Little Enthusiasm For Anna

Anna Little is not a lock for the Monmouth or Middlesex county Republican endorsements to take on Congressman Frank Pallone in the 6th district.

The news that Little will not challenge State Senator Joe Kyrillos for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination was met by party regulars and leaders with mild relief, followed by angst at the thought of her being on ticket in the coming campaign.

Party leaders are being cautious not to provoke Little back into the Senate race, an unlikely event as she has been uable to collect sufficient petition signatures for the Senate bid, but they would not be disappointed to see her sit this one out all together.

If she runs for Congress, Little has to be considered the front runner for the party endorsements. Yet many of the Monmouth and Middlesex County screening committee are taking a look at Enresto Cullari, the virtually unknown candidate who announced last week.

Seeing no candidates to challenge Pallone, Cullari decided to run last Wednesday and announced his candidacy on Friday as the news of Little’s switch from the Senate race to the Congressional race started to spread throughout the Monmouth and Middlesex GOP.

Cullari is positioning himself as the more disciplined and better financed choice to support Joe Kyrillos and the County slates.

In an email to screening committee members to be followed by mailer, Cullari said:

I believe that I can raise more money, launch a more disciplined offensive against Pallone, bring more positive attention to the Republican ticket and best help Senator Kyrillos carry on Governor Christie’s work for the state of New Jersey.

He attached this introduction letter touting his accomplishments, vision and unique ethnicity…he’s Filipino, Irish, Ecudorian and Africa…which he says poses a threat to the “grossly false assertions” that the Republican Party is “white and homogenous.”

The Middlesex GOP screening committee meets tonight to make its recommendation to the convention which will endorse a candidate on March 24th.

The Monmouth GOP nominating committee meets to award its endorsement on Friday morning, March 16.

Posted: March 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Congressional Races, 2012 U.S. Senate Race | Tags: , , , , | 14 Comments »

14 Comments on “Little Enthusiasm For Anna”

  1. brian said at 10:09 am on March 14th, 2012:

    lt would be a shame for the GOP to abandon the small chance they have of winning in Nov. by nominating an unbalanced woman who has no support, no money and no chance. Joey short-bus should try getting Ernesto on the ballot to avoid be a national laughingstock.
    Or maybe Anna can get Rick Perry to take Joey’s spot.

  2. angus said at 10:12 am on March 14th, 2012:

    Sounds good to me…

    If Anna runs again i think you Gop types will be done for …

  3. Justified Right said at 10:16 am on March 14th, 2012:

    A question for pure edification and discussion – no politics here.

    Why is the system set up so that county screening comittees are involved in selecting the federal candidate for Congress?

    Isn’t it true that the moment they endorse they have to turn their back on the congressional candidate because they are not legally allowed to fundraise for him?

  4. ArtGallagher said at 10:21 am on March 14th, 2012:

    Welcome back Tommy!

    The best answer I have for you is, “because its always been that way.”

    I hope someone else has a better answer.

  5. brian said at 11:20 am on March 14th, 2012:

    Giving someone the party line does not guarantee a spot in Nov ala Congresswoman Gooch.

  6. Joe said at 12:35 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    Good to see fresh, young blood in the race. Go Ernesto!

  7. Chris said at 1:14 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    So this time Anna is gonna be the establishment supported and endorsed, but unpopular candidate, facing an opponent with grassroot support?

  8. The OverSeer said at 1:45 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    One quick and very important point Anna Littel could not run in the U.S. Senate primary even if she wanted to.

    She has fewer than 500 signatures, that took her over a month to collect and 1000 are needed to even be placed on the ballot by 4/2/12.

  9. Monmouth Girl said at 1:53 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    To Screening Committee:

    Let the voters decide – put all the candidates in one column by alphabetical order or pick there names out of a hat to choose the order.

  10. neighborhood carpenter said at 5:07 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    If Anna Little could only get 500 signatures to get on the ballot for senate,and the bar is set at 1000, why is she running for anything? seems like her support and “Anna’s Army” have disipated. Although I would prefer her over Pallone any day of the week. I Think Ernesto can rally support that Anna would never get. I just hope he is not planning on getting to cozy with Kryollis because the republican establishment machine in NJ is just as Bad as the other guys once they gain power. Smoking joe ought to retire and go light up somewhere. I am so sick of establishment politicians and boot lickers I want to puke.

  11. I believe said at 5:29 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    the party lines are chosen every year, in each county, by the respective county party organizations,and they are selected in various ways, depending on their chairs’ choices.. others in each party,who do not get their county org’s. “line” in the Primaries, get another column on the June ballot, from which any declared party voter can choose their candidates in June, to run for the actual Nov. contests at every level: local, county, state and Fed, to represent them and their areas… not being a lawyer, but I do think that most NJ election/parties’ org. law is found in Title 19, on the books for, like, ever..

  12. Met Ernesto said at 5:42 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    at Freeholder Rich’s fundraiser, last night in Spring Lake.. he is a bright, pleasant, and attractive candidate who deserves a look and potential support.. it’d be truly great to see Frankie now as the “old,out-of-touch incumbent” and have his ridiculous lib/socialist record fried in a good debate, once and for all.. look, the truth is,many officials/ex-officials need to understand that one can “stay too long at the dance”, and need to finally get off the stage, and make way for the next good thing to come along and work for the people!.. I really hope this young man gets the chance to run and succeed, where so many of us have failed!!.. he may just be the one to break the spell of this phony excuse for a Congressman, in 2012, hey, crazier things have happened!.. godd luck, Ernesto!- ps: Chairman Joe, let him speak on Friday am, please!!

  13. Rick Ambrosia said at 6:48 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    Ain’t gonna happen. Congressman Pallone will win by a wide margin, so all of this is for nothing. Congrats Congressman on another well defended race. And, its not even Summer yet! Go Frank!!

  14. Bob English said at 8:08 pm on March 14th, 2012:

    I think there would be some value in the county committies withholding endorsements and leaving the choice entirely up to the voters in the June primary (which it actually is anyway.) Like it or not, Ms. Little beat the party endorsed candidate in the primary last time and that could definitely happen again. She also beat Pallone in Monmouth County so she does have some appeal to voters.

    With that said, Pallone beats either of them by 10+ points.