This is a crazy Cinderella story that seems that it is a fairytale but it is absolutely true.
I had no idea about this guy till recently and he is now my hero and should also inspire others to get out there and run for office in your local races. Edward Durr a trucker from New Jersey only spent one hundred and fifty-three dollars on his Senate race.
One hundred and fifty-three dollars.
Durr spent $66.64 to buy food and drinks for staff and $86.67 for paper flyers and business cards, according to WCAU-TV, and guess what?
The 58-year-old Republican who drives for furniture store Raymour & Flanigan and has never held political office — on Wednesday led powerful Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney by about 2,000 votes, Politico reported.
The outlet noted that Sweeney has helmed the state Senate for a dozen years and is the second most powerful official in the New Jersey government.
“I have no idea what’s going on. I am really trying to grasp all of this,” an overwhelmed Durr told WTXF-TV early Wednesday morning outside his south Jersey home. “I knew it would be a major upset.”
In his first interview after what may turn out to be the biggest upset ever in South Jersey political history, @GOP NJ State Senate candidate Ed Burr says he was told he beat @NJSenatePres Steve Sweeney at 2am then woke up to “well maybe not” @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/6U8UUmIhQB
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) November 3, 2021
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He compared his quest in challenging Sweeney to restoring a rusted, broken down 1964 Mustang that’s sitting on bald tires in his front yard. Like the car, New Jersey had good bones and a strong foundation. “What it requires now is someone to show it a little TLC,” Durr said.
He built his bare-bones campaign at the grassroots level, walking door-to-door throughout the district, wearing jeans and tennis shoes and introducing himself to voters. In ads, Durr is hopping down from his commercial-grade truck or revving the engine on his motorcycle, appearing like the quintessential suburban dad — and in stark contrast to Sweeney, often besuited and photographed over lecterns in the state capital.
Perhaps the biggest potential shocker still in the making:
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney is trailing in a race where his opponent spent $153 https://t.co/M1Zd1ldULF
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 3, 2021
Politico said for this election there has been a high turnout in districts with large blue-collar populations, and they’ve been pulling the levers for Republicans like mad.
“I’ve said this before: I’m as blue-collar as you’re ever going to find,” Durr added to WTXF.
He also pointed out to Politico the problems he’s seen with the current regime.
“You have the debacle of unemployment. The masking of the kids in school. You have Senator Sweeney trying to take away people’s medical freedom rights,” Durr added to Politico. “I think the perfect storm was that he stepped into a pile of you-know-what and couldn’t get out of it because he didn’t know which way to turn. I just tapped into the right focus.”
He also told the outlet that he views himself as a “constitutional conservative” who’s in favor of cutting taxes (income, corporate, and other state taxes) to help “businesses to grow” and reduce property taxes. Durr also wants abortion stopped and favors a law that would outlaw it if a fetal heartbeat is detected, Politico added.
Plus, he’s a big Second Amendment backer who said in a recent YouTube interview that running into roadblocks getting a concealed carry permit spurred him to run for office, the outlet reported.
We need more like Durr to run and that is how we take our country back! One average American understands what it is like for us to fight for the people.