Diane Gooch, the vice chair of the Monmouth GOP and publisher of the Two River Times has withdrawn her candidacy for congress from the 6th district of New Jersey.
“I just don’t like politics,” said Gooch in a release sent by her spokesman Tony Sayegh which also had Sayegh’s resume attached, “there are websites using unflattering pictures of me instead of the glamour shots on my site.”
“Where I come from tea parties are refined gatherings that raise money for poor people. Now tea parties are unrefined poor people who think they know better then the rest of us. How uncouth! How ungrateful. I can’t deal.”
Gooch said family concerns also played a part in her decision to quit the race. “Sam Thompson told me I had to start banging Frank Pallone! How can I do that given all the money my husband has given Frankie over the years?”
Gooch’s decision has left party leaders scrambling to find another rich candidate with no government experience to replace her on the lines. “We can’t nominate Anna Little, she has a mind of her own,” said one party insider, “Shannon Wright is only in the race to split Little’s grass root support.”
Gooch’s withdrawal before the April 12 petition filing deadline puts party leaders in the position of quickly having to call new conventions and/or screening committee meetings rather than to rely on a committee on vacancies to name a replacement. Spring Lake developer Anne Estabrook, who lives in the 4th congressional district, is said to be the favorite.
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