Friday, May 12, 2006

UPDATE - - OXLEY NOT RUNNING

"There is a bit of a vacuum, and it is fair to say we only have a month. I think the party faces some tough times."
...Former County Republican Chairman William F. Dowd.
Well, I won't be able to use the banner "There's a New Sheriff in Town" after the June reorganization, nor would I be able to say, "Use 'Oxley-Clean' to Remove Stains from Your Political Party!"
The Asbury Park Press and Will Seward report today that Sheriff Joe Oxley will unfortunately not be a candidate for County Chairman. And Wally Edge reports two additional possibilities for the post: Madeline Ferraro, currently a lobbyist and former Appointments Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman; and former New Jersey Republican State Committee Executive Director and Joe DiBella campaign manager Brian Nelson. As far as I know, Ekdahl, Stominski and Hood are still interested.
UPDATE
Wally Edge is now mentioning former Acting Gov. John O. Bennett. And Jim Purcell says Jim Giannell may be considering a go at it.
UPDATED UPDATE
And now, the Asbury Park Press has Ekdahl out, with Giannell and Middletown GOP Chairman Peter Carton thinking it over.
A very fluid situation indeed. Let's not turn this into Bergen, folks.

29 comments:

William H Seward said...

Madeline Ferrao seems interesting. And she has some interesting relationships. She's on the Board of Trustees at Brookdale, which is chaired by Howard Birdsall and vice chaired by Jacob Elkes.

She has also recently been associated with Assemblyman Michael Panter:

http://politics.nexcess.net/pressrelease/2006/05/assemblyman_mike_panter_1.html

I don't know Madeline. Perhaps she'd be wonderful. However, as a prominent lobbyist she needs to make nice with the Democrats in Trenton to succeed at her job. I don't know how one would do that and be a county GOP chair without inevitable conflicts.

I look forward to hearing what she has to say about that.

William H Seward said...

Oh Boy. It looks like Madeline was a contributor to Howard Dean!

http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Ferraro&fname=Madeline&search=Search+by+Name

Next!

Honest Abe said...

A possible wild card would be a Niemann-backed candidate a la Joe DiBella...

Ya think it could be her?

William H Seward said...

Honest Abe said...
A possible wild card would be a Niemann-backed candidate a la Joe DiBella...

Ya think it could be her?

Could be. Coming out of the blue like this makes you wonder. Once the Howard Dean donation gets around, she won't be a factor. 2 Rivers will never support her given her ties to Panter.

Steve Corodemus would be a good chairman. Unfortunately he's not much of a risk taker. It very unlikely that he would seek the job.

Maybe I should eat my words to Secretary Stanton and start drafting Bob McKenna. The field is looking very weak.

john doe said...

MADELINE FERRARO

POLITICALLY
DEAD
ON
ARRIVAL

JIM_PURCELL said...

I'd just like to remind that Courier has a new story about this up on our site. It's got a little different info then the APP story. Check it out. It's in our "web special" section.

edwin m stanton said...

we don't need a lobbyist!

mckenna, apostle, would be good choices.

Sharon Migliaccio said...

Are you guys "funnin'" with me about Brian Nelson?

Remember, he couldn't deliver his freeholder candidate either, nor is he a fence-mender or a tent-builder.

Are you guys really that hard up?

Honest Abe said...

Sharon Migliaccio addressed...

"Are you guys "funnin'" with me about Brian Nelson?"

Nope. He was a new one on me. Wally Edge reported that; I don't know where he got it from.

john doe said...

NELSON, BRIAN

NJ STATE REPUBLICAN FAILURE

KYRILLOS HANDMAIDEN

LENSCRAFTERS OUTCAST

NO CHANCE

William H Seward said...

Brian Nelson in a young man with big ambitions and a lot to learn.

Unfortunately, like many young men, he doesn't know that he has a lot to learn. He's not ready for prime time.

With time under Peter's wings and some sand paper to his shoulders, he could be a player.

edwin m stanton said...

previously it was mentioned that gerri popkin wanted the vice-chair and mary fran lane wanted the treasurer position.

as purchasing director for the county ms. popkin should not be considered for the vice chair position, the app would have a field day.

mflane should be investigated for her acconting practices in terms of republican committee funds, and how it is that she has been writing out checks to herself, so, she should be taken out of consideration.

mr. carton would be a great chairman, he's intelligent, and knows how to win under adversity. again the names being mentioned are only from the bayshore.

i hear tom apostle is running and bob mckenna is reconsidering

Honest Abe said...

edwin m stanton addressed...
"previously it was mentioned that ...mary fran lane wanted the treasurer position.

"mflane should be investigated for her acconting practices in terms of republican committee funds, and how it is that she has been writing out checks to herself, so, she should be taken out of consideration."


Let's be careful here. Very careful. This may be a totally legitimate stipend or reimbursement, authorized when she became treasurer. There are very few individuals as knowledgeable as Mary Fran in the rules of ELEC.
Some have been trying to spin this as some sort of a deep, dark "embezzlement" scheme, and sorry, I'm just not buying it.

edwin m stanton said...

honest abe said...

Let's be careful here. Very careful. This may be a totally legitimate stipend or reimbursement, authorized when she became treasurer.

point well taken, no one said there were illegalities, it should be looked into, that's all

CICERO said...

To: Honest Abe

Thank you for your kind and sincere defense of Mary Fran Lane. You are correct in stating that the Chairman authorized a stipend of expenses during the 18-month period of July 2004 through November 2005.

