FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2013
Contact: Benjamin Feldman
Tea Party Republicans Want to Bring Extremist Views to Middlesex County Government
METUCHEN – Middlesex County Democrats today declared that Republican Freeholder candidate Jordan Rickards is seeking to import the same type of extremist views spouted by Republican US Senate candidate Steve Lonegan into county government. Both as a private citizen and as a candidate, Rickards has long espoused positions better suited to the national Tea Party than to Middlesex County residents.
Rickards has previously run for North Brunswick Township Council, Middlesex Freeholder and State Senate. Each time the voters have rejected Rickards and his ideas by a wide margin. The fact that Middlesex County Republicans have embraced Rickards’ chronic candidacy for a fourth time is a clear indication that they’re embracing with his extremist agenda.
"Mr. Rickards and his running mates have not only refused to disavow some of the Tea-Party ideals we have heard consistently from Steve Lonegan but, in Mr. Rickards' case, he seems to be competing with Lonegan for who can say the most outrageous, extremist things," said Ben Feldman, executive director of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization. "Mr. Rickards’ views are nothing short of dangerous and, if enacted, would jeopardize seniors, working middleclass families and others throughout our county."
Among Jordan Rickards' more extremist views:
- Rickards equates Social Security to a welfare program that destroys jobs. [Jordan Rickards’ Facebook Page, June 30, 2011]
- Rickards implies that individuals who saw their pensions wiped out had only themselves to blame. [Jordan Rickards’ Facebook Page, July 23, 2013]
- Rickards once equated the actions of women who exercise their right to choose with those of convicted cop-killer Troy Davis. [Jordan Rickards’ Facebook Page, September 22, 2011]
- “It's amazing how quickly our government can evacuate hundreds of thousands of people at the drop of a hat, and yet how impossible they make it sound to deport even a handful of illegal aliens.” [Jordan Rickards’ Facebook Page, 8/27/11]
“Mr. Rickards and his Republican running mates possess an appalling disconnect from the realities facing working middleclass families across Middlesex County and the values that unite them,” said Feldman. “We cannot have someone with such a warped view of reality serving on the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. This kind of thinking would lead to the dismantling of essential County programs, which successfully assist those struggling to make ends meet and support their families. We cannot allow that happen.”
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