Monday, June 20, 2011
Press Release: Patrick Diegnan Participates in Hate-Spewing Trenton Rally
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Lily CorteseJune 20, 2011 SilvaforAssembly@gmail.com
GOP Challengers Blasts Patrick Diegnan’s Participation in Hate-Spewing Trenton Rally
Sinagra and Silva Challenge “Out of Touch” Assemblyman to Apologize
SOUTH RIVER, NJ- Joe Sinagra of Helmetta and Marcia Silva of South River, the Republican candidates for New Jersey State Assembly in the 18th District, rebuked Assembly member Patrick Diegnan for his participation in a Trenton rally on Thursday where CWA vice president Chris Shelton compared Governor Chris Christie to Adolf Hitler and referred to the Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney as a Nazi General.
“This kind of hateful language has no place in our political discourse,” said Silva, a former assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County and currently an attorney in private practice. “These types of statements trivialize the Holocaust and are an affront to all victims of Nazi atrocities. Patrick Diegnan should denounce these statements immediately and issue an apology to his constituents.”
Silva added, “I am encouraged by the courageous steps taken by the Democratic leaders of our legislature to work in a bi-partisan fashion with the Governor to reform our enormous public-sector liabilities in order to provide real health and retirement security as opposed to unfunded promises that cannot be fulfilled. We owe it to our committed public sector employees to fix these programs.”
“Assemblyman Diegnan, who collects at least $99,800  from three public sector jobs, is simply out-of-touch with the issues that matter to voters in the 18th District. Rather than work to reform bankrupt state programs in order to lower the tax burden and increase employment opportunities for all New Jerseyans, he protests angrily to maintain the broken status quo. While this might work for him personally, it is not working for most voters in the 18th District”, said former Helmetta Council President Joe Sinagra.
Sinagra concluded, “It is simply time to replace Patrick Diegnan. We cannot afford his approach to government any longer.”