Former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery told MMM that he thinks his party’s nominees for freeholder and county surrogate should resign their candidacies and let the new Chairman, Vin Gopal, and the Democratic County Committee select new candidates.
The freeholder candidates, former Hazlet Mayor Kevin Lavan and former State Trooper William Shea, along with surrogate nominee Michael Steinhorn, all supported Gopal’s opponent, Marlboro Council President Frank LaRocca, in last month’s Chairman’s race. Gopal won the chairmanship with over 70% of the vote, over 80% excluding Marlboro.
“I don’t know why they did that (took a position in the Chairman’s race),” said Scudiery, “LaRocca must have promised them something. I don’t see how the rank and file supports them now.”
Scudiery said that to his knowledge, only Lavan has reached out to Gopal since the Chairman’s election on June 12.
Scudiery said that he thought the Democrats should nominate three women. Former Freeholder Amy Mallet, Former Manalapan Mayor Rebecca Aaronson, Highlands Councilwoman Rebecca Kane and Red Bank Councilwomen Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee were among the possibilities that Scudiery mentioned.
Gopal declined to comment.