Bayshore Tea Party Blames Steve Lonegan For Primary Loss. Won’t Support Him For U.S. Senate

Steven Lonegan and Bayshore Tea Party Group Founders Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordan, 2010. facebook photo.

Steven Lonegan and Bayshore Tea Party Group Founders Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordan, 2010. facebook photo.

Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez blames her candidates’ landslide defeat in the GOP primary on Steve Lonegan.

In a post on faceback early Wednesday morning Gonzalez said that Lonegan, the former Bogota Mayor, former gubernatorial candidate and former Executive Director of Americans for Prosperity-NJ, promised financial support to Leigh-Ann Bellew and her team, only to renege.

“Steve Lonegan turned his back on Bayshore’s candidates after promising to help. He left us in the lurch and reneged….think about that before you get his petitions signed. Another blowhard. We would have won if we had the money/donations that he promised would come. We went on and did it ourselves and got 20% with NO money.! He can forget about our support!”

Wednesday afternoon Gonzalez wrote,

“Lonegan could have had some hard ass worker bees if he didn’t screw
Bayshore TPG. Oh well.”

Lonegan is so far the only Republican candidate of note to announce an intention to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the Special Primary on August 13.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2014 U.S. Senate race, Barbara Gonzalez, Bayshore Tea Party Group, Primary Election, Senate Special Election, Steve Lonegan | Tags: , , , | 25 Comments »

25 Comments on “Bayshore Tea Party Blames Steve Lonegan For Primary Loss. Won’t Support Him For U.S. Senate”

  1. Monmouth girl said at 9:36 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Holy cow! What a wacko! Blame everyone but yourself!

  2. OMG said at 9:40 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    This is straight out of Bizzaro World. Does this woman ever stop to think that it was HER fault?

    Leaders accept responsibility. Barbara Gonzalez runs from it.

    The loss is because they were lousy candidates, poorly vetted and unable to raise money on their own. Candidates are supposed to spend 60% of their time raising money and from that, they make the connection with other pools of support.

    No money connections, no support.

    That aside, NO amount of money would have won your race because your candidates were lousy Barbara and you are a lousy leader.

    Not that many voters are gullible enough to believe you and your candidate’s lies about good, decent and qualified candidates. They saw thru the charade.

    You can’t depend on charity from the Democrats or Lonegan to run your own campaign.

    But then, you aren’t Conservatives if you look for a handout from others.

    So Barbara, the word in a nutshell is that your support is worthless, more like political poison.

    I guess they will have to settle for Joe Rullo to run and lose with; and maybe that will finally kill off the Rullobots

    Jim Granelli

  3. Politicalpony said at 10:01 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Actually her claim is true. He called the group months ago and said “if you put together the candidates and I’ll help”. The group, as soon as they brought it all to together, he backed out without even giving a reason.

    Say what you want think what you want. But remember, this election was 5 cents to every dollar that was spent by the incumbents. Remember that as a tea party group there isn’t a lot of money. But remember this also. This isn’t the last election, so you can expect more competition in the future. To much is at stake not to continue on. It’s a pity that so many that visit this blog, that you would celebrate your eventual defeat. Match right into the hands of socialism. Because you’ve helped them further their cause, not yours.

  4. Shore guy said at 10:04 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    When will we get post election comments from Helene and Jim “Not Going To Be An Undersheriff” Sage?

  5. Mr. R is back said at 10:13 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Blame who you want Barbara truth is lee Ann was is and will always be a candidate that is not qualified to even be a candidate let alone an elected official. I have sat on the side of the political game for a few years now. After this last election and the lies that your group has spread I can not sit by any longer. Thanks for reinvigorating my desire to get involved at least you accomplished one good thing

  6. There Was No Competition said at 10:26 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    So get over yourself Political Pony. Your egos are so vastly overinflated that you don’t understand reality any more. You have no capacity to attract quality candidates after so many losses.

