DiMaso Wins Tea Party Straw Poll

Holmdel Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso scored a surprisingly strong victory tonight at the Tea Party vetting of Freeholder candidates sponsored by the Bayshore Tea Party Group, the Jersey Shore Tea Party Patriots and the East Jersey Tea Party.  The meeting of about 50 people was held at the West Park Recreation Center in Oakhurst.

DiMaso earned 50% of the vote in the four person race with 16 votes.  Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle got 8 votes followed by Howell Mayor Bob Walsh with 6 votes and Manalapan Committeeman Ryan Green getting 2.

While each of the candidates promoted their accomplishments as municipal leaders and their plans for county government, the Tea Party members were more concerned with federal and constitutional issues, for the most part.

Jersey Shore Patriot leader Mark Falzon said that DiMaso won over the group, which he said was very impressed with all four candidates, on the strength of her commitment to fight to repeal ObamaCare.  

Joe Abbruscato of Tinton Falls expressed his frustration about Republican elected officials who seem resigned to the implementation of ObamaCare.  Walsh and Green expressed their opposition to ObamaCare.  Doyle said he was hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn the law.  DiMaso said that as a member of the Board of Trustees of Meridian Health and as a physician’s wife, that she is actively fighting ObamaCare and was intimately familiar with the damage it will do to the country.

Brett Rappaport of Manalapan asked what Green said were the toughest questions of the campaign. 1) Name a Republican office holder who should be voted out of office, and 2) name an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that should be repealed.

All four candidates revealed that they are not terribly familiar with the Constitution they have sworn to uphold.

Regarding the “bad Republican” question, DiMaso hit it out of the park,  “I’ve done it twice in primaries in Holmdel.”  Walsh spoke of running against the party as an Independent in Howell.  Green and Doyle punted.

Assuming there is a quorum of 386 present, the Monmouth GOP Committee will elect one of the four candidates to fill the seat vacated by Assemblyman Rob Clifton on Saturday at Colts Neck High School.

The final opportunity to hear all candidates will be on Friday night at the Monmouth Affiliated Republican Club’s candidates night dinner at Doolan’s in Spring Lake.

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Freeholder, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Republican Committee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “DiMaso Wins Tea Party Straw Poll”

  1. Jim Sage said at 7:46 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Now what was that nasty lady from Howell saying about Staten Islanders??? LOL

    Good Luck Serena!

  2. Truth Hurts said at 8:14 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Mrs. Dimaso has strong Staten Island ties and manages her husbands medical practice. He is partnered with Dr. Ted Strange. She spends most of her time working in Staten Island and was born and raised there. She has been a resident of Monmouth County for approx. 15 years and lived in Staten Island prior to Holmdel.

  3. Jim Sage said at 8:29 am on January 11th, 2012:

    So what exactly is your point??? Is she not welcomed as a Monmouth County resident?? Is she incapable of a leadership position as a Freeholder???

    Give us all a break with your venom and go back to writing on your blog in Howell!

  4. observer said at 9:02 am on January 11th, 2012:

    It seems a bit pathetic that the interview for a County position was consumed with an issue that has nothing to do with the Freeholders, but everything to do with Ms Dimaso’s private life.

  5. ArtGallagher said at 9:06 am on January 11th, 2012:

    What are you talking about observer?

    There was no interview that I am aware of that had anything to do with any of the candidates’s private lives.

  6. Vin Gopal said at 9:35 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Serena is a good woman and works hard for Bayshore Hospital. I rarely comment on Republican candidates but as a Democrat, I wish her well.

  7. ArtGallagher said at 9:38 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Very clever Vin.

  8. Nice try said at 10:59 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Somebody should tell the Holmdel First Aid Squad that the person who goes out on calls with them nearly every day isnt actually Serena DiMaso, but an imposter designed to fool them while the real Serena is on the Island of Staten.

  9. Tom Scarano said at 11:12 am on January 11th, 2012:

    Serena has spent most of her time serving the people of Holmdel and Monmouth County. Someone please tell TruthHurts that a reality check is needed

  10. Sounds nice, said at 3:11 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    but, again, only a very few of the TeaPartiers there, actually have a vote tomorrow..