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.
Wally Edge is now mentioning former Acting Gov. John O. Bennett. And Jim Purcell says Jim Giannell may be considering a go at it.
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.