U.K. Daily Mail Wades Into MacArthur vs. Lonegan Primary with Insurance Claim Story
It’s not at all unusual for targeted House races to receive national attention, Save Jerseyans. But to draw the attention of a international media? Specifically, the British papers? That’s eyebrow-raising…
That’s what happened on Wednesday when The Daily Mail ran an investigative piece aimed at candidate Tom MacArthur, revealing that his former insurance company York Risk Services Group was previously “accused of cheating disaster victims.” A loaded charge! Especially in a congressional district where Sandy aid is a major major issue.
But what does this particular story have to do with the Third Congressional District? Specifically?
The Daily Mail is careful to note that “MacArthur, the New Jersey congressional candidate, is not named personally in any of the legal actions described in this report, but he was both a York officer and a major shareholder.” The substance of the article has nothing to do with Sandy, for the record, pertaining to Hurricane Ike (from 2008) which largely affected the deep South.
Context: MacArthur also left York in 2010. Some of the referenced settlements came after MacArthur’s departure, and although I’m not in the insurance industry, insurance company investigations/lawsuits aren’t exactly uncommon. As CEO from 1999 to April 2009, it’s unlikely that MacArthur ever touched or managed any of the claims implicated in the referenced California investigation. Or at least based on everything cited/linked/referenced in the Daily Mail piece.
Still, since these incidents originated during MacArthur’s time at York’s helm, the campaign of primary opponent Steve Lonegan says it’s a question of character for voters to consider.
“Tom MacArthur’s sleazy insurance practices have been blatantly exposed by this devastating story,” said Lonegan campaign manager, Chris Santora, in a statement obtained by Save Jersey. “The article speaks directly to the character of Tom MacArthur, his shady business practices, and his true lack of compassion for his fellow man. Tom MacArthur made his millions with his own unique brand of insurance salesman double-talk and deception of unsuspecting, hardworking, God-fearing men and women across America.”
“This story clearly leaves liberal Tom MacArthur’s campaign, character, and image in shambles,” Santora continued.
But at the risk of obsessing over the process angle, again, how did any of this fall under the gaze of a U.K. paper across the Pond?
Who knows, but here’s an interesting side note: the author of this particular piece, David Martosko, has worked very extensively in the past with Charles C. Johnson covering various New Jersey political story-lines including scandals involving Senators Menendez (D-Dominican Republic and Ecuador) and Booker (D-Twitter). Mr. Johnson’s company, Charles C Johnson Research Services, was paid $6,200.00 on March 18, 2014 by the Lonegan campaign according to the latest FEC filing presumably for opposition research.