Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tea Party Buzz Giving Anna Little Exposure

Photo credit: Lynn Gordon, Bayshore Tea Party

In the wake of Rand Paul's lopsided victory in the Kentucky U.S Senate primary last week and thanks to the lucky timing of the State Supreme Court hearing the case regarding the effort to recall U.S Senator Robert Menendez, the Tea Party movement has caught the attention of New Jersey's main stream media.



In CD-6, Anna Little is the beneficiary.

Sunday's Asbury Park Press article, Will Tea Party tilt the primaries didn't even mention Little's primary opponent:

In the 6th District, which extends from the northern part of the Shore up into New Brunswick, Somerville, Edison and Plainfield, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., is being challenged by Republican Tea Partier Anna Little, mayor of Highlands, who blames the federal government for ruining the economy and for ignoring the Constitution on a variety of fronts.


Yesterday in the Star Ledger, Little was declared New Jersey's Tea Party darling:

Jeffrey Weingarten, another tea party activist, thinks Highlands Mayor Anna Little will upset millionaire newspaper publisher Diane Gooch in the 6th congressional district. Gooch has the Republican organization behind her. But Little, the underdog, has built up a base of tea party supporters.

"She has tapped into the tea party energy," Weingarten said. "You can say she’s a tea party darling."


With the primary election two weeks away, the main stream media is now likely to focus on this race. Reporters will start reading the press releases both campaigns send out that so far only bloggers have given any attention.

The marathon race is coming down to a sprint to the finish. Little is likely to get favorable free media to augment her one piece of mail and radio commercials. Gooch will have TV ads that start with her in the dark and end with her giggling. She will probably have at least one more piece of mail. Anna's passionate Tea Party militia will be knocking on doors, putting up signs and making phone calls from home. Gooch will pay "volunteers" to knock on doors while dispassionate party faithful man phone banks from party headquarters.

History favors Gooch, as "off year" primaries are traditionally low turnout "down the line" exercises by traditionalists doing their civic duty. Media buzz, Tea Party passion and Little's quiet support within the ranks of party regulars could make this race a nail biter.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Art, was it you, or have I read somewhere else on Sunday that the tea party will burnout and self distruct, and its candidates will suffer a backlash?

Art Gallagher said...

I said that would happen if they rely on anger, threats, bossism and intolerance of opinions that don't match their "party line"...and I might add, if they are represented by smart asses like yourself who complain when they should be saying thank you.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain why, if Anna Little has such strong "buzz," no one seems interested in a) watching her videos (Gooch has 2000 views; Little has less than 100); b) giving her money (Gooch has raised hundreds of thousands from SMALL donors; Little hasn't raised the $5000 needed to file!); c) endorsing her? The answer to every question cannot be "Gooch bought them." How do you BUY someone NOT watching another candidate's videos?

Anonymous said...

Prediction: Anna Little doesn't even carry Highlands. Keep dreaming Art.

Anonymous said...

"a) watching her videos (Gooch has 2000 views; Little has less than 100)

Dear God, please send some politically astute commenters to Art's site quickly, it's getting stale in here. Thanks.

That's what happens when you spend tens of thousands of dollars on online and TV promotion. Check the FB and twitter fans...Anna is neck and neck and annihilating Diane without spending a dime. That's called "buzz" you simp.

"b) giving her money (Gooch has raised hundreds of thousands from SMALL donors; Little hasn't raised the $5000 needed to file!)"

I've heard from at least a dozen people personally that received Gooch's mailer and sent money before they knew Anna was running. Once they knew, they were regretful for having done so and are, stay with me now...voting for Anna. Just like the local GOP chairs who will likewise be voting for Anna, so too will the vast majority of Monmouth and a majority of Middlesex.

"c) endorsing her?"

You really are clueless. First of all, local GOP endorsements aren't worth squat. Second of all, in today's climate they're probably going to be a liability for Diane rather than a boost. People are fed up with the party establishment because they pick unqualified neophytes like Diane Gooch to run for Congress. This isn't rocket science it's common sense.

