This morning we gave you the winners from the Battle for Monmouth. Without further adieu, the losers:
Vin Gopal. Underneath that boyish smile and pleasant demeanor is a nasty, dirty, ruthless political operative. The Monmouth Democratic Chairman showed his true colors in 2013 with his defamatory allegations against Sean DiSomma in the Red Bank Council race. Give him several hundred thousand dollars, which the NJ Democrats did this year, and he tries to destroy the good names of distinguished public servants simply because they hold offices he wants. Monmouth Republicans, particularly some in the legislative delegation, who are friendly with Gopal should reconsider their judgement about him. It no longer can be said that Vin is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He’s a wolf.
The NJ Democratic State Committee, Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin, Senator Cory Booker, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, various labor unions and anyone else who gave Gopal money. They got nothing for it.
The Asbury Park Press. Neptune Nudniks is no longer an appropriate moniker for them. They are not stupid or incompetent as “nudnik” implies. They are dishonest and lazy. Their coverage of the Monmouth County Freeholders race was spoon fed or edited by Gopal and his candidates Larry Luttrell and Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo. Gopal, Luttrell and Grillo used APP to counter MMM’s coverage of the race, which we find hilarious and complimentary. It didn’t work because APP no longer has influence in Monmouth County.
Their election night coverage was a disaster. While APP was reporting on software problems at the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, MMM was reporting election results.
The Monmouth County Clerk’s Office. The Monmouth County Election Results website is the New Jersey equivalent of HeathCare.gov.
Freeholder John Curley . Curley told the East Jersey Tea Party last February that he would not would not support Gary Rich and Lillian Burry’s reelection. He kept his promise and went further by working against them. Luttrell and Grillo exploited his differences with Burry and Rich. Curley granted his implicit support to the Democrats by failing to distance himself from them, even when he was asked to do so.
To have a policy disagreement with Curley is to risk being personally attacked by him. His public treatment of Burry is ungentlemanly. His personal attacks from the Freeholder dais on constituents and employees who disagree with him is unprofessional and immature. His gossip and trash talk undermines himself and his colleagues. He is too often a problem when he should be a partner.
John is a great watchdog. He is a passionate speaker who can tap into an audience’s frustration with government and inspire action like few others can. However, his paranoia about Party bosses being out to get him, whether it is shtick or real, could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Joe Grillo and Lawrence Luttrell. Luttrell the litigious lunger lost his race for freeholder in 2013, lost his law suit over the Andrew Lucas deal, lost his license to practice law for failure to comply with administrative requirements and lost his race for freeholder in 2014. He will also lose his law suit against the Monmouth GOP.
Grillo owes me a Delicious Orchards pound cake. He and Luttrell owe me money for copyright infringement.