Here’s one vote Leonard Lance won’t get. It’s Elizabeth Meyer, the founder of the New Jersey Woman’s March and a resident of New Jersey’s 7th district.
Meyer issued a scathing statement today, ripping apart her congressman for dismissing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 35 years ago. She called Lance “cowardly” for failing to speak until today, when the five-term Republican called for an FBI investigation into the allegations.
“Leonard Lance doesn’t care about doing what’s right to support sexual assault survivors. He cares about saving his seat,” Meyer said. “I want a representative that won’t sit there, wafting in a pool of ambiguity, worrying about how to get the votes necessary to stay in office instead of actively advocating for fairness.”
Meyer says she’ll vote for Democrat Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama. Recent polls show the race in a statistical dead heat.
Lance has been under fire all week for comments he made to the Rutgers College Republicans, when he was picked up on tape saying “I tend not to believe the charges” that Blasey Ford made against Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Over the last few days, more than 70 New Jersey public officials – almost all of them Democrats – have railed against Lance for his comments, including Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver.
“Leonard Lance’s failure to demand an investigation from the start makes him complicit in reinforcing the massive amount of public skepticism victims face when they speak up and report sexual assault crimes,” Meyer said. “He failed Dr. Blasey Ford when she needed him to echo her voice for an FBI investigation. He failed the sexual assault survivors of his district. And he failed me.”