- A week he’d like to forget
- Is this proposed tax plan really a win?
- Cook Takes A Look, Downgrades Rodney’s NJ-11 Forecast
- Protecting Officers, Endangering Citizens
- What to know about special counsels and select committees
A week he’d like to forget:
It’s was quite a week for our congressman, one that began with news that he’d been caught interfering with the employment of a constituent and NJ 11th for Change member, and ended with his chance for a 2018 reelection diminished by two publications. In between, the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed a complaint about his note to our member’s employer, in which he called her a “ringleader” at NJ 11th for Change. As CfA director Daniel Stevens said, “If trying to get someone fired for exercising her constitutional right to engage in political activity doesn't reflect poorly on the House, what does?" Frelinghuysen reportedly told members of The Morristown Jewish Center Sunday morning that he had retained legal counsel in response to these events. We wonder if this means a statement will finally be forthcoming — in addition to his office’s previous comment that his note was an “innocuous.”
Is this proposed tax plan really a win?
In his weekly E-newsletter Congressman Frelinghuysen touts the tax plan being mapped out in the House, as “pro-jobs.” A closer look shows that it’s a big win for corporations and the top one percent of income earners. Corporate tax rates would be chopped by more than half under the president’s plan, from 35 percent to under 15 in the House plan. The top rate for high-income earners will be sliced from 40 to to 33 percent.
Rodney Redux is an occasional series that explores Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's career and family history as a member of one of New Jersey's oldest political dynasties.
Since the election of Donald Trump, many have excoriated Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen for betraying the legacy of his father, Rep. Peter Frelinghuysen Sr., who urged fellow Republicans to speak out against McCarthyism in the 1950s.
Frelinghuysen Sr. stood up against a tyrannical force that, for five years, resulted in the persecution of thousands of Americans. The reign of McCarthyism, which lasted from 1950 until 1955, resulted in several hundred Americans imprisoned because of their alleged political views. Many more lost their jobs after being targeted as Communists or Communist sympathizers.Read more
The Rodney Report is NJ 11th for Change's Weekly Analysis of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's Words and Deeds.
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- Breakfast Without Rodney
- Frelinghuysen’s Post-AHCA Tele-Town Hall
- Challenging the Frelinghuysen Status Quo
Features of our democracy that we typically take for granted — like the ability to question our elected officials and hold them to account — can suddenly look very shaky, as recent events have demonstrated in D.C. and closer to home. The President abruptly fired an FBI chief who was in the middle of investigating Oval Office ties to Russian influences. And as a couple of local developments demonstrated, NJ-11’s Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen hasn’t been handling independent thinkers so well, either.
‘One of the Ring Leaders’: Rodney Puts On The Pressure
This morning, National Public Radio ran a piece by reporter Nancy Solomon, focusing on a handwritten note sent by Rep. Frelinghuysen to the employer of his constituent Saily Avelenda, a member of NJ 11th For Change. (The story quickly gained major traction, being picked up by the AP, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Independent (UK), Politico and NJ.com, among many others.)
As a result of this letter, Avelenda was subjected to intense and unwelcome scrutiny about her personal views, directly contributing to her decision to resign her job. NJ 11th For Change is outraged and alarmed by Frelinghuysen’s intimidating action against a constituent who opposes him politically. Has he used such actions before, and (a disquieting thought) will he use them in the future? We would like a statement guaranteeing that citizens will not be subjected to the targeting that Saily Avelenda experienced..
Rodney Frelinghuysen Telephone Town Hall 5/9/17
Transcribed from https://www.facebook.com/NJ11thForChange/videos/633344920203474/Read more