Republican Rep. Leonard Lance is using today’s announcement that Democratic House candidate Jeff Van Drew won’t back Nancy Pelosi for a leadership post to contrast his opponent’s refusal to say he would oppose Pelosi for Minority Leader or Speaker.
Tom Malinowski, who is challenging Lance in the fall, said just before the primary election that he would not decide on his support for Pelosi until after the general election.
“Tom Malinowski was hand-picked by Nancy Pelosi to run for Congress. Pelosi convinced the nearly 30-year resident of Washington, DC and former lobbyist to come to New Jersey where Malinowski quickly rented an apartment and bullied his way through the primary,” said Jim Hilk, Lance’s campaign manager. “The reality is both Nancy and Tom are D.C. liberals who live in DC houses, breathe DC air and pay DC property taxes.”
The Lance campaign pointed to more $14,000 in campaign contributions Malinowski has received from Pelosi and her leadership PAC.
The Malinowski campaign did not immediately return a 12:54 PM call seeking comment. This story will be updated if they respond.