NJ GOP Senate Candidate’s Wife Would Like To Speak To Oprah

AP

Lorraine Lonegan, wife of Republican New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan wants to have a “woman to woman chat” with Oprah Winfrey. According to a press release Monday afternoon from the Lonegan campaign, Lorraine Lonegan sent Winfrey a letter “offering to share an inspiring story of a family man and small business owner.”

“Dear Ms. Winfrey, The stories you have spotlighted on your show have given hope and inspiration to many people. … The public receives your guests, and follows them long after they appear to check on their stories,” Lorraine Lonegan wrote. “Ms. Winfrey, I have a story for you. A personal story. I would like to meet with you to discuss the biography of my husband, Steven Lonegan.”

Steve Lonegan, who is the former three-term mayor of Bogota, N.J. won the U.S. Senate primary in the special election Aug. 13. On Aug. 1, Winfrey held a fundraiser for Steve Lonegan’s Democratic rival, Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker. 

Read the full press release from the Lonegan campaign, which was entitled “Lorraine Lonegan Talks to Oprah Winfrey,” below.

Lorraine Lonegan Talks to Oprah Winfrey

 

Metuchen, NJ – Lorraine Lonegan, wife of Steve Lonegan, sent a letter to Oprah Winfrey offering to share an inspiring story of a family man and small business owner.

 

Lorraine Lonegan wrote:

 

‘Dear Ms. Winfrey, The stories you have spotlighted on your show have given hope and inspiration to many people. People who are having difficulties come to you for advice and guidance. The public receives your guests, and follows them long after they appear to check on their stories. Successes are celebrated, and failures endured by an entire nation.

 

Ms. Winfrey, I have a story for you. A personal story. I would like to meet with you to discuss the biography of my husband, Steven Lonegan. You may have heard his name as he is presently running for United States Senate against your candidate, Cory Booker. I would like the opportunity to bring my two adult daughters, Katharine and Brooke, with me to speak with you about sides of this family man that you should get to know. I feel that this is in keeping with the way you have proven yourself to be a media professional who can exhibit two sides to a story. This does not need to be in a public forum, although it can be. It is a woman to woman chat that would provide an intelligent exchange of ideas between people who care enough to step up and want to make a difference for people.

 

If something is not tried, it is 100% failed. I hope you respect our effort in this election enough to meet with me.’

 

Lonegan served as Bogota Mayor for twelve years, winning three times in a town that gave Barack Obama 67.5 percent of the vote in 2012.  He served for seven years as state director of Americans for Prosperity New Jersey, where he helped defeat liberal attempts to expand big government. Steve Lonegan is the conservative Republican candidate in the New Jersey special election for the United States Senate.  Lonegan stands firmly on the bedrock conservative values of small government, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.”

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