    Better that new people build from the ashes, people that don’t lie and hold on to power for power’s sake. You guys are poster children for what NOT to do as a Tea Party.

    Now, to tutor you…

    Lonegan walked away because like any good political operation or PAC, they don’t invest in failures. They don’t invest in poorly vetted candidates. Steve is smart enough to know that.

    And THAT problem of poor candidates falls on the shoulders of the BSTPG.

    It’s no difference than investors looking at a business. They want a return on their money and if they don’t see the potential for profitability, the walk away.

    Candidates start raising money MONTHS or years ahead of a race they plan on entering. That’s what the big boys do.

    THIS is what Lonegan was looking for. It’s the same on the national level. PACs look to see if you have raised some level of funding BEFORE they throw money your way. Bellew would know this because she was told the same thing in 2006.

    MONEY in the till and how much of it shows how big your base of support is to the PACs.

    But to have entered this race with nothing but personal loans to the campaign shows how foolish the candidates were, adding to the fact that they were incompetent.

    Bellew never raised serious money in 2006 and this proved she can’t raise money.

    So, please spare us yours and Barbara’s “cry me a river.” We don’t have time for it.

    Jim Granelli

  7. Why Are We said at 10:43 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    JUST hearing about Lonegan reneging now?

    Creative Excusism 101?

    Gee, and I thought things were going to be boring around here for a bit. The only thing worse would be Helene The Insulter showing up again as the sidekick to that Imbecile Equine

    The “Ugly McNasties” Truth

  8. Shlomo said at 11:01 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    In fairness, justice and equity the GOP nominee for US Senate needs to be the runner-up in last year’s primary, Bader Qarmout. Joe Kyrillos had his shot and was rejected by voters because he is a babykilling liberal RINO. It’s now Bader’s turn and he will lead the Tea Parties to victory in the October election.

  9. firesign58 said at 11:35 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Lonegan supposedly offered support to more than one challenger and support was understood by more than one candidate. That being said it is not clear why Lonegan would do such a thing, as his organization has tax-exempt status and can’t endorse candidates. It makes no sense.

    What Gov. Christie should do now is appoint an elected Republican from the state legislature and hold the US Senate election in November with the others.

  10. Rullobot said at 12:10 am on June 6th, 2013:

    @Shlomo. Rullo beat Bader Qarmout by over 2,000 votes your facts are inaccurate!

  11. Howell Sasquatch said at 3:49 am on June 6th, 2013:

    I miss the Seth Grossman ad. Art, please bring it back.

  12. "The Commish" Michael Illions said at 7:16 am on June 6th, 2013:

    I swear she used this same exact excuse a couple of years ago….

    This is just a useless organization that has burned more bridges and pissed off more people then, well.. me..

    But at least I conducted my business with charm and flair, not by incoherent ramblings with bulging eyes, quivering lips and twitching eyes….

    I’m sorry, but every time leadership from this organization goes on a rant, I can’t help but think of Chief Inspector Dreyfus from the Pink Panther movies.

    They are not crazy because of their political views, they’re just crazy….

  13. @ The Commish said at 7:44 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Good to see your name again.

    Jim Granelli

  14. monmouth girl said at 9:02 am on June 6th, 2013:

    So the BSTP is not endorsing Steve. How was Barbara able to pull a meeting of the organization together so quickly after Steve announced he was running and issue a statement of non support? Oh wait I forgot Babara make unilaterial decisions on behalf of the group that she says she is not the leader of.

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

  15. TROOF said at 9:51 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Stop making excuses. the money had nothing to do with it and Lonegan would not have impacted the outcome. This was a LANDSLIDE. It was the type of political victory that not only said that the victors were truly the choice of the electorate, but it clearly stated that the outcome was inevitable. you’re arguments during the campaign were bad enough, but now you just look pathetic. Save your excuses and go some war far away with Babs.

