By Art Gallagher
Anna Little told NJ.com’s The Auditor that she is thinking of challenging U.S. Senator Robert Menendez rather than Congressman Frank Pallone in 2012:
Tea party darling Anna Little has made no secret that she wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) again in 2012. But Little told The Auditor she is thinking about setting her sights even higher by going after Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez next year.
“There are a lot of people pushing me to do it,” said Little, who upset a millionaire Republican in last year’s 6th District congressional primary, but lost the general election to Pallone. “It’s has been suggested I consider a statewide Senate race. I have not ruled that out, but right now I’m just focused on Pallone,” she said.
” A lot of people” include Independence Hall Tea Party President Teri Adams of Cheltenham Pennsylvania, according to The Auditor and and RoseAnn Salanitri of the Sussex County Tea Party, according to Terry Hurlbut at Examiner.com.
It is telling that there are no 6th district Tea Party activists quoted by either The Auditor or Hurlbut. Those who know Little best in the Tea Party movement don’t consider her a darling. Disappointment, distraction and destructive is how Little is considered by many local Tea Party leaders and activists now. What is left of “Anna’s Army” is little more than a platoon.
It doesn’t matter what office Little seeks in 2012. The only way she gets nominated next year for any office higher than Councilwoman in Highlands is if no one else wants the nomination. The Monmouth and Union County GOP leadership are not happy with her. The local Tea Parties say she will have no leg up over any other candidate in 2012 as they will consider all candidates before granting the Tea Party seal of approval.