The Ham Sandwich is Toast (This Year)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012—Tea Party favorite Anna Little took 70% of the vote for a compelling victory in Tuesday's GOP primary for the New Jersey 6th Congressional District, defeating GOP establishment candidate Ernesto Cullari.
In recent weeks, the race has been marked by signs of desperation. On May 23rd Cullari failed to appear at a debate sponsored by the Jersey Shore Tea Party, leading that group to provide a ham sandwich as a stand-in. Starting on May 31st, Cullari's campaign mailed at least two "exposes" to a mailing list which is alleged to have been taken from the Little campaign. These presented cases from Little's legal career in a highly slanted light, suggesting unsavory behavior but not actually stating the accusation. They were quickly debunked by the Little campaign.
Anna Little will face Democrat Frank Pallone in the general election in November. This will be her second attempt to challenge Pallone. In her first attempt, she suprised everyone except herself and her supporters by coming within eleven percent of unseating the long-entrenched liberal Democrat. The combination of name recognition, redistricting, and possible negative coat-tails from the Presidential campaign may favor Little. The contentious primary and the fierce struggle for control of Congress raise the prospect of a no-holds-barred race for New Jersey 6.