Buono: 'I am the American dream'
CHRISTIE CHRONICLES The leader of the free world she's not. But in some ways, Debbie Wasserman Schultz fits the ethos of the Barbara Buono gubernatorial campaign better than Barack Obama.
Buono, the Democratic challenger to Gov. Christie, is outspent in campaign funds and outnumbered in the polls. National Democrats are giving her no chance against the governor, and have offered her little in the way of money. Obama is not expected to campaign for someone perceived as losing, badly.
So in lieu of the president, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), stopped by the Buono campaign headquarters for a rally Monday. She is the highest-profile Democrat to visit Buono so far.
Wasserman Schultz sought to link herself to the Buono campaign by framing herself as an underdog in a man's world. Buono and her running mate, Milly Silva, are just the third all-female gubernatorial ticket in U.S. history, and Wasserman Schultz said she came to Jersey to "add a little more girl power."
This played perfectly into Buono's recent push to highlight her difficulties as a female state legislator. "As a woman in New Jersey politics, I'm used to being underestimated," she said. "But I'm tough and I'm dogged and I never give up."
Buono declared: "I am the American dream. I am the little guy."
Wasserman Schultz said the reason why Christie has taken conservative positions is because "he's clearly planning to run for president - he's marking his time here before he can kick off his campaign."
Pressed by reporters, Wasserman Schultz refused to commit more DNC funds for Buono's struggling campaign.
yMatt Katz, www.inquirer.com/christiechronicles
Palin waxes poetic about Booker's tweeting
BLINQ When Sarah Palin visited N.J., she waxed poetic over tweets, prohibition, the shutdown, and the Lonegan-Booker race.
Though the tea party celebrity is known for making some outlandish remarks, her comments about Cory Booker's prolific tweeting were surprising given her own love of Twitter.
"We need a leader not a tweeter. . . . That was poem-worthy - I've got to remember that one," she said in her stump speech for candidate Steve Lonegan at the New Egypt Speedway on Saturday. Lonegan and Booker are running for the U.S. Senate in a special election Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the death of Frank Lautenberg.
Palin apparently needed extra help remembering the seven-word rhyme she praised. An AP photographer snapped a picture of the palm of her hand, revealing the words "leader not tweeter" written with a red marker. Palin made no mention of her own tweeting history and Lonegan's recently fired strategist who said he had interpreted Booker's tweets to be a revelation he might be gay.
Booker has 1.4 million Twitter followers and Palin has 977,000. Lonegan has 5,200.
Palin also dubbed the government shutdown a "slim-down" and said that sending Lonegan to Congress would keep the government in check.
When Lonegan spoke, he led the crowd with chants of "Hold the line, hold the line" and said that the Republicans in Congress should not give in.
Palin predicted a Lonegan win, saying the media and the polls were lying about his being a long-shot. "It's bull, the media is wrong," she said.
yJan Hefler, www.inquirer.com/blinq