US Senate: Flanagan Brandishes Her Pro-Life Credentials

Tricia Flanagan

Tricia Flanagan

This morning I blogged about some action in next year’s US Senate primary. Mostly it was that Stuart Meissner picked up the first official endorsement from a county chairman in the 2020 GOP Senate primary. And, there was the fact that I had to eat a little humble pie and say something nice about Hirsh Singh. I mean seriously, writing the words, “Singh is a legitimate candidate,” caused me as much chest pain as the night I had my heart attack. They were not easy words to write.

Not to be outdone Tricia Flanagan had a “Guest Contributor” piece published on InsiderNJ this afternoon.

You can read the piece here. If anyone ever doubted Flanagan’s pro-life stance, those doubts will be dashed after reading her piece.

It’s going to be a fun primary season!

US Senate: Meissner Picks Up An Endorsement, Singh Calls Himself Frontrunner

Stuart Meissner

Stuart Meissner

This morning, within three minutes of each other, InsiderNJ and New Jersey Globe are out with the news that announced GOP candidate for US Senate Stuart Meissner has announced the endorsement of Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango. This is the first official endorsement from a county chairman in the 2020 GOP Senate primary.

Arango offered a strong endorsement of Meissner. From the InsiderNJ report:

“Cory Booker is always looking for the next best thing,” said Arango in a statement. “That’s not Stuart Meissner. Stuart’s only focus will be on New Jersey—and not on higher office. He’s a different kind of candidate who will clean up our state that has been left badly broken by greed and corruption. We deserve a problem-solver who cares about the hard-working people of the Garden State. We need a Republican who will unify all our members as the Party of Growth Opportunity and Prosperity—that’s our next Senator, Stuart Meissner.”

Meissner is an “interesting” candidate, and since I no longer have a dog in this fight I’ll pay more attention to what comes out of his campaign.

Another candidate in the US Senate race, who also hasn’t put The Bob & Steve Show on his press list, Hirsh Singh came with a statement this morning in which he called himself the frontrunner. To be fair, Singh will likely never put this show on his press list because, well let’s just say he and I will not be sending each other Christmas cards.

Singh’s statement was apparently his thoughts on the 2019 elections and/or his thoughts on restoring conservative values to NJ based on the title of the statement. I couldn’t really tell because it wasn’t an easy read, mostly he complained about California.

Whatever the point of Singh’s statement, he should use some of that $100K he’s raised to hire a writer. In the statement Singh refers to himself as “frontrunner,” something The Bob & Steve Show will likely never call him, but he has raised 100 grand so, while it pains me to say it, Singh is a legitimate candidate.

Others in the race include Rik Mehta, who I assume has some money as he has some pretty good consultants on his team, my former client Tricia Flanagan and Natalie Rivera.

There are rumors others will be getting into this race. We’ll sit back, watch and update you if (and when) someone else gets in.

Is Palatucci Screwing Up Another Congressional Primary?

Bill Palatucci (from Twitter)

Bill Palatucci (from Twitter)

Bob Greco and I thought long, but not very hard, about whether or not I should move forward with a blog post about Bill Palatucci. This past Saturday we discussed the email he sent “cautioning” fellow Republicans about wasting money on a candidate in CD7. (You can listen to episode #67 by going to the “radio shows” page of this website. The Palatucci portion starts at the 1 hour 20 minute mark). Anyway, the primary taking shape in CD7 is between state Senator Tom Kean and Rosemary Becchi. I may have met Kean a time or two over the years, but don’t remember it. Bob, as a former county chairman has dealt with Kean and likes him. Neither one of us would know Becchi if we tripped over her. I mention this because we have no dog in this fight and both feel Palatucci crossed a line by sticking his nose in this primary.

As we discussed on the radio show, this isn’t the first time Palatucci has angered us. When Bob was the Cumberland County GOP Chairman I was the organization’s consultant. We won elections. No one can deny that. Palatucci, on more than one occasion tried to get Bob to fire me. According to Bob, Palatucci would say, “You shouldn’t be using Kush” and “Maybe you should consider using somebody else.” And, to this day, Bob still believes it was on Palatucci’s order that the NJGOP’s former Executive Director told him to fire me. Listen to the show, you’ll hear Bob got so mad at that he fell out of his chair. He didn’t fire me.

Not only did Palatucci have a habit of interfering in how Cumberland County was being run, he also thought it was okay to threaten an assemblyman. As the story goes, the then assemblyman was asked to endorse Chris Christie’s presidential campaign and the assemblyman said he had to think about it. Shortly after saying he had to think about it the assemblyman received a threatening phone call from Palatucci. The assemblyman was added to the list of endorsers.

And, let’s not forget that the mess of a primary in CD2 last year was the fault of Palatucci. It was Palatucci that led the brain trust that went to Hirsh Singh and talked him out of the U.S. Senate primary and led him to believe he would have a clear path in the congressional race. Palatucci pressured chairs to get behind Singh, some have privately admitted to this.

Apparently, Palatucci’s email angered a lot of Republicans. A GOP women’s organization weighed in on the issue. Saturday night I was at the Camden County GOP fundraiser. I expected to take some heat over what we had to say about Palatucci on the radio show earlier in the day. I was surprised when I took no heat, but was instead congratulated by many for saying what needed to be said.

Obviously, Palatucci has a history of attempting to bully people into doing what he wants. And, since Palatucci already screwed up one congressional primary the question needs to be asked: is Palatucci’s meddling in CD7 going to create another mess?

While we wait for the answer to that question we are hopeful that Palatucci will finally realize his best friend is no longer governor, which means he no longer has any power. Maybe he endorsed Hirsh Singh for U.S. Senate because he needs a puppet. Time will tell.