NEW JERSEY: Defeated Anti-Gay Rep. Scott Garrett Refuses To Communicate With Winning Democrat

Talking Points Memo reports:

A defeated Republican congressman has so far refused to communicate with the Democrat who beat him, raising concerns that constituent issues handled by his office will fall through the cracks when his successor is inaugurated.

Congressman-elect Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) has tried and failed to communicate with his ousted opponent, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), according to a report published Monday in The Record, a local newspaper in Northern New Jersey.

“I called him,” Gottheimer told The Record last Thursday. “I sent him a letter before Thanksgiving both thanking him for his service as well as asking him to meet to discuss the transition. My chief also reached out to his chief of staff. We just haven’t heard back.”

Gottheimer defeated Garrett by a 10,000-vote margin at the end of a bitter race which saw millions of dollars in election spending by both candidates, as well as millions in outside spending from Democratic and Republican groups and other super PACs.

In July 2015, Politico published an anonymously-sourced report that Garrett had not paid membership dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee because they would be used to support gay Republican candidates. Garrett called that report a “fabrication” in March of this year, but maintained that he would only support candidates who advocated for “traditional marriage.”

One of Garrett’s final campaign fundraisers was organized by the New Jersey head of the Oath Keepers, which the state considers a “domestic terrorism threat.”garrett

  • Treant

    That’s typical. If you can’t win, cheat. If you can’t cheat, whine. If you can’t whine, be petulant.

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    • prixator

      And, if you cheated and still didn’t win… whine very loudly and claim that your opponent cheated (without providing any evidence, of course).

  • kareemachan

    Well, he sounds nice. Stupider than shit, but nice.

  • Elaygee

    At least one Christofascist Talibangevical was eliminated

  • Cuberly
    • Todd20036

      Burms is more like Cheney. Evil, but actually intelligent

  • Oikos

    How very republican of him.

    • Ninja0980

      I’m sure he’s going to try and run in two years.
      Let’s hope he is given another loss then as well.

  • Ninja0980

    Same with Marilyn Musgrave in 08, who was just as much of a bitch to the Democrat that beat her as Scott is to the Democrat that beat him.
    These holier then thou assholes can NEVER accept losses of any kind and when they lose, they act like the miserable pricks that they are.

    • Philly Mike

      I think it is because in their minds god put them on earth for holding office and if they admit defeat they realize god thinks they a pile of turds.

      • Frostbite

        Oh yeah. The “God’s will” excuse that never seems to apply when things don’t go their way.

    • Jeffg166

      It’s hard when you are the elect of god not to be the elect of the people.

    • Silver Badger

      Musgrave was just a bitch. A disgrace to our fair state!

    • kelven

      Sore winners because they only win under dubious circumstances; sore losers because of perceived moral privilege.

  • DaddyRay

    By comparison President Obama has gone above and beyond to assist with the transition to Trump

    • i’m actually glad for that. only a miracle will convince enough electors not to insert drumpt into office, and it’s clear the Cheeto is beyond clueless about what the job entails. i sincerely hope obama and his team are putting the fear of gawd into all the incoming hacks. it’s not a job for children and people who habitually just ignore situations they don’t like to have to deal with.

      • DaddyRay

        Exactly – case in point
        Presidential Daily Brief: Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US

        • Silver Badger

          From the grave? That’s one determined terrorist!

          • Tiger Quinn

            The report that Bush ignored.

          • DaddyRay

            Yup – and who else has been ignoring Presidential Daily Briefs

          • Silver Badger

            Shadow President pence has been attending.

          • Jeffg166

            The ghost of Cheney present.

      • Jeffg166

        Donald is going to be a rerun of the Cheney/Bush administration only this time it will be on crack.

        • Todd20036

          Trump does look like hes under the influence of something, actually

          • Silver Badger

            The best things.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          It’s like Rob Ford Goes To Washington.

          • Jeffg166

            With temper tantrums.

      • fuow

        Your words in the goddess’ ear.
        I suspect we’re about to get a four-year object lesson in why voting does matter. It’s unfortunate that the planet, everyone outside the US and those of us in the US who did vote can’t just check out for that time.
        We’re in for a major clusterfuck. It’s not that Trump’s people don’t understand what’s needed of them, they just don’t care. Which is far, far worse.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed, once again showing Republicans how to lead.

      • DaddyRay

        And showing he is still the only adult in the room

        • Jeffg166

          Have you noticed how Obama has been disappeared pretty much from the news.

          • DaddyRay

            I have – I don’t ever remember so much attention being paid to a presidential transition. Of course Trump doesn’t do anything unless it is controversial – he craves the attention

          • DesertSun59

            And the fact that Obama has disappeared from the news cycle proves the TV media still hasn’t learned their lesson. If they are chasing after the Trump Trainwreck™ for ratings they have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are NOT news agencies but rather ratings machines only.

            Trump is NOT our POTUS yet.

