Tea Party candidates Anna Little and David Corsi crushed the GOP endorsed candidates for congress last night in Monmouth County.
Anna Little defeated Diane Gooch in the Monmouth portions of CD-6 by 9%, 5079 to 4318. Most surprisingly, David Corsi defeated Scott Sipprelle by 13% in Monmouth, 3345 to 2577. If not for his wide margins of victory in Middlesex and Mercer county, Scott Sipprelle would have been defeated by Corsi.
In the race for Sheriff, Shaun Golden defeated unknown Middletown resident Daniel Peters by only 10%, 12,053 to 9839. Peters was not a Tea Party candidate. His only endorsement came from his sign printer. That he won 45% of the vote is a function of Tea Party coat tails. Because of unfortunate ballot positioning, Peters appeared to be running with Little, in CD-6 and Corsi in CD-12.
There are two lessons here for the Monmouth GOP. 1) The voters are not happy and 2) money doesn't matter.
It is unlikely that the Monmouth Democrats will be able to capitalize on this in November, as Frank Pallone and Rush Holt will be running as unabashed progressives and drag down the Democratic county ticket. The Tea Party movement will help the Republicans carry Monmouth this year.
Watch out for next year. Get ready for primaries in the state legislative races and in the county races next year. The voters put the Monmouth GOP establishment on notice last night. Right now they are too busy hoping to salvage Diane Gooch's candidacy with a recount to get the message. Once they lose that battle, they better wake up or start preparing for new careers.
Here's the message that needs to be heard: The Anna Littles and John Curleys of the party are not problems. They, and people like them, are the future.