By Art Gallagher
This post is for my Tea Party friends and my Republican friends in Monmouth County who continue to relate to each other with caution and trepidation or worse.
I’d like you all to consider the evolution of my friend James Hogan and the evolution of our county party over the last two years.
Hogan was the embodiment of the Tea Party before most Tea Partiers got off the couch. Motivated, dedicated and completely out of his mind, he ran in the 2008 GOP primary for the nomination in the 6th Congressional District of New Jersey.
A few weeks after the 2008 primary, Hogan wrote of his first encounter the the MonmouthGOP establishment. It wasn’t pretty, but it worth reading.
Today, James wrote about his more recent experience with “the establishment.” There has been a great deal of progress in two + years.
James has not compromised any principles, nor has he become any less outspoken.
He is an example of what is possible for those who are passionate about our politics yet new to the polictical process. Those who have welcomed James graciously into the process are examples of the kind of leaders who empower the growth of our party.