I took an unscientific poll, and asked my employees if they knew what offices were up for election this year, when election day was (no, they are not getting the day off, in which case I'm sure they would have known) and who the candidates were for the offices that were open. As I expected, no one seems to be paying attention.
So it seems odd to me that the Monmouth GOP is preparing to go negative against their opponents that nobody knows.
Last week, 24 year old GOP spokesman John Raue sent out the following wireside chat:
D’Amico’s Flawed Reforms At NJ Parole Board
-- Led to More Criminals on our Streets – Not in Jail --
Freehold, NJ – The Monmouth County Republican Committee issued
the following statement today:
“In 2005, auto theft went up by 10-percent in Monmouth County and New Jersey recorded the highest number of murders in 15 years. During this time, John D’Amico as chairman of the State Parole Board adopted a policy to allow dangerous criminals to remain on our streets and in our communities – even after violating their parole agreements,” said Monmouth County GOP spokesman John Raue.
D’Amico loosened restrictions on parole violators and adopted a flawed ‘reform’ policy to discourage automatic parole revocations for “technical” violations, which are serious offenses such as flunking drug tests or failing to report to parole officers. D’Amico told a gathering of the New Jersey Community and Corrections Working Summit that the board was “changing how it deals with parole violations. Rather than a... lock-'em up approach, it is coaching and sanctioning parolees... rather than return them to prison.” (Bergen Record, 07/07/04)
What were the results of his ‘reform’? 2,500 fewer criminals who violated their parole were sent back to prison while D’Amico was in charge. (New Jersey Lawyer, August 2005)
“At the parole board, John D’Amico was busy instituting radical soft-on-crime policies that released dangerous criminals back onto our streets,” said Monmouth County Republican Spokesman John Raue.
For example, in 2005 the Star Ledger reported that Bruce Burns, a leader
of the Sex, Money, Murder chapter of the Bloods street gang was arrested while
on parole for aggravated assault for running a drug-and weapons-trafficking
operation from his home.
“When you judge D’Amico on his record, you’ll find he is unfit to serve as freeholder,” said GOP spokesman John Raue.
The Sheriff's race is about to get really ugly, with the GOP alleging that Democratic candidate Jack Hill committed crimes that could result in jail time. The new website, JackHillLied.com uses Hill's own sworn testimony against him. Hill apparently admits to lying to a police officer under his command, falsifying a police report and falsely altering police officers' time cards. The website is paid for by the Monmouth GOP and the domain name was registered by John Raue on behalf of the Monmouth GOP on October 3, 2007.
Other than making sure I knew about it, I have not seen any effort by the GOP campaign to promote this site yet. Will this result in Jack Hill being prosecuted? I doubt it. Will it hurt his chances on November 6 or backfire on the GOP?
Time will tell, but this much seems certain...we're in for a month of ugly politics in Monmouth County, as Puharic's GOP moves from using the ugly tactics it practices against Republicans against Democrats as well.
They must have polling data that shows they need to resort to this.