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Fiocchi says Singh is hiding something

Congressional candidate smacks rival for not filing financial disclosure

By David Wildstein, May 16 2018 1:01 pm

Hirsh Singh is facing growing criticism of his failure to file his personal financial disclosure with the U.S. House of Representatives.

“My campaign checked the website of the Clerk of the House this morning and there is still no financial disclosure from Hirsh Singh,” said former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, one of Singh’s opponents in the Republican primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district. “It’s a simple task, his failure to file makes it appear he has something to hide, especially considering he claims the ability to self-fund, yet relied on a loan from his father to finance his gubernatorial campaign.”

Federal law requires congressional candidates to file personal financial disclosures at least thirty days prior to the primary election.  Singh’s was due on May 6.  Singh acknowledged on Monday that he was more than a week late.

“I’m trying to get it done soon,” Singh told the New Jersey Globe.  “Haven’t had a chance yet.”

Fiocchi says that Singh needs to “come clean on his personal finances.”

“Didn’t have a chance yet is a completely unacceptable answer considering he has known he’s running for congress since members of the party’s establishment talked him out of the Senate race and promised him a clear field for Congress,” Fiocchi said in a statement issued today.

Singh’s campaign manager, Michael Byrne, declined to comment today, saying that a previous statement still applies where he said “He’s working with his team to make sure that all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed.”

Fiocchi said that the disclosure delay is the latest in a series of reasons why Singh should not be the Republican nominee to replace retiring 12-term Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo.

“Borderline misogynistic social media posts that were found by a reporter and are easily found on a Democratic website, support of corporate bailouts and his May 7, 2017 tweet touting his ‘pro-marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform’ are all bad enough,” Fiocchi said. “Adding failure to file a simple financial disclosure form is just more ammunition for the Democrats and one more example of why Hirsh Singh cannot be our Party’s nominee heading into November.”

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