David vs. Goliath: a Trucker Wins an Election

By | November 6, 2021

[November 6, 2021]  America is undoubtedly the land of the free and a nation that rewards those that work hard.  I live in the state of New Jersey.  Waking up Wednesday morning, I had an email from a friend who wrote that NJ Democrat Senator Steve Sweeney lost the election to a Republican trucker driver named Edward Durr.  “Get real,” I wrote back, “impossible.”

Sure enough, he was right.  But Sweeny has yet to concede; he wants to “wait for the final results.”  The New York Times story (behind a paywall) reports the election as a done deal based on AP’s reporting.

“First reports indicated that Durr’s campaign spending was limited to $153, nearly half of it at Dunkin’ Donuts. In its story on Durr’s victory, however, the AP sets Durr’s campaign spending at $2,300. The Times adds the piquant detail that Durr’s campaign video was shot on a smartphone (and provides a link to the video below). In its own way this is an inspirational story reflecting the present discontents. It is David versus Goliath, American style.” – Scott Johnson at PowerLineBlog.com

You can access the video in a Tweet by Phil Kerpen (link here).

Steve Sweeney is, undoubtedly, the second most powerful politician in New Jersey, only behind Governor Murphy (who is not well like and barely squeaked by in his reelection).  This election sent shockwaves throughout the state and was not just confined to our state’s Democratic Party.  The “Party” here is heavily influenced by the Teachers Unions and is accountable to them.  Their power, as well, is weakening, a good thing for the state.

What other shockwaves will come of this is hard to predict.  This latest election also wiped out several Democrats down to the town council level.  In my town, all four Democrats lost by wide margins (two were incumbents, one the mayor).

What was the cause of Sweeney’s failure to get re-elected?  Was it overconfidence?  Was it dissatisfaction with his performance?  I don’t think so.

Sweeney’s failure had more to do with national politics and that people wanted to send a message to Washington that they are tired of being called racists, being told to stay out of their kids’ education, broken promises by Joe Biden, illegal immigrants being brought into our state in the dark of the night, rising prices on basic food and necessities, etc.

Maybe, just maybe, this is a wake-up call to leftist politicians in Washington that ordinary people have had enough with the “woke” agenda.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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15 thoughts on “David vs. Goliath: a Trucker Wins an Election

  1. Anya B.

    Very interesting and this election confirms that anyone with the right message (positive and bringing people together) can resonate and you can also win an election.

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    1. Mr. T.J. Asper

      True enough, and as well, we know that when corruption hits politicians which seems to happen all the time, then your chances are even greater. In this case of Sweeney going down, I have it on good authority that Gov Murphy was after him and encouraged the teachers’ union to vote against Sweeney.

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  2. Idiot Savant

    Gen. Satterfield, thanks for bringing this to our attention. The news media has avoided this win by a Republican for the most part. They do so because they don’t want to highlight a big big win by a little guy. The media is for the rich, powerful Democrat Party and screw everybody else. They have thrown their lot in with the rich.

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      1. Cat A Miss

        Maybe this is the first step to getting New Jersey to change their gun laws that are a clear violation of the US Constitution 2nd Amendment. What gives that there is not a major driver to fix that problem.

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    1. Max Foster

      Lady Hawk, I think you are saying what most of us are thinking. The US Democrat Party has drifted leftward politically for several decades. That is one thing we can all agree on or debate. Okay, but the real problem is their adopting of policies that bring out the evil in us. Dr. Jordan Peterson notes that we all have evil in us, and it is the mark of our maturity that we keep it in check. When our evil comes out, then there are real problems and the Democrats encourage the release of our evil side. That will not bode well for our community or society.

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      1. Greg Heyman

        That is a sad commentary on many citizens of the US. A once great party loves to doal out hate and envy at every turn. What will become of them next? A further drift leftward and doubling down on their failures or a change in direction? From what I’m hearing, they are drifting further left.

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        1. Dead Pool Guy

          Sad but true. I called my neighbor up who is a Democrat and asked her what is going on. She hung up on me. What’s up with that. I only have 10 guns and am proud of it. She “hates” me that I have the courage to state my religous and second amendment rights.

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  3. Janna Faulkner

    This happened across the USA. Good for us. The Democrat Party is the party of haters, racists, and mental whack jobs.

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