Let us never forget on whose knee this critter was raised. Matt Friedman learned his trade from the notorious Wally Edge (AKA David Wildstein of Bridgegate). Like Wildstein, whose blog was an integral part of the Christie project, Friedman uses his position at Politico to push a specific political agenda.
Instead of reviewing public documents put out by the Office of Legislative Services and discovering that Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-01) is abandoning his conservative past now that he's a candidate for Congress, Friedman is trolling the college-era Facebook posts of Van Drew's Republican opponent, Hirsh Singh. Is that a handjob move by Friedman or what?
Friedman ignores real policy switches like this:
Van Drew recently took his name off two very important bills, according to the New Jersey Legislative Digest, put out by the Office of Legislative Services:
Co-Prime Sponsors Withdrawn:
S539(Van Drew,J)Death penalty-reinstates certain
SCR35(Van Drew,J)Minor child med procedures-notify parent
S-539 would restore the death penalty for persons convicted of certain murders. The bill's statements lists the following: "(1) the victim was a law enforcement officer or correction officer and was murdered while performing his official duties or was murdered because of his status as a law enforcement officer or correction officer; (2) the victim was less than 18 years old and the act was committed in the course of the commission of a sex crime; (3) the murder occurred during the commission of the crime of terrorism; (4) the defendant was convicted, at any time, of another murder; or (5) the defendant murdered more than one person during the same criminal transaction or during different criminal transactions but the murders were committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct."
Yes, Jeff Van Drew took his name off this legislation.
SCR-35 is a proposed amendment to the state constitution stating that "the Legislature may provide that a parent or legal guardian shall receive notice before his or her unemancipated minor or incompetent child undergoes any medical or surgical procedure or treatment relating to pregnancy, irrespective of any right or interest otherwise provided in the State Constitution."
This legislation simply applies the same parental notification standards to the evasive medical procedure of abortion, that exist for every other medical procedure. It looks at abortion as a medical procedure... not as a sacrament or mystical rite of passage.
And Van Drew withdrew his name from this as well.
Instead of real reporting, on real issues, Freidman has turned Politico into a kind of "Mean Girls" online "burn book." Freidman has never met a policy debate he could understand, so for him it must be all about the shoes. "Oh, that's so fetch... on Wednesdays we wear pink."
Friedman has done this before. We all remember how he tried to personally destroy the reputation and future well-being of Synnove Bakke. We also remember how he, and others, refused to take a polygraph to determine if they had made similar comments in unguarded moments.
We remember too how another website had weirdly endorsed the Orwellian idea that there should be permanent corporate surveillance of Twitter and Facebook. As well as a "news" blog, never forget that Politico is a vendor for corporate lobbyists and the political establishment. As with all such ventures, Politico is the sum of its paymasters.
Matt Friedman has become the bully boy of Establishment Democrats in New Jersey. He picks on weak candidates or those without the experience to defend themselves -- and he does so by invading their private space, trolling on Facebook to find something from long before they had entered public life. Knowing what he got up to in his younger days, he uses that as a mirror to his victims.
Bullies like Matt Friedman need a take down, so let's turn it over to...