Bayshore Tea Party Group Announces Endorsements

The Bayshore Tea Party Group announced the following endorsements this afternoon:

GOP CD-6 primary:  Anna Little

GOP CD-7 primary: David Larsen

GOP U.S. Senate primary: Bader Qarmout

The announcement stated simply, “We are proud to announce our support of the above candidates and look forward to working with them in their efforts to represent us.”

Little, the former mayor of Highlands, a former Monmouth County Freeholder and the 2010 GOP nominee in CD-6, is facing off with Asbury Park businessman and triCityNews columnist Ernesto Cullari for the nomination to take on Congressman Frank Pallone in the sixth district which is comprised of coastal northern Monmouth County and much of Middlesex County.  Little received the Republican part endorsement from the Middlesex GOP.  Cullari received the Monmouth GOP endorsement.

Larsen is taking a second primary run at incumbent GOP Congressman Leonard Lance in the 7th district which includes all of Hunterdon County, parts of Morris, Somerset, Warren and Union Counties and Millburn Township in Essex County.  Lance received the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on May 2.

Qarmout is running against State Senator Joe Kyrillos for the nomination to unseat U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Congressional Races, 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bayshore Tea Party Group | Tags: , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Bayshore Tea Party Group Announces Endorsements”

  1. Oh brother said at 6:42 pm on May 3rd, 2012:

    Can these people be any dumber? Bader Qarmout???? How did he sway them – sing God Bless America??They are an embarrassment to the Tea Party. I guess anyone who would still support Anna Little after everything she has done and all the off the wall votes that slammed the taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to have any brains when it comes to picking candidates. Dumb and dumber.

  2. Pallone is laughing at you said at 7:47 pm on May 3rd, 2012:

    And so are the rest of us.

    And the Tea Party in NJ ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

  3. Eric said at 1:07 am on May 4th, 2012:

    Bader wants to give amnesty to illegal immigrants who pay $20.00 per week for ten years.

  4. For what its worth said at 8:50 am on May 5th, 2012:

    It is unfortunate that Republican politics in this county come down to name calling and a general failure to understand the gravity of the situation in this country. Republicans, unfortunately gravitate to the to the “safe”, moderate approach or, refusing to fight on the same level as liberals (i.e., Democrats). Anna Little has a proven track record of knowing how to campaign effectively. Like her or not, she does represent a strong conservative alternative to Pallone. The same for Qarmout, sometimes having little or no track record works. In his case, he fully understands conservative/Constitutional principals. Unfortunately, there is too much “go along to get along” in Republican politics in this state specifically. For those who espouse “go along to get along” with our rapid slide to socialism and soon economic anarchy, be my guest and whistle past the graveyard. If, on the other hand, you want a fighting chance for “real” change, perhaps it is time to think out of the box and not follow the party dictate. For what its worth!

