Accusing Democrats of pushing a socialist agenda and “ignoring due process” in the Trump impeachment, Larry Casha, a Republican from Kinnelon, announced on Monday that he will run for Congress against first-term Rep. Mike Sherrill (D-11th District).
“The America we know, the America whose base principles of economic freedom, free speech, due process for all Americans including President Trump and a Congress that works together for the people is under attack,” Casha, an attorney and commercial real estate manager, said in a statement.
Residents of Morris, Essex, Passaic and Sussex counties want full federal tax deductions for their state and local taxes, not someone whose “sole purpose in Congress is to promote the national agenda of Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic Party,” he said.
A former Kinnelon Council president and past trustee of the County College of Morris, Casha serves as Morris County’s Republican state committeeman. He is a former staffer for the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce and state Sen. Robert Martin, and he worked on presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain, and for Gov. Christie Todd Whitman’s campaigns.
Casha grew up in Montville, graduated from Montclair State University and earned a law degree from the University of New Hampshire.
In September, County College of Morris history professor Mark Washburne said he intends to challenge Sherrill in next spring’s Democratic primary. Washburne, an early advocate of impeaching Trump, finished a distant third in this year’s five-way primary.
Here is Casha’s biography, and below is his full statement:
From Larry Casha:
Kinnelon, NJ- Businessman/Lawyer and Republican State Committeeman Larry Casha announced today his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District seat for the 2020 election. The following is a statement by Casha:
“The America we know, the America whose base principles of economic freedom, free speech, due process for all Americans including President Trump and a Congress that works together for the people is under attack.
“Never in the history of our country has a mainstream political party such as the Democratic Party openly accepted socialism, a concept that would end the America that permitted our grandparents, parents and ourselves to pursue our American dreams.
“Never before has a Congress ignored the Constitution by ignoring due process in these clandestine impeachment proceedings. We should all be afraid of their secret, behind doors proceedings to indict. Today it is the President, tomorrow it may be one of us.
“The people of the New Jersey 11th Congressional District deserve someone who will represent them addressing the issues that are germane to Morris, Essex, Passaic and Sussex Counties like deducting all of our real estate and local taxes from our income taxes and not someone whose sole purpose in Congress is to promote the national agenda of Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic Party.
“Someone who will fight for the principles that made this country the most prosperous the world has ever known so that future generations have the same chance to pursue their dreams as their ancestors.
“Someone who will stand up to the Democrats and call them out for socialism and ignoring the Constitution. Someone who will work with the administration, which has created unparalleled prosperity among all socio-economic levels of our society, with an eye towards an increasingly successful future, so that progress can continue.
“It is for these and many other unaddressed issues which are crucial to the people of the New Jersey 11th Congressional District that I announce my candidacy for the United States Congress.”