have accumulated enough background material on him to choke a horse. And his tax liens and such make for a poor public record. A quick look at this website will make you wonder what is going on inside the brain cavities at the NRCC:
Could it just be desperation? The chicken wing of the congressional GOP has been cutting and running rather than standing on its record in 2018. Nearly half of New Jersey's Republican incumbents have quit rather than fight. Because of them, New Jersey might well be on its way to becoming another Massachusetts. And it is no surprise that these incumbents are -- like McCann -- from the GOP's liberal Whitman "My-Party-Too" crowd. They long ago cut ties with the conservatives who make up the Republican base.
Maybe the NRCC is taking anyone with a pulse into these programs? Based on its acceptance of a candidacy as shambolic as McCann's is, the NRCC no longer has the high standards and stringent requirements it once did.
Well, we owe it to you -- our readers -- to get to the bottom of this. So we are going to publish the questions asked by the NRCC, and the details of what should have been revealed by the McCann campaign to them. Then we are going to ask the NRCC... Why?
But not just the NRCC staff. Because anyone who has read Donna Brazile's new book knows how corrupt national committees can become. Here's a piece of the story, courtesy of Politico...
So judge for yourself as to whether or not "corruption" of one kind or another could have figured into what happened. What we do know is that there are eight elected public employees who are responsible for the oversight of the NRCC and should be held to account for its decisions. They are all members of Congress themselves, and all accountable to the people and to the media -- inside their districts, as well as the wider media. So we will be reaching out to them as well and asking them: "Knowing this... why did you allow this to happen?"
Maybe they didn't know? Maybe they caught a line of bullshit? Maybe somebody is doing somebody a favor? Maybe they are scared and believe that it's all over but the shouting? Who knows? And that's why we are going to ask.