CD 12 GOP primary candidate David Corsi has been after me for an interview since February. When I met David at the Monmouth County Lincoln Day Dinner, he didn't impress me as a serious candidate. He had not been, to my knowledge, at any party functions and frankly, he didn't know who I was or about this blog. Not that I think I'm a big deal or that the blog is a big deal. In the big picture, I'm not and the blog is not. However in Monmouth County political circles, and to a lesser extent the statewide, this blog is well known and it is sought out by candidates, office holders and others looking to get their message out. Corsi had not done his homework.
I gave Corsi my card, which has my office number, fax number, cell number and email address on it. Over the last couple of months he left me three messages at the office. Never sent a press release or any email. Never called my cell. Again, not to toot my horn, but when I contrast that to the state senator who called my cell phone repeatedly, like seven times, until I answered one evening in March, Corsi didn't want to talk to me that badly.
I really stopped taking Corsi's candidacy seriously when he was a no show at the Middlesex County GOP convention in March. As you will see during part 2 of the interview, he insists he was at the convention and spoke. He wasn't. In case my memorary failed me I went back and checked the photos I took there and called two other people I know would have noticed his absence. He wasn't there. Maybe Dave thinks the screening committee meeting was the convention.
Dave finally got me on the phone earlier this week. I was going to plead too busy, but I had already announced on the blog that all candidates were welcome to interview. I guess Dave finally discovered the blog. I was really hoping Scott Sipprelle or Diane Gooch would call. When he told me he was taping a TV commercial on Friday morning and could meet me in the afternoon, I figured, if he's going on TV, he must be serious.
So here it is. Dave Corsi finally got his interview with MoreMonmouthMusings. He showed up at my office Scott Brown style in a pick up truck with a sign in the bed. I don't regret giving him the time. He might regret his tenacity in getting here.
In part one, I asked Corsi repeatedly why he wants to be a congressman. He gave me his stump speech for 10 minutes when I finally moved on:
In part 2 of the interview, I ask Corsi why he is a better choice than Scott Sipprelle. Again, he doesn't answer the question. He does rail against Republican leadership, making some valid points. He trashes the Independence Tea Party that endorsed Sipprelle and he claims he was in attendance at the Middlesex County convention seeking its nomination:
If you're still viewing, take an Advil. Better take two because part 3 is painful. While discussing tax policy, David favors the "fair tax" or a national sales tax, and how that will solve our national $13 trillion debt and our unfunded liability for social security, Corsi makes a monumental gaffe. He claims that General Motors is actually a profitable company, but that its profits are overseas and that management won't repatriate the money because of our tax system. I checked on his convention attendance claim, but I'm not checking this one. If someone can document that information I'll max out on donating to David's campaign and I'll come up with a poll that Diane Gooch can win.
He did finally answer why he's a better choice that Scott Sipprelle:
David Corsi is a patriot. He is well meaning and actually has some good ideas. He is not ready for Congress. He might want to consider running for council in Oceanport.
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