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Republican Primary Heats Up Ahead of June 3 Congressional Primary

Former Philadelphia Eagle and Cherry Hill resident Garry Cobb and former Collingswood School Board Member Claire Gustafson are trading barbs with less than a month to go before the June 3 primary.

A former Philadelphia Eagle and a former Collingswood School Board Member are waging war against each other as they seek the Republican nomination in the special election for the vacant First Congressional District seat, the Associated Press reports.

Garry Cobb, of Cherry Hill, and Claire Gustafson have targeted each other in the four-way race for the nomination with less than a month to go until the June 3 primary.

Gustafson points to Cobb’s lawsuit against the NFL over concussions and “various neurological impacts,” according to the report.

In 2012, Cobb told The Philadelphia Daily News he had some memory problems that he feared could get worse over time.

Cobb has accused Gustafson’s campaign consultant of attempted blackmail. Gustafson’s campaign consultant Steve Kush called the accusation “absolutely ridiculous,” according to the report.

Real estate agent Gerald McManus and commercial food equipment repairman Lee Lucas are also running for the seat, vacated by Rob Andrews earlier this year. The candidates are running for a full Congressional term to begin in January simultaneously.

State Sen. Donald Norcross and Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor compete for the Democratic nomination.

The First Congressional District covers parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties.

John May 18, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Go Claire !!
Diane Cassario Miller May 18, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Patch seems to have left Democratic Candidate Frank Broomell, Jr. out of the story all together. In my humble opinion, Frank is not only deserving of mention in this article, he is worthy of receiving your vote. Frank Broomell, Jr. is a graduate of George Washington University. While at GWU he completed USMC Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation he commissioned into the United States Marine Corp as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served two tours in Afghanistan, for the second tour Frank was hand picked to go by a Major, to be his right hand man. Shortly after leaving active duty last year, he made Captain in the USMC Reserves and was only twenty-six at the time. Frank just recently finished his first year of grad school at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government. It's unbelievable that the Patch would leave out the best all-around candidate in the race while mentioning his top two competitors.
Mel Sharples May 19, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Diane - the only way to get noticed in modern politics is to over-promise (Obama) or throw bombs and wreck stuff (Cruz). Or yell at people (McCain). It is disappointing that on the Democratic side I don't feel like we actually have a choice, like it has already been made for us.
Paul J. DiBartolo May 19, 2014 at 09:35 AM
What's wrong, Mel, you're upset because Donny's big brother made the decision for everybody of who will control, er-ahhh, run for the congressional seat in the first district? Fact is, King George knows better than any of us what we need and Prince Don is the perfect one to do his bidding.
Mel Sharples May 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Maybe I am just saddened that it was so obvious, they didn't even try to hide it. At some point I'd have thought there would be a rebellion against this machine, which is what happened in Philly when they tried to foist Johnny Doc on us. Didn't happen.

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