  16. Bob English said at 10:02 am on June 6th, 2013:

    If true, would be interested to know how much $$$ Lonegan’s organization was going to provide.

  17. Charles M said at 10:34 am on June 6th, 2013:

    In politics people promise you their support all the time and don’t deliver. It then becomes a testimony to yourself on how good you can do without it.

  18. Not the first time said at 10:41 am on June 6th, 2013:

    that she and Lonegan have had a problem.

    Why she listened to him this time is unknown. Ego trip?

    Einstein’s definition of insanity may apply here (doing the same thing and expecting a different result).

    She should support Cory Booker, then the GOP candidate could have a chance.

  19. HAHAHAHAHA said at 4:41 pm on June 6th, 2013:

    This is really too funny…

    It is so funny that she blames everyone else but herself. Is it not her job to help get funding for her candidates, (oh wait she is not the leader, but makes all the decisions without concencus).

    How many more times are you going to run candidates that keep losing before ALL your supporters jump ship???

  20. BabsIsLoopy said at 10:29 pm on June 6th, 2013:

    If Lonegan promised support that does not mean financial support.
    Face the fact Bayshore backed lame candidates who should not have been trusted.

    I listened at more than one event where Leigh-Ann Bellew was introduced as an attorney.
    She collected money to teach tea party people about the constitution. Where’s my refund?

    Babs should realize that she was taken in by a shyster. Leigh-Ann Bellew never corrected the attorney claim. Seeing how Babs is frisking people for money, I can’t help wonder if Babs is a shyster too.

    Too bad Lonegan supported your candidates Babs, by keeping his mouth shut. That was way too much support then they deserved.

  21. Not Bader said at 3:42 pm on June 7th, 2013:

    “the GOP nominee for US Senate needs to be the runner-up in last year’s primary, Bader Qarmout.”

    Wrong. Bader came in four out of four. Last place NOT runner up.

  22. @Babs Is Looney said at 3:58 pm on June 7th, 2013:

    WORSE, Babs syncophants kept claiming here that Bellew NEVER claimed she was an attorney.

    That shows you how deep the bull was.

    Jim Granelli

  23. Per Politicker NJ said at 8:52 pm on June 7th, 2013:

    Losers Section

    The New Jersey Tea Party

    It Best…

    “They tried to mount an insurrection and fizzled into the night Tuesday with an effort culminating in criminal charges threatened in the case of a robocall spoof asking voters to vote for Senator Joe Kyrillos. What a disaster.”

    Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/66248/winners-and-losers#ixzz2Va7Xf136
    or sign up for a free trial of State Street Wire at http://www.politickernj.com/freetrial


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  24. Joe Foster said at 2:14 pm on June 9th, 2013:

    Now that the election is over and the victors have taken their victory lap it is time to get back to considering what is going on in this country and what really needs to be done to stave off disaster. Here in Monmouth County there are many, many issues both local and national that must be addressed and soon if we are to survive as a free nation.

    That being said, what the TP is trying to raise as a concern that all should perhaps consider is not as crazy as some would have you think. It is very easy to follow what the mainstream media says and take it as gospel however I can assure you that generally speaking is not the case.

    Wanting smaller, accountable and less intrusive government (especially in light of the breaking NSA, IRS, DOJ, EPA and other scandals yet to be made public) is really what the message is supposed to be, it is even more important than throwing rocks at one another whereas only the enemies of liberty benefit.

    As with most elections, things are said in the heat of battle that are neither fully accurate nor fair. There are also claims made that as with any untruth or halftruth become magnified therefore less and less manageable ultimately ending badly for the one who embellishes. Unfortunately, there is also the temptation to use rhetoric that is designed to diminish an opponent or to build up the credentials of oneself, again to the detriment of the electorate. Strip away that aspect of a campaign and look objectively at what the problems that should be addressed are including those our country is facing and you will hopefully be left with what the debate should be focused on.

