George Graham worked for Mr. Gun Grabber
Remember Assembly Speaker Joe Doria? The Hudson County Democrat was Governor Jim Florio's legislative point man in the passage of the most restrictive weapons ban in our nation's history.
So it is surprising to learn that Republican Freeholder George Graham, who owns a political consulting business, worked for Joe Doria in Hudson County. In fairness to Graham, who is now the boss of the Sussex County Freeholder Board, he was a registered Democrat when he worked for Doria.
Back when Graham was a local elected official in Stanhope, he switched from Republican to Democrat in order to vote in the 2008 Democrat presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Graham had been a Democrat before switching to Republican but later switched back to Republican, his current party today. Just so everyone is straight, Graham went from D to R to D to R.
Graham's political consulting business, York Strategies, which included partner James Barracato, came up with slogans like "Joe Doria is full time Bayonne" and "I'm with Joe," according to the Hudson Reporter newspaper. Although no longer a member of the Legislature, Joe Doria is still on the campaign trail with Jim Florio, only now they campaign for gun control and against the NRA (National Rifle Association).
At a recent gathering the two called for new constraints on the Second Amendment, with Joe Doria calling the NRA "dirty". Not to be outdone, Florio added that the manufacturers and sellers of guns were, in his words, "Merchants of Death."
The presence of a growing number of ex-Hudson County Democrats in the Sussex County GOP could be cause for concern as they achieve more and more power. Remember the warning in this old Nixon ad from 1972: