Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Donations to Democrats, recent conversion to Republican Party call into doubt Princeton millionaire’s conservative bona fides

Little Silver, NJ- Halfacre for Congress spokesman Tom Fitzsimmons revealed today that self-proclaimed Wall Street insider Scott Sipprelle, who is running in a Republican primary in NJ-12, was not even a registered Republican until 2007, according to a search of public records. Fitzsimmons said that the revelation, coming on the heels of Mr. Sipprelle’s donations to House Democrats only months ago, calls into question Sipprelle’s qualifications to be the Republican candidate in District 12.

“When we revealed Mr. Sipprelle’s donations to Chuck Schumer and House Democrats in January and Mr. Sipprelle refused to explain them, people started asking ‘What’s this guy’s he really a Republican?’,” said Fitzsimmons. “So we decided to do a simple check of public records to find out, and it turns out that before 2007, Mr. Sipprelle was not a registered Republican. ”

Fitzsimmons continued, “I think this just adds to the questions about Mr. Sipprelle’s credibility, and frankly, his electability. In order to defeat Rush Holt, you’re going to need a huge turnout of Republicans and you have to get a significant majority of undeclared voters to vote for you. Why would Republicans want to vote for a man who was giving money to Democrats only months ago, was less than truthful when asked about it, and wasn’t even a registered Republican until 3 years ago? And why would undeclared voters trust a Wall Street insider whose actions don’t match his words? Didn’t they just vote against that in November?”

Fitzsimmons concluded “For Republicans in the 12th District, the choice has never been clearer. Mike Halfacre has cut property tax rates and spending in Fair Haven two years in a row, and barring massive cuts in state aid this year, will cut the tax rate again this year. Those aren’t words, those are actions. Unlike Scott Sipprelle, people know where Mike stands: he is a Republican, who will take the same Republican principles to Washington that he applied in Fair Haven. That is a message that all the money in the world can’t buy.”


Anonymous said...

And the point is??? Halfacre is grasping at straws.

Anonymous said...

This seems like a pretty boneheaded, desparate story by Halfacre. Didn't Sipprelle give something like 95% of his contributions to Republicans and the Party? Alos didn't he say he once worked for Republican Senator Pete Wilson? Does anybody think it likely he first registered as a Republican in 2007? This looks like a story that is going to blow up in Halfacre's face....

Anonymous said...

Is the allegation that he was a registered Democrat, or just not registered? As to the donations what was the total of political donations he gave over past 5 years and how much went to republicans?

Lighshines said...

Sipprelle's real loyalties have left so many people in doubt that we needed a professional to find out the truth. We had Aretha Franklin, a natural woman, interview him and here's what she says Scott told her:

Looking out at the morning news
I used to feel so uninspired
Givin’ all that money to the Democrats
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met the GOP, life was so unkind
But the GOP’s the key to gettin’ my pie

Cause you make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A nat’ral Republican

When my soul was in the lost-and-found
Hooked up with the liberal party
I didn't know just what was wrong with me
Till your endorsement helped me name it
Now I'm no longer doubtful of what I'm living for
And if I get your support I don't need to do more

Cause you make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A nat’ral Republican

Oh, baby, what you've done for me
You givin’ me this opportunity
And I just want to be your candidate
You make me feel so alive
You make me feel, you make me feel, you make me feel like
A nat’ral Republican

Anonymous said...

Note it doeas not say he was registered as a democrat. I am guessing he was an "independant"
as are the Majority of Voters.

Ronald Reagan was once a registered Democrat and he did a pretty good job.

Maybe it effects some people but this argument does not resonate with me.

I am still on the fence though so keep trying.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that there has not been one negative press release about Halfacre out of the Sipperelle camp. I admire his principals but if it were me I would punch back. It's not as if there isn't a good target.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what the timing is on Sipprelle's registration as a Republican, and presumably his campaign will enlighten us on this. However, I do note that Ronald Reagan was a registered Democrat until 1962 (when he was 51 years old). Sipprelle is in his late 40s, I believe.

Anonymous said...

They appear to be trying to make issue of him having been unaffiliated before registering as a republican. I am still trying to figure out what is wrong with that. The guy has given more money to republican causes in a few years then Halfacre has in a lifetime.

Anonymous said...

oh, stop: how many "R's" in our party today once were Dems, then saw the "light"?.. Scott, Freeholder Curley, Sens. Beck and Kean, Mickey Gooch?,half the folks who've moved here from Jersey City, NYC, (all the NY boros), on and on!.. what do they stand for NOW, is what I care about, what kind of person are they, what do they want to do, to help me pay less in taxes and therefore live, and how will they get their message out, in this year and climate, and WIN for column 1, this Nov.??..THAT'S what matters, not where their house is, or when they changed their registration, lame and childish, it's really enough of that drivel..