It Appears At Least One Republican Is Getting Serious In CD2

David Richter via Facebook

David Richter via Facebook

I wasn’t planning on writing anything about CD2 today, but since New Jersey Globe and InsiderNJ have both broken the news that David Richter has formed an exploratory committee to challenge Congressman Jeff Van Drew here we go.

Admittedly, I wasn’t very kind the first time Richter appeared on the Bob & Steve Show radar, but that was only because I do tend to be a pessimistic anti-establishment kind of guy.

I assume Richter announced this exploratory committee via press release, but I guess my pessimistic anti-establishment attitude left the Bob & Steve Show off his press list. I won’t allow that to cloud my judgment and whenever he wants our 50,000 listeners to meet him Mr. Richter is welcome on the show.

I do agree with what both, New Jersey Globe and InsiderNJ report Richter said:

“New Jersey is quickly becoming a one-party state, and that party continues to move leftward towards socialism.  We need elected representatives in Congress who will fight for less government, lower taxes and free markets, and who will protect our individual rights and constitutional liberties,” said Richter.

While it appears Mr. Richter is saying the right things, he does have work to do. There’s been a lot of talk that Hirsh Singh, Seth Grossman, Brian Fitzherbert and some real estate guy John Andrie are all looking at CD2.

Singh, Grossman and Fitzherbert all have some name recognition in the district and all have at least some sort of organization which puts them ahead in a ground game if Richter really is in this.

The one thing Richter appears to have that the others don’t is enough money to self-finance if he must. While there are some that aren’t exactly thrilled that a guy they never heard of with a lot of money appeared out of nowhere to get into this race all that talk could stop as soon as checks start being written. Money does tend to buy some love in GOP primaries.

If the last CD2 primary proved anything it proved the party line can be beaten in crowded GOP primaries which means if Richter and the others are in it could come down to organization. Of course, money can buy organization.

Now that Richter is making some serious noise about getting into this race other Republicans considering it will likely start making moves.  

For now, I’m going to make an effort to be a little nicer to Richter and reserve judgment until we learn more about the guy. Who Knows, maybe he’ll come on the show.

Money Can’t Buy Love But Maybe It Buys A US House Seat

David Richter (from Facebook)

David Richter (from Facebook)

Republicans gathered in Atlantic City over the weekend for their 2019 Statewide Leadership Summit. I didn’t go, I generally don’t go to these type events. Honestly, I considered it after several people asked me to, but my brother had surgery Friday and family comes first.

Everyone I spoke with who attended said it was a good event, so kudos to Chairman Doug Steinhardt and his team on a good event.

One thing happened at the event that seems to have a lot of folks talking. David Wildstein at the New Jersey Globe broke the news that Millionaire David Richter is considering a self-funded run for Congress in CD2 against Congressman Jeff Van Drew.

And, based on his Facebook page, it appears Mr. Richter really is considering a run:

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Always the pessimistic anti-establishment guy my first thought on hearing the news Richter is considering a run for Congress was, “Here we go again,” establishment Republicans are falling in love with a candidate because he has a lot of money, no vetting, no nothing, just money.

Don’t get me wrong, Richter might be a nice guy, he might even be a good candidate, but he’s never lived in CD2. He lives in Princeton, his Facebook page says he’s from Cherry Hill and the New Jersey Globe piece says he grew up in Burlington County. So, what does he know about CD2?

All things being equal, I’d rather have Hirsh Singh. Singh may not have the kind of money folks thought he had, but at least he’s from the district, knows the district and has a little bit of name ID.

Then there’s Seth Grossman, another guy from the district who knows the district and held the race against Van Drew closer than most expected. While Grossman lacks a big bank account, he still has some organizational strength and name ID.

Brian Fitzherbert didn’t take his ball and go home after taking a shot at Congress last year. Quite the opposite, he’s built an active Young Republican organization, he’s well-liked, smart and folks know his name. There are folks who want to see him run.

I don’t know if Singh, Grossman or Fitzherbert want to run, but their names have been talked about throughout the district.

There is a real estate guy, John Andrie, who wants to run. He’s been making phone calls, but I don’t know much about him. Does he have money? One source says he has a little, another says he doesn’t. So, who knows?

So, back to Richter. Why does a guy with a sizeable bankroll who lives in CD12 want to run in CD2? Is he afraid to take a shot against U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman? Personally, I would like to see someone with lots of money challenge her. If nothing else, her money would have to stay in her district.

