Bennett: “We’re fighting this primary as if we’re down 25%”

Monmouth County GOP Chairman John Bennett sounded a rallying cry to about 125 Republican faithful on Saturday morning in Hazlet at a Armed Forces Day ‘friend raiser’ held at the Red Oak Diner for county candidates Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso.

“We’ve had primaries before in Monmouth County that we did not take seriously,” Bennett said,”and bad things happened.  This time we’re running as if we are 25 points behind.”

State Senator Joe Kyrillos asked the assembled Republicans to make sure their friends and families come out and vote on June 4 for himself and Assembly members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon, in addition to Golden, Arnone and DiMaso.

Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso, former mayors Eddie Farve or Bay St. Louis, MS and Brett Warr of Gulfport, MS and former CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch

Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso, former mayors Eddie Farve or Bay St. Louis, MS and Brett Warr of Gulfport, MS and former CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch

DiMaso introduced former CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch, former mayors Eddie Farve of Bay St. Louis, MS and Brett Warr of Gulfport, MS, as well as former Congressman Gene Taylor.  The group was visiting New Jersey to support the Bayshore Conference of Mayors, touring the destruction of Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking and the rebuilding of the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

Golden used the presence of the guests from Mississippi to talk about his department’s response to Sandy. “We had no deaths or serious injuries in Monmouth County.  In Katrina, there were almost 2000 deaths,” he said.

Golden praised Arnone, DiMaso and the other freeholders for putting the health and safety of Monmouth County residents first during storm, telling how they gave him emergency authorization, via conference call, to spend $75,000 to bring police and first responders from Mississippi to assist local law enforcement in the aftermath of Sandy. “We got all of the money reimbursed by FEMA,” Golden said to laughter and applause.

Arnone took a shot at the Bayshore Tea Party backed slate of candidates that are challenging the incumbents in the GOP primary.  “I’m not sure they are on our side (Republican side),” said Arnone is a reference to the fact that the challengers have asked the Monmouth County Democrats for money to fund their campaign.

“We could have used Sandy as an excuse to raise taxes, but collectively we choice not to do that the Monmouth County residents.  We cut $6 million from the budget, and that is just this year.  Since we Republicans won total control of the freeholder board there have been no tax increases.  ZERO, ZERO. That is fiscal conservatives,” declared Arnone. “I don’t know what those so-called conservatives challenging us are up to, but if they win this primary, things could get very bad,” implying that Bayshore Tea Party Group candidates could repeat their pattern of winning primaries but losing general elections.

The Bayshore Tea Party backed candidates challenging the Monmouth Republican incumbents are Leigh-Ann Bellew for Senate in the 13th legisilative district, Enda Walsh and Steven Boracchia for Assembly in the 13th, Dan Peters for Sheriff and freeholder candidates Ed Pekarsky and Brian Largey.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2013 Election, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments »

22 Comments on “Bennett: “We’re fighting this primary as if we’re down 25%””

  1. How does one spell "N-E-R-V-O-U-S?" said at 6:10 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    Sounds to me the incumbents are pretty nervous if you ask me.

  2. @Nervous said at 6:18 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    I would look in the mirror. $104,000 raised by the Party at Wednesday’s gala. How much have Bellew & Team raised?

    And yes, running as an underdog is the best way to go about this. It fires up your team & you make sure you turn out all of your voters this way.

    But then, inexperienced BSTPG leaders don’t really have a clue about running campaigns.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  3. Flossie said at 7:13 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    As John Paul Jones once said, the Tea Party hasn’t begun to fight. Expect a big time all-star celebrity fundraiser for the R4CL candidates soon, likely featuring Citizen-Patriot Joe The Plumber like he did for Steve Lonegan in 2009. Don’t be surprised if other movement conservative leaders show up as well like Steve Lonegan, Anna Little, and Dave Larsen. Hopefully Tea Party candidate for Governor Seth Grossman will be there as well to show solidarity with the Monmouth County candidates.

    RINOs like John Bennett and the “Joe-Kyr” are wetting their pants at the prospect of conservatives united on primary day and marching to the polls to elect the Tea Party ticket as the standard to lead the GOP to victory in November. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be one helluva ride.

  4. Flossie Is Smokin' Sumptin said at 7:24 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    Dave Larsen? He LOST

    Anna Little? She LOST

    Steve Lonegan? He LOST

    Joe The Plumber? He LOST

    Yup, the LOSERS will all be in good company.


    Silence Dogood,


  5. TR said at 7:24 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    Flossie, Who is your supplier. Because I have been looking for some good hallucinogenic mushrooms.
    I will predict right now that the challengers will get less then 20% 0f the vote. IF i am wrong I will never post another blog comment against the tea party or its candidates again.

  6. Flossie said at 7:47 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    @Silence: You’re wrong about Anna Little. She is no loser, she beat the RINO machine twice, in 2010 and 2012 and both times with the help and support of the Bayshore Tea Party.

  7. @ Floosie Flossi said at 7:51 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    Anna Little LOST TWO Generals. She is indeed a loser. That’s what you Tea Party nuts don’t think about. These unqualified candidates can NOT win in the General Election and thus in this circumstance, you will turn seats over to Democrats.

    I am with TR in that it will be a landslide loss for these nuts. They might cross 20%, MIGHT top 25% but I doubt they will get much more than that.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  8. Barry said at 8:18 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    With about two weeks before the primary the R4CL candidates betterschedule the fundraiser real fast if they want to use the funds in time for June 4.

  9. @Barry said at 8:22 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    I wonder if Anna Little is handling campaign finances. She’ll SURELY be up to date on those things.



