Friday, September 21, 2007


As a "railsplitter", I obviously know about hatchets. Including the fact that there are times that they should be buried.

That time is long past for the hatchet to be buried between County Chairman Adam Puharic and Freeholder Anna Little. That battle serves no productive purpose at all.

Whatever its origin, there is no reason for it now. While Adam may have originally sided with the supporters of curmudgeonly County Counsel Malcolm Carton against Little (Who voted against Carton's reappointment.), the fact is now that much of Little's agenda has picked up support or has been enacted. Truth be told, freeholder candidate Jeff Cantor has endorsed Little's proposal for term limits and rotating the Directorship, and both Cantor and Freeholder Rob Clifton this week came out and bashed Carton, with Puharic's blessing. So it seems that issue is now moot.

Further, Puharic has rightly signed off on Little's candidacy for Mayor of the Borough of Highlands, recognizing the vote of the local committee members. That's a start. She, as a candidate, is a fact of life. If elected, she will remain a fact of life as a local elected official, as well as a former freeholder.

The ugliness that took place earlier this year can and should be put behind us. Our great Party is bigger than any one person, and has room for more than one person.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


"Judging from his history, he's been extremely insubordinate and quite frankly I don't know what value he brings to the county."
...Freeholder Candidate Jeff Cantor, speaking of curmudgeonly County Counsel Malcolm Carton.

In what the Asbury Park Press calls a "schism" among county Republican leaders, Freeholder candidate Jeff Cantor has joined Freeholders Rob Clifton and Anna Little in distancing himself from curmudgeonly County Counsel Malcolm V. Carton. I don't so much see it as a schism as the new generation of G. O. P. leaders asserting themselves.

Cantor, who is showing himself to be a real stand-up-guy, has previously supported Little's call for term limits and rotation of the Freeholder Directorship.

Democratic candidate and former Freeholder John D'Amico, a longtime supporter of Carton, hedged, "He's got two years to go on his appointment. If we're elected, we're going to review that position and all the open positions that come up."

Of course.

D'Amico sponsored the resolution back in 1988 appointing Carton. You read it here first. Over a year ago. Nice to see that the Press reads the Monmouth County Republican Blog.

Interestingly, it appears that an April prediction on this blog is coming true. Malcolm is an issue in this year's campaign, but not in the conventional sense. That being that the belligerant barrister presents a conundrum as an issue, in that he would appear to have more support from D'Amico and the Democrats than from the Republicans. That support may work both ways.

Although Carton has, as D'Amico said, two years to go on his appointment, as I've said before, he should leave. Now.

Read more at More Monmouth Musings and Monmouth Bull Moose.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Sometime this evening, the Monmouth County Republican Blog passed 200,000 hits. This blog exists to inform its readers and to promote the Republican Party in Monmouth County. It derives its existence from its readers.
Thank you all for your continued support.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


It seems like only yesterday. Whatever we were doing that day, a Tuesday like today, was interrupted by news reports of an airplane striking one of the World Trade Center towers, followed by the second tower, the Pentagon and a field in western Pennsylvania. Everything after that happened so fast then that it's hard to believe that more than half a decade has gone by.

The War on Terror is far from over, yet we still have the shrill calls to bring the troops home. In other words, surrender.

We are the United States of America. We do not Surrender!

The War on Terror must be won, and it must be won decisively. There will be no cease-fire, there will be no armistice. No Kumbayah. Even if there was, time and again has shown that many Middle Eastern nations simply cannot be trusted with treaties and the like.

No, the enemy must be totally vanquished, vanquished to the point that their survivors know the futility of ever taking up arms against the United States again. If they cannot be made to love us, they must be made to fear us.

Today, as we go about our daily chores, let us remember both the victims of the atrocities that befell us six years ago today (It seems that there are less than "six degrees of separation" between many Monmouth County residents and the victims of 9/11/01.) and the troops fighting in faraway lands to protect us.

Monday, September 10, 2007


As expected, the Monmouth County Democrats are falling all over themselves trying to package themselves as reformers in Monmouth County. They are hoping that voters, weary of the excesses of Bid Rig, will punish the current freeholders and candidates for the sins of their predecessors (One of whom, Harry Larrison, Jr., has been dead for nearly three years!). Our County Republican Party has countered that Democratic candidate and former Freeholder John D'Amico is not only not a reformer, he's a founding member of Club Monmouth!

The County G. O. P. correctly points out that D'Amico frequently took advantage of a perk extended by the Monmouth County Park System granting current and former freeholders advance tee times at the county golf courses, a policy since abolished. I have reported that D'Amico not only provided a needed vote back in the 80s for the appointment of curmudgeonly County Counsel Malcolm Carton, he was the prime sponsor of the resolution! It was also during D'Amico's tenure that John E. Westlake, now a convicted felon, was appointed as Clerk of the Board.

What else have the Dems done?

Well, we all remember County Dem Boss Victor Scudiery's assertion that those arrested in Bid Rig were "entrapped". The Democrats do have a way of circling the wagons, don't they. And when G. O. P. County Chairman Adam Puharic introduced An Ethical Roadmap for Monmouth County Republicans, Democratic leaders poo-pooed it before finally caving in a month later and passing their own watered-down copy. And most recently we had Scudiery again, this time writing a letter to the court begging for leniency in the sentencing of convicted felon and former Western Monmouth Utilities Authority Executive Director Frank G. Abate, in which Scudiery describes Abate as "honorable and dedicated"!

You can't make this stuff up, campers.

Vote Democratic for integrity? Are you kidding?! These guys just don't get it. Look at how they run things in Trenton. Or look at the Monmouth Dems' mentors and benefactors and how they run Union County and ask yourself:

Do we want this in Freehold? Well, do we?