Mary Fran Lane is a Magna Cum Laude business graduate who has spent the last 18 years preparing ELEC reports for countless candidates, elected officials and committes. She has always been, and will always continue to be available to help anyone, any time with any ELEC filings. Mary Fran Lane's home telephone number has always been listed and she can be reached at (732) 280-0921.

Elephants_not_donkeys said...

KAISER SOSE

AD HOMINUM ATTACKS

MAKES LITTLE SENSE

NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY ON THE BOARDS OR ELSEWHERE

HAS A BONE TO PICK WITH NELSON, MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT HIS MOTIVES.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

john doe said...

MFL

POSITIVE FORCE

STRONG WOMAN

SMART

WORTH WATCHING

JIM_PURCELL said...

Pete Carton would be great...lots of bonding...Gibbons, Del Deo makes a ton...and Pete's croneys get four of five county office apiece. I don't know, I think he might just be the guy for the job.

Who wants honesty in the GOP? The shock may be too much. If government isn't about money, what the heck use is it then?

Sharon Migliaccio said...

William H Seward commented:

Brian Nelson in a young man with big ambitions and a lot to learn.

Ya think?

He needs a foot....

whatever.

I'll leave it at that.

john doe said...

Thus far I am not impressed with the choices for this leadership position.

Where are the leaders?

Where are the people who can truly lead the party and accomplish big things without concern over being attacked for accomplishing great things.

Does anyone consider this truth?

Is it not worthy of discussion.

Who is the right choice for you...

William H Seward said...

George Washington said...

"Where are the leaders?

Where are the people who can truly lead the party and accomplish big things without concern over being attacked for accomplishing great things.

Does anyone consider this truth?

Is it not worthy of discussion."

Hmmm, is this a new wolf in sheep's clothing or an old one with a new disguise?

Great leaders expect to be attacked. All who have come before them have been attacked. Can you name one in history who hasn't been?

But being attacked is not evidence for being a great leader.

This whimper is reminiscent of Bob Torricelli's farewell weep:

"When did we become such an unforgiving people?"

Honest Abe said...

George Washington addressed...

"Who is the right choice for you..."

OK GW, you asked so you answer first. Who is the right choice for you???

john doe said...

I am not sure

I am not aware of anyone who is sure to be candid with you.

I think most intelligent people simply do not want the headache and nonsense attached to the job

forget lawyers and vendors who would benefit - it seems any man or woman who thinks this through find it lacking in many respects

im not a lawyer and have never made a living off the freeholders. i have never worked for the state committee and have nothing to do with fred, dan or their ilk. i have no county contracts and have no cause to seek any.

I think the situation is sad

JIM_PURCELL said...

carton doesn't do bylaws or share power with anyone.

that will put you back at odds with the grassroots. multiple office holding, bonding for its own sake and the other abuses in middletown will not play in the rest of the county.

he's a strong chair and he needs to be a part of the new order, but to put him at the top will be very bad and very quickly.

he is a winner and he is bright, but his kind of game will undo things. it's only about money for that one.

near the top he would bring the party back with a more populist leader. of course their relationship would be poor as he tries the intrigues, but at the top he would be very bad and present a lot of different high silhouette targets for the app.

elect him...find out. can the party afford another bad choice?

Teddy Roosevelt said...

Those of you touting Bob Mckenna had better take a look at how he runs Wall. No bylaws there. Lots of Iron fist and no velvet glove.

Mr. Whipple said...

Cheer up George. The Sun will come up tomorrow.

MNJ Rep said...

"Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soulpower to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different."
---Dr. Frank Crane

"When a dog runs at you, whistle for him."
---Henry David Thoreau

john doe said...

5/17/06

DRAFT FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY

Draft Reorganization Plan for the MCRO



Respectfully submitted by Terence Wall



Objective: Reorganize the Monmouth County Republican Organization in an expedited fashion that is fiscally, ethically and strategically responsible.



On organization



· Start a new Organization – The Greater Monmouth Republican Organization (as an example)

· New Tax ID number – New office

· Ensure Stability and Transparency



On finances



· Meet with ELEC and express that there is no connection to the prior Chairman or the local Glen Hopler PAC’s

· Refuse to accept any funds from questionable sources

· Establish a new county fund raising account

· Launch strategic fundraising efforts that contemplate the law and its intent regarding pay-to-play

· Challenge Democrat candidates to sign cap on funding



On the Chairmanship



· the chair should be neutral in primaries and conventions

· the chair should not be a county vendor

· the chair should respect the decisions of the majority

· the chair should focus on the grassroots level

· the chair should be the spokesperson for the organization





On transition



The greatest concern of folks who are committed to the political process is that they have lost a sense of fairness in the process. The new organization can ensure that:



1. Federal, State, County and local incumbents have convention protection that gives credit to their seniority and work effort on behalf of their constituents

2. Monmouth County governments try to support local vendors wherever possible

3. Regional representation is chosen in a fair fashion

4. Bylaws are passed that are drafted by the membership and approved by majority vote of the county committee



These basic and simple objectives can be accomplished within one week after the Chairman election. One week would secure a:



1. New Name

2. New Attitude

3. Old Fashioned Values

4. Stability

5. New sense of fairness for all concerned

6. and VICTORY IN NOVEMBER





Respectfully submitted.





Terence Wall

Holmdel Township Committeeman

ginger Hoffmeier said...

Wow!

"Reorganize the Monmouth County Republican Organization in an expedited fashion that is fiscally, ethically and strategically responsible."

That has the possibilities of bringing back many discouraged old Monmouth County Republicans as well as many new ones moving here. To say nothing of many discouraged Dems and Independents.

But is it even possible? Where to begin?