"Promises Not to Be Cowed by the Same Tired Tactics Pallone Used Against Governor Christie "
Red Bank, New Jersey: On the very first day of Diane Gooch's campaign for Congress, Frank Pallone dispatched a henchman to try to stop the momentum represented by the 200-strong crowd that showed up for Diane's announcement in Red Bank.
Congressman Pallone enlisted his ally Michael Mangan to try to bloody the waters. Mangan, a councilman in Manasquan who also serves as spokesman for the Monmouth Democratic Party, issued a statement dripping with sarcasm and sexism:
"The Rumson billionaire Diane Gooch now wants to entertain herself with politics. She took her and her husband's profits from Wall Street to buy a mansion, to buy a yacht, to buy a newspaper, and now she wants to buy a seat in Congress. No matter how much money she has or spends, she won't be able to buy a true understanding of the concerns of working people. Family bills, health care costs, housing expenses and job security are everyday concerns for most of us during these difficult economic times, but these are issues so distant to her circumstances she wouldn't be able to recognize them with a yachtsman's telescope."
Perhaps Frank Pallone, who has worked in Washington for 22 years and has never held a private-sector job, believes that the women of this community do nothing but shop. But he cannot hide from a record of sponsoring government takeover of health care and voting with Nancy Pelosi a shocking 99.2% of the time. He can mock a woman who has worked hard to achieve the American Dream, but the fact remains that 44 percent of Frank Pallone's contributions come from Special Interest Groups.
If Mangan did his homework, he would find that Diane Gooch wouldn't need to "buy a true understanding of the concerns of working people," because those same concerns dominated her life during much of her formative years. Her family struggled as her father lost his job, her mother battled with terminal cancer, all while Diane worked days to put herself through school at night. Later, she and her husband risked everything to start a business that today has created 1,700 private sector jobs. She overcame these early challenges and succeeded in achieving the American Dream, which should be worthy of praise, not mockery. Frank Pallone may have forgotten where he came from, but Diane Gooch certainly has not.
We've seen this before from Frank Pallone. Throughout last year's campaign for governor, Frank Pallone was trotted out by Jon Corzine to make nasty attacks on Chris Christie. It didn't work last November and it's not going to work this November. It's time to turn the page in Washington.
I relaxed my policy of not publishing candidates press releases before the price of admission has been paid because, quite frankly I find this press release to be alarming.
1) There is not one quote from the candidate. We all know that professional staffers write this things, including the quotes. I have to wonder how professional the staffer is in this case.
2)Call me a chauvinists if you think I am, but I didn't find Mangan's comments ugly or sexist. Sarcastic? Sure, welcome to politics.
I found them to be a gentle preview of the Pallone campaign should Gooch be the GOP nominee. That Gooch would issue an indignant response to Mangan's gentle jab, almost a week after it was issued makes me wonder if she is too far removed from the tough life in Queens and Long Island to be making that the basis of her campaign.
6th district voters may momentarily sympathise with Gooch because her father lost his job when Jimmy Carter was President and because her mother died of cancer. But the vast majority are more concerned about their own jobs and well being now. They want to know how Gooch will impact those challenges, not that her feelings are hurt.
This release plays to Gooch's weakness. If this is her message her candidacy does not stand a chance. If if she is so easily thrown off message, Mangan, Pallone and the DNC will have a field day and won't need to put and dent in Frank's war chest.
3)Is this really the message that Gooch wants to convey on the day that the President signed the health care bill?