Bayshore Tea Party Group Co-founder Speaks Out About Monmouth GOP Convention, Publishes The Candidate Speech He Didn’t Get To Deliver

The following is a statement from Robert Gordon, Co-founder of the Bayshore Tea Party Group, which includes the speech he would have delivered to the Monmouth GOP Convention last week had him nomination been accepted.

Given the points Gordon makes, MMM asked him why he is not challenging the Chairman’s election.  He said the had thought about it but concluded that such action would not be productive.

On Tuesday evening, June 12, 2012, we attempted to get my name entered into nomination for chairman of the Monmouth County Republican committee. That attempt failed for a variety of reasons. First, I was told by Joe Oxley, the current chairman, that we were discourteous in not notifying him of our intention at least two weeks in advance. What transpired after our exchange with Mr. Oxley, was unfortunate, but predictable because of the absence of bylaws or the adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order. I did offer my apology to Mr. Oxley, however I was dismayed by Mr Oxley’s adamant aversion of rules and the resulting response from the floor when my nomination was denied without explanation. It is unfortunate that a simple matter of producing County committee bylaws was not undertaken at a much earlier time, thereby short-circuiting any issues of this type. It was not our intention to embarrass Mr. Oxley or anyone else in this organization.

My considering running for this office came about as a result of several issues. First was the failure to produce bylaws in compliance with Title 19. Our first priority should be to comply with this requirement. Second was the nature of the campaign for chairman being contested by Christine Hanlon and John Bennett. For two weeks my mail box was filled with what in my opinion was negative campaign material. I felt that I should be receiving materials that clearly define what each of these candidates intended to do in strengthening the Republican Party, and this particular County committee. This clearly was not the case. I felt the need for an expanded responsibility for each of the members of this committee in communicating with the public in their respective districts. We represent those people and that representation requires us to convey information from the County committee to the public, and convey the public’s concerns to that same committee. I believe that we should expand this responsibility, and ask our committee members to become more active in the processes of local and state government. We must be the conduit that enhances the flow of information to our constituents and ask them to contact their local and state representatives on all of the issues that will have a bearing on the quality of life in their neighborhoods. We must be diligent in monitoring the activities of our local and state representatives. We must be confident that they are acting in a manner that is consistent with the qualities of good government and conforming to the principles which got them elected. We should not discourage the participation in our local committees as has been the case in this last election.

I am a conservative. I believe in smaller government, fiscal responsibility and adherence to the Constitution of the United States and the state of New Jersey. My speech, a copy of which follows, outlines my sincere wish for unity and a return to the conservative principles of Ronald Reagan. I have stated some items of concern where Republican representatives have not been consistent in sticking with conservative principles. This should concern us all.

John Bennett was elected chairman in a very closely contested election. I congratulate him on his victory. We wish to offer whatever help is necessary to ensure the restoration of unity in this party and the return to conservative principles, so necessary to restoring the quality of life that we have come to expect in New Jersey.




Nominee for Chairman Speech

                                                                                             June 12, 2012

“One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors.”



Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for being here. My name is Robert Gordon. I’ve lived inMiddletownfor 16 years, and I’m a committeeman from the 15th District. I’m a retired businessman. 16 years in equipment leasing and lease finance in the shipping and transportation businesses, and 20 successful years in Construction Management in New York City.


I am a registered Republican! Have been for most of my life. Like most of you I am dismayed with the condition of the country and the State of New Jersey. That dismay began in the late 90’s with the advent of Republicans inWashington, DC beginning to behave like free spending big government Democrats. It continued with a growing conservative malaise and the eventual selection of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The net result was a nationwide outcry against over taxation, over regulation, excess spending, loss of individual freedoms and the disregard for our Constitution! All this solidifying the confirmation in my mind that Washington was out of touch with the most Americans. The next step was an overwhelming outcry from the public and the advent of the T.E.A. Party (Taxed Enough Already) grassroots movements. It was through my association with the TEA parties that I met Joe Oxley. He spoke at several tea party meetings about the fundamentals of effecting change in our political system. The bedrock of that process was and is theCountyCommittee. (Someone once said “ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL”) He guided us in the process of Identifying open seats in our municipalities and getting our names added to the ballot. He spoke about the responsibilities of the position and how important your votes could be. I followed Joe’s advice got myself on the ballot, knocked on my neighbors doors, asked for their support and got myself elected.

