I don’t believe I’ve seen a story like this since George Nethercutt beat former House Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash., back in the 1990s. On Wednesday, Breitbart and others reported that Edward Durr, a Republican truck driver who spent $153.00 in the primary, has apparently edged out New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D).
Initial reports said he spent just $153 in his campaign, but Breitbart clarified that was before his primary.
According to Joel Pollack:
…Durr, 58, did more than just get lucky. And he spent more than the $153 that has been highlighted in media reports.
“That’s the amount I spent prior to the primary,” he explained, somewhat exasperated by the inaccurate reporting.
He estimates that he spent about $8,000 to $9,000 in total, mostly on campaign literature, yard signs, and a now-viral video.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 3, 2021
It was a major upset that captured quite a bit of attention:
Hahahaha no way https://t.co/cl5XFQVOOJ
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 3, 2021
Durr offered his own analysis to Breitbart:
“The main issue was rights,” Durr said, via phone. “People talk about how New Jersey has the highest taxes, and we’re the worst state for business, with high debt, and so on, but bottom line is rights. It’s family.
“When somebody’s messing with your family, you’ll do anything,” he said. “The governor was messing with people’s families. When you mess with somebody’s job, their livelihood, their home, their children — people just won’t take that.”
Durr said that New Jersey’s harsh coronavirus policies had helped create a “perfect storm” that made his victory possible.
“It was the combination of a governor who acts like a king, and a senate president who acts like a court jester, and does nothing. That made it very easy to convince people they were not being paid attention to. And when they got ignored, they got angry.”
He also worked hard, which paid off:
“I walked three to four hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saturdays and Sundays, I walked six to eight hours. We usually had half a dozen volunteers. One time we went out and we had twelve to thirteen go out with us,” he recalled proudly.
“Trust me, plenty days I did not feel like walking. It was too hot, my ankles and my feet hurt — I’m not a young man anymore, and I have gout, and plantar fasciitis — it was a hard thing.
“But it was well worth it, because it allowed me the opportunity to talk to every person I could possibly talk to, and understand what they were feeling, and get the pulse.”
Now THAT’S the way it’s supposed to be done, in my humble view.
During one of those walks, Durr said he met his opponent and challenged him to a debate. But, he said, Sweeney “blew me off, he laughed at me.”
I’ll bet Sweeney’s not laughing now.
The result isn’t official yet, and won’t be until November 18. He was asked how he felt about the possibility of having taken out one of the top Democrat political bosses in New Jersey.
“I’m feeling really good,” he told Breitbart.
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