Is there a primary south of the Monmouth Mall?
Last evening, at the invitation of Joe Hadden, I attended the Ocean Township Republican Club candidates night to speak on behalf of CD-6 candidate Anna Little.
One the drive over to Ocean, you can't possibly miss all lawn signs all over Routes 35 and 36 in Middletown. Quite a few in Red Bank and along 35 in Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls and Eatontown. However, as soon as I crossed 36 by the mall, hardly a sign. The only ones I noticed at all were on the corner of West Park and 35. Two for Little and one for Gooch. There might have been another Gooch sign along the way, but they are harder to notice.
Anna couldn't attend the Ocean Township event because she had a fundraiser in Atlantic Highlands featuring Steve Lonegan. I joked to the group in Ocean that, after spending as much time with the Tea Party groups as I have over the last few weeks, that spending an evening with level headed Republicans was a welcome break.
I met Mickey Gooch for the first time in Ocean. It was a pleasure. Scott Sipprelle had given me some practice sparring with a rich guy. Mickey was easy.
After Joe's program was completed, I skipped out and headed to Atlantic Highlands, hoping there might be a few stragglers left at the Little event. As I made the right hand turn off of 1st Ave, I was surprised to see that the parking lot of the Shore Casino was still full at 9:15. Upon entering the room, I was shocked that there appeared to be about 100 people still there! Anna was in front of the room announcing how much money they had raised so far. The crowd was hootin and hollerin, rushing to the stage with checks and pledges. These were not level headed Republicans.
Suddenly Anna started singing and the room got quiet. As she finished the first, little known verse, the entire crowd was standing, hands over the hearts, singing God Bless America. These are not level headed Republicans.
I don't know what is going to happen next Tuesday in CD-6. Mickey and Diane have the only polling data that I know of and they are not sharing it publicly.
I do know this: There is an extraordinary energy, enthusiasm and infectious buzz around Anna Little. If it translates to votes, Frank Pallone will be making OPRA requests in Highlands on Wednesday.
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