The foundation of our political system is the District representative. It’s their duty and responsibility to represent the views of their friends and neighbors to thisCountyCommittee. I would ask that we expand our communication abilities to allow each of us to quickly disperse information to our constituents on legislation and other activities on a local and statewide basis, to enhance the ability of our citizens to become more involved in what impacts their quality of life. John Lovasz a member of the Middletown Executive committee, I think, demonstrates this with his constituents throughout the year. I’m sure there are many others in this group that do the same. We should all be asked to assume this level of responsibility. 

I am also a member of the Bayshore tea party group.

So, you might ask what am I doing here tonight? First let me say that I vote. Second, I am angry. Look at this material that has fouled my mail box for the past two weeks. Two respected members of the Republican party doing their utmost to destroy each other’s credibility. I know close to nothing about each of these individuals, including where they will lead us or how they will lead us. I expect to see positive competition within the party and this is neither positive, nor something to be proud of. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the only example of negative campaigning. The Ernesto Cullari campaign was, in my opinion, a disgrace for several reasons. First, and most important, was the selection process. My belief is that the full body of this committee should hold the responsibility for the selection of candidates. This leads us to the requirement of NJ Title 19, that by-laws be produced for thisCountyCommittee. My understanding is that this is a requirement that has existed since 2009. This should be the first priority of the new Committee Chair. Second, that this committee demand integrity in the conduct of campaigns. Is this what we want conveyed to the electorate. We hold the solutions to most of the problems in government today. These negative messages hardly serve to support what we really stand for. Let’s end them.

What do we stand for? Smaller government? Lower taxes? Fiscal responsibility? Less regulation? Judicial restraint? Adherence to the Constitution? These are the conservative principles that we all accept as the best remedy for all Americans. Why do we as Republicans lose sight of this? Are our elected GOP representatives following these guidelines? There is much evidence to the contrary.

Governor Christie has the power to reject judicial demands that are clearly not in their purview. He must stand by his pre-election comments that issues of this type must come through the legislative process. He must nominate strict constructionist jurists to the Supreme Court. Mr. Harris hardly meets the qualifications for sitting in the Supreme Court, let alone the strict constructionist definition. And while we’re discussing

Mr. Harris, it is disgraceful that the Republicans in the NJ Judiciary Committee voted to seat this nominee. IMO, this is a serious breach of principle. This is not a place for political gamesmanship. Conservative principles must be adhered to.

Redistricting is a thorn in the side of those who value their vote! Last yearNew Jerseyadopted a new Legislative redistricting map which literally guaranteed Democrat control of both houses of our Legislature for the next ten years, as well as confirming to the voting public that their votes will surely not count. This map is, in our opinion, unconstitutional. Last spring the Bayshore Tea Party Group sued the NJ apportionment commission and it’s Democrat members in order to nullify this map and reconvene the apportionment commission to produce a constitutional map. We are awaiting a decision from the NJ court of appeals on our appeal of a previous decision. In the meantime we have had little support from Republicans in this endeavor. At our township executive committee meeting last night we discussed the importance of our GOTV initiatives and vote by mail initiatives. We seem to be working against ourselves. Voter turn out in the 2011 general election was 27% and the 2012 primary was around 20% . The proof is in the pudding. Voters are now more than apathetic; they are convinced that their votes are meaningless. We must work for competitive districts. With our message we will succeed.

There are many additional issues that need our attention;

Agenda 21 and the loss of our property rights. Shelly Kennedy has maintained a constant battle against implementation of this U.N. program as well as ICLEI. A subject too complex to outline here, but resolutions have been adopted that oppose Agenda 21 by the RNC, The Monmouth County Freeholders and many, many more.

