Fitzsimmons responds to Pekarsky’s “real republican” manifesto

Ed Pekarsky

Ed Pekarsky

Matawan Councilman Tom Fitzsimmons responded yesterday to Bayshore Tea Party backed freeholder candidate Ed Pekarsky’s  email to the Monmouth Young Republicans email list.

Both Fitzsimmons and Pekarsky have expressed a desire for MMM to publish Fitz’s response.  We’re happy to oblige.  Pekarsky and BTPG leaders expressed a desire that we use another of Pekarsky’s photos.  We’re happy to oblige that request as well.

To my knowledge, we’ve never met. But since you decided to respond to an innocuous YR invite email with a self-serving and deluded email of your own, I feel compelled to respond.
Specifically, I am compelled to respond to this statement:
”…the party I have always identified myself with as 20’s-something republican are now labeling me and those I associate with as tea-party nut jobs, big mouth amateurs and those who have no place in the political process system etc.”
As I said, I don’t know you so I don’t know whether you are, in fact, a tea party nutjob or not, or whether you consort with known tea party nutjobs. However, I can understand how you could be confused with other tea party nutjobs, as you have clearly adopted their language.
By this I refer to your smug and condescending description of yourself and your new friends as “real” Republicans; your self-congratulatory mention of your constitutional principles when they have nothing to do with the office you’re currently seeking;  your mention of the evil and ubiquitous “Republican establishment”,  and the tone of your letter, which is part whiny little bitch and part martyr. Since you speak the language of tea party nutjobs, you can understand how people would assume you are one. And while not all tea party members are big mouth amateurs ( or nutjobs), many of the ones around here are. If you’re upset about being lumped in with them, don’t blame the lumpers.
As to your place in the political process, I don’t think anyone is questioning your rights as much as your motivation. All the issues you claimed to be dedicated to are primarily federal issues. They have little or nothing to do with state and county government. So while you have every right to run for office, as do your new friends, my question is why?
Why are you running in a primary for Freeholder when Monmouth County is the best run county in New Jersey and the Republican Freeholders just passed a budget which held taxes flat for the fourth year in a row?
Why is your group running a primary in LD 13 against the leading pro-business legislator in the state (Joe Kyrillos), the leading good government legislator in the state ( Amy Handlin) and the Assembly Republican Budget Officer and a leading conservative voice in the state ( Declan O’Scanlon)?
Did it ever occur to you that the reason you’ve been treated with such scorn is not, as the tea party martyrs would tell you, that you have the audacity to challenge a candidate of the horrible RINO establishment, but that YOU’RE CHALLENGING ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB AND WHO AGREE WITH YOU ON MOST ISSUES??? And that your presence in the race is making the “disgraceful liberal agenda” you claim to oppose more likely, not less? When you primary people who don’t deserve it, people start to think it’s more about you and your ego rather than conservative governance. Hence, the scorn.
Let me close with a bit of advice for you and the tea party. As a legislative aide and a campaign manager I had the pleasure of working with the National Rifle Association on issues and campaigns. I’m sure as a second amendment supporter, you consider the NRA the model of political effectiveness and you’d be right. You probably also think they got that way by punishing those who are less than ideologically pure when it comes to the Second Amendment…and you’d be wrong. The NRA is one of the most nuanced political organizations in America and that’s their recipe for success. They understand that even if you disagree with them 20% of the time, you agree with them 80% of the time, and that’s more than a liberal would. They understand that sometimes people who fundamentally agree with them have to take tough votes for political reasons and don’t punish them for it because the alternative- a liberal- is worse. They understand the value of incremental progress when you are dealing from a position of weakness (ie, Democratic majorities in the legislature). THEY SUPPORT THEIR ALLIES, EVEN IF THEY DON’T AGREE 100% OF THE TIME. Are they sellouts to their cause? SAINOs? (Second Amendment In Name Only?) Take a lesson. Take a bunch of them.
You want to run for office, rock on. But spare me the noble “real Republican” bullshit, ya’ll.
Yours Truly,
Tom Fitzsimmons


Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election | Tags: , , | 25 Comments »

25 Comments on “Fitzsimmons responds to Pekarsky’s “real republican” manifesto”

  1. I'm with Tom 100% said at 1:42 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Hell, even the latest photo shows Perkasky to be smug and seemingly unprofessional.


    Silence Do Good, Redux

  2. Monmouth Girl said at 1:54 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    T.E.A. = Tea (Party) Enough Already

    Man! I never thought I would agree with Tom Fitz but damn if he did not hit the nail on the head!