  5. For what its worth said at 12:07 pm on May 5th, 2012:

    Oh Brother implied that the Tea Party, because of their principled selection (which he doesn’t like) of the three candidates (Qarmout, Little and Larsen) represent “dumb and dumber”. If that is the case then what does that make him for backing candidates that are essentially the “same old, same old”? Making the same mistakes year in and year out and expecting different results is not only “dumb and dumber” but also the definition of insanity. Status quo if you will is the reason that we are now teetering on the brink of becoming a full blown Socialist, Utopian state. Moderation and status quo now mean that we are only careening off of the cliff just a little slower than if we were on the Democrat side. I strongly suggest that any who doubt what I am saying. For those who have significant voting records, I challenge you to look closely what they have and are supporting. I think that you would see “status quo”. Tell me where there is significant difference between establishment types and their Democrat/Utopian foes. Dumb and dumber can best be demonstrated by falling for the same old game plan year in and year out, yet not learning a thing from it. Therefore we keep getting the same old “go along to get along” cadre of representatives and candidates (Lance, Smith Kyrillos, etc.). Shame on us! This is the reason that the Tea Party is going to prove far more significant and correct in it’s independent path than those who just wish to denigrate its membership for not falling into line and “following orders”. Perhaps if you need a front organization, why not form an auxilliary? The Tea Party to be truly meaningful cannot and should not become just a “Front” organization for the Republican establishment. The goal is not just replacing Obama and our representatives with folks a little more “moderate” in their leanings but rather to save the country from this long march to oblivion. We are at a critical point in history that goes well beyond defeating Obama. We must defeat the incremental march to a totalitarian society. One that we are a short couple of years away from. It is time that we must take a chance and send a real message to leaders such as Boehner, McConnell and their ilk as well as the those useful idiots at the national and local levels. Without taking chances and acting boldly, we are doomed to pass into the good night because of what consultants tell us. We are trying to be too cute and we no longer have the luxury of time. The electorate is getting restless and are looking for such new faces and approaches. This is something that Tea Party members get, when will you? The next crop of leaders must do more than just raising taxes and taking halfhearted stabs at cutting spending. This lazy and timid approach is exactly why we are where we are today. Real leaders don’t take the safe (and popular) way by timidly leading from the rear on hard issues. Unfortunately, we have way to many of those types of elected officials. Great at following and not sticking necks out. Ronald Reagan led boldly from the front, was effective and unapologetic for his vision. Now we need those types of leaders that will actually lead from the front and strive to succeed on behalf of the country and not the country club! The Tea Party understands this viscerally, hence their independent decision in this matter. For what its worth!

  6. 02 cents said at 12:44 pm on May 5th, 2012:

    is what it’s worth. Pallone wins by double digits—AGAIN over the failed diva, the bar owner and unknown businessman get less than 5% in the primary, and Lance coasts to victory while TPers remain on the fringe……….

  7. Oh Brother said at 6:37 pm on May 5th, 2012:

    Hey For what it’s worth – you know why the Tea Party’s selections are dumb? Because the idea of running a candidate is to WIN!!!! These three, I guarantee you, will not win. So all you would be doing would be helping committed socialists (aka Democrats) get elected. And just when did Anna Little become this fresh new face? She has been a freeholder, mayor and councilwoman. The reason she is not part of the “establishment” that you so despise is that she screwed up so bad while in office, no one with half a brain wants anything to do with her. That is, unless you are a union member. To them, she is a hero.

  8. For what its worth said at 4:59 pm on May 6th, 2012:

    It is quite obvious, that “Oh Brother”calls names if people don’t agree with him and his politics. Unfortunately this is an indication of how to lose elections and not how to win them with viable candidates. It is easy to take someone with no record at all and hold them up as the “candidate” apparently not understanding that it takes much more to win an election then just getting the party line on the primary ballot.

    Many times accepting this “honor” is little more than just a study in paying your dues and carrying the party standard regardless of whether or not you win. If that is what your support represents, then by all means follow Oh Brother and his rationale. If, on the other hand you want someone that can actually win and has conservative credentials (albeit maybe not perfect in every way), then you may want to see things as the Tea Party does. I can go back years and demonstrate chapter and verse how the Republican “Establishment” has selected and more importantly, “somewhat” supported it’s standard bearers. Going back to 1994 and Mike Herson in his run against Pallone (one where Pallone was very beatable because of his brother’s loss in the local Long Branch elections). There was Herson with the title and little or no support from his party. I dare say that in Long Branch, there was almost as much support by Democrats for Herson than there was for Pallone. Herson still lost by a significant margin. Why? Commitment to the candidate or lack thereof.

    For these reasons, it seems some are incapable of looking at the big picture and determining the validity of the opportunity and providing the necessary support. Mr. Cullari seems to be a good man and I believe can be at some point a very good candidate, however at this critical time, that is not the issue. The real issue is will he have the name recognition and the ability to go toe to toe with Pallone? That leads to the inevitable question, will he be able to beat Pallone in this cycle?

    Say what you will about Anna Little, the one thing you can’t say is that she hasn’t survived in a very challenging political arena over the past number of years. She has demonstrated her independence from the power brokers and generally speaking come off on top most of the time. She is unique in that she has survived the electoral crucible better then anyone I can think of in Monmouth County, much to the chagrin of the “power brokers” even of her own party.

