Former congressional candidate Seth Grossman took aim at Republican leaders and former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin, claiming the latter was only chosen because of his money.
“Establishment Republican leaders in New Jersey did recruit their idea of a perfect candidate to run for U.S. Senate. He was Bob Hugin, a retired pharmaceutical executive,” Grossman said in an email fundraising to close his campaign debt. “Hugin had no understanding of or commitment to individual liberty or the Constitution. He had no message, and no political skills or experience.”
“After spending more than $30 million of his own money, Hugin ended up losing with the same 44% of the vote that conservative Steve Lonegan got four years ago running with almost no money or support against Democrat Cory Booker.”
Grossman made similar comments during his primary, ostensibly about then-rival Hirsh Singh, who promised Republican leaders in the second district that he would self-fund his campaign but was unable to do so because of federal election laws.
Grossman claimed that, had party leaders not abandoned him after comments he made calling diversity “un-American,” he could have beat Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew. The national party rescinded its endorsement of Grossman not long after backing him after his primary win.
“The NRCC and state GOP leaders also cut off all funding and other support to my campaign. They did not even share their voter lists,” Grossman said. “None of them returned my texts or phone calls, or made any effort to hear my side of the story. These GOP leaders even kept me from sharing information and working with Bob Hugin’s U.S. Senate campaign on voter registration and early voting. They instructed county leaders not to distribute my campaign literature.”