A negative Internet ad in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 7th district has caused a candidate to lose one of her supporters.
Galit Kierkut, a former president of the New Jersey Women’s Lawyers Association, withdrew her endorsement of Linda Weber last night. A partner at Sills, Cummis & Gross, Kierkut said that a negative online ad targeting rival Tom Malinowski has caused her to drop her support.
“I am withdrawing my support because her campaign decided to publicly bash another Democratic candidate with a misleading ad,” Kierkut said in a Facebook post late last night. “They have lost sight of the goal of flipping the House.”
Weber has attacked Malinowski for receiving a homestead property tax deduction for his home in Washington, D.C. The Weber ad used the headline: “Tax Cheat Tom: The DC insider Leonard Lance wan…” Above the photo, Weber’s campaign wrote: “Tom Malinowski says he’s from New Jersey, but he’s getting an illegal tax break on his home in DC.”
The Malinowski camp accused Weber of fabricating a headline for the ad, but Weber campaign manager Tony Coppola denied that.
“We did not alter the InsiderNJ article, Coppola said. “We simply linked to it from our ad because it provides documentation regarding Tom Malinowski’s tax issues.”
InsiderNJ said that the headline was not the one used in their story, and asked Weber to take it down.
The Democratic municipal chairs from the thirteen towns in Union County will meet on Sunday to award the organization line. Sources say that Malinowski has a slight lead in that vote. Weber has said she would drop out of the race if she didn’t have the line.