Every Republican with a pulse knows what happens in a primary. Two or more candidates duke it out -- sometimes it gets downright nasty -- but after the votes are counted and the dust clears, all sides get together behind the winner of the Republican primary and go and beat up the Democrat and win the election in November.
That's how it was in 2016, when a lot of good conservatives worked for presidential candidates like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Chris Christie, among others. They fought for their candidates and against Donald Trump, but then got behind Donald Trump once he became the Republican nominee at the convention.
Some Republicans, like Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, said that they couldn't support Donald Trump for President. But at least they didn't support the Democrat ticket led by Hillary Clinton. Later, Guadagno would be forgiven by many Republicans, including Mayor Carlos Rendo, who agreed to serve on her ticket in last year's gubernatorial race.
A very few Republicans, like candidate John McCann, continued to serve their Democrat paymasters (in McCann's case, Bergen Sheriff Michael Saudino) while Saudino was running for re-election as a Democrat on Hillary Clinton's ticket. In our view, this is unconscionable. Any Republican with a spine and worthy of the name should have campaigned against Michael Saudino in 2016. He shouldn't have been taking a check from him.
But maybe John McCann doesn't understand the primary process too well because he doesn't vote in Republican primaries too often. If his voting record is correct, McCann has showed up for one Republican primary in the last decade. That's pretty darn lame.
Many see McCann as a Democrat straw man. The Bergen Record has identified McCann as the "right hand man" to Democrat Sheriff Michael Saudino. It was Saudino's feud with the Republican County Executive that undermined and ultimately lost Republicans control of Bergen County. The coup de grace came when Saudino, a one-time Republican, joined Hillary Clinton and Josh Gottheimer on a ticket that crushed Republicans in Bergen County. McCann remained Saudino's consigliore through all of this and ran for Congress (as a Republican) with Saudino's blessing and while still on the Democrat's payroll.
Sheriff Saudino has formally endorsed fellow Democrat Josh Gottheimer for re-election this year. All this meddling in the Republican primary has the Democrats resembling the Russians.
Have a good weekend.