The primary over, most winning campaigns are asking supporters and potential supporters for money – to retire their debts from the primary as well as looking forward to the General Election in November. But not John McCann.
His campaign has been silent. Despite the fact that the McCann campaign is deeply in debt.
According to the Federal Election Commission, as of May 16th, the McCann campaign had managed to raise just $61,155 in campaign contributions. The rest of the campaign’s cash came from the candidate – who was convinced by his consultants to dump even more of his personal resources into the effort in the weeks and days leading up to the primary election.
So where is the effort to reach out to GOP donors who sat out this contentious primary? And where is the effort to reach out to opponent Steve Lonegan and his donors? After all, Lonegan was able to raise $429,803 in campaign contributions. Even Jason Sarnoski – a Freeholder from Warren County who dropped out of the race – raised $75,998 before getting ending his campaign.
But rumors persist that many of McCann’s consultants and/or operatives were paid by sources outside his campaign. This was a method used by former Essex County GOP boss Jim Treffinger in his abortive 2002 U.S. Senate race. Treffinger’s race came to an end with his arrest and conviction on charges of political corruption.
That’s not the case with the Lonegan campaign. Steve Lonegan’s General Consultants – former Ted Cruz political director Mark Campbell and Larry Weitzner (Jamestown Associates) – are clearly listed, as are a host of junior consultants, vendors, and operatives. We are told that the law was followed in great detail.
One curious McCann connection that popped-up was with DC lobbyist Rosemary Becchi. Becchi, who now resides in New Jersey, briefly considered challenging incumbent GOP Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ07).
Meanwhile, Democrat incumbent Congressman Josh Gottheimer had raised $4,444,660 by May 16th. None of it loans from the candidate.
With Democrat Gottheimer at +$4.4 million and McCann at -$260,000 is it any wonder that everyone who is anyone is downgrading this race, moving it off the board, and into the “safe Democrat” column. Oh well… maybe next time?