    The County GOP has cut spending, taxes and full time employees. So what exactly do these morons like Dead Head Ed Pekarsky want – I mean besides to be known. Leave running the County and State to educated, dedicated, honest and hard working people who have the taxpayers best interest at heart. I am sure you can make your dreams of fame come true by going on a reality show like the “Jersey Shore.”

  3. Jim Sage said at 3:31 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Well, well, well…look what sprouted like skunk cabbage in the spring: Tom Fitzsimmons, “political strategist” and former legislative aide for Jennifer Beck.

    I have to admit, I first met Tom, when he was a legislative aide for Jennifer Beck. He would sit in at Board meetings when the Freehold Regional High School District was the laughing stock of the nation and the epicenter of fraud, when I exposed in 2008–with the help and assistance of this blog– the fact that the superintendent and four others had obtained diploma-mill, cracker jack box doctorate degrees. This enabled the administrators higger compensation and thus, a higher pension calculation. This blog was also instrumental in getting the “word” out when the fraud was first revealed.

    I requesed Jennifer Beck’s presence, since the group of people I regularly attended meetings, supported her, and we felt it was important for her to attend to call out the fraud for what it was: “WRONG! After all, she was our “voice” in the district, and in Trenton. For inexplicable reasons, she refused to attend. She had betrayed her constituents!

    I later found out why: Jennifer Beck has been receiving campaign contributions from the Colts Neck representative on the Board. (it’s reported on her ELEC forms). Jennifer Beck has succumbed and sold her soul, like many other career politicians, to the ole mighty dollar.

    She has even bullied and badgered me when I requested she speak out about the pension fraud at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department–sound familiar??? Again she refused, because it involved her good friend, Kim Guadagno.

    It seems if you don’t haul the party line, you get bullied, badgered, vilified, well…you get it.

    Tom, people are digusted! I am so angry that Arnone, Demasi, Beck, Kyrillos et al, have refused to call for an independent investigation into the fraud at the Sheriff’s Department, whereby Sheriff Golden has placed, and maintained, a high-ranking Sheriff’s official in a fictitious non-existent position. Simply, this is not good government policy. Not good for the taxpayers too.

    I support all those on the R4CL ticket.

    Kyrillos and Beck have received campaign contributions from convicted fraudster Solomon Dwek. When I asked Jennifer Beck to show me proof that she “donated” the funds, as she claims she did, she refused. This is from a woman that espouses transparency in government—yet she refuses to be transparent in her taxpayer funded office. This must end.

    I will be meeting with several groups who feel disenfranchised in Marlboro and other towns.

    Could Tom please tell us why Kyrillos is attending a fund raiser tonight (along with Beck and Golden) with a known physical and sexual abuser of woman? How hypocritical of these people to attend—afterall, April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. This sends a horrible message to our abused woman. Your people are out of touch—they must go!!!

    Tom, stop taking the usual playbook from Republican strategists, which is to bully and badger those that don’t agree with you. We the people, will have the final say!

    Good luck R4CL people!!! I will do my part–rest assured!!

  4. Sage said at 3:38 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    “We the people, will have the final say!”

    Well, well; the guy with an axe to grind is back.

    Yup, Sage the people will surely have the final say. And the likes of Ed Perkasky will never get near the Freeholder Board.

    I was wrong though. The above photo is more “street punk” than smug.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  5. The Chair said at 3:42 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    The Chair recognizes the unemployed bum that begged and pleaded for a job at that “corrupt sheriff’s department!”

    The floor is yours Mr. Sage

  6. Jim Sage said at 7:01 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Unemployed?? begged, pleaded…Hell no!

    You don’t know me that well I see. If we work hard enough, hopefully, your “Golden boy” should be unemployed. Afterall, he is the one that placed a person in a fictitious non-existent position. I believe the word is called FRAUD.

    Your turn Mr/Mrs/Ms. Chair.

  7. Monmouth Girl said at 8:08 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    “.. Leave running the County and State to educated, dedicated, honest and hard working people who have the taxpayers best interest at heart…”

    That statement is a joke! It’s as phony as the story in the link below:


  8. Stouthearted Patriot said at 8:52 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    This is why we need a Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified Governor like Seth Grossman to clean up all the RINO corruption in Monmouth County, and throughout the state. I believe despite all the cruel negativity and haterizing on this blog against the brave Citizen Patriots who are standing up to RINO fraud and mismanagement, real conservatives will turn out on primary day and be victorious is restoring liberty and prosperity to Monmouth County.

  9. Name (required) said at 10:05 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Which loser are you latching on to this time Sage? I see your asshole buddy Brophy isn’t back in. Shame, I really wanted to see him smacked down at the polls again.

  10. Rick Teresta said at 10:14 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Bay Shore Tea Party’s endorsed candidate for US Senate came in 3rd place to Kyrillos last year.

