The victories in PA are seen as clear endorsement of the Clinton wing of the party. As the battle crosses the Delaware, Clinton Dems in north-eastern NJ are gearing up to fight the Rothman forces. Pascrell, a past NJ Assemblyman and former mayor of Paterson has a strong following. Unlike the 2008 contest, the 2012 primary theater plays out downticket where the Clinton wing of the party is alive and fierce.
Published: Friday, May 04, 2012, 12:30 PM Updated: Friday, May 04, 2012, 12:35 PMBy Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau
AFP PHOTO/Robyn BeckFormer President Bill Clinton threw his support behind Rep. BIll Pascrell in his primary battle against Steve Rothman.
Former President Bill Clinton today endorsed U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th District), who’s locked in a tight primary against fellow incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist).Lesson: Never count a Clinton out. Obama may be at the top of the ticket, but some of these primary battles can turn out to be death-by-a-thousand-cuts to those who scorned HRC in favor of the inspirational half-term senator from Illinois four years ago. Some Dems will dutifully campaign and vote for the Clinton loyalists. Many will also be writing in Hillary at the top of the ticket.
Pascrell endorsed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, while Rothman was President Obama’s highest profile New Jersey supporter.
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