As I stated earlier; I vote. I’m working toward solutions to the problems the Party faces and a return to conservative principles. I’m doing this because I believe a course correction back to our core principles, is essential. Our children and their children’s future is in our hands.

Before I forget, I wish to thank my dear friends Barbara and Frank Gonzalez and my wonderful wife Lynn for throwing me from the frying pan into the fire. Seriously, I couldn’t do this without their support, and that of many others in this room.

Vote as you see fit with these thoughts in mind. Thank you for your time. God bless you all.

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bayshore Tea Party Group, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Bayshore Tea Party Group Co-founder Speaks Out About Monmouth GOP Convention, Publishes The Candidate Speech He Didn’t Get To Deliver”

  1. Freespeaker1976 said at 5:44 pm on June 19th, 2012:

    I am breaking my self imposed exile from making comments just this one time.

    Agenda 21 says it all. The Bayshore Tea Party and it’s cult members are NUTS, all NUTS.

    I am now going back into my cocoon. I’ve had it with Bennett style politics.

  2. TR said at 9:17 pm on June 19th, 2012:

    Joe should have let them go. It would have been great theater. We would have been laughing so hard we would have forgotten how made we were at each other. thats always been Joes problem he is such a stick in the mud.

    Actually Bob almost had me until he hit Agenda 21. What next black helicopters and the Trilateral Commision. I have never seen the leaders of a political movement that started off great work so hard to make themselves irrelevant. ROFLMAO.

    On another note I am going to say that I think negative ads in an intraparty race are a great thing. I have been giving it some thought and I actually disagree with my hero Ronald Reagan on this. Here is why. It is a great way to vet candidates. If we hit them before they get hit by the Dems (and you know the Dems will hit them) one of two things will happen either they will be knocked out because they are too weak or they will shrug it off and be ready for it when the Dems bring it on. Call it Political Darwinism.

  3. Give me a break said at 11:14 pm on June 19th, 2012:

    What a windbag. This guy is so delusional and so full of himself, it is hard to comprehend. He is county committee yet has NEVER lifted a finger to help any of the local or county candidates. He knows nothing about local politics and has no interest in local candidates, yet this blowhard feels entitled to be the chair of the whole county? And he sanctimoniously lectures us as some sort of superior conservative, when the only candidate he cares about, the unstable Anna Little, sided with the liberal Democrats to give the police union a sweetheart deal as a screw you to the people of Highlands for not supporting her against Pallone. Then he congratulates the most pro-abortion Senator on becoming chair. He is so offended by campaign literature that merely points out a candidate’s record, while his own BSTP trashes anybody and everybody they disagree with – many times personally. Wasn’t he also the one who walked out of the Lincoln Day dinner when someone had the nerve to support a candidate different from them? Yeah, real class – especially when Joe Kyrillos paid for his ticket. Then he screws Joe by backing some horrible candidate with no chance of winning. Pure genius. And his stupid obsession with Agenda 21 shows how out of touch he is with reality. Here’s a reality check Bob – get off your high horse and admit how little you know.

  4. Knight in Shining Armor said at 8:24 am on June 20th, 2012:

    The Tea Party in general has proved to be a force to be reckoned with, however, I consider the BTP to be one of the least effective TP’s in the state due to the hysterics of your leadership and lack of common sense. (How do you not endorse Kyrillos?but you worship Anna Little?). The Morristown Tea Party is a group that has common sense and works within the Republican Party. Hence they get candidates to take notice and speak at their functions.

    Agree with TR that bringing up a candidates record is essential when running a campaign especially when your opponent is J Bennett. Committee people should know this but feign outrage when they see it.

    My advise to the BTP, get some new leaders and come up with a common sense, reasonable approach.

  5. Bob who???? said at 12:54 pm on June 20th, 2012:

    lf this dude was so concerned—why did he wait two years to bring up the bylaws issue??? lf these problems have been going on for years—why was two weeks notice such a burden?? lf the tea party is about change–why support an ethically challenged 30 yr career politician?? Why has Little been a GOPer for 20+yrs and they consider her an outsider????

