"Please know your list will be held in total confidence and given to no one."
So said Chairman Fred Niemann in his January announcement of a new initiative, billed as "the first of its kind in New Jersey".
It is now February and several County Committee members have complained of being spammed by unsolicited e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org. What the committee members are wondering is, "How did the DiBella campaign get my e-mail address?"
How did they?
Some of the recipients of this spam are also on the County GOP e-mail list and are looking for answers. Are these e-mail addresses listed in some magic phone book that only DiBella campaign manager Brian Nelson has? Did some wizard give them the addresses? Some have alleged that (gasp!) Chairman Niemann and Executive Director Dan Gallic provided the addresses to the DiBella campaign.
But they wouldn't.
Niemann's January "initiative" was to ask those on the GOP e-mail list "to share your buddy list with us." In spite of his assurances of confidentiality, one has to question the sincerity of those assurances when they receive spam from DiBella.
Was Niemann sharing information with the DiBella campaign?
If so, is this same information available to DeSeno, Little, Kleinberg, McKenna or Antonucci?