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Dumb and Dumber

The dumb stuff and the dumber stuff is after the jump.

– Promoted from the diaries by Rosi

Put aside the Blue Law issue.  Put aside their defense of indefensible cuts to social services and education.  And still, Bergen Republican leaders had a banner week – one that underscored a fundamental point:  These folks are not ready for primetime.

Lonegan not ready to have everyone play nice in Bergen

The Bergen County Republicans were hoping they could unite behind a candidate, Kathleen Donovan, in order to take on County Executive Dennis McNerney. That hope is fading fast after this broadside from Steve Lonegan:

“I consider Kathe Donovan to be the Dede Scozzafava of New Jersey. There’s no more far left liberal running as a Republican than Kathe Donovan,” said former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, referring to moderate upstate New York Republican assemblywoman who last year suspended her special election congressional campaign after a challenge from the right doomed her chances.  

He said the only reason people are supporting her is because they have no other option and chastised the party for not looking to recruit more conservative candidates. But Bergen GOP Chair Bob Yudin was having none of Lonegan and fired back:

“Steve could not even win Bergen County – his own county – against Chris Christie. I’m tired of losing races.  I want to see resurgence in the Republican Party,” he said.  “I have received overwhelming support for what I have done in uniting the Republican Party in Bergen County — overwhelming support. I can’t tell you how overwhelming it has been.”

Overwhelming he tells you. The Bergen GOP has been targeting the county executive seat as their crown jewel and Yudin doesn’t want anyone, especially Steve Lonegan to get in the way of that. If there are enough people who agree with Lonegan, you wonder if they would run a candidate separately or if they would sit home viewing their options as unacceptable? Somewhere, Dennis McNerney must be smiling watching this.

Myers & BurlCo GOP grabbing at Saxton’s cash?

After blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars on a primary that really wasn’t that competitive, NJ-03 Republican congressional nominee Chris Myers finds himself $1 million behind John Adler in cash on hand. Myers, a defense industry executive who was supposed to be a formidable fundraiser, raised less than $400,000 between January and May. Now, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press, Myers may get some help from retiring Republican Congressman Jim Saxton and the BurlCo GOP.

Saxton has $1.06 million sitting in his federal campaign account. Campaign finance law prohibits Saxton from giving more than $2,000 to any individual congressional campaign, but Saxton can give an unlimited amount of money to state or county parties. You bet the Burlington County Republican party wants to get its dirty hands on Saxton’s millions, which it can use to help elect Bush cheerleader Chris Myers to Congress.

Quote of the Day

Bergen County Republican Committee Chair Rob Ortiz today revealed his strategy for reviving his organization:

“I can’t speak to how the party used to operate. I can only speak to how I envision us taking back the county, it’s the same way as the Ferriero model. I plan on taking back town after town.”

Boss Joe’s Big Admission

Promoted from the diaries. — Juan

Surprise!  Joe Ferriero controls the awarding of contracts in Bergen County from his perch as chair of the Bergen County Democratic Organization.

He’s clearly not too bright if the Bergen Record‘s Scott Fallon got him to admit it on record.

“We chose not to award a contract to him because we didn’t want the feeling of impropriety,” said Joseph Ferriero, chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization.

Ferriero has long disavowed that he plays any role in awarding county contracts.

Ferriero is of course talking about party-switching Mayor Rich DiLascio of Lyndhurst, who Bergen Republicans have claimed was bought off with a $20,000-a-year county job.  In fairness, the job never materialized, but the party switch did.

The timeline of DiLascio’s job offer is very informative, though.  After it was approved by the majority Democratic Freeholder Board, Republicans started making claims that it was part of a quid pro quo deal to pull DiLascio into the BCDO fold.  Almost immediately, the Freeholders withdrew the offer.  But recently, DiLascio’s said that it was HIS decision not to accept the job.

You know that shadow government Loretta Weinberg’s been harping on?  Here it is, peeking its ugly head out of the shadows.

How Low Can Politics Go?

Cross-Posted from ShapTalk.com:

Recently, the Bergen County Republican Organization (BCRO) developed and funded campaign literature that stated that Deputy Minority Leader/State Assemblyman Kevin O?Toole (R-40) was ?the Republican Al Sharpton.?  The paid mailer claimed that when it came to redistricting, O?Toole?s seat was protected because of his ?Asian/Korean? descent.  The mailer included a grainy, black and white side by side photo of Assemblyman O?Toole and Reverend Al Sharpton.  The photo of Mr. O?Toole is one that showed him a bit unshaven, so that his facial hair was comparable to Mr. Sharpton?s. 

