Kate Whitman focused her entire campaign for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 7th district on just one thing:
Tearing down Senator Leonard Lance.
It was as if the other five candidates in the race did not even exist. That was mistake number one.
Senator Lance and I do not always agree on everything politically. He will be supporting John McCain for president and I do not. He opposed Paid Family Leave and I support it. He supports extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest of Americans and I do not.
However, I can say this: He is a man of integrity. He is a true gentleman, and almost too good for New Jersey politics. The way Kate Whitman tried to tear him down said something about her leadership skills: she has none. She attacked Senator Lance for giving up his Senate Minority Leadership post to Senator Tom Kean, Jr. She even found a way to blame New Jersey's fiscal woes on Lance.
The Todds and the Lances go back generations in the Republican Party. I do not know what she was thinking, but it could not have been much. Even the Republican supporting Hunterdon County Democrat had something to say about Whitman's tactics.