Little mentioned as U.S. Senate candidate

Maybe that explains her irrational behavior in Highlands

By Art Gallagher

Hat tip to InTheLobby for this tidbit.

TheHill.com’s Shane D’Aprile mentioned Anna Little as a possible challenger to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in his article, New Jersey GOP lacking a name to face a more vulnerable Menedez.

I can imagine Menendez and Frank Pallone sharing a laugh over a latte about this one.

Also mentioned on what D’Aprile described as the NJ GOP’s “thin bench” are Monmouth County Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, NJ Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr, and former Senator Bill Baroni, now a Port Authority executive.

Scott Sipprelle and Diane Gooch should be on the list of potential Menendez challengers, especially given the NJ GOP’s historical preference for U.S. Senate candidates with the ability to self-fund their campaigns. 

Sipprelle should be on the top of the list, if he would do it.   His temperment and policy ambitions are more suited for the Senate than the House.  Politically, Sipprelle could compete well with Menendez in Bergen County, Western Essex and much of Passaic.   Menendez’s stategy would be to dominate Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Passiac, according to Democratic strategist Tony Bawidamann as quoted by D’Aprile.  Sipprelle, who lived in Bergen prior to moving to Princeton, is better suited to suppress Menendez’s support in the north than the other names on the list.  With a strong showing in Monmouth and Ocean combined with a competitive north, Sipprelle might actually win.

A lot can, and probably will, change in two years. If President Obama’s popularity recovers with the economy and he’s poised to win New Jersey by 15% again, Little could be the GOP nominee because no one else on the bench would want the slot and if there are no millionaires like Gooch or John Crowley willing to wage a vanity campaign.

Posted: December 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Anna Little, Diane Gooch, Robert Menendez, Scott Sipprelle | Tags: , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Little mentioned as U.S. Senate candidate”

  1. Gene Baldassari said at 11:47 am on December 13th, 2010:

    I think that you meant the NJ State Senate?

  2. ArtGallagher said at 11:51 am on December 13th, 2010:


    No, The Hill article mentions Little as a potential U.S. Senate candidate

  3. Gene Baldassari said at 11:57 am on December 13th, 2010:

    US Senate?

    The only statewide grass roots campaign that has won in my memory is Jesse Ventura about ten years ago. And that was in Minnesota.

    It will take a lot of work, starting today, to recruit and organize enough people to knock on millions of doors…..

  4. haha said at 11:59 am on December 13th, 2010:

    Is it April 1st already?

  5. Freespeaker1976 said at 12:01 pm on December 13th, 2010:

    Can’t we just give the political rumor mills a rest till after January 1st. It’s the Holidays & we all need a break!

    Merry Christmas & Happy Hannakuh to All!

  6. MLaffey said at 12:34 pm on December 13th, 2010:

    Looking at it today I think the only two on that lst who might have a shot are Kim nad Tom Kean Jr. They have the best name recognition.

  7. Bring back Gov. Tom said at 3:13 pm on December 13th, 2010:

    unfortunatly, the still mentally-sharp former Gov. is reportedly starting to have some health problems, but, is still, in some polls, the most popular figure in NJ.. if he was even 5 yrs. younger( after all, look at “the Laut”!), I have no doubt Tom Sr. could scare the bejesus outa ol’ whiney,whimpy Menendez next time, and do very well!!..my guess is, it’ll be a throwaway, since we love “diversity” in NJ, no matter how crappy a job they do, or how lib they are.. if Anna bites at that, she is not as smart as I know she is..

  8. Charles M said at 10:54 pm on December 14th, 2010:

    Anna made a name for her self. I think she is going to keep her work here in NJ CD 6. If Scott would do it that would be great! Gooch would do but once again, her inability to communicate and express her ideas is a great shortcoming and she needs to work on that.