    • Is President Obama still giving “How to run a Country” classes to Trumpadoo?

  • ColdCountry

    Good to know there are adults in office. Or will be.

  • he should be fined, heavily. i know most rethugs don’t think so, but there is real work elected officials are supposed to do, as a matter of course. ideological concerns have nothing to do with helping people in his district; there are times when only assistance from a congressional office will help. there is no excuse for this kind of childish, petulant dereliction of duty.

  • Mark

    I’m wildly gueSSing we should expect to see Kernel Garrett in charge at the camps….

  • Ray Butlers

    My new motto: Do Not Engage. Report, charge and prosecute when necessary.

    • Silver Badger

      My motto: I WILL NOT BE SILENCED! Engage me at your own risk.

  • MBear

    oh…obstruction.
    how original.
    [eyeroll]

  • IamM

    Republicanism 101: No other people or points of view are valid.

  • Silver Badger

    The real problem facing Josh Gottheimer is the staff he leaves behind. Birds of a feather do tend to flock together. If Garrett had gone to his just reward instead of merely losing an election, there would have been no communication either. So, send his widow condolences. Fire the staff and start fresh. A new broom sweeps clean.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed, bring in your people and get rid of the old.

    • TuuxKabin

      In with the new, out with the old.

    • John Ruff

      Fire them ALL! And be sure to smile at them while you’re letting them go.

      • Silver Badger

        Perhaps offer them Thor’s blessings?

    • sfbob

      Had Garrett simply died, he probably wouldn’t have ordered his staff not to speak to Gottheimer’s. Garrett’s staff is going to be departing anyway, the moment Gottheimer is sworn in. That’s how these things work. New representative, new staff. It’s the one instance where patronage is actually entirely legitimate. A rep’s DC office staff is likely to hail from DC and vicinity rather than from the home state. But in the local office it’s going to be the loyalists who helped him/her get elected.

      • Silver Badger

        In Colorado that staff is merely moved to other state agencies. Their influence is there for years.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Republicans, … poor losers, poor winners. Sad!

  • Ninja0980

    In the district where my cousin lives, Richard Hanna, the last adult Republican left, is helping his NOM teabagger replacement whom tried to primary twice and whom he came out against, with the transition process.
    If he can do it to a woman he truly despises, this asshole could.

  • John Ruff

    Ha ha ha. Sore fucking loser. How much do you wanna bet he cried like a little baby on election night?

  • TexasBoy

    Republicans, sore losers AND sore winners. They just unhappy people all the way around.

  • Neon Maniac

    How is it Republicans who lose the election or, say, the popular vote are always petty, whinging, foot-stomping piss-babies, and yet dems are always tarred in the media as sore losers? Some variation on this happens EVERY TIME these thin-skinned man children don’t get their way.

  • Bill Post

    The GOP is like the achool yard bully who know one is standing up to. The Dem’s need to go on the offense hard. Pelosi was called racist yesterday. She needs to push back hard.

  • Elsewhere1010

    McGarret seems to be a petulant little snot with an emotional age of about 5.

    He also told Mr. Gottheimer that he’s not allowed to come play in his yard, either.

  • DesertSun59

    I say IGNORE THE CONSTITUENTS. After all, they voted for that dick. If they have issues and they’re white, they simply haven’t pulled themselves up from their bootstraps to solve their own problems!

    Problem solved.

    • sfbob

      His constituents include both those who voted for him and those who voted against him. That is the point of being an elected representative (a point, incidentally, which is increasingly being lost): the representative represents EVERYONE in his or her district no matter who they voted for. Why would you want to punish the people who voted his ass out of office? In any event, this time more constituents voted against Garrett than voted for him.

      • Guess?

        Is your sarcasm detector not working this morning?

        • sfbob

          Seems I neglected to engage it this morning.

  • Bj Lincoln

    How adult if him.

  • SilasMarner

    Is it a requirement that you have to be a complete and total asshole to be a Republicant? If so this guy should be the head of the RNC.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      Yes. Yes, it is.

  • NancyP

    Oh swell. Domestic terrorists supported by Jersey ex-congressman.

  • MikeinATL

    Execute a no knock warrant and seize all of his electronic devices to gather information on all of the ongoing business.

  • CCleverly

    Have a news conference and let your constituents know how the transition is going. Look at Scott’s voting record… oh, wait,,, probably follows the Rubio form of government in that he doesn’t go to work.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    in the UK we have an offence called “malfeasance in public office” . . .

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is also a parsimonious (cheap) tipper.

    Remember, tips are good karma. And karma never lies.

    And only the wait staff knows for sure. Thank you.

    • andrew

      318 out of 318 posts are about tipping. Damn, you sure are a one trick pony.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Thank you for your comment. I stick to my topic. Thank you again.

  • jonfromcalifornia

    A bit of a sour puss sore loser are we?

  • Ore Carmi

    Republicans are a graceful bunch, aren’t they?

  • Michael Hampton

    What a piece of crap that man is.