By Tommy DeSeno
The job of a county party chair is to ensure that candidates have no unforced errors, usually handled in the vetting process. Democrat Chairman David Brown’s candidates this year have self-inflicted wounds. He has dumped support for several of his own candidates, a sign of his own failure. The Monmouth Democrat Party needs to strip him of his chairmanship for this collapse.
By the way – the correct pronunciation for “The Monmouth Democrat Party” is “Vin Gopal.” That’s who needs to dump Brown.
Let’s look at how David Brown treated two women very differently for their words about cops.
Jeana Sager is a Democrat candidate for the Township Council in Middletown. I’m not here to articulate her true feelings about cops because I don’t know them. I don’t know them because David Brown sewed her mouth shut like a character on “A Handmaid’s Tale” before she could explain.
I am here to tell you she got backstabbed by an amateur journalist (podcaster) who she told that she was “off the record.” He ignored her, continued to film her and published her comments. A mortal sin of journalism. I wish I could find a polite, erudite but discouraging word for what he did, but I can’t. What he did was scummy. No one should ever go on his podcast again and both his listeners should stop listening.
When people are “on the record” they’ll be in the verbal equivalent of wearing their Sunday best. They’re careful. When a person is “off the record” and believe themselves amongst friends, they can be a bit sloppy, the verbal equivalent of wearing sweat clothes one wouldn’t wear to church.
On the video, Sager is in a back and forth conversation with some people and said, “cops are criminals.” Do I know if she meant to say “some” cops and didn’t mean “all” cops? I don’t, because David Brown didn’t give her a chance to explain. He dumped her party support faster than small town gossip travels.
Let’s back up a second. Sager is involved with an Asbury Park group called “Help Not Handcuffs” which advocates for drug offenders to be treated outside of the criminal justice system (which is the actual premise of Drug Court, so it’s not an untenable idea). Sager’s work and positions do at times put her at odds with police. She can be argumentative. In fact, Jeana can start a fight in an empty house. Why do I bring this up? Because Chairman David Brown knew all of this when he allowed her to be the candidate.
When Brown quickly dumped Sager from party support, he felt he could say that he stuck up for cops. He’s a cops’ friend, he could say. He has their backs, he could say.
Until a week later. A week later it was discovered that his County Freeholder candidate, Asbury Park Democrat Moira Nelson, said our criminal justice system is “slavery,” it’s “racist,” cops are “slave patrols,” “hyper-violent” and we don’t need more cops in our schools. She hash-tagged Black Lives Matter, but black people don’t speak that way. Only white people virtue-signaling for black votes speak that way.
Chairman Brown didn’t dump Nelson. He didn’t even criticize her. Does that mean the Democrat party accepts Nelson’s position about cops? Good grief! Brown’s hypocrisy in dumping Sager but not Nelson smells worse than a vegan restaurant.
Here is why Nelson’s words were far worse than Sager’s words:
Sager had a hot mic moment where she was being careless. She may have only omitted a word.
Nelson posted hate, which apparently has a home here, right on Facebook – the modern equivalent of screaming from the mountaintops. She wanted the world to know this. She was (is?) proud of calling cops “slave patrols” who shouldn’t be allowed around schoolchildren.
Here’s a tip Chairman Brown: Take a break from using candidates from Asbury Park. I can name you many great Democrats from Asbury who served admirably in politics from yesteryear. Today’s Asbury Park Democrats are political hoi polloi and so leftist even Congresswoman AOC would roll her pretty, googly eyes at them. They’ll do well in Asbury where people vote Democrat sometimes 9 to 1, but Monmouth County is Trump country. I don’t say that to be provocative; it’s just a political reality. Any Democrat Chair that doesn’t recognize that reality and fails to pick a moderate county candidate will be about as useful as a milk bucket under a bull. As they say in Hollywood these days, “Get woke – go broke.”
To make matters worse for Brown, he then ditched the entire slate of Democrat candidates from Eatontown. It no longer matters why. That much failure isn’t acceptable even for government work. Brown is shooting down more politicians than a Democrat gunman at a Republican baseball practice. His chairmanship is a mess.
It’s time for “The Monmouth Democrat Party” to dump David Brown.
Tommy De Seno is a lawyer, political writer, and currently resides in the Smithsonian as the last conservative from Asbury Park.