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Rich endorses Flanagan for Senate

Ex-Monmouth freeholder confirms exit from race

By David Wildstein, February 04 2020 10:48 am

Gary Rich, who has ended his race for U.S. Senate, today endorsed Tricia Flanagan for the Republican nomination to run against Cory Booker.

“Conservatives in the Republican party need to speak with one voice, and after meeting Tricia Flanagan, I have decided that hers is the voice is the voice that speaks most clearly and powerfully for the principles that compel me to run,” Rich said. “

Rich said he is asking his supporters – it’s not immediately clear how many of them exist – to support Flanagan at upcoming county conventions to award organization lines.

“This has never been about the next step in Gary Rich’s political career.  Tricia shares my belief that political activity should be about service and not career advancement,” said Rich, a former Monmouth County freeholder.  “There are too few people like that in politics today. What we need are more people with that type of motivation at every level of government.”

Flanagan has not actively competed for organization lines.  At the Union County GOP convention last week, Rich received 11 votes (6%), while no votes were cast for Flanagan.

“Stepping aside is my way of showing that I will be working to ensure candidates committed to public service win the coming elections,” Rich said.

Flanagan, who has been in the Senate race since last summer, has not filed any reports with the Federal Election Commission.  That points to fundraising that is less than $5,000 total in 2019.

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