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GOP group building oppo file on Amy Kennedy

America Rising filed OPRA request with Kennedy’s former school

By David Wildstein, December 20 2019 2:24 pm

A Republican super PAC that does opposition research on Democratic candidates has begun assembling a dossier on Amy Kennedy, a potential challenger to party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

America Rising is seeking information pertaining to Kennedy’s tenure as a public school teacher in Northfield, according to an Open Public Records Act request file by the super PAC on Wednesday.

Kennedy, who taught 8th grade social studies, announced on Monday that she had formed an exploratory committee.  She told the New Jersey Globe that she would decide over the holidays.

Among the documents being sought by America Rising: Kennedy’s job application and resume, records indicating her dates of employment and salary for each year, and her three most recent performance evaluations, according to a copy of the request obtained by the Globe.

Among the co-founders of America Rising is Raj Shah, a former Republican National Committee opposition research director and deputy Trump White House press secretary.

In 2017, America Rising filed freedom of information requests with the U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency in search of e-mails from career employees who had criticized President Donald Trump.

The wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), Kennedy has ties to local politics in Atlantic County.  Her father, Jerry Savell, served as a freeholder and was elected councilman in Absecon and Pleasantville.

Political Science Professor Brigid Callahan Harrison and Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett have already entered the race to challenge Van Drew.  West Cape May Commissioner John Francis III says he is running and will formally announce in a few weeks.

America Rising also filed a request at Montclair State University, where Harrison is a professor, seeking recent e-mails mentioning Van Drew, sources told the Globe.

NEW JERSEY GLOBE OPRA Request 12-18-2019 americarising

This story was updated at 3:09 PM.

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