MontClairVoyant: November Sixth Sees Sherrill Succeed in Succeeding Frelinghuysen

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DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Are you glad that Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill of Upper Montclair won the 11th District that includes Upper Montclair?

Sincerely,
07043 It Be

Yes! Smart. Hardworking. An impressive career as a prosecutor and military pilot. Sort of centrist, but probably had to be to win a district mostly not as liberal as Montclair. And her initials inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s 1833 story “MS Found in a Battle.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
A congressional “Battle” that convincingly flipped the district from Republican to Democratic! I’ve heard Sherrill is also a soccer mom. Can you prove that?

Sincerely,
Goal Reached

One of her daughters was my daughter’s rec-soccer teammate, so I can’t prove that.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Your take on Sherrill’s Republican opponent Jay Webber, who nicknamed her “Montclair Mikie” to falsely imply she’s too liberal for the 11th District?

Sincerely,
Sue Donym

Webber is a Trump fan even more far-right than retiring 11th District congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, the ultra-rich Republican who sold his political soul to Paul Ryan. My nickname for Webber: “Jested-Then-Bested Jay.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I’m grateful to NJ 11th For Change members from Montclair and elsewhere for their wide-ranging work that included increasing negative public perception of Rodney, who was afraid to hold an in-person town hall and retired because he knew he might not be reelected.

Sincerely,
The Cowardly Scion

I’m also upset that ex-“moderate” Frelinghuysen sold his political soul to Trump. Hmm…Rodney and Donald were born roughly six weeks apart in 1946; maybe something in the baby formula that spring?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Democrat Robert Menendez won on November 6, too, with the help of many Montclair votes — beating Trump-supporting Republican Robert Hugin in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race. Reaction?

Sincerely,
Enthusiasm Chasm

Mixed. Menendez’s ethical reputation is poor, but he’s liberal on some key issues. Hugin had a much bigger ethical problem: As a pharmaceutical CEO, he gouged up the cost of cancer drugs — making millions as he endangered patients’ lives. “Hugs for Hugin”…from Satan.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Odd — Hugin and Menendez have the same first name, and both were born in 1954. Coincidence?

Sincerely,
Year of the That

Satan painted his Chevrolet red in 1954. Coincidence?

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate remains under Republican control, but the House flipped to the Democrats despite GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression. Thoughts?

Sincerely,
Decision Division

At least there’ll be some check on the cruel Trump and cruel GOP. During the one-party rule of the past two years, one party I much preferred was the annual Project Graduation gathering for Montclair High seniors.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Speaking of local events, what do you think of the Studio Players “Into the Woods” production that runs through November 17?

Sincerely,
Steve N. Sondheim

Not a big fan of musicals, but I saw Sunday’s performance and loved the acting, singing, and professionalism. Also, now that Montclair’s 10th and 11th districts will both have Democratic reps, it’s symbolic that an 11th District-based theater has a November show with 10 cast members.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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