Using Threats to Score Political Points 'Pathetic,' Says Sweeney Rep

The state Senate president condemns threats made against two local Republican leaders.

In the wake of , state Senate President Stephen Sweeney moved quickly to condemn those actions, but his representatives also admonished West Deptford Republicans for trying to exploit those threats in an election season.

"As someone who has been on the receiving end of threats before, the Senate president condemns these cowardly acts in the strongest of terms,” spokesman Christopher Donnelly said. “Those who seek and hold public office do so out of a love for their community, and while we may disagree with them, they deserve respect.”

But using those alleged threats against Republican Mayor Ray Chintall and Committeeman Sam Cianfarini, which are currently under investigation by police, to try to bolster their campaign is beyond the pale, Donnelly said.

“Despite how serious this is, the local Republican leadership is seeking to use threats made against their own colleagues to score political points. That is just pathetic, and diminishes the seriousness of real threats of violence," he said.

Republicans have argued Sweeney’s speech last week, which included a call to “punish our enemies” at election time, are inflammatory and could incite some factions within the Democratic Party to take drastic measures.

“Collectively, I think there are a lot of good people in the Democratic Party who want none of this,” West Deptford Republican chair Dennis Forte said. “Unfortunately, I think some people take his words a little too seriously.”

There's little to suggest Sweeney's remarks were responsible for any of the threats made against the two Republicans, given Forte's admission the threats started several months ago, and the most recent was at least several weeks prior to the Senate president's speech.

And Donnelly said the Republicans were deliberately twisting the meaning of Sweeney’s full remarks, which referenced attacks on organized labor in the larger context.

"Senate President Sweeney firmly believes that those who are trying to stamp out workers' rights in this country will have to answer to the voters this fall,” said Donnelly. “For anyone, much less those that represent a Republican Party doing everything in its power nationally to keep people from voting this November, to imply anything else from those statements is simply foolish."

AllTaxedOut September 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
With all due respect to anyone who takes exception to my opinion on this matter, I stand fully by my last post. I investigate these stories and their sources before commenting.
Wayne Klotz September 07, 2012 at 10:24 PM
AllTaxedOut September 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Again, with all due respect, I need not justify my opinion based upon my investigations to anyone. This is a free forum and I will not answer "yells" (messages in all caps) from angry individuals with an intolerant view of others' opinions.
Wayne Klotz September 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
well get it right next time.
AllTaxedOut September 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Mr. Klotz, I will no longer respond to you unless your demeanor changes. I made my most recent point and you simply could'nt resist having the last word. I told you I checked the facts, and a perfectly good opportunity for new dialogue on the subject was wasted with your response ("Well, get it right next time."). At least your last response wasn't a scream.... But I see that you have once again resumed screaming a la Howard Dean. Your angry responses at times border on the unhinged. I truly believe that the more time you devote to WD Patch in commenting on the opinions of others, the angrier and scarier you become. If this were a literal highway rather than the informational one it is you might very well be cited for road rage. I am not degrading you as a human being; I am not inferring that you should stop contributing here. I will, however, make a few unsolicited suggestions that may help to keep things civil. First, stop screaming at everyone. No subject matter here worth commenting on warrants that. If someone else uses offensive dialogue, just don't respond. Second, just politely agree to disagree. And finally....relax, dude. Unless we're warned of impending Doom, or the Feds suddenly announce that all our currency is worthless (another kind of Doom, to be sure) THEN you can yell and scream....and I'll join you! Otherwise, Mr. Klotz, just please mellow out. Let's all play nice, kids!


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