Will The Unofficial South Jersey Young Republican Organization Ever Get Its House In Order?

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I’ll start with a disclaimer: This post is NOT me taking a shot at young Republicans. It is me saying, once again, that the “leaders” of a rogue young Republican organization better start getting their house in order before they have a negative impact on the officially chartered young Republican organization.

To be clear, the South Jersey Young Republicans are not chartered and therefore not officially recognized by the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF). The Young Republican Federation of New Jersey (YRFNJ) is chartered and that means they are officially recognized.

Both organizations are fairly active on social media. The difference is the officially recognized group doesn’t post stupid stuff. The unofficial group tends to post stuff without bothering to gather facts, like the time the organization’s apparently self-appointed leader, Jenna Evans, made the false claim that Atlantic County Young Republicans Chairman Brian Fitzherbert tried to sabotage one of their events.

Evans’s claims were untrue, but that didn’t stop her, and others, from making the claim without checking the facts.

Well, it turns out Evans, or the person running her group’s Facebook page, still insists on posting things without checking facts. For example:

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Granted, Evans and her sidekick Hirsh Singh (more on that in a bit), were only about 2 or 3 years old when that man stood in front of a tank at Tiananmen Square, but a simple Google search would have told them the guy was not run over by the tank.

One would think the leaders of the rogue young Republican group would fact check before sharing such an image. Apparently not.

And, just because I promised “more on that in a bit” here’s how I know Singh is Evans sidekick. Back in March, shortly after I wrote my piece proving that Evans didn’t know what she was talking about when she accused Fitzherbert of “sabotaging” her Atlantic City event she reached out to my radio show co-host Bob Greco. She set up a meeting with Greco, coincidentally not far from my house, and she brought Singh to that meeting. Two peas in a pod!

Why make it a point to out Singh as Evans sidekick? Singh wants to be Governor/Senator/Congressman/Senator and one would think that a guy who wants to be elected to an office who also appears to be a leader of a rogue YR organization might at least make sure that organization checks facts before posting to social media.

If the leaders of the rogue YR group do take the friendly advice and start fact checking before posting to social media, maybe then they’ll start thinking before posting distasteful items to their Facebook page:

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While I completely understand they were going for humor when they shared the above post to the South Jersey Young Republicans Facebook page I believe Evans and Singh should have thought for a minute before posting. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks the post wasn’t the smartest thing to do:

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“You’re kidding right?” And, “Probably should have deleted before posting this one. Keep it classy kids,” sum up my thoughts.

Sharing posts like the one above, while amusing to some, do nothing to advance the Republican cause and puts the official young Republican organization in the state at risk of being lumped in with the rogue organization. The lack of fact checking and thoughtless post sharing is not fair to the young Republicans who did things the right way and got chartered.

So, South Jersey Young Republicans, before you negatively impact the actual chartered Young Republican Federation of New Jersey please get your house in order

Note To Insurgent Democrats: There’s No Whining In Politics

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This is probably the most boring Republican primary election season EVER in South Jersey. Because it’s so boring I’ve been watching the insurgent (“progressive”) Democrats in South Jersey, specifically Camden County. I’ve blogged about them twice, here and here.

I didn’t plan on writing about these insurgent Democrats again, but I stumbled onto this gem on social media:

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The Facebook post links to a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article. It’s a good article and basically has a bunch of “he said, she said” regarding petition challenges. Reading the article, and the above snapshot of a social media post, I had to laugh when I came to this:

“In what country can you remove from the ballot your political opponents? Norcross Country,” Rena Margulis, a progressive candidate for county clerk, said in a recent interview.

Candidates get thrown off the ballot all the time in elections in New Jersey (and other states). Just last year Brian Fitzherbert was bounced from the GOP congressional primary ballot and given the facts that (a) Hirsh Singh’s campaign manager “was present for the court proceedings” to remove Fitzherbert from the ballot and (b) “filer Christopher Coleman, a Galloway Republican, said he reviewed the petitions of candidates Sam Fiocchi, Seth Grossman and Robert Turkavage,” according to New Jersey Globe I believe it had nothing to do with being in “Norcross Country.” Quite the opposite, it had everything to do with Hirsh Singh being afraid of competition.

Fitzherbert didn’t whine. He supported the eventual winner of the primary and worked hard to build the Atlantic County Young Republicans and continues to help build other YR organizations.

I can guarantee that back in 2012 when Gary Smith got thrown off the ballot in New Mexico’s GOP 1st congressional district primary that it had nothing to do with “Norcross Country.” Smith did whine, in fact, being removed from the ballot angered Smith so much he became a serial tire slasher (video at the end of this post). As I was the executive director of the Bernalillo County GOP at the time I remember this being quite a huge pain in the ass, as was replacing a couple of tires.

Having said all that maybe there might be a “Norcross Country” connection to the petition challenges filed against the GOP freeholder candidates in Gloucester County, but they aren’t whining about it and are working hard to ensure they get enough write-in votes to have their candidates on the ballot in November.

And, so I don’t sound like a hypocrite I will state again what I wrote in this blog previously:

I get it, challenging the signatures on nominating petitions is a part of political campaigns in New Jersey (and elsewhere). It’s a part of campaigns I dislike. No campaign I managed has ever challenged nominating petitions – that’s how much I despise the practice. I believe working to remove a candidate who meets the requirements to run for an office from the ballot is a gutless move that proves the person challenging signatures on a nominating petition has very little faith in their chosen candidate to win on ideas.

My intent is not to critique the Philadelphia Inquirer article nor is it to defend “Norcross Country.” Seriously, my only purpose here is to remind folks, especially challenger candidates, “There is no whining in politics!”

The Philadelphia Inquirer article is clear, there are many insurgent Democrats still on the ballot:

Most of the candidates on the progressive slate are running for a seat on the Democratic Committee, which is involved in party business and endorsements. About two dozen other candidates on the slate are running for Assembly, county clerk, and mayor or council in the county’s three biggest municipalities — Cherry Hill, Camden and Gloucester Township — and six other towns.

Rather than whining that your freeholder candidates were tossed from the ballot maybe you should get to work for all your other candidates. Be like Brian Fitzherbert or the Gloucester County Republicans and work. Don’t be a Gary Smith!

Looks Like There’s Going To Be A GOP Primary To Challenge Booker And One Of Those Candidates Once Won A Beauty Pageant

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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:

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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:

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Or that time Singh wondered “Where are all the intelligent girls at”

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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:

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You decide, a less than honest son of a millionaire beauty contest winner or an unknown conservative.