Unfortunately, one of the candidates for Monmouth County GOP Chair is blinded to the fact that that his record will become a major issue in the next two general elections, should his revisionist history campaign successfully result in his chairmanship.
If John Bennett and his supporters think The Asbury Park Press and the new Monmouth County Democratic Chairman, whoever that ends up being, are not rooting for Bennett to be the next Monmouth GOP Chair, they truly have their heads in the sand.
Bennett has been promoting his early legislative career and electoral successes as a reason to elect him chairman as if the unceremonious and embarrassing end to his legislative career didn’t happen. He even implored MMM not to write about the damage he has done, not just to Monmouth County, the Monmouth GOP, but to the entire State of New Jersey and the New Jersey GOP. “Don’t write bad things about me!” Bennett exclaimed when we met for almost three hours early last month. We hoped he would realize the obvious himself and that we wouldn’t have to write the truth about him. Unfortunately that has turned out not to be the case.
Just as he did in 2003 when he ignored then County Chairman Bill Dowd’s call to abandon his unwinnable reelection bid, Bennett has his head in the sand now. Just as he didn’t see that his continued candidacy in 2003 would not only cost Republicans the 12th legislative district but control of the State Senate where he was Co-President, Bennett doesn’t see now that his being Chairman could very well cost the Monmouth GOP control of the county government which we have worked so hard to win back over the last four years.
In their coverage of Monmouth County government and politics, The Asbury Park Press always telegraphs future coverage and editorial positions.
The Press did not cover the Freeholder race in January when Serena DiMaso was elected. They did not cover the recent CD-6 primary between Anna Little and Ernesto Cullari. They’ve hardly covered State Senator Joe Kyrillos’ U.S. Senate bid. They have already written about the GOP chairman’s race between Bennett and Christine Hanlon.
Those who are angrily and hypocritically invoking the 11th commandment in defense of Bennett’s Soprano State stardom, have their heads in a much darker place than the sand.
MMM is not just predicting that the press will make hay of a Bennett chairmanship. We spoke with The Soprano State author/Gannett columnist Bob Ingle yesterday. Despite the fact that he is busy promoting his new book, a biography of Governor Chris Christie, Ingle said the Monmouth GOP chair’s race is on his radar. He was aware that Bennett is running before we called. He also mentioned that Bennett’s relationship with then U.S. Attorney Chris Christie was in the manuscript of the Christie biography. Ingle wasn’t sure if the mention was in the published edition. MMM checked, it is not in the index, but at Ingle’s urging, we will read the book from cover to cover to be sure.
Incidentally, Ingle had just finished an interview with G. Gordon Liddy promoting the Christie biography when we got him on the phone. Maybe Bennett should consider a radio show for his career heyday instead of going down in flames, again, and bringing others with him, again.