Bergen County Republicans: A Thorn in Junior’s Side

Things in Bergen County are much worse for Tom Kean Jr than I originally thought. Bill Albers at Politicsnj has all the details. Guy Talarico will be staying in power as county chairman, the divisions between the BCRO seem to be as wide as ever, and the conservative wing of the Republican party is in control and will make Kean Jr’s job in the county – a county he needs to win to have a chance in November – a living hell.

Alan Marcus, campaign manager for Kathleen Donovan, and challenger to BCRO chairman Guy Talarico, last night announced he’s dropping out of next week’s reorganization election:

And, as Kathleen Donovan’s campaign comes to a close, so does the campaign of Alan Marcus for Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman. “Caliguire should be the person to designate the Chairman of the county party,” said Marcus. “Todd clearly does not share my views, and he’s entitled to a candidate for County Chair who does.”

Dividing Bergen County

Question: Which is more likely to unite a county, hardcore ideology or hardcore pragmatism?

Answer: Neither, if you’re talking about Bergen County.

Scott Fallon, staff writer for the Bergen Record notes:
The most hotly contested political race this spring in Bergen County has featured charges of cronyism, treason and outright incompetence.

But this contest won’t be coming to a ballot box anytime soon, unless you happen to be a Republican insider.

The battle for the chairmanship of the Bergen County Republican Organization — pitting incumbent Guy Talarico against public relations executive Alan Marcus — has relegated the June 6 primary race for the county executive nomination to almost undercard status among the GOP faithful.

Kean Jr Loses Base; Can’t Stand Up To Weak Party Boss

In late October during the gubernatorial campaign, former governor Thomas Kean did an ad for Doug Forrester, highlighting Forrester’s “moderate, pro-choice” credentials. A Republican pro-choice group endorsed him, conservatives were furious, and some even called for not voting for Forrester.

Now it’s Kean Jr’s turn to walk the same tightrope of appeasing his radical base while playing to the state’s socially moderate/liberal population. He’s already failed. Wally Edge writes that pro-life organizations are about to endorse John Ginty in the primary:

Dan Clark, the President of the New Jersey Republican Pro-Life Coalition, said that Kean might not be able to secure the support of pro-life voters, even in the general election. “The problem Tom Kean has with pro-life, conservative voters right now is bigger than just a possible primary challenge. Tom Kean’s committee vote to support human embryonic experimentation last December seems to have been the catalyst for John Ginty’s candidacy. Before that vote, Tom had cleared the primary field and kept conservative critics at bay. Kean’s vote was perceived as a big poke in the eye to the party’s pro-life base and the chatter among activists began to find a challenger. Believe it or not, there are people who claim to be pro-life activists who want to see Tom Kean lose to pro-abortion Bob Menendez in November. Tom Kean gave these activist mouthpieces a huge club to beat him over the head with from now until Election Day. Whether John Ginty ultimately files and runs, Kean’s problem with pro-life, conservative voters will remain because of this vote.”

This is the worst possible news for Kean Jr. As Wally notes, Junior “is scared to death of John Ginty.” It’s no surprise then that he caved in to BCRO chair Guy Talarico – even after telling the opposing ticket that he would not abandon them.

Kean Jr was hesitant to back the slate of the ineffective Talarico since he needs to have the strongest Bergen County party possible. But Talarico had threatened to run someone else on the line if Junior didn’t take the party column – and soon. Afraid of a challenger, Kean Jr finally caved in to Talarico and took the party line.

Rather than fight for the strongest party organization possible, he took the easier route of bowing to Talarico and avoiding a primary challenge in the county. Which led Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky to raise an important question about his leadership: “If Tom Kean can’t stand up to Guy Talarico, how’s he going to stand up to George Bush and Dick Cheney?”


What Will Junior Do?

So Tom Kean Jr. has 3 days until Tuesday to make a decision and Bergen County Republican Chair Guy Talarico says the clock is ticking…

According to PoliticsNJ, Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico has given U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr three days to decide whether he will run on the organization line. READ the letter

This is made more interesting by the fact that it’s set against the backdrop of the infighting withing the Bergen County Republican Organization

Junior has to choose. Will he run on the line of Party chairman Talarico and Todd Calguire? Or will he run on the line with Alan Marcus who is callenging Talarico for chair along with Kathleen Donovan? Donovan and Calaguire are both vying in the primary to unseat Democratic County Executive Dennis McNerney in November.

I’m gonna sit back, make some popcorn and enjoy the show.  Won’t you join?