200 Toys - Gloucester GOP And Camden GOP Team Up For Toys For Tots

Jacci Vigilante and Rich Ambrosino

Jacci Vigilante and Rich Ambrosino

Last night the Camden County Republican Committee and the Gloucester County Republican Committee joined together for their second annual Toys for Tots event.

The two GOP organizations joined together at Adelphia’s in Deptford and collected over 200 new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.

Admittedly, I skipped last year’s event, but was glad I listened to Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante and Camden County GOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino and attended this one. It was nice to see two county organizations come together for a good cause.

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Don’t Be A Sore Loser

Paul Dilks

Paul Dilks

I had a completely different post written for today, but then Paul Dilks took to social media.

Losing sucks! There’s no way other way to put it. So, I’ll say it again, losing sucks!

It’s what we do after losing that’s important.

For starters, do NOT be a sore loser. It helps no one.

After losing, GOP congressional Candidate Paul Dilks, took to social media to attack a county chairman today.

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Full disclosure: I consulted to the CCGOP this cycle, Dilks will likely talk trash about me, AGAIN, after reading this post. Honestly, I no longer care what he says because the election is over, therefore I no longer have to play nice in the sandbox with him.

Dilks is a nice guy, I voted for him, but he was very bad at taking advice from those who tried to help him. I’m not even talking about advice from me that he completely ignored. I know for a fact Dilks was given very sound advice from CCGOP Political Director Tom Crone that fell on deaf ears. I spoke with others who gave sound advice to Dilks, only to see him do the opposite.

Case in point, Dilks had this “foolproof plan” to win the election. His plan was to win the Catholic vote. He talked about it everywhere, “I’m the Catholic candidate,” he would say. It didn’t matter if he was in front of a group of Evangelical preachers or a group of Jewish voters, it was the same message for months. He was told, “know your audience” by many. He didn’t listen.

Dilks was advised by party officials to stay away from Vincent Squire. One of Squire’s former running mates advised Dilks to stay away. Some Pennsauken Republicans advised Dilks to stay away from Squire. Did he listen? No! Dilks did the opposite and went with Squire to try to stop the installation of a plaque honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. To add insult to injury, the plaque had already been installed.

Now, after losing what was a tough election to try and win in the first place, Dilks is out attacking a party chairman. Even worse, his attacks are B.S.

CCGOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino searched high and low for an affordable headquarters, someone willing to give a short-term lease. Never mind the fact that getting a business owner to lease to Republicans in Camden County is difficult, anything affordable, was completely unacceptable. One building, upon inspection, was discovered to have a bathroom that was missing walls, a toilet and a sink and had a huge pile of trash in the middle of the main floor.

As for Dilks implying that Ambrosino didn’t offer assistance in Haddon Heights, the municipal chairman was offered help more than once and responded with, “I think we’re okay.”

It is ashamed Dilks lost. He worked hard, he put his heart and soul into his campaign. I genuinely felt sympathy for the guy, but that sympathy went out the window when I saw his unwarranted attacks on Ambrosino.

Here at The Bob & Steve Show we did what we could to support Dilks. We had him on the show twice. We ignored his missteps, unusual for us. Unfortunately, attacking a party chairman who did try to help him is unacceptable.

Trust me, with all the fights I’ve had with party leadership over the years, I would be the first guy to join Dilks if he was right. On this, he is wrong. Ambrosino tried to help him. Others tried to help Dilks.

And, at the end of the day, party chairs aren’t responsible for the congressional campaigns, they have their municipal candidates and county candidates to worry about. Ambrosino worked with those candidates. The municipal chair in Haddon Heights refused that help. Pennsauken, Clementon and Voorhees, to name a few accepted party assistance. In Audubon Park they held the Republican mayor and gained a Republican council seat.

Next time you attack a party chairman, get your facts straight and don’t be a sore loser.

Flawed Politicians, Is There Something In The Water In Camden County?

Four flawed Camden County politicians

Four flawed Camden County politicians

What do former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, Haddon Township Commissioner Paul Dougherty, Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz and freeholder candidate Vincent Squire have in common? One would guess, given the admittedly partisan slant of this blog, the answer is all are Democrats and that would be untrue. Squire is a Republican. Despite popular belief, at The Bob & Steve Show, we do call out Republicans when they are wrong. 

What these four have in common is they are all Camden County politicians who have had some sort of “issue” with law enforcement within the past year. Every single one of these men are likely to make the first annual Bob & Steve Show Naughty and Nice List coming in December.

 Barclay, you may recall, was arrested on assault charges and eventually resigned.

 Dougherty was involved in a hit and run accident and Haddon Township residents have alleged he was seen drinking at a Township sponsored event.

Ravitz, thanks to the great David Wildstein at the New Jersey Globe, we have learned has had at least two incidents involving drinking and local police. The first incident at Ott’s Tavern and the second at an Applebee’s. I quit drinking over two years ago and was no stranger to a bar fight, but seriously, who the hell gets into a bar fight at Applebee’s? Not even I was that big an ass!

Last on the list is Squire who was disavowed by the Camden County Republican Party after it was learned he has a current second-degree assault charge filed against him by his own son, which is pending in Superior Court.

Three Democrats and one Republican politician, all from Camden County with “issues” with law enforcement in Camden County. There is one big difference in how these politicians’ respective parties have handled the “issues.”

Camden County Republicans, upon learning of their candidate’s flaws, asked Squire to drop out of the race, when he refused Republicans publicly disavowed him.

Camden County Democrats appear to be fine with their flawed candidates. The Barclay incident was kept hidden from the public for 11 days. Democrats didn’t utter a word about the incident until he resigned and it’s been reported he still has a $60,000/year county job. The Dougherty incident was kept quiet for two weeks. Finally, there are the two incidents involving Ravitz, one from August 2017 and one earlier this year. Not a peep from county Democrats.

One thing that is obvious is that in Camden County Republicans are willing to clean their own house, in public if it comes to it, the Democrats, no so much. It’s as if Democrats in that county circle the wagons around their flawed politicians.

Maybe Camden County Democrats could learn by the example of CCGOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino and do some internal house cleaning. If they don’t state Senator Jim Beach, the county’s Democratic party chairman might join these four flawed candidate on The Bob & Steve Show’s Naughty and Nice List in December.