(Before It's News)
As Donald Trump continues his xenophobic speeches, Republicans
are desperate to hold onto the Senate and House. The same fear is
reverberating through the Democratic party as displeasure with
Hillary Clinton’s emails is having an effect on lower races.
American’s aren’t happy with their lack of choice. Many are
deciding to forgo their automatic acceptance of the incumbent
candidate and look to alternatives for all lower races.
One such race is taking place in New Jersey’s 8th
congressional district. Albio Sires the Democratic incumbent is up
against both a Republican and Libertarian. Sires has been in office
for 10 years but his name recognition is low. This is due to his
district having a disproportionately high number of rental
properties. Many renters tend to move within a couple of years
requiring even Sires to re-introduce himself to his
This has given his opponents an unforeseen advantage in this
year’s campaign. I recently spoke with Dan Delaney the Libertarian
running against Sires. Here is that interview:
: Very good to see you. So the way
the district is set up is that 55% of residents are Hispanic and
you’re running against incumbent Democrat and Cuban immigrant
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Jonathan: So that’s quite a challenge to
Dan: Yeah it is. He has a pretty good
stranglehold on the district but I’m here to shake things up.
Jonathan: Good. And what are you finding the
response to be so far?
Dan: It’s kind of refreshing. Everybody that
I meet. People also don’t focus too much on congressional
elections. They’re very focused on the Presidency. Some people I
found do know Albio personally and they’re all about him, but
anybody else that doesn’t know him or hasn’t even heard of him as
their representative – they’re always open to new ideas and they
usually like what I have to say. It’s the perfect storm because
with the two candidates Trump and Hillary everybody’s kind of
pissed off; they don’t want to vote for them. Some people do know
about Gary Johnson and they’re thinking about voting Libertarian.
And even if they’re thinking about that, they’ll possibly look at
me and see the Libertarian next to my name and pull the trigger. I
think New Jersey alone is up I think 75% of registered
Libertarians, which is huge considering it almost doubled just in
Jonathan: New Jersey has one of the most
restrictive gun laws in any state. As a Congressman what would you
do to protect our safety and assure our freedoms?
Dan: So I think it’s borderline impossible to
get a handgun in New Jersey. My father, it took him several years
to get it, just to protect our house. And I think it’s a big deal
make that path easier for law abiding responsible gun owners.
Especially, allowing concealed carry is a huge deal. I think that
should be allowed at a national level. So that’s something I would
try to lobby for because if you’re a responsible gun owner
concealed carrying a handgun you can stop a lot problems.
Jonathan: One of the problems with Sires is
that he has voted 93% with the Democratic party and Menendez does
the same exact thing. He just votes with the party and I think what
American’s are looking for now is this level of thought and
communication that I have a difference of opinion and I want
somebody to represent that opinion and we don’t see it in either of
the two parties. So I think that’s where the Libertarians are
really gaining a lot of the momentum.
: Yeah and I’m a big fan of that kind of.
There are a few congressmen, namely representative
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their votes almost all the time on their Facebook posts and they
talk about why they voted yes or no on a bill. Which is way better
then just vote with the party and staying silent on it. It’s been
awesome to read what they say.
: You often Tweet using the hashtag
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does that mean?
Dan: Before 1913 we didn’t have an income
tax, we didn’t have the IRS and we still had roads and
infrastructure and standing military. So there’s a lot of bloat in
government that I’d like to see scaled back, and hopefully reduce
taxation overall. We have to start over – throw out the tax code,
start with a flat percentage. I’d like to see that percentage
gradually go down year by year if we can start to cut bloat and cut
wasteful spending in the government ideally. But yes, definitely
start with a flat percentage.
Jonathan: Do you agree with Gary Johnson on
eliminating the department of education?
Dan: Definitely, I would love to see
education more localized; at a maximum at the state level. Even
better if it’s local communities.
Jonathan: Dan Delaney running for Congress in
New Jersey in the 8th congressional district. If you live there you
should definitely be following this man on Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram all of that will be in the description below. And it was
great having you here. I really appreciate this.
Dan: Thank you so much for having