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Former investment banker Frank Pallotta

Pallotta hits Gottheimer over progressive policies at Dem presidential debates

Congressman faces a primary challenge from the left

By Nikita Biryukov, August 01 2019 12:55 pm

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Congressional Candidate Frank Pallotta attacked Rep. Josh Gottheimer following two Democratic presidential primary debates dominated by discussions over progressive policies.

“As the last two nights have shown us, the Democrats are on an alarming, unrepentant path towards socialism. In response to the demands of the far-left ‘Squad’ of Congresswomen, the Democratic presidential candidates have embraced a Medicare for All scheme that would kick 200 million Americans off their private insurance,” Pallotta said. “What has Josh Gottheimer done to stop his colleagues’ embrace of these radical proposals? Nothing. In fact, he’s voted with them over 80% of the time.”

Since winning his seat in 2016, Gottheimer has made a name for himself as a centrist.

He co-chairs the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group seeking to end gridlock in Washington.

That position and his voting with President Donald Trump more often than any other House Democrat in 2018 have spawned a primary challenge from Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich.

The district’s party organizations solidified behind Gottheimer following Kreibich’s announcement, and Gottheimer has been endorsed by all four of the district’s Democratic county chairs.

Pallotta, a former investment banker with the ability to self-fund his campaign, is one of three Republicans seeking to challenge Gottheimer in 2020. He faces former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, who unsuccessfully attempted to oust Gottheimer last year, and Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali.

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