Toby Anderson talks about Turkey in CD-11

When a line item looks like a human genome map, it’s worth asking how effective it will be.

CD-11 candidate Toby Anderson has put together a complex and complicated chart trying to prove that opponent Tayfun Selen is beholden to less than honorable interests in his native Turkey.

Anderson’s creation, which can be found on his Facebook page, claims Selen’s campaign is “funded by a Turkish foreign agent and first cousin of Erdogan, President of Turkey.”

It includes a series of photos and connecting lines. The arrows, helpfully, tell you which direction to look.

Also included is a series of news items showing that the interests of Turkey and the United States do not always coincide. Point taken. Those who follow such things know this.

Selen often talks about immigrating from Turkey and starting her life in America working at a gas station. Now he is director of the Morris County Commissioners and CD-11 congressional candidate.

With the endorsement of the Morris County and Essex GOP organizations, Selen should be considered the frontrunner in Tuesday’s primary.

It makes him a target.

Anderson and Paul DeGroot, his other main opponent, recently raised questions about Selen’s Turkish origins.

DeGroot said Selen was taking campaign money from a Turkish PAC that denies the Armenian Genocide.

And now Anderson links Selen to no less a Turkish figure than the president himself.

Congress, of course, is a national body and foreign policy is part of what it does.

Still, some may question the wisdom of focusing on someone’s ethnicity.

Selen recently said in a Facebook post that some of her followers might have “funny names like me” but they were “actually Americans too.”

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