Unfortunately, what I would like to see doesn’t matter, it rarely does. What I do know is that if Mr. Richter is serious about running in CD2 he has a lot of convincing to do and it’s going to take more than, “I have a lot of money in the bank” to convince me.

So, Mr. Richter, consider this an invitation to call-in to the Bob & Steve Show and introduce yourself to the voters of CD2. We have 50,000 listeners and 30,000 something monthly readers who would love to hear from you.

Until then, in the words of the Beatles:

“Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can't buy
I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love

Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love”

But maybe, it can buy a US House seat.

It’s The Bottom Of Pete the Parrot’s Cage For The South Jersey Times Again

Pete the Parrot

Pete the Parrot

It’s starting to look like animal week here at The Bob & Steve Show, first Cowboy Cal, for his connection to Murray Sabrin, and now Pete the Parrot, because the Editorial Board at the South Jersey Times used a disgraced school board candidate as a way to attack Seth Grossman, get mentions in the blog this week. All I have to do is find a way to work my dog into a post for a hat trick.

Yesterday, the South Jersey Times ran an editorial titled “Candidates go rogue for South Jersey’s racists.”

In the editorial the Times states:

"Suffice it to say that Grossman's self-assessment, in an op-ed published in our print edition Monday, may vary greatly from the assessment of outsiders -- notably, the GOP's own national congressional committee. The committee cut ties with the 2nd District nominee, passing up an opportunity to back a campaign that could keep an 'open' seat in Republican hands."

The key in all of that is the word “outsiders.” Outsiders, like this Editorial Board do not know Grossman and have no intention of getting to know him. Seth Grossman has been traveling within Republican circles for decades. I ran into him many times over the years. Never once did I walk away from an encounter with Grossman believing he was a racist. I found him to be a smart, honest man who says things to get a conversation going. Sure, I might phrase some of those things differently, but doing so would not get people talking.

The Times editorial goes on:

Grossman's inelegant posts, tweets, and interviews, in one of which he called diversity "a bunch of crap," do not use the typical racial, ethnic, homophobic or misogynistic slurs that the worst of our political candidates now feel the freedom to utter. For that, we have a Monroe Township (Gloucester County) school board candidate who just called it quits over the weekend.

In that paragraph the Times hit the nail on the head with the word “inelegant.” Inelegant is code for “not politically correct” and that is what Grossman is guilty of – not being politically correct.

Political correctness can be a good thing, but it can also be bad, especially when it robs us of honest, open conversation. And, that’s what Grossman has been trying to do since the 1980s, have open, honest conversation. He may say things in ways no political consultant would advise, but he does get conversations going. Unfortunately, folks like those at the Editorial Board of the South Jersey Times don’t seem to care much about the honesty part.

The Times continues its BS attack on Grossman:

Grossman used his op-ed to point out that he is Jewish, that he went to a minority-heavy Atlantic City high school and that, as an attorney, he has represented many African Americans in legal matters. Maybe, but his highly provocative views were well known before he entered the GOP House primary. Republican political organizations in some 2nd District counties are still backing him, if not financially, by refusing to ask him to stand down.

So, now having “provocative” views is a disqualifies one from holding elective office?

And, then the Times Editorial Board shows a little honesty, they, like some party power brokers, wanted Hirsh Singh:

Although the GOP party machinery backed another candidate in the House primary, Hirsch Singh, it failed to get the job done by coalescing effectively around Singh, and failed to limit the number of candidates splitting the non-Grossman vote.

"Open" primaries are usually good things, but not when party leaders fail to prevent the likely outcome from being a fall nominee who's a known embarrassment.

Notice they didn’t even spell Singh’s first name correctly? Maybe folks should accuse the Times Editorial Board of being closet racists over their misspelling of Singh’s first name the same way the Editorial Board falsely and openly accuses Grossman of bigotry.

The Times ends their editorial asking a question:

Can South Jersey's Republican hierarchy say they're equally blameless for what their rogue congressional candidate says or does?

First, the Editorial Board advocates for rigging primaries by saying the party “failed to limit the number of candidates splitting the non-Grossman vote” and then ask this stupid question.

The answer to their question is yes. The voters in the primary chose Grossman. This is partisan politics, the way it works is you hold a primary, the candidates beat the crap out of each other in that primary and then get behind the candidate the voters chose at the end.

So, the Times makes it to the bottom of Pete the Parrot’s cage again for (a) advocating the GOP rigs its primaries for the candidate their Editorial Board prefers and (b) for falsely accusing Grossman of being a racist.