Pastor Dunkins announced today he is running to fill the seat left vacant by Lou Magazzu’s premature departure.
Freeholder James Dunkins, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek a new term in November, has announced he will instead run for the unexpired term of Lou Magazzu, who resigned last week.
Magazzu’s resignation Aug. 2 followed online publication of naked photos and texts of email exchanges he had with a woman while still married.
The addition of Dunkins does give the Democrats a pretty powerful slate. Is it enough to save them this fall? Will Cumberland County continue to defy statewide and national trends, and re-elect the party that has made Cumberland County prominent, in that we believe this is the worst place in New Jersey to live?
I have never met Dunkins, but I have watched him closely. He is to be admired, I think, in that he held fast to personal convictions, and didn’t buckle under Lou’s tyranny on a number of votes.
However, I have to temper this admiration with the fact that I believe he is a hypocrite. Last year, when Jane Jannarone launched her nasty campaign against a non-candidate, James Dunkins refused to take the high road. As a pastor he says he believes in forgiveness – but he showed no mercy when an opponent was to be sacrificed at the political altar.
Dunkins should follow God’s calling and concentrate on the ministry. Even he knows, a believer cannot serve two masters.