Dems See Election Opportunity in GOP-Heavy Parsippany

County Democratic chairman rouses the local party faithful.

The visible at its Wednesday meeting at the was an apparently revitalized one. 

Gone was the dispirited group resigned to accepting a position allowing them little to no voice in their town's affairs, one bruised after experiencing failure in election after election against a Republican Party that .

to be held in November, local Democrats showed a rare enthusiasm—and growing confidence.

That ebullience was reflected in an address Morris County Democratic Committee Chairman Lewis Candura made at the gathering.

"Morris County is changing," Candura said. "Eight years ago, there was a ratio of 2.1 Republicans for every Democrat. But there is now a 1.5 to 1 ratio of Republicans to Democrats.

"That all comes from you working hard to try to get the message out that we're not the enemy, just other citizens with different points of view."

Candura said some of the shift can be attributed to a new mentality in the GOP.

"The Tea Party is pushing out moderate, mainstream Republicans, [making that party] much more radical," he said. "Now they have this 'mountain man' theory that we should have no government or taxes. It's ludicrous. We need services.

"For these people to cut services and the safety net for the handicapped, for the mentally challenged...," he trailed off. "Look what happened in the GOP debates."

Candura referred to the September 2011 Republican presidential debate in which former candidate Ron Paul was asked what should be done for a citizen without health insurance who is poor but ill.  Audience members that night shouted at a visibly flustered Paul, "Let him die."

"Is that where we're going?" he asked.

"We have to express our opinions and work to get elected to give us a voice and a seat at the table."

County Democratic Party Executive Director Chip Robinson spoke next, echoing the sentiment that fortunes are improving for the party.

"This town is changing," he asserted, pointing to a growing number of Democrats, non-party-line Republicans and unaffiliated voters who hold increasingly diverse viewpoints. "Parsippany is not the Republican town it used to be. There are people receptive to our ideas if we find them." 

John Arvanites, 11th District Democratic candidate, was the next to speak.

"We have a five-point registration spread, thanks to redistricting," he said. "We have the ability to defeat [u.s. Rep.] Rodney Frelinghuysen with these numbers, with Democrats and unaffiliated [voters].

"Parsippany can can be the town that breaks his back."

Arvanites took a moment to thank former Democratic congressional candidate Tom Wyka for paving the way for him. Then, he focused his attention on the U.S. Congress.

"Congress is 56 percent Republican," he said, "fifty-six percent that attacks every move we make to build our businesses, educate our children, obtain quality health care and guarantee equality to all. They're well-funded and well-organized. We want to build an organization in the district that can match them."

The candidate said his campaign is focused on his race and on building the entire party.

"We can win this race and we will win this race from the top down to the local races, from President Obama, to [congressional and state legislative races] and to Jonathan Nelson," he insisted, earning applause from the audience in the crowded meeting room. "If we can get all the Democrats and some of the [disaffected] Republicans and unaffiliated, we can win."

To that end, local Democratic Party Chair Michael Soriano announced that plans are in the works to form a Parsippany Democratic Club to encourage more local party members to stand against the status quo and become active in politics.