Anna will run away with this race in the end.

Prediction: Anna Little doesn't even carry Highlands. Keep dreaming Art.

Prediction: You have trouble walking and whistling at the same time.

Fellas, come out of your coma and actually look at what's going on. Anna is a friggin' juggernaut.

You still don't get it said...

well, she did get mentioned as a TEA- approved candidate, in D.6 in Sunday's Press, for the first time.. she is getting around, and is getting new and different support, who knows yet, if it translates into actual registrations as R's,on June 8?.. also, perhaps people don't NEED to view Anna's videos, because they already know who she is, have already voted for her in the past, and they are curious to see who the heck their Vice-Chair they've never seen, until now, is, as a new candidate?..remember too,it was stated in more than one place, since the Middlesex conv., that Thompson's getting some $100,000 to spread around his county, from the generosity of the Gooches.. if that's not being "bought", please explain what is!..

Anonymous said...

Before we annoint Anna Little a darling, shouldn't we know how she made her bones? Check out her legal website and see if you can figure out what she does:

www.annaclittleesq.com

Anonymous said...

Check out her legal website and see if you can figure out what she does:
Duuuuhhh she is an immigration lawyer. Everybody already knows that .
What a maroon

Anonymous said...

Actually, her legal website was taken down today. Why would she do that 2 weeks before the primary? What does she have to hide?

Art Gallagher said...

Actually, her legal website was taken down today. Why would she do that 2 weeks before the primary? What does she have to hide?

Taken down? Check again! :)

You guys are so busy posting her business website all over facebook and in your emails that she pointed the site to her campaign site.

Clever move getting your opponents supporters to promote you!

Anonymous said...

"You guys are so busy posting her business website all over facebook and in your emails that she pointed the site to her campaign site."

HA!

It's so easy to dupe the stupid. I'm not surprised they're Gooch voters.

I hasten to point out that establishment Republicans have slowly crawled themselves into that dark corner of intellectual vapidity formerly occupied only by nimrods of the "progressive" persuasion.

Good job GOP! Way to have a clue!

Anonymous said...

Like I said what a bunch of maroons

Anonymous said...

btw her campaign website says she is an immigration attorney.

they they would try to make an issue out of that shows that they are either clueless or they think the voters in the 6th district are clueless.

either way it is Bad.

Mark said...

Bottom line? Little can defeat Pallone now, Gooch cannot. Didn't I read the GOP strategy was to produce Gooch in a two cycle campaign? That being run now, bleed Pallone's campaign treasury and weaken him for defeat in the next cycle 2012 and as a side benefit injure his chances of using his campaign fund for a possible senate run?
Well, GOP we are not going to wait until a 2012 potential congressional victory. We want to turn the 6th CD, now, 2010. Little can accomplish this and then properly represent us in DC. Gooch is just being an opportunist. So I ask again, who do we want challenging Pallone? The GOP establishment pocketbook candidate or the genuine article, a motivated capable patiot.

Nailing it again said...

hey,"Mark," hope you're either in office, running for office, or running campaigns for like-minded individuals..like people who "get it," and speak the truth.. hope we believers all have a positive effect for June 8th, can't wait to see if reality and optimism carry that day, or do we fall back into lockstep, (yawn), and again see defeat, in this last year of the current,crazy, CD 6?!

Mark said...

Nailing, thank you for the kind words. I was actually on the Dem primary ballot recently but Dem attorneys knocked me off over legal technicalities. They are worse than the GOP establishment whom we expect more of. If Gooch manages to buy victory I may run as a third candidate. I am assembling the legal petition just in case. We will have a true conservative alternative, one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

And Mark your candidacy will be a bigger joke than Little

You couldn't even get 100 petitions- what a loser-

And you think a guy who couldn't get 100 petitions is going to have any impact in November-- haha

Go get an actual job if you can- do something constructive. You are not going to be any were near Congress

Mark said...

Anonymous squirrel, do you have any idea what you are talking about? Looks like your just stringing together senseless inaccurate babble. Please, lay down before you hurt yourself.