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.
Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election | Tags: Bayshore Tea Party, Ed Pekarsky, Tom Fitzsimmons | 25 Comments »