Atlantic Highlands Councilman Stephen Boracchia took to facebook yesterday evening and demonstrated why the Regular Republicans, who have been controlling the local party for the last several years, have lost 4 of the last 5 contested municipal offices.
Boracchia impugned the integrity of the Monmouth County Republican Organization team of candidates for promoting the fact that they do indeed have the support of the Monmouth County Republican Organization. Boracchia, who’s wife is a Regular Republican candidate for County Committee in District 4, implied that his military service makes him a good arbiter of other people’s integrity, while he inaccurately stated that the Monmouth County Republican Organization slogan is not an endorsement.
With the height of hypocrisy and hubris, the councilman attacked the Republican bonafides of his opponents based upon their past, in some cases long past, political affiliations and support of candidates who won while he was losing. This from a guy who ran against former Senator Joe Kyrillos as an Independent in 2011 and then ran against Declan O’Scanlon and Amy Handlin for Assembly in the 2013 Republican primary, before he was welcomed into the Monmouth County Republican Organization as a candidate for council in 2016.
All four council candidates on the ballot tomorrow have expressed their commitment to unite the local party and work for the betterment of the entire Atlantic Highlands community. Two of four candidates will be nominated by the Republican voters tomorrow. If the Monmouth County Republican Organization County Committee slate, in column 1, wins control of the local party, the third place finisher tomorrow will likely be nominated to compete for Democrat Councilman Tom Hayden’s seat. Hayden is expected to resign before the end of this month.
All four council candidates, Penny Hofman-Marshall, Rich Colangelo, Brian Boms and James Murphy, are to be commended for running positive campaigns. Unfortunately for Boms and Murphy, their Regular Republican supporters have made the campaign petty, ugly and dishonest.
Atlantic Highlands Republicans are fortunate that they can’t go wrong in their choice of council candidates tomorrow. Any of two of the four will be good candidates in November and good council members.
Primary voters are also fortunate that the choice of County Committee slates could not be clearer, based on the conduct of this campaign. The Monmouth County Republican Organization slate gives the Party the opportunity of uniting and winning. The Regular Republican slate has shown no change in their petty, nasty and losing ways.