Did Senator Kean Miss An Opportunity?

 By Tommy DeSeno

Have you ever seen a news wave?  It’s a real phenomenon in journalism.  One outlet says something, then outlet after outlet says the same thing, never verifying if the first outlet was right.  And you can’t stop a wave, even if it’s wrong.
As soon as the new 30th district was announced, immediately the word got out that Senator Singer would have the advantage over Senator Kean.  I guess Senator Kean concurred, having agreed to move down to the Assembly.
I like Singer.  But his comments in the Press yesterday that Sean Kean would be primaried even if Singer retired has me angry.  It’s as if Bob is throwing down the gauntlet and declaring that the rest of us will be governed by Lakewood for the next 10 years.
Well, as a Howell boy, I’m pretty upset that I had to be governed by Lakewood the last 10 years.  So I’m calling bullshit on Singer, which I can do even though we are friends, because I’m a journalist first.
Howell and Wall combined are larger than Lakewood, so if Howell and Wall got behind Kean, that could be a fair fight against Lakewood.
As for the rest of the district, those little Monmouth shore towns are larger than the 2 Pt. Pleasants, and Sean has name recognition there while Singer does not.
I know what the road block would have been – Howell Republicans.  They rarely get along.  But John Costigan is a strong Municipal Chair.  He could have pulled the Howell Republicans together (which would be a nice thing all by itself) to back Kean.  The rallying cry would have been provincial but effective –  Monmouth needs to keep a Senator.
I really wish Sean decided to stay Senator.  I’m not reading next week’s triCityNews, because I don’t want to know what Dan Jacobson will call Sean now.

Posted: April 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Robert Singer, Sean Kean | Tags: , , , | 15 Comments »

15 Comments on “Did Senator Kean Miss An Opportunity?”

  1. Francis Marion said at 12:54 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    Well said, Tommy my boy.

    Maybe a different Chair (who didn’t almost lose to the Howell Chair last June) would have fought harder for his Senator.

  2. TR said at 7:34 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    Good point Tommy. Big if though and Singer has friends in Howell.

    I wonder if there is any part of the deal we can not see?

  3. Dan Jacobson said at 8:03 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    Tommy, I think you could have made your point without using offensive language.

  4. Justified Right said at 9:18 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    “Tommy, I think you could have made your point without using offensive language.”

    You can take the boy out of Asbury but…

  5. frithguild said at 9:05 am on April 7th, 2011:

    10 years? Who will be serving longer, Singer or Beck?

  6. This is a late April Fool's joke, right? said at 12:08 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    DeSeno, you are too funny.

    Now you’re a journalist because some hometown rag allows you to ramble once in a while? Or maybe it’s that you’re too old to keep chasing ambulances?

    But to refer to the Tri-City News in your bio as one of New Jersey’s “largest newspapers” when their own website cites their coverage as being from “Highlands to Belmar” shows just how delusional you are.

    Talk about being a legend in your own mind.

  7. Justified Right said at 2:25 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    Dear April Fools Joke,

    A courageous man would indentify himself.

  8. James Hogan said at 3:56 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    Don’t sweat it Tommy, I suspect the same anonymous cowards who were here a month ago saying that they wouldn’t support Newberry because he was (allegedly) Oxley’s choice are the same ones complaining that Oxley didn’t work hard enough for Kean… and I have to guess if these people didn’t support Newberry because Oxley (allegedly) pushed for him then I have to assume these people also wouldn’t have supported Kean if Oxley had pushed for him… buncha cowards and hypocrites who just want to complain about Oxley and offer no solutions or helpful work from what I can see.

    BTW – how many signatures for petitions did you anonymous cowards go out and get for your Republican candidates? I feel like I let my candidates down as I personally only came up with 23 in a night. Surely with all of the talk, you guys all canvased your local neighborhoods, talked to your friends and neighbors about the new map and new candidates and did your part to make sure Republicans get elected and take control of the statehouse, right? Or are you just going to sit home and cry on Art’s blog while tearing each other apart for non-sense and then blame some lines on a map for why Republicans can’t get elected in NJ? Maybe one of you who really want Kean to run for Senate want to go get him the minimum 100 signatures or maybe 2000 signatures as proof that it’s worth his while to run for Senate off the line in Ocean?

    And yes… I know, I know… we’re going to win, or lose, because of something Oxley, or Gilmore, did, or didn’t do, anyway…. Yes. I agree, or disagree.

  9. Justified Right said at 4:33 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    Thanks Jim.

    I really think Art should pass a rule that if you are going to keep your ID a secret, which is OK, you give up the right to make personal attacks.

    I’m betting whomever that is would not say what he said if his name were attached to it.

    It would make posting more interesting and more fun if there were no anonymous name callers.

    What do you say, Art?

  10. ArtGallagher said at 7:15 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    I say for the most part the comments are working well without a moderator.

  11. TR said at 10:11 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    I admit I would not say most of what I say if I had to use my real name.

    Why else would I be anonymous?
    I guess I am a Kitten.

    Now I feel bad about myself. I hope you guys are happy?

  12. frthguild said at 9:35 am on April 8th, 2011:

    >>>I really think Art should pass a rule …<<<

    From the peanut gallery of the libertarian wing, I now voice opposition to any and all new rules.

    Disapointing nobody took the discussion bait about how long Beck may be holding her post, given Sean’s roots in the 11th…

  13. Justified Right said at 10:24 am on April 8th, 2011:

    I’m going to start posting with a hidden ID for the sole purpose of attacking Art personally.

  14. ArtGallagher said at 10:50 am on April 8th, 2011:

    I’m going to start posting with a hidden ID for the sole purpose of attacking Art personally.

    That’s not the Tommy I know. If you can’t beat’m join’m?

    There are plenty of personal attacks against me in the archives at the old site. Remember the Fartagher?

  15. Justified Right said at 12:13 pm on April 8th, 2011:

    You know I’m just joking Art.

    I’m only going to personally attack you on my site 🙂