CourierPostOnline: Runyan Accuses Man of Harassing Family
Last Wednesday, Fredric C. Samson of Mount Holly allegedly trespassed on the Runyans’ Mount Laurel property and took photographs as their youngest daughter, Isabella, played in the front yard, according to a Mount Laurel Police report.
The 8-year-old went into the house and told her mother that Samson was standing in the driveway, according to Jon Runyan. Loretta Runyan, a former Houston police officer, got into her car and followed Samson for four miles until he stopped at Rep. John Adler’s Evesham campaign office.
Runyan notified both her husband and 911 using her OnStar system, he said. An Evesham patrol car met them at Adler’s office, and the investigation was transferred to the Mount Laurel Police Department.
Samson, a Burlington County Democratic committeeman, said Tuesday that he didn’t “have anything to say” about the investigation.
“There’s nothing to talk about here,” Samson replied, when asked to comment on the incident and his role in Adler’s re-election campaign.
According to a records search, Samson, 64, is a licensed social worker in Burlington County.
“Last Wednesday a volunteer photographer took seven photos of the front of Jon Runyan’s house, nothing more,” said Carol Gaskill, spokeswoman for the Adler campaign, in a statement e-mailed late Tuesday afternoon. “The photographer was instructed not to take any photos of Jon Runyan or any member of his family.
I understand that facilitating class warfare is chief among campaign tactics used by Democrats against Republicans in an attempt to take away from the abject failure of liberal ideas. I get that, and I get that Jon Runyan–the former stud offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles–has a bigger house than most people. However, given that photos of Runyan’s abode were already used by Rep. John Adler’s campaign in an attack ad designed to foment class warfare, and given that this Samson fellow made like a banana and split the second that Runyan’s small daughter went inside to warn her mother, I think it’s fair to say that Adler’s proxy photographer wasn’t there for the landscaping.
At the risk of sounding a little puerile, I need to say that this sort of thing really pisses me off. Time and time again, bitter leftists in this country have proven themselves incapable of restraint, the most recent examples being the hostage situation at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel and the bulletproof vest-wearing leftist who stabbed and slashed the throat of a dean at a Kansas community college ready to host the Missouri governor for a speaking engagement. These people are unstable, and while at no point is it acceptable to intimidate or even involve a politician or public figure’s children in any public discourse of any sort, it is even more unacceptable if the harassment is being done by increasingly bitter leftist activists in this country.
If I were Jon Runyan–and at six-foot-three and 260 pounds I’m about four inches too short and 70 pounds too light to be Jon Runyan–I would slap a restraining order on Fredric Samson even quicker than he ever picked up a blitzing defensive end, I would make sure that both my former police officer wife and I either had a concealed carry permit (he should have enough contacts to ensure that he could get one, even in New Jersey) or had round-the-clock protection, and I would hire a private investigator to do nothing but follow Fredric Samson until after the final polling place closed on November 2.
It would be patently dishonest for me to say that I have never considered running for political office. That being said, one of the driving forces behind my reticence is the impact it would have on the safety of my family. I don’t care if the public figure or politician in question is a Republican, a Democrat, or anything in between; I don’t care if the child is Sasha Obama, Jenna Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Amy Carter or Isabella Runyan — leave families the hell alone.
And that includes mine. Especially if you value your life, and want no more than the current number of holes you already have in your body.