Frelinghuysen Hits Back at Critic in Letter to her Employer

The activist later resigned from her job at a bank.

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Ally Mutnick
May 15, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

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)


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