    Because of her demonstrable independence and true grit, I think that she is a much stronger candidate for this congressional run and that she is up to the challenge regardless of the slings and arrows being thrown at her by folks such as Oh Brother. Perhaps Oh Brother is not aware of these facts (all verifiable).

    As for Mr. Cullari, I met him recently and he definitely has the makings of a good conservative candidate however I suggest that he start with a local office such as Assembly, Senate, Mayor or council in order to get his name out there in the arena and build a strong track record that people can hang their hats on. Until then, he is basically an unknown to many in the 6th district therefore, cannon fodder. I say this with nothing but his and the conservative movement’s best interests at heart.

    Oh Brother, instead of calling names, try to think critically and strategically about these issues instead of just spouting the “party line” and attacking those who are outsiders. If there is anything that I have said that is not true, please point it out to me because I am always willing to learn. As for the shots that you have taken at Anna and Bader,perhaps you reflect as to whether they were purely political or that there is some “rational” point that you were trying to make. Regarding Anna, telling 1/2 of the story is very much the same as lying.

    Anna’s track record shows that she can take on her own party when she feels that she has to and that there generally speaking is a good, defensible reason that will probably resonate with a large segment of the local Tea Parties. From our standpoint, this is not about Republican or Democrat but rather about the right people and policies to change the course of this country before it is too late. You don’t have to be a perfect candidate but rather one that can win and once you win have the intestinal fortitude to do what’s right and not be told how to think and act by your party leadership or anyone else but rather to be able to follow your own conscience.

    In Anna’s case, she has shown such independence on numerous occasions regardless of how she has been attacked by both friend and foe alike. Under all of those attacks, she has not withered but generally thrived as did her constituents. That is strength! Yes, she has made mistakes but then again, who hasn’t? How about you Oh Brother? Your posts indicate that you looking to be a party power broker who has had his toes stepped on. The Tea Party that you like to malign has done its due diligence in vetting these candidates. Those who participated made the call via a vote. That my friend is democracy at work. Even though you think we are all idiots, I assure you that we are not! If this truly offends you then I am sorry however with that being said, you will be seeing more and more similar polls like them or not.

    As for Anna, this is her track record from Mayor, councilwoman, Freeholder to a candidate and with an Congressional (against Pallone) election under her belt, again all things that were taken into consideration.

    I look forward to your feedback, however, in fairness, let’s try to stick with the facts and not a personal diatribe. This way we can debate like grown-ups and maybe both of us can learn something useful.

    For What Its Worth

  9. For what its worth said at 6:16 pm on May 6th, 2012:

    I love it! Oh Brother and 2 Cents again resort to name calling and providing no tangible, intelligent information. It is my guess that there was a lot of name calling by the Whigs back in the 1850’s just before they became extinct. It seems that the same conditions exist now. Just a little ancient history for those who don’t know anything but calling names, the Republican party came about after the destruction of the Whig party. The Whigs crashed and burned and basically, ceased to exist (my guess is for many of the same reasons that it could happen again today). Stupidity may cause the same fate to befall the R’s if they do not figure out how to get out of the “Same old, Same old” that the party seems to be stuck in. Next I suppose that you will be singing the virtues of “Moderation” and “Compromise” as a way to save the republic. I reiterate, if you keep doing the same thing time after time and expecting different results, that’s not stupidity but rather insanity. Lastly, I again ask that you provide “intelligent” feedback if you really care about coming up with a getter mouse trap. Other than that, it is a pleasure trading comments with you and 2 Cents.

    For What Its Worth!

  10. Heidi Torres said at 3:38 am on May 11th, 2012:

    I happen to know Bader Quarmout in person and for those of you who slander him, please listen to this: Bader and I differ in our opinions on a lot of points, but the wonderful and refreshing thing about him is that he has really good grounds for the things he is saying AND he will listen to other good reasoning too. He is everything that I have never before seen in a politician: He is humble, he is honest, he is just simply a good man who wants to do his best to make things better. He will not be blinded by the power that would follow being elected, and has worked very hard all his life, so he will not crumble under the workload. Listen to him and if you have better ideas than he on how to solve current problems let him know, because he is intelligent enough to listen to us all and try to find the most feasible solution. He will treat everyone with love and respect!

    // Heidi