Is Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) bullying county committee members into putting up his lawn signs? Or is he being smart?
The re-election campaign of the five-term Republican is telling Republicans to respond to an e-mail saying that would not like a lawn sign dropped, effectively forcing them to say they don’t want one.
“With the primary just two weeks away, we are looking to distribute Anthony Bucco lawn signs, and we hope we can count on your support in this regard. Over the next week, we will be sending around a team to deploy signs to the entire committee. We will be happy to place a sign in your yard for you if you want,” the e-mail said. “Please let us know if you would not like one dropped off at your house by replying to this email.”
The wording of the e-mail places county committee members in a potentially tough spot of telling Bucco where they stand in a four-candidate primary for two Assembly seats in the 25th district.
Bucco is facing his first primary challenge since he beat his brother-in-law, Doug Cabana, in 2009 — although he did face some opposition in 2011.) With Michael Patrick Carroll stepping down after 24 years in the legislature to run for Morris County Surrogate, the GOP field for a rare open seat includes Denville councilman Brian Bergen, former Rodney Frelinghuysen district director Aura Dunn, and special assistant county counsel John Barbarula.