Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) “wrote a fundraising letter in March to a board member of a local bank, warning him that a member of an activist group opposing the Republican worked at his bank.” That activist, Saily Avelenda, later resigned, in part over “pressure she received over her political involvement” in NJ 11th for Change.
Frelinghuysen’s “letter, on campaign stationery, asks Frelinghuysen’s supporters to donate two years ahead of his next election because he is under attack. ‘But let’s be clear that there are organized forces — both national and local — who are already hard at work to put a stop to an agenda of limited government, economic growth, stronger national security,’ the letter says. Above the word local, there’s a hand-written asterisk in the same blue ink as Frelinghuysen’s signature. At the bottom of the letter,”sent to Joseph O’Dowd, “a Lakeland Bank board member who has given $700 to Frelinghuysen during previous election cycles,” the congressman “scrawled with a pen, is the corresponding footnote: ‘P.S. One of the ringleaders works in your bank!’” (WNYC)
And Frelinghuysen challenger, former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill (D), released a statement: “That Frelinghuysen would use his powerful public office to hurt a private citizen is wrong, unethical and immoral.” (release)