Tag Archive: Tom Kean Jr

Update: 4th Quarter Senate Fundraising

I had originally listed the fundraising number for the entire year.

It’s not even close:

              4Q Raised      Cash-on-Hand
Bob Menendez  $362,000        $4,223,758
Tom Kean Jr    ????             $860,571

Kean raised $1,066,545 for all of 2005. Menenedez raised $3,774,309 in 2005 and has plans to raise much more:

Menendez spokesman Matt Miller said the campaign has “an aggressive plan” to raise $20 million, or roughly $2 million a month between now and the election.

Junior calling the kettle black

From the Inside Edge:

Tom Kean’s U.S. Senate campaign took a shot at the Democratic incumbent for voting against the confirmation of Samuel Alito as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: “Today, Bob Menendez sent his message loud and clear — partisanship is more important than the people of New Jersey. Instead of fighting for Judge Alito, he chose to embrace the political bitterness that is dividing America.” But on the same day, Kean voted against the confirmation of Zulima Farber as Attorney General of New Jersey.

“We’ll add Junior’s call to the list”

Menendez’ Senate challenger Tom Kean Jr yesterday said that “if we can’t count on our two senators to fight for New Jersey and a highly qualified judicial appointment, who can we count on to fight for us?”

Menendez spokesperson Matthew Miller said the office has received 918 calls against confirming Alito and 190 in favor. Miller: “We take the opinions of all of our constituents very seriously. … We’ll add Junior’s call to the list, and that will make it 191.

Update: Senator Kerry is supporting a filibuster of Alito. Call Menendez and Lautenberg and urge them to join the filibuster.
Sen. Bob Menendez: (202) 224-4744
Sen. Frank Lautenberg: (202) 224-3224

Field Clears for Menendez

Inside Edge:

Congressman Frank Pallone will announce today that he will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, and will endorse Bob Menendez for the Democratic nomination. Pallone joins Congressmen Rob Andrews and Rush Holt in saying that he will not challenge Menendez, who has now effectively cleared the field.

It’s Menendez vs. Kean, Jr.  Poll after the jump on your level of support.

UPDATE: Pallone Endorses Menendez

While not a shocker, Frank Pallone has not only dropped out but also endorsed Bob Menendez for Senate.

“Over the past year, I have traveled to every part of our state listening to the concerns of New Jerseyans. They feel their everyday concerns are ignored by both the Bush administration and the Republican controlled Congress in Washington. It’s time that their voices are heard, and the only way that will happen is if we unite as a party in an effort to elect a Democratic majority.

“For the last ten years I’ve been fighting for a Democratic majority. Today, I join Bob Menendez to announce that we will go into November’s elections unified with the goal of building that majority. Today, I endorse Bob Menendez for Senate and pledge to work on his behalf to ensure the voices of hard working New Jerseyans are heard in Washington.”

A Name for Kean — Take the poll!

The last time around, we asked you to pick a more appropriate name for “The Jersey Guys” and you told us: The Cretones! Now, with the U.S. Senate campaign looming on the horizon, it’s time for The Opinion Mill to step into the fray with a new, even more urgent question.

Tom Kean Jr., the presumptive Republican challenger in the upcoming race with newly seated Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, plans to drop “Junior” from his name and run as Tom Kean. Since Tom Kean Jr. was his nom de voyage when running for the Congress, state Assembly and state Senate, we can only assume that he’s hoping voters will confuse him with his father, the much respected ex-governor Tom Kean.

Since Kean fils is clearly suffering from a mid-life identity crisis, we ask you, our teeming mass of readers, to select a more appropriate name for Tom the Younger. Just head for the poll near the top of our links list and let the world know what you think.

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Originally posted at The Opinion Mill.

Kean to Pull Head Fake on NJ Voters

My esteemed MyDD colleague and good friend to Blue Jersey Matt Stoller pulled an interesting item from the Inside Edge at PoliticsNJ. Likely recognizing that his polling popularity stems largely from name recognition, little Tommy Kean, Jr. has decided he wants to run for Senate as a big boy.

The presumptive favorite for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination will run as Tom Kean — not as Tom Kean, Jr., as he did in previous races for Congress, State Assembly and State Senator.

