In the eighth and final segment of my interview with CD 12 candidate Mike Halfacre, we continue to discuss campaign finance, his assessment of his chances to win the party lines and his future ambitions. That segment can be viewed here.
I thank Mike for interviewing with me, and for his willingness to debate his opponents. No doubt he felt it would benefit his candidacy to do so. Never the less, it is the right thing to do.
All too often during the fall we hear average voters and pundits complain over the quality of candidates. "These are are only choices?!" and "None of the above!" are sentiments that can be heard over the water cooler and on the letters to the editors page every year.
A large part of this blog's audience is comprised of the people who choose those candidates that voters complain about in October. In Monmouth County, that is true for both parties. Statewide, it is true for the GOP.
I hope that this interview, and those that will follow this week and next, will help the convention delegates and screening committee members to make the best choices, not the expedient choices.
In this five minute clip from segment seven, Halfacre makes his case for why he is the best candidate to challenge Rush Holt. He speaks of this primary race as a fight for the soul of the Republican party. He says that we have a choice between the "rich candidate and the right candidate, the rich candidate can be the right candidate, but that is frequently not the case."
I don't know yet if Halfacre is the right candidate. I think Mike is a good candidate, but he really haven't heard from Scott Sipprelle yet.
Sipprelle is probably not going to be interviewed by me or by anyone else with the knowledge to challenge him between now and the conventions/screening. That he is playing it safe and counting on the county parties to award him the line because of his money is both selfish and raises questions about how good a candidate he will be and should he win, how good a congressman will be. I hope he has a change of heart and sits with me, or Matt Rooney, or anyone else who will challenge him.
Scott's invitation is still open here.