Sheriff Shaun Golden now has the public support of the Republican elected official in Monmouth County two largest municipalities in his bid to replace John Bennett as Monmouth County’s Republican Chairman.
Howell Mayor William Grotto, Deputy Mayor Robert Nicastro and Council Members Bob Walsh, Pauline Smith and Edward Guz, the entire governing body, all signed an Open Letter endorsing Golden and urging County Committee members to elect the Sheriff as Chairman at the GOP convention on June 10.
Howell Township’s Mayor William Gotto and Council are writing to you with our utmost support and endorsement of Shaun Golden for Chairman of the Monmouth County Republican Organization. We have worked closely with Shaun over the past five years as Sheriff of Monmouth County and he has demonstrated the devotion, resiliency and confidence the Republican Party needs to overcome the challenges we face ahead.
Shaun has proven his ability to work collaboratively with others, exploring new and innovative ways to communicate with citizens and voters. He is an effective, efficient
leader who can inspire, unify and motivate everyone around him.
Shaun is a proven fundraiser, having raised substantial dollars for campaigns as well as charitable organizations throughout the County and State. Shaun has provided
tremendous leadership to our municipalities, not only working with towns to rebuild after super storm Sandy, but also helping municipal candidates with financial and personal support. Shaun leads with the dedication, charisma and conviction that can move the masses.
Shaun’s proven leadership and vision will ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of our organization. We, the Monmouth Republicans, have much to be proud of and thankful for. We owe a great deal of gratitude to so many past Chairman and Chairwoman who have led this organization on a mission we all believe in and each time
leaving it a little better for the next Chairperson. We believe the best days still lie ahead and look forward to a greater future under Shaun’s leadership.
We ask each of you to please join us in voting for Shaun Golden on Tuesday, June 10th for Monmouth County Republican Chairmen an and make the Monmouth County Republican Party even better than it is today.
“I am honored and humbled by the support of my hometown’s elected officials,” Golden said in a phone interview with MMM, “Chairs and county committee members from throughout the county, large towns and small, are responding positively to my vision for our Party and for even better government for Monmouth County and its municipalities. The response makes me very excited for our future.”
Walsh told MMM that the letter was sent to us for publication and would be mailed to the Republican Municipal Chairs next week. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
Last week the members of the Middletown Township Committee released a similar endorsement of Golden.
The Howell GOP is in the midst of a primary battle. Municipal Chairman and State Committeeman John Costigan is running a slate of candidates against incumbents Nicastro, Walsh and Smith. The incumbents were awarded the coveted “Party Line” by Bennett, over Costigan’s objection. Yet, the incumbents are supporting Golden over Bennett.
Bennett was elected Chairman in 2012, by 3 votes out of 615 cast, with the unanimous endorsement of the Western Monmouth GOP Chairmen and the presumed solid support of the County Committee members of the Western Monmouth towns. The Western Monmouth Chairs met earlier this week and declined to endorse either Bennett or Golden. Manalapan Chairman Steve McEnery said that the Chairs did not endorse a candidate because they were caught off guard by Golden’s candidacy and had not had an opportunity to meet with their respective committees prior to issuing an endorsement. Bennett appeared before the Chairs to seek their endorsement. Golden did not appear, citing a previously scheduled presentation in Middletown on the heroin addiction plague and his Office’s efforts in combating drug abuse.
Today’s endorsement out of Howell, combined with the lack of an endorsement from the Western Monmouth Chairs, is a set back for Bennett in his quest to retain the Chairmanship.
Bennett and Costigan were not available for comment when we called.