Will Vin Gopal Withdraw His Support Of Larry Luttrell For Freeholder?

State Senator Vin Gopal last week withdrew his support for Teddy Price, 58, a Democrat candidate for Ocean County Freeholder, ostensibly because of Price’s arrest record for alcohol fueled youthful indiscretions 37 years ago.

In a conveniently leaked letter to Ocean County Democrat Chairman Wyatt Earp, Senator Gopal  asked that the $10,000 donation he made to the Ocean Dem coffers not be used for Price’s freeholder campaign because Price was arrested twice in 1981.  The way Gopal tells the story, the charges against Price were pretty serious. “Mr. Price’s criminal history is deeply disturbing,” Gopal wrote. Assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, interfering with and fighting with police were the charges Gopal mentioned in his letter to Earp.

Price told MMM that he has never been convicted of a felony, that the incidents from his 20’s were alcohol fueled and resolved in municipal court with fines and probation.   Price said he disclosed his past to Chairman Earp when he ran for Toms River council in 2015 and again this year when Earp asked his to run for freeholder.  Price said he now drinks infrequently and that he holds a job that required random drug testing.

If Price is not worthy of being a freeholder candidate in Ocean County why is Larry Luttrell worthy is being a candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder?   In 2014, the last time Lunging Larry the perennial Loser ran for freeholder,he admitted being arrested in 1997 during an altercation with a police officer.

Luttrell said he was arrested in Florida in 1997 for, he said, mouthing off to a police officer.  “A cop asked me when they started giving rings to the water boy”, Luttrell said referring to his championship ring from the ’91 Miami Hurricanes where he made the team as a walk-on. “At the same time they lowered the height requirement for cops,” Luttrell said he retorted.  “The cop didn’t like that and arrested me, but it is all resolved.”

More details of Luttrell’s problems with the law in 1997, as well as some of his financial problems, could come out in this year’s campaign.

During a poll conducted in Monmouth last month, the questioner stated that Luttrell was arrested for public intoxication, urinating on a beach and making aggressive comments towards a police officer.  The pollster also said that Luttrell had two court judgments filed against him for non-payment of bills.  You can hear the statement in the video above.

MMM does not who paid for that poll, which also made disparaging statements about Republican freeholder candidates Sue Kiley and Gerry Scharfenberger, as well as Luttrell’s running mate, Amber Gesslein. The pollster did not make any disparaging statements about disgraced Freeholder John Curley, an Independent candidate, but that doesn’t mean that Curley’s campaign paid for the poll. Monmouth Republicans say they did not pay for the poll.  The audio recording on the poll was sent to us by a MMM reader.

Senator Gopal was the Monmouth Democrat Chairman when Luttrell ran for freeholder in 2014.  The senator should either explain why he supports Luttrell for Monmouth County Freeholder and not Price for Ocean County Freeholder, given both of their records of youthful indescretion, or Gopal should also withdraw his support of Luttrell.

Posted: September 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments »

32 Comments on “Will Vin Gopal Withdraw His Support Of Larry Luttrell For Freeholder?”

  1. Proud Republican said at 1:42 pm on September 10th, 2018:

    I understand the rigorous criteria for choosing a Democrat candidate in this state is that one must have a pulse. This guy is an embarrassment

  2. Gotta give credit where it's due said at 1:51 pm on September 10th, 2018:

    great comeback to the beach cop down south lol.

  3. My guess is, said at 2:20 pm on September 10th, 2018:

    Gopal will be smart and say nothing, and take what he may get..( remember the infamous Amy Mallet squeezing by Curley for one term, when he mouthed off that year?)..why disavow any Dem this year in Monmouth, when we have an ousted Rep running, which will take some votes from our two, and when we have lost several locals, and are weakening, in several normally Rep towns?(don’t start, Brian, the truth hurts, and yes, am helping!).. In Ocean, they are still pretty much holding their own in-county: so, he’s going for more, from the bottom up.

  4. @ My Guess said at 5:54 pm on September 10th, 2018:

    “Always With Them Negative Waves”

    How about having something positive to say instead of talking down the campaign. How about putting every ounce of energy into winning.

