We received an email from Frank Pallone today asking for our endorsement.
I need your endorsement. The support of friends like you is what has allowed me to fight for the issues that matter most to New Jersey families. But fighting is not enough. We need true leadership in Washington that stands up for what is right. ….
MoreMonmouthMusings hereby endorses Congressman Frank Pallone in the Democratic Special Senate Primary on August 13.
Pallone has the best of the slim chances to defeat Newark Cory Booker for the nomination.
If Pallone is the Democratic nominee in the Special Senate Election on October 16, the Republican nominee, either Steve Lonegan or Dr. Alieta Eck, would have a much better chance of winning, than if Booker is the nominee.
Booker has been endorsed by the Essex County Democratic machine and the South Jersey/George Norcross Democratic machine. If Pallone beats Booker, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Norcross won’t have a U.S. Senator at their beck and call. Pallone won’t owe them. He’s never been much of a team player with them. He certainly wouldn’t be beholden to them if he beats Booker.
In that case, Norcross and DiVencenzo might sit out the October 16 Special Election or secretly help the Republican nominee win, figuring that Pallone would be finished if he lost to Lonegan or Eck. They would then make sure Booker gets the 2014 Democratic nomination and count on winning the Senate seat in 2014.
The Republican nominee needs voter turnout to be low on October 16. It’s expected to be low, but it will be even lower than expected if Joey D and George don’t grease their machines to get out the vote.
If Pallone wins in October, that would be great for MoreMonmouthMusings. It would set off a race to replace him in the 6th Congressional District. That would be great for our web traffic and advertising revenue. For the good of our country, we want Lonegan or Eck to defeat Pallone in October. But for the good of our bottom line, GO FRANK GO! A 2014 covering Republican and Democratic primaries for the CD6 nomination and the general election campaign would boost us past RedBankGreen in the alexa.com rankings.
If Pallone takes office in the Senate in October, and Governor Christie calls a special election right away, that would be great for MMM and the Monmouth GOP. The Monmouth GOP could beat the Middlesex Democratic Organization in a special election held in February…on Lincoln Day!
Pallone in the Senate would be good for Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Booker has already said that if he is elected, he is going to keep working on Newark. He threw in Camden for good measure at the South Jersey love fest last week. The Shore would be an afterthought to Booker. Not Pallone. He lives in Long Branch. Senator Pallone would take a phone call from a Monmouth County Republican mayor sooner than he will take a from any North Jersey mayor. He would let Bob Menendez have the North Jersey calls. He would make the South Jersey mayors go through Norcross, Congressman Rob Andrews or Senate President Steve Sweeney to get to him, just so he could gloat when they call.
Pallone has been a better congressman for the 6th District since he had a race in 2010. Whereas he really didn’t do much for the district when he had little competition for years prior to 2010, he has been more responsive over the last 2.5 years. He worked hard in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He had a list of Republican mayors who would have said good things about him, if not endorse him, if Anna Little was able to make the 2012 race as close as the 2010 race.
So, since he asked and for all the reasons stated above, we endorse Frank Pallone in the August 13 Democratic Senate Primary,