Paul July 30, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A young lady and Mr. Nelson knocked on my door yesterday which is surprising being that I am a registered republican. I did not see a tax and spend liberal in front of me. He was thoughtful, courteous, and actually had some interesting ideas.
g July 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
FDR's Assault on capitalism. A tax and spend liberal -The top tax rates were 91% on personal income and 95% on corporations1 this prolonged the Great Depression by decades and cynically confiscated the wealth of the working class and investment class alike. - On April 7th, 1942, FDR declared that no one in America should be allowed to earn over $25,000 annually (equivalent to $260,000 in 2004 money).2 This was a typically socialist/communist inspired steal from the rich program. It also assured that the rich would not be able to invest in their businesses, save for the future, invest in the stock market or build homes much less spend on luxury items. Social Security, just another vote pandering exercise FDR admitted that the Social Security Act, which we are burdened with trying to "fix" now, was nothing but a vote pandering device. FDR said, "I guess you're right on the economics, but those taxes were never a problem of economics. They were politics all the way through." This was a quote from FDR in reply to the fact that Social Security Payroll Taxes were a drag on the economy.
Michael Brancato July 30, 2012 at 08:25 PM
"this prolonged the Great Depression by decades and cynically confiscated the wealth of the working class and investment class alike. " Decades? What history books did you read? The Great Depression ended in 1941, with the US entry into World War II. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression#World_War_II_and_recovery And FDR's policies actually lessened the Depression. In fact, when FDR tried to cut taxes on the wealthy, it actually deepened the Depression. http://bluemassgroup.com/2011/07/repeating-the-mistake-of-1937/ I would love to see a source for your quotes and facts, as they seem not only outrageous but biased and out of context.
Selene July 31, 2012 at 04:11 AM
You make no sense, what is your point?
Selene July 31, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Do you know the difference between the parties, do you have to be spoon fed? BTW most voters are idiots. That's why this country and town are soooo messed up. When a blue collar worker is voting republican we have a clear case of ignorance,
Selene July 31, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Where do you get your facts? Are you even educated beyond grade school?
Selene July 31, 2012 at 04:26 AM
G has ro be living on fantasy island.
Selene July 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
has to be living ( sorry for the typo )
VietNam Vet July 31, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I wouldn't vote for a democrap if you PAID me a million bucks. They are all brainless idiots.
VietNam Vet July 31, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Selene do you have to be so nasty you show how dumb you really are, just tipical of a democrap I guess.
g July 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Burton W. Folsom Jr. FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression Why Did New Deal Spending Fail to Lift the American Economy? By Jim Powell • Reviewed by: Burton W. Folsom Jr.
g July 31, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Burton W. Folsom Jr. FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression Why Did New Deal Spending Fail to Lift the American Economy? By Jim Powell • Reviewed by: Burton W. Folsom Jr. Congress reduced taxes. Income tax rates were cut across the board. FDR's top marginal rate, 94% on all income over $200,000, was cut to 86.45%. The lowest rate was cut to 19% from 23%, and with a change in the amount of income exempt from taxation an estimated 12 million Americans were eliminated from the tax rolls entirely. Corporate tax rates were trimmed and FDR's "excess profits" tax was repealed, which meant that top marginal corporate tax rates effectively went to 38% from 90% after 1945.
g July 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Selene, you use innuendo to refute a fact. Why don't you present your facts.
g July 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Selene The top tax rates were 91% on personal income and 95% on corporations1 this prolonged the Great Depression by decades and cynically confiscated the wealth of the working class and investment class alike. You dispute these tax rate under FDR. Please tell me what the tax under was FDR.
Mike P July 31, 2012 at 01:48 PM
@G FYI there was a war going on at the time. It was called WWII. The tax rate was raised to extreme levels to fund the war, something few Americans complained about. These days, the political right likes to wage war but it doesn't like to use taxes to fund them which has always confused me.
g July 31, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The top marginal tax rate was reduced to 58% in 1922, to 25% in 1925 and finally to 24% in 1929. In 1932 the top marginal tax rate was increased to 63% during the Great Depression and steadily increased, reaching 94%
Mike P July 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Your numbers are misleading. Again, the high tax rate did not cause the great depression. During the build up to war and through the war years, wages increased over 50% while prices rose 20%. The nation prospered during the time you write about. And during these years almost half of our GNP was spent on the war machine. To compare the tax rates of the mid 1930's through 1945 to today is ridiculous .
Mike P July 31, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Also, the average income tax rate peaked in 1944 at 20.9 percent.
Steven Colpar July 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@ Paul Brown - "democraps" are so !@&%^# nasty - aren't they - just making up childish partisan insults and posting on this site all day. Who needs 'em.
Steven Colpar July 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hank – you’re right – these libs are so unfair along with Natalie and this lame stream media. See how she cleverly linked to that misleading video from the Tea Party debate. What no one in the “liberal press” never bothered to find out was that one of the audience members stepped on a mouse under their foot and after insisting to her husband that she get it to a vet – he and his friends screamed at her “let him die!” But you won’t see any investigative reporting on that on the Communist News Network. Oh noooo!
Natalie Davis (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Mr. Colpar, you are America and so can I.
DaphneD August 01, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Too funny.
DaphneD August 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Selene, my sister, even if you spoon-feed them they won't acknowledge the facts. Middle- and working-class Repubs are intent on voting against their own economic self-interest. That's why they voted for Bush-43 TWICE, as though his first term was a resounding economic success!?! How dumb was that? These Repubs will go to their graves swearing that trickle-down economics is the answer. Why let facts and reality get in the way of their blind partisanship, baseless ideology, dedicated ignorance and outdated narrow-mindedness? The facts and data prove which party benefits average folks: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/09/why_elections_matter_in_one_gr.html; and http://www.hks.harvard.edu/inequality/Seminar/Papers/Bartels071.pdf.
Steven Colpar August 02, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I am...who am....ma'am. I am the eggman - I am the walrus ....goo goo g'joob goo goo g'joob. Buy my book today!
VietNam Vet August 04, 2012 at 06:59 AM
For you Salene, I am thinking your the ignorant one here, because its people like you that put this town and this once great nation in the shape its in right now. You and Dan Grant are of the same mind and you are so WRONG and you are being to blind to see what is really happening in this town and our country.
VietNam Vet August 04, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Natalie, I'm sorry but I think Steve is right, the democraps can be very nasty and uninformed as to what is going on in this town and the country, they voted for an idiot in Wash. and thats just what we got. Thats why alot of key dems won't even vote for Dumbo/Osama.
DaphneD August 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Democraps? Idiot? Dumbo/Osama? If the question is who's nastier, Paul, you're the pot calling the kettle black.
DaphneD August 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Paul Brown, ignorant is not knowing the difference between "your" and "you're"; the difference between "its" and "it's"; and the difference between "to" and "too." Our country has lost its greatness because poorly educated citizens make their voting decisions based on no information or misinformation. Raise your hand, Paul Brown.
VietNam Vet August 06, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I call it like I see it, Toi Xin Loi.
Steven Colpar August 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Ah – Ha! I see your clever disguise my little friend. The jig is up. This is a foreign (Vietnamese) Communist infiltrator masquerading as an obtuse grumpy old conservative white male.... Sooooo clever of you. Ác gián điệp ! Arrest him Ms. Davis (use the cyber cuffs). Ác gián điệp !


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