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Kennedy raising money off Van Drew convention speaking role

By David Wildstein, August 24 2020 1:03 pm

Democrat Amy Kennedy is fundraising off the news that Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) will speak at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

Kennedy is seeking to unseat Van Drew, who was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018 and became a Republican one year later after refusing to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“It’s clear that in exchange for Van Drew switching parties to pledge his ‘undying support’ to the president, Trump is rolling out the red carpet. And we need to be ready to fight back,” Kennedy campaign manager Josh Roesch wrote in a fundraising solicitation sent by email on Monday.

According to Roesch, the Kennedy campaign is “launching an emergency fundraising goal of collecting 1,000 grassroots contributions before Van Drew takes the stage Thursday night.”

Roesch said that Van Drew’s ability to secure a prime time speaking slot on the night Trump accepts the GOP nomination will be followed by campaign cash from “Trump’s corporate donors.”

“The only way we can overcome that kind of spending is with a lot of contributions from folks like you, pitching in to make change for South Jersey,” Roesch said.

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