Red Bank Councilman likes to have it both ways
What do Ed McKenna and Ed Zipprich have in common besides the same first name and being Red Bank Democrats? They both have a record of driving the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway after consuming too much alcohol.
The Red Bank Police should put a DUI check on River Rd on Sunday afternoon as McKenna is holding a fundraiser for Zipprich and his running mates at his home from 4-6. Red Bank Taxi and Red Bank Limo should make sure their drivers are on standby. The State Police should increase patrols at Exit 109.
MMM broke the news of McKenna’s DUI while driving the wrong way on the GSP on May 15, 2013, two days after it happened. The Asbury Park Press broke the news of Zipprich’s December 10, 2011 DUI this afternoon on their website. You can’t get anything past those cracker jack journalists at the APP!
Zipprich blamed “Red Bank Republicans” for leaking a video of his arrest in a quote to APP.
“It is sad that the Red Bank Republicans are not focusing on my record as a councilman, where we have stabilized taxes, made Red Bank a center of arts and entertainment and reduced town debt.
“I will run on my record and will discuss the issues leading up to Nov. 4. If my opponents want to talk about a personal error in judgment that was made three years ago outside of Red Bank, that is their prerogative. I will continue to talk about the issues affecting Red Bank taxpayers.”
The APP article refers to a link of a YouTube video of Zipprich’s arrest. But the video has been removed by the unidentified YouTube user.
Red Bank Republican candidates for Council, Sean DiSomma and Linda Schwabenbaurer, did not release the video and they told the APP that did not intend to make it part of their campaign.
After Monmouth Democratic Chair Vin Gopal falsely accused DiSomma of having a warrant out for his arrest in Texas during his run for Council last year, Zipprich’s comment to APP is definitely a matter of trying to have it both ways. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican’s driving record and arrest record is fair game, even if it is not true. If news of your own real transgressions becomes public, the Republicans must be playing dirty pool.
The APP says that the now unavailable video has been “making its rounds among Monmouth County’s politically connected.” That’s true. If the APP had relationships on both sides of the aisle, they might have known about the video weeks ago and download it off YouTube if they wanted to use it, like we did. Instead they look ridiculous tonight by linking to a video that is no longer there in their “breaking news story.”
The truth of the matter is that Zipprich’s DUI has been common knowledge among “politically connected” Republicans for well over a year. The District 11 Legislators decided not to use the information last year when Zipprich was running for Assembly.
MMM knew about it last year and told Gopal about it after he released his false accusations about DiSomma. Gopal and MMM had a good raport prior his DiSomma fraud and our investigation exposing it. “Why are you taking the campaign into the gutter? Do you want Zipprich’s DUI to come out?” I asked him. “If you have it, let it rip,” he said. Maybe Vin didn’t believe me. That was the first time I saw Gopal’s true colors.
MMM has the video. We downloaded it from YouTube weeks ago. We don’t know who put it up originally. We’ll only publish it if the Red Bank Democrats take their campaign into the gutter with personal attacks against their opponents, or if someone else publishes it first. If the APP wants a copy, my normal rates will apply. If Red Bank Green wants a copy, my usual content sharing agreement with them will apply. (John can have it for the asking). If the APP would like me to teach them how to download a YouTube so that they don’t get caught flat footed again, my premium rates apply.
UPDATE: Red Bank Green has asked for the video, so APP better hurry and pony up if they don’t want to get scooped.