I am the president of the Washington Township Republican Club. Perennial congressional candidate, David Larsen, recently addressed our Club. I tried going in with an open mind, and was genuinely interested in hearing whar Mr. Larsen had to say.
A reservation that I have always held about Mr. Larsen lies in his failure to endorse Congressman Lance after Lance defeated him in both the 2010 and 2012 primary elections. I have no problem with competition during the primary cycle, but after the votes are counterd, the entire party should unite behind the victorious candidate.
When it came time for Q & A, I asked Mr. Larsen if he lost to Congressman Leonard Lance in the primary election again, would he endorse him for the general election against the Democratic opponet. Mr. Larsen replied that he would not endorse Congressman Lance if he was defeated. My reservations were validated, as it seems Mr. Larsen is interested in promoting himself rather than supporting the Party.
Mr. Larsen claims to be a principled conservative, but after hearing his continued reluctance to endorse Congressman Lance, he sounds more like a principled loser. We need candidates who put the goals of the Republican Party ahead of their own.
Long Valley Resident
President of Washington Township Republican Club
Editor's note: David Larsen is running against Congressman Leonard Lance to represent the seventh Congressional District of New Jersey, which includes Washington Township.