    Silence Dogood, Redux

  10. Bwahahahahahahahahahaha said at 8:44 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    As of 5/4 Bellew has only raised $5500 and $2600 of it is a loan from herself!!

    Note that on disbursements, they paid $300 for that polling. Folks, you don’t poll 5000 voters for a measly $300

    This campaign is a lie upon lie, upon lie.


    Ugly McNasties

  11. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Kryillos Confident, Working It Hard said at 9:08 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    […] left the Golden, Arnone and DiMaso Armed Forces Day ‘friend raiser’ yesterday to hit the streets of Atlantic Highlands with Mayor Fred […]

  12. It's even worse said at 9:09 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    Also Walsh As Of 5/6

    Edna Walsh

    $2200.00. $2000 of it her own money.


    Dan Peters

    $2720 – $1000 his own and $1000 from a Jersey Tire Company

    Brian Largey

    NO donations shown as of 5/6. Is he having Anna Little file his reports?

    Edward Perkarsky

    NO donations shown as of 5/6. Is he having Anna Little file his reports?

    Edna Walsh

    $2200 – $2000 from her husband

    Stephen Boracchia

    $954.75 – A WHOLE $954.75

    Folks, this IS the problem with these candidates. They CAN NOT raise money because:

    1) They are inept at doing so

    2) They are unknowns

    3) They’re platform is based on issues that are not important to the electorate and unappealing to moderates.

    And this seriously weakens them in the fall election. Do you think the Republican Party will come rescue them in the fall after what they have done?

    Do you think enough money could be raised by them to offset what Frank Pallone and his Democrat cronies will wheel into the the LD 13 in the General Election in order to paint them as extremists and nuts?

    This is the UGLY truth they do not want to face.

    Ugly McNasties

  13. Bwahahaha Redux said at 10:37 pm on May 19th, 2013:

    From Bellew’s $5,600 raised, $2,600 is a loan from herself, but $667 more is in-kind from Edna Walsh. So she raised roughly $2,500.

  14. How about us all said at 12:12 am on May 20th, 2013:

    saving all our time, talents, money and enthusiasm for the ONE race that is the whole ball of wax, as far as I’m concerned: that is: 2014: the Congress and Senate: if the Teas and Reps and RINOs don’t get it all together and defeat the Dems, the country is over, we can/will simply not survive 3 more years of that Wash. Regime,continuing to unravel every freedom we have, period: forget the pettiness of small potato personalities,and who lost when and who loaned themselves a few bucks: keep our eye on the main prize: literally saving America and our founding principles: without that,and when we are finally what he wants, a broke 3rd -world nation, it won’t matter a damn bit what’s going on in this county or state!

  15. Flossie said at 12:24 am on May 20th, 2013:

    It’s so obvious by all the negativity and haterizing, the politics of personal destruction and “Gotcha” journalism, directed at Tea Party candidates that RINOs are scared this year will be a repeat of 2010 and 2012 when Anna Little decisively beat the RINO candidates, and conservatives will be similarly motivated to turn out and vote for the R4CL candidates.

    Laugh now but remember, he who laughs last laughs best.

  16. @Flossie said at 12:42 am on May 20th, 2013:

    RINOs are scared this year will be a repeat of 2010 and 2012 when Anna Little decisively beat the RINO candidates

    You nailed it Flossie! Republicans are scared of a repeat of 2010 and 2012 when Anna Little won the primary, but lost where it matters – in November.

  17. Flossie said at 5:56 am on May 20th, 2013:

    @@Flossie: The only reason Anna Little lost in the general election is she was stabbed in the back by RINO political bosses jealous and resentful of her success. They were afraid if she won they would lose their power and influence. That won’t happen this time around because conservatives are united behind the R4CL candidates and that momentum will propel them to victory in November.

  18. @Floosie Flossie said at 6:48 am on May 20th, 2013:

    Anna Little lost in the General Election because

    1) She is nuts, sheer nuts, a loose cannon.

    2) She could not raise enough money against Pallone’s $4 million war chest

    3) Political Parties read the polls and they do not put money into campaigns that are sure to lose. The demographics in CD6 & LD 13 are against extremist nut jobs like Little & Bellew.

    When you understand how to win races, you may raise your hand again and we will tutor you. Meanwhile, stop sounding like a Rullobot.


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  19. TheDigger said at 11:35 am on May 20th, 2013:

    OMG…”stabbed in the back”….it’s so easy to blame others for your own failings.

    Isn’t that what the Germans did in the 30’s – blame others for their problems (look what that led to) and what the Omnipotent “O” is doing now – blaming others and playing Sergeant “I know nothing” Schultz.

    Give me a break.

    This is really sad.

  20. OMG said at 12:15 pm on May 20th, 2013:

    “As of 5/4 Bellew has only raised $5500 and $2600 of it is a loan from herself!!”

    Wow, cant believe she loaned herself money. She is not a good credit risk.

    Can you declare bankruptcy if you don’t pay yourself back?

  21. @Flossie said at 1:28 pm on May 20th, 2013:

    The only reason Anna Little lost in the general election is she was stabbed in the back by RINO political bosses

    So let me test your campaign knowledge Flossie. How likely would it be for the political bosses to support the R4CL candidates, after all the attacks and all the attacks they’ve been subjected to?
    Anna at least made sure not to burn too many bridges with the organization, which is not the case with this bunch.

  22. John W. Nielsen said at 3:05 pm on May 22nd, 2013:

    “Right now we need businesses. We need businesses here. We need businesses to stay here and we need to put people back to work. And the only way we’re going to do that is to streamline some of the processes with the municipalities,” Arnone said.