  5. The only thing said at 6:32 pm on September 10th, 2018:

    that will “take down the campaign” is being tone-deaf to what is going on around us, and re- doubling all efforts, coordinating messages and events with all on the ballot, and yes, getting out enough voters on Nov 6th..If you don’t think the Dems are motivated, at all levels, you need to turn in your rose-colored glasses for stronger readers! Stop being childish and puffed up: we are starting to go Dem, and we all need to give more and do more!

  6. @gotta give credit said at 2:06 pm on September 11th, 2018:

    Yeah, great comeback for a 12 year old. Not an adult who wants to run for office and oversee a $500 million budget. What a complete incompetent goofball.

  7. @@ gotta give credit said at 7:27 pm on September 11th, 2018:

    2 Presidents ago we had a guy who was a pretty damn good leader of the free world but caught a DWI years prior, what is your point?

  8. The point is said at 9:04 pm on September 11th, 2018:

    Vote for Murphy’s flunky if you want. I just think the guy is a zero as a candidate and has baggage that I don’t want representing me

  9. So said at 10:17 pm on September 11th, 2018:

    you didn’t vote for Dubya then?

  10. You said at 6:52 am on September 12th, 2018:

    Are comparing a five-time loser who’s only public activity has been urinating in public to a guy who proved himself as governor of Texas?

  11. You said at 12:25 pm on September 12th, 2018:

    answered a question with a question. You also brought up baggage being a reason you don’t want him representing you, it’s a fair comparison. Please shoot me another question.

  12. Ok. What would said at 9:04 am on September 13th, 2018:

    the guy do better than is already being done in the county, to improve 630,000 peoples’ lives? Other than hate Trump, resist, keep more abortions going on, and tax us more, I have not seen ONE Democrat, on any level this year, say ONE helpful or positive thing, or make any good point. At all. If that is good enough for a majority of voters, then have at it, and, there goes the county..

  13. You lost said at 10:36 am on September 13th, 2018:

    me at “…keep more abortions going on…”, please enlighten me how a county Freeholder can turn that tide in Monmouth County. Resist what? You’re talking in vague generalities, yet I expected absolutely nothing less. Monmouth County has been too expensive for the better part of two decades. I have a question for you, what is the definition of insanity?

  14. Insanity is said at 1:16 pm on September 13th, 2018:

    the Dems continually fielding poor-quality candidates, who have little or nothing to offer in community service, or message: other than to immediately raise taxes, and increase dependency on social programs. They can’t help themselves. It is what they always do. And yes, all we hear is “ resist” the president, and, too many loud, shrill liberals, (at all office levels, ) who only seem to care about “ women’s health choices,” which basically means: I literally screw up, and forget my usually free, birth control, and it’s inconvenient, so let me run and get a, hopefully 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄, abortion.. oh yes, it does..

    Do you listen to any of their ads, at all? Especially this cycle in NY, (which will never change,) they just ram the same old push – words/ talking points out, every moment- resist, abortion, hate.. It’s easy to be a consultant, these days: just get paid a lot to spew the same crap, simply change the candidate’s name!…

  15. The whole state said at 1:22 pm on September 13th, 2018:

    is too expensive, for those who work and pay all the taxes. Monmouth is one of the few NJ counties people still are moving to, because of the open spaces, limits on development, and overall good quality of life. That requires a lot of hard work, diligence, and discipline. You don’t like it, you can always leave….would not suggest a Dem – run county or state, however. Would surely be worse….

  16. I left said at 3:17 pm on September 13th, 2018:

    Monmouth years ago after growing up there for nearly three decades. I’m in a significantly cheaper county where I am afforded the same amenities. Christ, this abortion issue really hits home for you huh? Tell you what, former co-worker of mine retired to South Carolina recently, 45 minutes or so west of Myrtle Beach. Went to the town hall a week or so after moving to obtain a zoning permit and in that particular Government office building there was a huge replication of the Ten Commandments smack next to a picture of the current POTUS. Point is, perhaps that way of life down there is more your speed, you can always move. Be well.

  17. Thanks, said at 2:19 pm on September 14th, 2018:

    am working on that! Realized years ago, that this “progressive, “ tax-and-spend state is effectively gone, and not where I want to stay, after being a lifelong resident .. and, once more, having seen lives really harmed by abortion and miscarriages, I will always proudly defend the helpless unborn, and decry the culture of sex with no responsibility.. and, am quite sure it is only a matter of time, before the noise of the ACLU and other godless few, takes down any Ten Commandments, stops flag-raising and saying the Pledge in schools, all in the name of not “ offending” anyone. Well, there are still quite a lot of people who are similarly alarmed and sad, at the loss of any traditions, history, and founding values that made our country the best in human history.

