Democrats in New Jersey resort to dirty, potentially ineffective tactic

The New Jersey Democratic Party is now admitting that it has payed for robocalls in favor of independent candidate Chris Daggett.  The political chattering class has been saying that Daggett voters are most likely to have Republican Chris Christie as their second choice.

The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett…

Daggett, for his part, disavowed the call.

“Voters hate robocalls. This is just another instance of the dishonest ways Democrats and Republicans use to win campaigns and to fool voters,” he said in a statement this afternoon. “It is little wonder more and more voters are rejecting these kind of desperate dirty tricks and turning to my campaign for a positive message about how to make New Jersey more affordable and competitive.’’

The “potentially ineffective” part of this tactic is that Daggett is a politically moderate candidate who really can’t be said to appeal to the voters of either party more than voters of the other party, especially when his polling has been as inconsistent as it has been over the past few weeks – he has gotten as high as 20 percent and as low as 7 percent.

3 thoughts on “Democrats in New Jersey resort to dirty, potentially ineffective tactic

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Interesting … on cable news today, I heard mention of a poll that found Daggett voters’ most likely second choice was Corzine, not Christie. The Dems may have stepped on their own cranks here, even before they got caught.

  2. citizen1

    90% of the time that I vote for a third party or independent my second choice in none of the above.
    Have they done a poll to determine who Corzine voters or Christie voters second choice is?

  3. Doug Rubin

    I was met by several Daggett supporters in Central NJ this past week. No Corzine, no Christie supporters. Only folks “for” Daggett.
    Who knew his candidacy had so much money and organization?
    In retrospect, maybe that’s where some of Corzine’s $24 million went. Maybe this was Corzine’s way to give a few otherwise-under-employed people a paycheck.

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