The way things are looking lately there are many of us who are mostly cheering for the challengers in the 2014 midterms. Two more challengers that deserve to be recognized are Mike Assad who is challenging incumbent RINO Frank LoBiondo in New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district, and Jorge Bonilla who is challenging incumbent Democrat Alan Grayson in Florida’s 9th congressional district. Both of these congressional districts have more Democrats than Republicans, but Pueblo, Colorado showed how much that amounts to. It certainly would be an improvement for new conservatives to join Scott Garrett in New Jersey and Ron DeSantis in Florida.
Mike Assad challenger to RINO Frank Lobiondo NJ-2
Frank Lobiondo earns the distinction of scoring the lowest of any member in the conference (37%). Although he represents a swing district, his score is so dismal that he ranks among those dramatic underperformers. In 2011, LoBiondo was among the most pro-spending, pro-union, anti-drilling, anti-free trade Republicans in Washington. He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and was one of the 8 Republicans to vote for Cap and Trade in 2010. From cash for clunkers to the incandescent light bulb ban, he’s been a disaster during his 17-year tenure. Congressman Lobiondo also was one of 9 Republicans to oppose a common sense bill that would expediate the process for issuing permits for oil drilling.
Mike Assad holds the distinctive title of being one of New Jersey’s youngest elected officials. Assad, who has served on the Absecon, N.J., Board of Education for seven years, was elected at the young age of 18.
His advice to other young conservatives is to do what he did: “Speak up and get involved!” “Don’t let people who oppose what you are doing silence you,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and talk about these issues.”
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