    Over the years the criteria that many elected legislators have used to view themselves centers on how many laws they get their names attached to (who cares if the law is good or bad?). This is obviously a major problem if you look carefully at the laws themselves and see whose names are associated with them. The mark of a statesman or woman is their willingness to buck the popular trend in the governing bodies and resist the “status quo” of party politics. Because of the status quo, every time there is a perceived problem, someone has to jump in and in the best “Populist” mold, throw bad legislation out and jump in front of the first camera. Why, so that they can convince their constituents that they are “earning” their keep or, that they are trying to climb to the next rung on the ladder of leadership. the higher we wish to go, the more go-along to get-along we become. this is another form of selling out the electorate. Perhaps it is human nature to just add another bad bill to the thousands of bad bills already sitting on the books.

    I believe that what groups like the TP represent (perhaps sometimes naively) is the desire that we try to get away from that old fashioned way of doing business. Why not take the opposite tack and try to get rid of the bad laws so that freedom can make a small but significant comeback? We all benefit from that mindset ultimately.

    This primary, albeit hastily put together based upon promises and yes, Steve did promise access to some form of financial support that would come from somewhere however not directly from his organization because of legal constraints (IRS scandal anyone???). He also did say specifically that the candidates must put a heavy emphasis on raising funds on their own merits as well because outside supporting groups would look at that aspect very closely before sending more funds. I believe that famous saying by Ronald Reagan is very appropriate; “Trust but verify”. In this case, the trust was in place and work started without the necessary support. Don’t spend any money promised until it is in hand is probably a good rule of thumb going forward. Go out and raise funds is something that has been said to every person ever running for office. You must fund raise in order to be successful. I believe that many people believe that running on passion alone will be enough. Rarely does that work unfortunately.

    To recap, the support issue was offered and accepted at face value with perhaps too little attention being paid to the underlying message that Steve provided.

    In fairness to Barbara, the one thing that Steve did do was to apply a lot of pressure about getting a ticket together ASAP (if a ticket was to be assembled, this definitely was not the way to do it for obvious reasons) and with such a short trigger to boot. Finding viable candidates in such a short time is a difficult task. There was also not enough time to fully digest all of the intricacies involved with such an undertaking let alone do it effectively. Again, in Barbara’s defense this becomes a classic example of errors of commission as opposed to errors of omission and passion ruled.

    One thing that should be kept in mind is that the fallout from this primary must be put behind us because the elections over the next couple of years will have significant impacts on all of our lives. We no longer have the luxury of being able to sit back and think that the system will heal itself after each election as it sort of has in the past. We are and make no mistake about it, in the 11th hour and soon there will be no turning back from the damage that has been done over the past 30 or 40 years with the grand culmination being at the hands of the Obama administration. 1984 is upon us, make no mistake about it.

    As with most things, timing is everything. This was probably not the best time nor the best of reasons for storming the Bastille so to speak. As for the cries of such a lopsided victory, my suggestion is to not read too much into the numbers however perhaps it is a good time to rather reflect on the massive issues facing us as a nation, a state and a county over the next several years of. The damage must be stopped first then undone wherever and whenever possible. The progressive agenda is almost unstoppable at this point so fighting among ourselves becomes self-defeating. Let’s stop the name calling now and look at what we must do in the future.

    If you are a legislator, now is the time to self reflect and honestly convince yourselves as to how effective you have been as an elected official. The voting records are there for all to see. Weigh your self assessment against the underpinnings of this great nation conceived in liberty with the promise of such a bright future, and ask yourself, am I a part of the solution or am I a part of the problem. This is also a question that each and everyone of us should ask ourselves being that it is pertinent and critical to making the right decisions at every level, both as voters as well as legislators.

    Cicero said it best; “A nation deserves its leaders”, what say you?

  25. Joe Foster said at 2:23 pm on June 9th, 2013:

    Sorry everyone….didn’t mean to make my previous post so long and rambling. I won’t do it again……

    Joe Foster