  6. RIP BSTP said at 5:30 pm on June 20th, 2012:

    Everyone hit the nail on the head. What’s most amazing to me is that what we need is a unifying force as chairman. What you get in Mr. Gordon and his cohort Ms. Gonzalez are two of the most divisive figures I’ve ever seen in Monmouth politics. They are driving people away from the BSTP in droves and have spent more time attacking Republicans than anyone. Could you imagine the train wreck a Bob Gordon chairmanship would be? You could hear Ray Lesniak, Paul Sarlo and boss Norcross laughing from here.

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  8. Politicalpony said at 10:43 pm on June 25th, 2012:

    Bob Gordon would have made an excellent chairman of the Monmouth County Republican committee. Unlike any of the fools that have posted above me, Bob Gordon is a man if dignity and morals. Unlike the 6 people that have posted before me, Bob is a man who knows and understands our US Constitution. Unlike the idiots that have posted before me. In fact, they prove everything that Bob has stated in that no one is interested in doing the right thing. It’s all about a position of power, a paycheck and I nice little pension for most of the elected officials in either party. It is clear to anyone who would read Bob’s speech and then read the Political Hacks that have posted here that all 6 of them combined couldn’t make up one of Bob. If it had been me being confronted by Oxley, he wouldn’t have received the same courtesy as Bob had shown. He would have gotten back a taste of his own medicine. Everyone is so afraid of loosing the power they may have, they will bend all rules to maintain it. The corruption runs deep at all levels of government, and the County Committee should not be viewed as something different. Oh, you don’t like that comment? Your offended by it? “lol” I say, who cares! These people demand respect, but when they show none, they should get none. I say, Who the hell are they? I say, nothing more than some bottom feeders who should carry toilet paper with them every where they go so they can wipe the brown spots from their nose when the pecking order in front of them stops short in their tracks. I don’t care what any of them may have achieved in the past. I want to know what they are going to do in the future. And just what is it that they have actually achieved in the past?

    A little suggestion for the 6 that posted above me. Get some morals, get some fortitude buut most of all, get some commonsense and some brains. Each one of you put your foot in your mouth and proved everything the man made note of that’s wrong with politics today. You better hope he doesn’t make another run for this position. He might very well be in charge of you. And although he would never do anything to harm you, you’ll be hating life as you know it. Because then, the games that you all so very much cherish, just might come to an end.

    RINO hacks that think they know how to PLAY politics, but none of them would know how to govern. Is this the example they would set while in office? Your all a bunch of jokes just like Obama, problem is that all of you have some how made it into positions of authority. But with a little luck and some hard work, you’ll all follow in the steps of Obama. Can you say GONE?

  9. Politicalpony said at 11:27 pm on June 25th, 2012:

    Oh, I just couldn’t resist one other thing. The subject of Agenda 21. This is directed in your face Freespeaker 1976, TR and GiveMeABreak.

    Here’s a lesson on the truth. Of course you all probably have flown a lot of your own Black Helicopters over the years. There’s nothing like trying to make a fool out of someone on a subject when you rither know the truth but don’t want the issue exposed or you just think you know so much more than anyone else that you never bother to investigate and read for yourselves. Of course I’m sure all of you are happy being ignorant in your own little worlds.

    You all better hope than people reading this don’t gain an eye opening education on the subject of Agenda 21.

    This is a quote from the Rio+20 sustainable development summit last week.

    “It came 20 years after the Earth Summit in Rio which adopted Agenda 21, an action plan for sustainable development in the 21st century.”

    Article here, copy and paste in your browser address bar:

    The so called conspiracy theory is no longer theory. All the facts of it’s existence is out there for all to see. One only needs to take the time to find it and read in to it.

    I wish I still had the You Tube link of Congresswoman Pelosi standing on the floor of the house introducing the resolution which drew our country into this agreement. It’s fascinating how immediately after she did so that President Clinton began signing Executive Orders and implementing Agenda 21 into all of our federally run agencies.

    Evidently I’m debating with people have that have no real facts.

  10. Politicalpony said at 11:30 pm on June 25th, 2012:

    I hope the 6 of you aren’t on the County Committee. If so, you need to be kicked out.