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NJ GOP Easter prayers answered

New Jersey GOP leaders had their Easter prayers answered today as a

political news site is reporting multi-millionaire businessman Andy Unanue will seek the nomination to take on Frank Lautenberg for the US Senate.  After multi-millionairess Anne Estabrook withdrew after suffering a stroke, the GOP’s country club establishment went about frantically trying to find a replacement to prevent the nomination from going to one of the two reactionary wingnuts vying for the seat.  

Unanue is heir to the Goya Foods family fortune, the largest Hispanic-owned business in the country.  As such, he can finance his own campaign.  He can also appeal to New Jersey’s considerably influential Hispanic community.  

NJ GOP prays this Easter for a savior

This Easter weekend New Jersey’s Republican leaders are praying desperately in their country club hangouts as they anxiously await a decision next week by a potential messiah who will deliver them from the yoke of having to choose between the lesser of two clowns to run against Frank Lautenberg.  Andy Unanue is young, articulate, moderate and most important, as heir to the largest Hispanic-owned business in the US (Goya Foods), fabulously wealthy and willing to finance his own campaign.  

The real challenge for the chablis-and-brie country club set will be getting their chosen savior passed the gauntlet of reactionary Pharisees who seem to be coalescing around “Ron Paul wannabee” Murray Sabrin.

The small but potent group of Pharisee wingnuts in the NJGOP is alreadygearing up to politically crucify Andy Unanue should he have the temerity to defy their aspiration to win the primary for Sabrin.  Expect the mud-slinging (mostly in one direction) to be fast and furious.      

Sabrin calls “Jersey Joe” fascist

Things are really getting ugly in the NJ Senate race with Murray Sabrin’s latest salvo at “Jersey Joe”.  This time he calls Joe “fascist” for some political ramblings he wrote seventeen years ago, and demands he drop out of the race.  Interesting, and hypocritical, that the 1997 Libertarian Party candidate for Governor would imply “Jersey Joe” is extremist.  I was involved with Sabrin’s 1997 campaign, and some of the people I met were from the far reaches of the outer limits as far as the political mainstream is concerned.  Among them was campaign operative Hal Turner whose expressed views would make David Duke blush with embarrassment.

With Murray and “Jersey Joe” going at it like two wrestlers in a no-holds-barred, no disqualification barbed wire cage match, Frank Lautenberg might just as well take a six month vacation cruise and still coast to reelection.  

“Endorsement?” for Murray Sabrin

It seems Murray Sabrin hasn’t picked up any major endorsements since Anne Estabrook saved herself from further embarrassment by withdrawing from the race.  However, not to be outdone by “Jersey Joe” Pinnocchio in showing off his support, Murray has a link to a newspaper endorsement of his campaign.  The problem is the name of the newspaper isn’t mentioned, and the article refers to his opponent as former State Senator William Gormley.  Apparently this “endorsement” is from Murray’s failed 2002 primary campaign for Senator.  I guess Murray can’t get any support for his 2008 campaign, so he has to dig up an endorsement from six years ago.  Next he’ll probably try endorsements from his Libertarian campaign for Governor, and if that doesn’t work he can always dig up old report cards.