John McCann: "I got to stop drinking in the morning"
Yep, that's what candidate John McCann said as he -- the candidate who hopes to take on Democrat Josh Gottheimer -- stumbled about, mistaking a rural Republican Sheriff for an urban Democrat Mayor. That was his excuse, "...drinking in the morning." No kidding. It is in his video, posted on YouTube, about twelve minutes into his speech. Well, if that's what the candidate says... we got to go with it.
Candidate John McCann is a shambolic mess.
He launched a website the other day and who does it feature? Yep, a leftist anti-Second Amendment mayor who blocked a gun range from being built in her town. That what this idiot led with. Amazing! McCann's event was hosted by a member of the notorious Zisa family... yep, the liberal niece of far-left Democrat Loretta Weinberg's former running mate, up front, running the event for him. Remarkable.
When he's not comparing himself to his mentor, the liberal Democrat-turned Republican-turned Democrat Arlen Specter, McCann is surrounding himself with the detritus of Christie "My Party Too" Whitman's administration -- some who have had the uncanny ability to remain in state employment during the regimes of liberal Democrats like Governors Jim McGreevey and Jon Corzine. How did they manage to stay when so many loyal Republicans were fired? Doubtless they will remain unaffected by the incoming administration of Phil Murphy. How do they do it?
As a college intern (or "fellow" as he puts it) John McCann claims to have been responsible for ending Hillary Care... yep, all by himself. You see, he got out his crayons and came up with... wait for it... a graph. That's right. A graph. And just like the typical self-important, overblown junior academic, he takes credit for the hard work of all those Senators and Congressman and Rush Limbaugh and talk radio and the medical professionals and all those thousands of conservative activists and all the reams of studies and research and opinion pieces and thousands of graphs of all those conservative and libertarian think tanks -- not to mention the Republican legal staffs of both the House and the Senate. Nope, not them... it was "me" says McCann. Yeah, sounds a little whacky to us too.
He also steals credit for coming up with the 2 percent cap on property taxes, despite a plethora of newspaper stories discussing caps as low as 1 1/2 percent nearly a decade before he claims to have thought of it. Now we're getting into Al Gore territory here. What's next? Will he take credit for inventing the Internet? Or maybe he's the last survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Who knows? Perhaps John McCann is a time traveler? Or maybe it's just that he can't sort out the truth from fiction?
McCann actually mocks people who get involved in politics because they believe in something. He's publicly eschewed right wing and left wing -- instead he came up with a new way to describe people like him: The Chicken Wing of the GOP. And what does the Chicken Wing stand for? It stands for getting paid. It is no big deal for a member of the Chicken Wing of the GOP to be employed by a Democrat office-holder. The Chicken Wing exists to make its members some dough and they don't let principles or things like party loyalty or right and wrong get in the way of that.
McCann's candidacy seems to be designed by the Democrats and run by the Democrats to do nothing but screw up the Republican primary.
How so? Remember the Democrats' reaction to Steve Lonegan's announcement? They attacked him from the DCCC in Washington, DC, and from Gottheimer's home base in Wyckoff and they have kept on attacking him -- in emails, press releases, fundraising letters. That's what you do when you face an opponent you are afraid of.
And what do the Democrats make of John McCann? Not a word. Not even a barely suppressed yawn. Why should they? As the Record noted in its opening story about him: "John McCann, the attorney and longtime right-hand man to Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino."
That's Michael Saudino -- the Democrat Sheriff of Bergen County. McCann is his right-hand man. That's right, he is one of them.