POLITICO is reporting that indicted Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, also the Chairman of Ocean County Board of Elections, said in a text message that he intends to stay on in both roles while he fights to avoid the next 30 years in prison on federal tax evasion and bank fraud charges.
Who does he think he is? Bob Menendez?
Hopefully that text was a knee jerk reaction from a proud man in shock and denial over his situation and the peril he puts his constituencies in each day he holds onto those positions now.
Gilmore was indicted on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday evening he was his usual self at a Republican fundraiser in Belmar. Unless he was really delusional or highly medicated, Gilmore did not see the indictment coming.
He is delusional now, understandably so, if he thinks that New Jersey Republicans, the Ocean County GOP and Ocean County voters are best served by his continuing to hold his offices while fighting for his freedom.
Maybe Gilmore thinks he needs to hold on to those positions in-order-to pay the IRS the over $1.5 million he does not dispute owing. He’ll have to find another way.
Republican leaders like former Congressman Tom MacArthur, Congressman Chris Smith, State Senator Robert Singer, Ocean County Freeholder Director Ginny Haines, NJ GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt, former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and fundraiser Lawrence Bathgate should prevail upon Gilmore to do the right thing for himself, his family, his Party and the people of Ocean County and step aside.
If Gilmore beats the charges against him..we hope he is not guilty as his attorney asserts…he can then plan a future in politics.. if he still wants one.