A somewhat stark contrast has developed between the two Republican challengers vying for the opportunity to unseat the dreadful Frank Pallone in the 6th District. Ms. Gooch, well-funded but politically untested, is the top-line Republican nominee in both Monmouth and Middlesex Counties while Mayor Little, grassroots-fueled and a four-time election winner, has relied thus far on an expanding conservative volunteer base and endorsements from smaller but more principled organizations than the county selection committees.
It has been relatively difficult thus far to pin down Ms. Gooch on policy matters as her website is incomplete and her participation in conservative forums has been limited. By contrast, Mayor Little is unabashed in her Conservatism and she expresses such publicly with an aura of increasing confidence and expertise. With just a little over a month to go before the primary, it remains to be seen whether Mayor Little can harness the anger and frustration of 6th district voters securely enough to overcome Ms. Gooch's quarter-million cash on hand and top-line status.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Russell Cote, the Monmouth County Conservative Examiner sums up the state of race between Diane Gooch and Anna Little very well: