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Van Drew Campaign Exposes Democrats Sham Debate at Oakcrest: “This had to be a joke!”

September 19, 2022 — United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew’s campaign manager Ron Filan released the following statement blasting the Atlantic County League of Women Voters sham “Debate” scheduled to take place tomorrow night at Oakcrest High School. 

“Let’s be clear, this allegedly ‘non-partisan’ debate was organized by an active member of our opponents campaign team who is all over social media recruiting Democrat volunteers, soliciting contributions for his campaign, and organizing protests at our campaign events all while spewing vile hate-filled rhetoric equating Republicans with terrorists. It was intentionally scheduled during a voting session of the United States House of Representatives knowing full well that Congressman Van Drew would be unable to attend. In fact, when our campaign first saw their press release announcing the debate – even though Congressman Van Drew and no Atlantic County Republicans were able to participate – we assumed this had to be a joke. It really is sad to see how Atlantic County Democrat operatives have hijacked a once well respected organization like the League of Women Voters and absolutely destroyed it’s credibility and even more disappointing that they would allow taxpayer funded resources to be used for what has always been a purely partisan political charade.”

As was the case in 2020, Congressman Van Drew will debate the Democrat nominee at the annual Stockton / Press of AC Debate which will be on October 19th this year. 

Below you will find well documented evidence of political bias by the Atlantic County League of Women Voters officers behind this sham debate.  

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Ro Goldberg is the Chair of the Atlantic County League of Women Voters. She is listed on the Atlantic County Democrat Committee’s website as someone who as recently as last year was holding fundraisers for the Galloway Township Democrat candidates in her own home. 

Here are just a few recent screenshots out of hundreds of posts over the years from the Atlantic County League of Women Voters Debate Coordinator Victoria Druding’s personal Facebook page attacking Congressman Van Drew and Republicans in general while openly supporting Democrat candidates including Tim Alexander.  

September 3, 2022 — Druding shared Tim Alexander’s campaign Facebook post that “Jeff Van Drew and the MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards”

September 1, 2022 — Druding shared this vulgar post with the image of several pickup trucks waving Trump flags.

August 31, 2022 — Congressman Van Drew had a fundraiser in Historic Smithville with Kellyanne Conway, who not only has deep roots in Atlantic County, but holds the distinction of being the first woman to manage a successful Presidential campaign. Druding was listed as one of the protest organizers. 

August 19, 2022 — Druding shared Tim Alexander’s campaign post with the link to donate to his upcoming campaign fundraiser. The fundraiser was hosted by Peggy Capone who is on the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School Board. 

August 17, 2022 — Throughout the month of August, Druding was actively recruiting protesters ahead of Congressman Van Drew’s fundraiser with Kellyanne Conway and encouraging them to “bring flags, signs, fog horns.”

August 8, 2022 — Druding shared a George Carlin clip with the line, “There is a reason they call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” This is not the first time Druding has shared this post. 

August 7, 2022 — Druding shared an image from the Atlantic County Democratic Committee encouraging everyone to “Vote your Democratic Team on or before November 8, 2022” which included Tim Alexander for Congress. 

August 7, 2022 — Druding shared a Tik Tok video posted in the “Tim Alexander Social Media Warriors” facebook group with the caption, “Who does Jeff Van Drew work for? Certainly not us!”

August 6, 2022 — Druding shared the image of a t-shirt accusing Republicans of hating women, minorities, and the poor as well as being homophobic, anti-science, and traitors. 

August 6, 2022 — Druding shared an image posted by a group called “Americans for Progressive Change” which read “DO NOT GO GENTLY INTO THE MIDTERMS” and encouraged “RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE LYING OF THE RIGHT.” 

August 4, 2022 – Druding shared an image posted by “Americans for Progressive Change” with characters from the Disney & Pixar movie A Bug’s Life that reads as follows: “I don’t know how A Bug’s Life didn’t radicalize more of you. It literally teaches us that we the people will always outnumber the elite and WE CAN BEAT THEIR ASSES. Why aren’t we doing that.”

August 4, 2022 — Druding shared a cartoon from a page called “BernieCrats United in Resistance & Revolution” implying girl scouts should get a merit badge for promising to dedicate their lives to “crushing the rich white patriarchy out of existence for making life so miserable for me and all my black and brown and queer sisters all around the world.” 

August 4, 2022 — Druding created a Facebook event to begin organizing protesters for Congressman Van Drew’s August 31st fundraiser with Kellyanne Conway.  

August 4, 2022 — Druding shared a post from the facebook page “Blue Wave 2022,” which is a reference to electing all Democrat candidates, referring to November as “Roevember” and stating that “the enemies of women will be crushed.” 

August 3, 2022 — Druding shared a Tim Alexander for Congress campaign post about the communities he visited for National Night Out. 

August 3 — Druding shared a post from the “Egg Harbor Township Democrats” facebook page claiming Republicans were blocking legislation to help veterans in Congress. It included the caption “This is how the party of patriots respects our troops.” 

August 2, 2022 — Druding shared a facebook post from a page called “Progressive Democrats for the people” which read, “Evangelicals would worship the devil if they could achieve their goals. Oh, wait. They did.” It is unclear if this is a reference to Jesus or President Trump. 

July 29, 2022 — Druding attacks Van Drew and begins organizing a protest at his upcoming campaign fundraiser with Kellyanne Conway. 

July 26, 2022 — Druding posted in a Democrat Facebook group called the “Women of Color Coalition” and chastised Democrats for the “dismal fundraising we hand our candidate.” In addition to referring to Alexander as “our candidate” she encouraged those willing to help Alexander raise money to contact his campaign. 

July 23, 2022 — Druding shared a Save Jersey story about Van Drew and wrote, “Van Drew believes he has already won the election!!! Show him he’s wrong!!”

June 28, 2022 — On behalf of the Egg Harbor Township Democratic Club, Druding organized a protest at Congressman Van Drew’s government office following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade.  

June 19, 2022 — Druding openly endorses Tim Alexander for Congress and attacks Congressman Van Drew as a “Trumpet” among various other attacks. 

June 13, 2022 — In a Facebook post, Druding compared Republicans to Terrorists, made the statement that “Van Drew supports terrorists” and called for him to be voted out of office. 

May 8, 2022 — Druding shared a post from a Tim Alexander campaign Facebook group with the caption “Van Drew must go!!!”

March 29, 2022 — Druding posted in a Facebook group called “Progressive Democrats For The People” a link posted by Tim Alexander to donate to his congressional campaign with the caption, “Help Tim beat Van Drew!!!”

March 6, 2022 — Earlier this year truckers across the United States and Canada organized Freedom convoys to protest government lockdowns and other pandemic policies. Congressman Van Drew as well as a number of elected officials and radio personalities like NJ 101.5’s Bill Spadea attended one such rally at the Salem County Fairgrounds on his way back to Washington. Druding took to Facebook to make the absurd and completely baseless claim that it was “an event with Neo-Nazis and proud boys.”  

September 24, 2021 — A year ago, Druding posted a video with Tim Alexander and the caption “I support TIM ALEXANDER for Congress LD2!!” and she has been consistently and publicly supporting his campaign ever since.