This is really, really gross. As Matt says, whether or not you’re a Menendez fan, you have to acknowledge that he’s a self-made man. Little Tommy Junior, on the other hand, has spent his political career capitalizing on good will earned by his father. Statewide, Kean knows that he needs the electorate to conflate his record with that of his father if he wants to have a chance at winning.

Still, never in a million years did I think he’d do something this stupidly obvious. Then again, we’re talking about a guy who thinks Syria’s a democracy, so maybe I shouldn’t have put this past him.

Is Tom Kean Jr. a Moron?

If there is any justice in this world, this should effectively end the 2006 Senate race before it even begins. From the Hunterdon Review by way of David NYC at Swing State Project.

Kean said he sees democratic gains in Syria and Lebanon as evidence of the United States’ ability to help foster freedom in the region.

As David put it, “Democratic gains in SYRIA? Is he KIDDING?” This is a huge gaffe for someone running for the Senate. Simply put, there have been no Democratic gains in Syria, especially not as a result of the Iraq War. Here’s an instructive passage from earlier this month in The Guardian that he pulls to illustrate just how wrong Kean is about Syria.

It was early in the morning as Anwar al-Bouni drove to the court in Damascus where he works as a human rights lawyer. He had just spent 10 days in hiding, afraid that the regime was trying to frame him in a criminal case to silence his outspoken views. He barely noticed the two motorbikes next to him.

When he slowed to make a turn, the second bike pulled up and the pillion passenger kicked at Bouni’s door. He stopped the car. “What happened? What’s the matter?” he said. The man jumped off the bike, opened the door and began punching and kicking Bouni.

“He didn’t say anything. He just beat me on my head, my nose, my mouth. He hit me, he kicked me and then when people started to gather around us, he got on the bike and drove off,” said Bouni, sitting in his apartment chain smoking, and sipping black coffee. He was bruised and badly shaken, but escaped serious injury.

The incident was a crude reminder of the perils of criticism in Syria’s closed society. During decades of dictatorship all opposition movements have been firmly repressed. There are few who dare to publicly condemn the regime. Bouni is one of them and now he is too scared to go back to work. Others have been forced into exile or sent to jail.

While both David any myself are understandably mystified at Kean’s ignorance of the geopolitical situation in the Middle East, it’s interesting that Kean is indicating that he will be running as a Bush ally. Here are a few quotes from the Hunterdon Review profile:

The war in Iraq looms as a flashpoint in the campaign, and Kean said had he been in the U.S. Senate in 2002 he would have voted in favor of authorizing Bush to go to war in Iraq.

“Applying any moral lens to Saddam Hussein and what he had done to his own people, seeking to remove him from power was the right thing to do,” said Kean….

Kean said he does not believe American boots on the ground are stoking the flames of an insurgency so much as serving as the harbingers of a new era in the Middle East….

The candidate would have voted for the renewal of the United State Patriot Act, he said.

Now, to be fair, there are a few things tucked in the article that indicates Kean is willing to at least appear independent. He says that he finds some of the aspects of the war frustrating. He pays lip service to the idea that you can’t deliver democracy at the barrel of a gun.

But none of that obscures the fact that, at the end of the day, Tom Kean Jr. wants to go to Washington for one reason and one reason only — to be a rubber stamp for George W. Bush and the national Republican Party.

Tom Kean Jr to be challenged from the right?

Tom Kean Jr is seen as the Republican frontrunner to challenge for Corzine’s Senate seat in 2006. A recent Zogby poll shows him beating both Congressmen Menendez and Andrews, although he would lose to Governor Codey. Now it looks like Kean might be challenged from the right.

Many New Jersey conservatives are angry that Forrester has betrayed them by tacking to the left on issues like abortion and gun control. In fact, Kean’s father – former governor Thomas H. Kean, was featured in an ad supporting Forrester and touting his support of a woman’s right to choose. These conservatives feel like they are being taken for granted by their party and might welcome a challenge from the right. From the subscription-only Hotline:

Politifax New Jersey reports: “There’s a strong rumor” that ’04 NJ-12 nominee Bill Spadea (R) will challenge state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R) “from the right.” Of course, Spadea “could just be setting himself up for a run” for Mercer Co. Exec. (10/26).