  18. I truly said at 9:21 pm on September 15th, 2018:

    do wish you well in your exit from this state. The negativity just oozes off the screen, it is almost depressing to the reader. Hopefully you find some peace of mind in your remaining years.

  19. It is not I said at 9:37 am on September 16th, 2018:

    who grasps at every opportunity to tear down our great country: rather, I choose to yes, wave the flag, and celebrate the best things about it: “ from sea to shining sea.” And, my fears for our children and grandchildren’s futures are balanced out by love, and the hope that more people will finally stop tearing things down, and come to realize how blessed and lucky we all are, to be Americans.

  20. Sure said at 3:19 pm on September 16th, 2018:

    after all, there is only one way to salvation, correct?

  21. Whoa! said at 12:05 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    You don’t know me, or if I ascribe to any religion or not, and frankly, that was insulting. -To anyone who thinks traditional, pro- life views are a good thing. All I said was, we are blessed to be Americans. If you think not, (religious convictions or not,) then you certainly can leave, and see if it is better elsewhere, that’s all. ( and maybe be grateful you have that freedom, in the first place, but maybe that’s too much to expect.) It kind of looks like you are the one who is too depressed/ unhappy with our country, and that is too bad, there seems to be a lot of that going on, these days…

  22. So said at 2:20 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    I seem depressed / unhappy with our country because I don’t share your “traditional” pro-life views? Lol, this site is always good for a Monday chuckle. Thank you Sir.

  23. You seem said at 5:44 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    quite hostile to anyone who obviously does not share your views. Glad to make you “chuckle,” you libs take yourselves and your intellectual “ superiority” so seriously!

  24. It's said at 6:36 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    adorable how angry you’re getting. Also, I didn’t realize one is automatically a “lib” because they are not pro-life. I forgot Libertarians were just a mass national hallucination. Please keep dropping knowledge bombs on me.

  25. Enough. said at 7:32 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    Understand, I am not at all angry: rather, quite glad you have bolstered up my argument, that you folks know so more than anyone else who believes in life or traditions, and love to speak down to them. Have a lovely life, and be glad your views are probably winning, as they, yes, ultimately, take the country so many have fought and died for, down…it is likely you are younger than I am, so, maybe someday, when we look like Venezuela or Cuba,or you are paying some 80% of your income to the government to re-distribute, as a Sweden does, you might have to recall and re- think all your brilliant superiority, then…

  26. So, back to the main point: said at 7:34 pm on September 17th, 2018:

    Larry Luttrell is not qualified to be a Monmouth freeholder, and Chris Smith deserves to be re- elected 4th district congressman.

  27. Again said at 2:12 pm on September 18th, 2018:

    you didn’t address what I said just launched into a diatribe about Cuba/Venezuela after spending the majority of the time in this thread shoehorning your pro-life beliefs into a topic about whether someone should or should not be a County freeholder. While these kind of rambling, all over the place statements may make sense to the fellow barfly who is three sheets to the wind at your local watering hole, they come off as bizarre and hard to follow to the average reader on here. I’ll let you be, hope I haven’t “triggered” you any further than I obviously have.

  28. Then don’t said at 3:50 pm on September 18th, 2018:

    read it. We still have that choice, for now. And, we all still have the right to our own OPINIONS, some of which we can each agree or disagree with, and which is simply what blogs are…

  29. Please said at 5:00 pm on September 18th, 2018:

    remember to Uber or Lyft home. I don’t need you hurting a friend/family member of mine. Thanks.

  30. How dare you. said at 7:21 pm on September 18th, 2018:

    But thanks again for playing, and proving your true colors to go personal, when anyone disagrees with you.

  31. Your loss said at 9:05 pm on September 18th, 2018:

    I would have picked up your tab if you managed to stay on topic or even string together more than one consecutive coherent sentence. Live and learn bud.

  32. Don’t need anything from you. said at 9:35 am on September 19th, 2018:

    We established that respect for conservative, pro life people is out, so, just remember to go vote, on Nov.7th!