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Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman

Suleiman slaps Van Drew for missing USPS meeting

Congressman the lone member of state’s House delegation absent from Thursday meeting

By Nikita Biryukov, June 12 2020 9:48 am

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman slammed Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) for missing a meeting with U.S. Postal Service officials attended by the rest of the state’s House delegation.

“Being Donald Trump’s lapdog must be so tiring that it caused Jeff to miss this meeting,” Suleiman said. “It’s embarrassing that the other 11 members of the congressional delegation rearranged their schedules to meet with the Postal Service but Jeff felt this meeting was beneath him, especially since there were issues with the Postal Service in his own district with the May 12 municipal elections.”

On Thursday, the state’s eleven other representatives met with U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer David Williams to prepare for the state’s July 7 primaries, which will be conducted mostly using mail-in ballots.

Every voter registered with a major political party will receive a ballot in the mail for the primaries, while unaffiliated voters will get a mail-in ballot application instead.

Postage will be prepaid in either case.

The lawmakers’ meeting with USPS officials is meant to best prepare the state to avoid the types of irregularities seen during non-partisan municipal races held in New Jersey on May 12.

Irregularities in those races, which were conducted entirely using mail-in ballots, could often be tracked back to USPS.

In some cases, returned ballots were not counted because arrived with no postmark. In others, ballots took weeks to reach elections officials, among a host of other delivery-related issues.

Though he now belongs to the Republican Party, Van Drew was elected as a Democrat but defected to the GOP in December after losing support among the party’s rank and file over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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