Former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is
Victor V. Scudiery, the Monmouth County businessman and former 23 year Chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats, is backing up his endorsement of Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the August 13 Special U.S. Senate Primary with an aggressive negative endorsement of Congressman Frank Pallone.
Scudiery is launching a personally financed campaign this morning designed to weaken Pallone’s support in his 6th Congressional district home base of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Scudiery’s efforts are independent of and without the prior knowledge of the Booker for Senate campaign.
The $45,000 campaign includes a mailing to 75,000 likely Democratic primary voters, print ads in local weekly newspapers and a web based ad campaign on local websites.
“I might even spend more by the time the 13th (the August 13th primary) comes around,” Scudiery said this morning.
“He’s all about himself, not for the people,” Scudiery said of the congressman whose tenure coincided with his own marathon as party chairman, “When I brought him to events, non-political events, like for senior citizens, Italian-Americans or small businesses, people would always say, ‘Frank, you never got back to me, I need your help,’ He’s been an embarrassment. He rarely followed through. When he did follow through, it was usually with excuses, not results.”
“Frank said there was nothing he could do to help get Sandy Hook re-opened after the Superstorm. He told the businesses that depend on the tourism at Sandy Hook, the entire Bayshore, they would have to wait until 2014. That would have been devastating to so many who already lost so much. Thank God other federal and state officials were able to intervene and get the park open.”
“He’s been in office for 25 years, what has he done?! Fort Monmouth and all of those jobs. Gone! Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock. He teamed up with a major Republican fundraiser to prevent the rehabilitation of the Fort, and all the jobs that would have created. It’s disgraceful. And those historical buildings are just rotting away, now 10 years later.”
Scudiery said he will not be content to just see Pallone defeated in the special Senate primary. Scudiery said he’s heard rumors that even if Booker wins the upcoming primary, Pallone will challenge Booker again in 2014. If not, Pallone is expected to run for another term in the House of Representatives. Scudiery said he will recruit and support a Democrat to run against Pallone in the 6th district, if it comes to that.
Asked if he would challenge Pallone as a candidate himself, Scudiery, a youthful 80 years old, laughed heartily.