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(this is a cross-post from Our Republic)

To: Citizens of New Jersey
From: Republicus
Re: Your Republican candidate for the United States Senate

Trenton, I think we have a problem. As a former resident of the great state of New Jersey, I feel obliged to inform you that you're being misled. As you are undoubtedly aware, Tom Kean was the Governor of New Jersey, served honorably as Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and even has a university named after him. Frankly, he is a decent human being. He is not, however, running for the United States Senate. You see, the fellow on the right (presumably addressing his colleagues on the student council) is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

I know this may come as a shock, but you shouldn't blame yourselves. Junior's website is, after all, is titled "Tom Kean for U.S. Senate" (just one example) and usually sons who bear their father's name take care to append the "Jr." Or perhaps...junior's cunning extends well beyond his years. Please understand, I do not mean to say Junior's resume is limited to his activities in High School. He has heretofore participated in New Jersey politics without embarrassing himself and served honorably as a volunteer firefighter and emergency technician (though I'm not sure if these were separate occupations). Be that as it may, Senator Menendez has been running against the Kean name.

Another issue concerns Article 1, Section 3 of our Constitution, which states, in pertinent part:

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
Of course, I am uncertain as to whether this poses a problem for Junior. His biography does not disclose a date of birth. It does, however, provide a number of interesting factoids. For example, readers discover that:
At the core of Tom Kean [this is Junior, mind you] is the noble ambition that through public service and the determination to turn ideas into action, one person can make a lasting difference.
Coincidently, I wrote the same thing on my college application and was ultimately admitted. I suppose that counts for something?


Originally posted to Republicus on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:32 AM PDT.


Who is Senator Menendez running against in the NJ Senate race?

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  •  He was born in 1968 (1+ / 0-)
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    He's old enough to run for Senate.

    Take the NY-25: Dan Maffei for Congress

    by Progressive Moderate on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:35:08 AM PDT

    •  Talk About Damning with Faint Praise...n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  Yet...Kean still looks like a teenager (1+ / 0-)
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        I saw his wed ad on his site, and he still looks like someone who's in college. Since he went to college in '80s, I wanna know if he was in to the Miami Vice look, what with the slippers, blazer, and all. I can picture him going to a debate with Menendez dressed like that.

        Take the NY-25: Dan Maffei for Congress

        by Progressive Moderate on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:40:49 AM PDT

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    •  I know (1+ / 0-)
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      What I'm getting at (through all the sarcasm) is that Senator Menendez is running against Tom Kean's name, not the individual on the ballot.

    •  Not Politically Astute (2+ / 0-)
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      FindingMyVoice, Republicus

      I found it very interesting that, according to a New York Times article this past weekend on the Kean family political heritage ("A Kean on the Ballot? What Else Is New?"), the story's lede manages to be rather damning of Junior's political cluelessness:

      One of Thomas H. Kean Jr.’s earliest political memories is watching his father, Gov. Thomas H. Kean Sr., deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in 1988, when George H. W. Bush was nominated for president.

      The Republican National convention in 1988 was held only three weeks before the younger Kean's 20th birthday.  And that's one of his earliest political memories?  Sheesh!  Even the most unaware Americans have a better sense of the political landscape by that age than Junior seems to have had.

      Did he never notice that his father happened to be Governor of the State of New Jersey, or that his grandfather had been a member of the U.S. House, or that several other ancestors had been U.S. Senators?  And yet it took him 20 years to begin to develop an understanding of the political scene.  Astonishing -- that puts him down in about the same company there as Jenna Bush, and that's not a compliment!

  •  Sort of like (1+ / 0-)
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    George Allen ... who would never have gotten anywhere without Dad's name ...

    9/11/2006 ... Day 1825, A count worth keeping? Or, Osama Bin Forgotten?

    by besieged by bush on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:35:33 AM PDT

  •  I know Tom Kean... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and he's no Tom Kean....

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

    by kmiddle on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:37:30 AM PDT

  •  I must disagree with you..... (6+ / 0-)

    re Kean Sr.... "Frankly, he is a good and decent politician."

    No he is not.  He gave away any claim to decency when he promoted and advanced "The Path to 9/11".  No decent person (politician or no) would support spreading lies to the American people re: 9/11.  And he lied about being a paid consultant to the film and basically admitted that he had political motivations when he made some snotty comment about not reaching out to Bill Clinton because "he was campaigning" against his son.

    That said, they are obviously trying to pull a fast one.  Hopefully, the people of NJ will not fall for it.

    Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

    by landrew on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

  •  kean SR - phony moderate, Kean Jr - rabid RWer (1+ / 0-)
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    Neither is any good.  Kean Jr though is 100 times worse.

  •  tom kean (0+ / 0-)

    Tom Kean was a HORRIBLE Governor, HORRIBLE.

    He biggest accomplishment was sounding like a douche bag in the tourist commercials " New Joesey a you, Pawfeck togethaa"

    The douche bag spent like a caffeinated widow on a home shopping network.

  •  Ad idea for Menendez (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's an ad idea:

    Get a camera and go to the next Kean JR event.  Take an elderly volunteer, and get them to walk in the door.  Say loudly, "I'm looking for Tom Kean!  Where's Tom Kean?  He's an old friend, running for the senate..."

    Person turns and sees young Tom and turns again saying "Where' s TOM?"  Mr. Kean will say "I'm Tom Kean."  to which the volunteer says "I know Tom Kean, and, buddy, you're not him..."

    Voice-over: "Why is Tom Kean pretending to be his dad?  Because Tom Kean isn't qualified to be dogcatcher."

    "I'm Bob Menendez, and I approve this message, because you should do something worthwhile in your life before you run for the Senate."

  •  Tom Kean Sr is being treated like a Saint by the (0+ / 0-)

    media when he is anything but ...

    A decent human being? Hardly.

    His role in "The Path for 9/11" - which he successfully defended to the press since nobody will touch him to my dismay - calls everything he did for the 9/11 commission in question IMO. Read what his fellow lead commissioner had to say.

    Anyone else's bells started to ring loudly when he appeared on the Daily Show and got all excited about the present administration (read: Republicans), the State of the Union, and Pres Bush? I couldn't believe it at first because he had me fooled, too. Nada from Stewart in response. As expected.

    Seems to me that he has been campaigning for his son all along - both Keans will morph into one and the name alone will do it.

    I read that Kean the Son was even dropping the Jr. I am not from New Jersey and don't follow that campaign closely so I don't know if that is indeed the case.

  •  Kean Junior was key toward helping Bush in (0+ / 0-)

    the Northeastern States in the 2004 "Diebold ex-machina" election. Similar to the relationship between Bush pere (41), and offspring W. (43), Tom Kean Sr. is fairly moderate, while the offspring associates himself with the Bob Jones University Crowd. In Republican-land, the wingnut does fall far from the tree.

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