One News Page on Lautenberg vs. Grant
One News Page, a global news navigator featuring original and syndicated content from trusted news sources, posted a recent piece on the rivalry between the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg and talk radio giant Bob Grant, as detailed in The Right Frequency.
“Lautenberg, whom Grant regularly called ‘Senator Lousenberg’ became uptight when he was up for reelection in 1994, a year that looked promising for Republican candidates across the country,” The Right Frequency explains. “His GOP opponent Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian was getting much attention from Grant’s radio show as well. So to take two opponents out with one shot, Lautenberg said Grant was racist and tied the radio host’s racially insensitive comments to his Republican opponent. Lautenberg’s campaign used this to mobilize black voters in the closing weeks of the campaign.”
One News Page says: “Lautenberg was reelected using what had been the New Jersey GOP’s greatest strength against it, proving talk radio can be a double-edged sword for conservative politicians, as it can motivate turnout of the base but can also discourage swing voters.”