A couple of weeks ago I was talking with someone and the conversation went something along the lines of “it looks like everyone wants to be governor, but no one wants to run against Cory Booker.”
Then, last week, out of nowhere the “news” that Hirsh Singh is going to run against Booker came out. There was a disgustingly kind piece in the Shore News Network that appeared to make it sound like Singh was the best candidate the Republican party has.
Admittedly, I am not a fan of Hirsh Singh! I even went to Facebook and made my feelings on Singh’s candidacy known:
We talked about Singh’s candidacy for a little while on Saturday’s radio show (I’ll upload it to the website next week). What I said on the radio show wasn’t much different than what I said on my Facebook page – basically that he’s done nothing for the party, didn’t offer any support for the party’s congressional nominee after losing last year’s primary, that the establishment types backing him are a major problem in our party and there is no way I will vote for Singh in a primary.
Fortunately for me anyway, it looks like I will not have to vote for Singh in a primary because, according to New Jersey Globe Tricia Flanagan “will seek U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s seat in 2020.” According to New Jersey Globe:
Though the candidate ran as an independent on a pro-Trump platform in 2018, she said she intends to run with the Republican party this time around.
“Either way you slice it. I am running. I am challenging booker, and I intend to win for a MAGA majority,” Flanagan said.
I’ve never met Flanagan, never talked to her and wouldn’t know her if I tripped over her. I’ve heard from others that she’s very conservative.
Singh, on the other hand, I had a phone conversation with him when he ran for governor and he lied to me in that conversation. By way of background, a friend of mine was doing video work for him and at that friend’s urging, Singh called me. I asked him directly what made him think he could be governor and said something about the amount of money one would need to raise. Singh told me he had just written a check to his campaign for $1 million, to which I asked where he got $1 million and he told me from his personal wealth. Considering we all know that money was a loan from his father to the campaign, his reply to me was a lie.
I did meet Singh once recently in Salem County for about 30 seconds. A handshake and done, no conversation.
Not only did Singh lie to me in our one and only conversation, but he, at the very least, led Republicans to believe he would self-fund his last campaign. Don’t take my word for it. From the Press of Atlantic City:
Singh also angered party leaders like Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis, who accused him of misleading county party officials about how much personal wealth he had. After pledging to self-fund his campaign and raise as much as $2 million, Singh filed financial papers indicating he only has $50,000 to $100,000 in personal wealth, Davis said.
I’m fairly certain Flanagan has never led anyone to believe she had a couple million dollars lying around to self-fund her own campaign.
On the issue of honesty in this potential GOP primary the edge goes to Flanagan.
Let’s not forget Singh once accused South Jersey farmers of hiring illegal aliens. From New Jersey Globe:
Singh told the Ocean City Sentinel: “There’s a lot of industry down here that relies upon a certain part of the population that’s not here legally, like the farmers and otherwise.”
To my knowledge, Flanagan has never intentionally gone out of her way to anger a group that has a significant impact on the local economy. Again, in this potential GOP primary the edge goes to Flanagan.
Of course there’s also the problem with some of Singh’s past social media posts:
Or that time Singh wondered “Where are all the intelligent girls at”
So, on truthfulness, farming, social media posts (and maybe borderline misogyny) the edge goes to Flanagan. But, on the issue of beauty I guess I have to give the edge to Singh because he did win a beauty pageant once:
You decide, a less than honest son of a millionaire beauty contest winner or an unknown conservative.