Much of the negative campaign against Christine Hanlon for Monmouth GOP Chair has been directed not at the candidate, but at her partner, Brian Nelson.
It’s all part of the sexist undertone of the campaign… Nelson will really be the Chair… Christine’s his puppet. That sentiment and gossip is truly the most offensive element of this campaign to date. It is demeaning to Hanlon and demeaning to women in general. It is not worthy of the Monmouth GOP; the Republican County Party that has done more to advance women in politics than any other county party in the state, Democrat or Republican.
But if we are going to scrutinise Christine Hanlon’s partnership, should we not also scrutinise John Bennett’s? Should we look into how much money his partner Frank Tedesco gave to Democrats? Should we look into how much of the money that Tedesco and Bennett gave to Democrats was wheeled into the Monmouth Democrats?
I have the data. It is not pretty. It is relevant, but I doubt it will change many votes at this point.
John’s donations to Democrats are relevant. Christine addressed that issue in her mailing this weekend.
But I don’t think Tedesco’s donations to Carl Lewis, Donald Norcross or Lou Greenwald and others are really relevant to John’s candidacy. Not anymore than what people think about Brian Nelson, pro or con, is to Christine’s candidacy.