Thursday, May 15, 2008


With the confirmed withdrawal of Adam Puharic from consideration for a second term as County Republican Chairman, the Monmouth County GOP finds itself faced with the prospect of electing yet another new chairman. Events have moved rapidly in the two weeks since it was revealed that Adam's house was for sale. Since then he has gone from running for reelection to withdrawal.
What now?
Several names have been thrown about; a front - runner would appear to be former Sheriff Joe Oxley of Middletown, if he wants it. Oxley is respected and well - liked, and his appeal cuts across factions. And last month, Tommy DeSeno at Justified Right wrote a strong post on what we should expect of a unifying County Chairman.
Stability is needed. Our great party is weakened if we continue to change chairmen every two years. Still, it is also weakened if the chairman is a polarizing or divisive force. It is then important to choose a strong and unifying leader, one with the people skills to deal with this diverse organization we call the Monmouth County Republican Party. A leader who will have an honest and forthright, yet aggressive fundraising apparatus. We must outraise the Democrats if we are to retain control of our great County, but we must not stoop to their levels. A leader who will recognize that difference of opinion is not out of line. We're all Republicans, aren't we? Differing points of view within our party should be met with an open mind, not Rastaman.
Within the next few weeks, a candidate or candidates will emerge. County committee members will be contacted for support. (This one cannot be put through a screening committee.) Inform yourselves and make your choice wisely.

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