Contacted while fundraising among Sussex County's auto dealers, 5th District Republican congressional candidate Steve Lonegan was asked about Democrat candidate Dan Perez' characterization of himself as a "Tea Party Democrat."  Lonegan, the father of New Jersey's modern conservative movement and the founder of New Jersey's Americans for Prosperity couldn't have been blunter:  "Perez is no Tea Party anything," Lonegan said.  "He is a fraud, a leftwing Democrat fraud."


According to his resume, Dan Perez was an associate at the law offices of Marxist attorney William Kunstler.  Perez later managed Kunstler's old firm in partnership with Kunstler's old law partner, Ron Kuby. 


Pay attention to the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam now airing on PBS and you will see William Kunstler in action, defending terrorists, communist agitators, American flag-burners, and the supporters of a North Vietnamese victory over the armed forces of the United States of America.  The clients Perez handled were a continuation of this Kunstler leftist mantra.


The Kunstler law firm defended members of the Catonsville Nine, Black Panther Party, Weather Underground Organization, the Attica Prison rioters, and the American Indian Movement.  But  Kunstler refused to defend groups like the Tea Party, on the grounds that: "I only defend those whose goals I share. I'm not a lawyer for hire. I only defend those I love."


Kunstler defended Joanne Chesimard (AKA Assata Shakur) who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey State Trooper and who escaped from prison with the help of fellow terrorists.  She is now on the FBI's MOST WANTED list. 


In collaboration with Dan Perez' law partner Ron Kuby, Kunstler defended Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, head of the terrorist group Gama'a al-Islamiyah, responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Colin Ferguson, the man responsible for the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting; Glenn Harris, a New York City public school teacher who absconded with a fifteen-year-old girl; Nico Minardos, indicted by Rudy Giuliani for conspiracy to ship arms to Iran; and associates of the Gambino organized crime family.


That's quite a line-up of scumbags.


Democrat Perez claims that he wants to "lower taxes by opposing wasteful spending" but the record shows this to be little more than election year b.s.   It was Perez who pushed the Freeholder boss to spend $500,000 to hire a New York City lawyer to tell the county what went wrong on its solar project.  Unfortunately for county taxpayers, the guy Perez pushed (and who was hired) was the same guy whose office had given the project the okay back in 2011.  So taxpayers paid $500,000 for a cover-up.


And it was Dan Perez who made his first proposal as a candidate a spending proposal -- to spend another $100,000 plus benefits on a patronage job because it "sounded like it might work."   Blindly throwing money at problems is bad public policy.


Democrat Dan Perez strongly supports funding Planned Parenthood and personally reprimanded Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus for voting against it.  As a Freeholder, you can bet that Dan Perez would spend our tax money on Planned Parenthood.  That's just for starters.


In a book he wrote on the subject, Steve Lonegan explained that conservatives believe in pulling power away from centralized governments at the state and federal levels and turning over more control to municipal and county governments.  Who runs local government is important because they set the agenda.  Liberals will fix their eyes firmly on the state and on Washington  for money and direction.  Conservatives will seek to break those bonds, while making sure to protect and defend traditional values at the local level through actions and the good use of the bully pulpit. 


Conservatives like Steve Lonegan understand that Dan Perez is a big-spending, high tax, leftist.  Perez is trying to paint a different picture of himself, but he has a long history that says otherwise.