Gooch would challenge Pallone or Holt

Strong New Jersey Chairwoman Diane Gooch told NJ.com’s Auditor that she’d be an enthusiastic candidate for congress against either Frank Pallone or Rush Holt:

A scandal — and an opportunity

Diane Gooch may be looking to transform U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s shame into her political gain.

Gooch, who wanted to take on U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) last year but lost the GOP primary to tea party favorite Anna Little, last week launched a “nationwide internet campaign” with the website WeinerMustResign.com. It is paid for by a nonprofit political organization that Gooch set up last summer.

In addition to the website, Gooch has been interviewed on a dozen radio shows and denounced Weiner (D-N.Y.), who is under fire for sending lewd photos of himself to women over the internet. She also plans to air radio ads on WABC, which features a stable of conservative talk show hosts.

So why does a wealthy Rumson Republican care so much about a Manhattan
congressman’s sex scandal?

“I care because he’s a congressman, and I think all congressmen should have integrity and common sense,” said Gooch, publisher of the Two River Times in Red Bank.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the effort builds Gooch’s name ID in case she wants to run again for a House seat. Visitors to the political committee’s website are hit immediately with a picture of Gooch, and a 451-word bio of her is just one click away. The committee, Strong New Jersey, raised $239,000 in 2010 — $99,000 from Gooch and $140,000 from her husband, Mickey.

Gooch said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll run because New Jersey’s congressional districts have yet to be redrawn.

“If they hand me a great district and I think I can beat (Democratic U.S. Reps.) Frank Pallone or (Rush) Holt, you better believe I’ll be there,” she told The Auditor.

Posted: June 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Diane Gooch, Frank Pallone, Rush Holt | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Gooch would challenge Pallone or Holt”

  1. Butt of course said at 2:07 am on June 13th, 2011:

    Didn’t the Red Bank Green publish a story about Ms. Gooch surreptutiously taking photos of people’s rear ends and printing them in a magazine? Is there perhaps some reason this particular story gets her panties in a twist?

  2. Barry said at 6:38 am on June 13th, 2011:

    Manhatan Congressman? He is a Congressman from Brooklyn and Queens!

  3. ArtGallagher said at 7:48 am on June 13th, 2011:

    Good catch Barry.

  4. anonymous said at 3:51 pm on June 13th, 2011:

    Hey butt-head, can’t you Dims think above the waist??? why are your heads always in the toilet????

  5. Butt of course said at 6:09 pm on June 13th, 2011:

    At least the Dem flaunted his own wares-
    the finger pointing lady apparently likes to
    publicize the shortcomings (or overabundance) of total strangers. In any case, it would seem folks on both sides of the aisle are obsessed with below the waist matters, but one side certainly leads on the hypocrisy barometer.