Tattoos are now an issue in the race for New Jersey State Senate in the 24th district, with Steve Lonegan expressing his amazement over rival Parker Space’s decision to “rehash his ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ lie,” alleging that Spaces’ campaign tea used the 1970s TV show to coverup his decision to get a tattoo of the Confederate flag after a nine Blacks attending a church Bible study class were killed in a 2015 mass shooting.
“Getting a Confederate flag tattoo after a national tragedy doesn’t make you a conservative,” Lonegan said. “It makes you a fool.”
Lonegan said he never suggested that Space was a racist, but said that his opponent’s “guilty conscience” might be the reason he brought up the issue.
“Why doesn’t Parker Space try explaining the philosophy behind his support for the Confederate flag? And if he can’t, maybe his supporters can,” he said. “Let’s hear from Local 825 about where they stand on the Confederate flag? How about Tony Bucco or Aura Dunn or Brian Bergen or Dawn Fantasia and Mike Inganamort? Is Dawn’s school pro-Confederate flag or anti? Maybe all these people will go out and get their own Confederate flag tattoos to show their support for Parker.”
“I’ve seen an inventory of his tattoos, made by Commissioner Jill Space, and she clearly states what it is. I’ve also seen an accompanying photo of some open skin where she said they were thinking of locating a tattoo of the General Lee — the Dukes of Hazzard car with the Confederate flag — just in case they were asked about it again,” Lonegan alleged. “It’s in writing.”
Earlier today, Space backstabber and said his Republican primary opponent backed him for re-election in 2017 after the controversial tattoo became news.
“Yes, I was happy to stand with Parker when I thought he was telling the truth. But I have since learned that he lied to all of us – to me, to his constituents, to the people of New Jersey,” Lonegan said. “Parker Space back-stabbed the people who elected him and he back-stabbed the people who came to his defense, like me.”
According to Lonegan, the tattoo inventory was discussed at a Sussex GOP meeting nearly a year ago when his wife decided to run for county commissioner.
“I never used the term ‘racism’ but if Parker has a guilty conscience, I can see why he has defensively brought it up,” stated Lonegan. “Why doesn’t Parker Space try explaining the philosophy behind his support for the Confederate flag? And if he can’t, maybe his supporters can.”
Lonegan pushed back on Space’s assertion that he was repeating left-wing talking points,
“Opposing racism isn’t ‘far-left’. It is good old-fashioned American common sense, “ Lonegan said. “Parker Space isn’t ‘authentic and honest’; he suffers from a juvenile sense of fashion. Going around made up like you belong in some biker gang isn’t a good look for anyone over 25.”