    How can they expect to beat Kyrillos when even Joe Rullo beat them in primary at second place without campaigning in Monmouth County?

  11. Stouthearted Patriot said at 10:36 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    The reason Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified candidate for US Senate Bader Qarmout came in third last year was that he was betrayed by other so-called conservatives at the behest of their RINO masters. An unbelievable onslaught of negativity and haterizing against a patriotic citizen I would expect from left wing bloggers. The campaign of smear and innuendo against Bader Qarmout is rivaled only by the smears and innuendo hurled against Leigh Ann Bellew by the same RINO bosses desperate to hang on to their power and influence.

  12. Right on Fitz, said at 11:10 pm on April 30th, 2013:

    Finally someone calling out the B.S.
    As to Sage can’t he just go away? He has done nothing in Marlboro or any other place but bitch and moan. Hey Sage, Are you only unhappy with Republicans who don’t give you jobs? If so, go latch on to a Dem. They would give you the farm, if they thought it would buy a vote. As to the TEA party, they may love you today but Lord knows what tomorrow brings as they haven’t found a script to stick to yet.

  13. @Stouthearded Patriot said at 7:20 am on May 1st, 2013:



    Silence Dogood, Redux

  14. Did Kyrillos enjoy being with the Woman Hater? said at 7:49 am on May 1st, 2013:

    Did anyone see Joe Kyrillos, master of ceremonies, with the “abuser of woman” at the fundraiser on Navesink River Road last night?

    Did Joe go? Or did he do the right thing and disinvite this person after finding out his past?

    If he didn’t, may good ole Joe has to go himself.

  15. Justified Right said at 7:59 am on May 1st, 2013:

    The Republican Party has been so bastardized it doesn’t surprise me that people are now fighting to claim the moniker of “Real Republican.”

    The party has an identity crises playing out across the country, and this battle between Tom and Ed is no different between the battle right now between Karl Rove and Tea Partiers nationwide.

  16. You are so right "JR" said at 8:04 am on May 1st, 2013:

    Between the issues of “pro-choice/pro-life;” gun rights; and immigration, the Republican Party has polarized many–mostly woman. With so many Monmouth County politicians attending the gala last night for the purposes of fueling their re-election gas tanks, I think this sends a wrong message to woman. It was well known in advance that a convicted abuser of woman was in attendance, and it just didn’t seem to bother anybody. Is it me, or does this send the wrong message?

  17. Professor said at 8:59 am on May 1st, 2013:

    I’m wondering when will Mr. Grossman show his Constitutional certificate and let us know what institution awarded it to him.

  18. SenseCommon said at 10:44 am on May 1st, 2013:

    Is that guy in the photo supposed to be Vin Diesel? Looks like a mySpace rapper…Mr. T Partay haha

  19. @ Professor said at 10:49 am on May 1st, 2013:

    Seth got his Certificate right after the Lion got his courage, the Tin Man his heart and Scarecrow got his brain.

    Looks like Ed should borrow the Scarecrow’s brain.

    PS – Sage is an idiot.

  20. Stouthearted [email protected] said at 8:41 pm on May 1st, 2013:

    Seth Grossman studied Constitutional Law, achieved high honors and received a Doctor Of Jurisprudence Degree at Duke University Law School, among the top ten academically ranked law schools in the country which boasts many distinguished alumni and Constitutional scholars, including US Presidents.

  21. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Mystery Robo Call In LD 13 said at 9:22 pm on May 1st, 2013:

    […] Tom Fitzsimmons said he knew nothing of the call and said it was amateurish that the question would be left as a voice mail. He said a call like this would cost about $250. […]

  22. @justifiedright said at 9:22 pm on May 1st, 2013:

    @justifiedright. Karl Rove is conservative when he sees an opportunity to raise money. Kind of like all establishment republicans. Tea Party are just, you know the “simple people” that make too much noise for the establishment.

  23. Professor said at 10:01 pm on May 1st, 2013:

    @Stouthearted Patriot
    Obama also studied Constitutional Law, that doesn’t make him Constitutionally certified

  24. Vince P. Hines said at 11:02 am on May 3rd, 2013:

    Want a sense of the scope of the GOP’s internal divide between conservatives and the party establishment? Take a look at some recent poll numbers that paint a fuller picture of just how many of the Republican Party’s core elements object to the direction of the party.

  25. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Meet the Tea Party Candidates said at 4:27 pm on May 8th, 2013:

    […] Now Horner is not returning my calls.  Freeholder candidate Ed Pekarsky asked that I post Tom Fitzsimmons’ email and if he could respond here.  I told him he could.  He hasn’t sent me his […]