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The Day I Was Asked To Run For U.S. Senate

s1_12-Gwen-Diakos-199x300By Gwen Clayton Diakos

Have you ever had a day in your life that seemed ordinary; but as the day unfolds, it becomes life altering?  The day I am about to tell you about was like that for me.  After this became part of my past, each passing day after it became more aggressive and life altering than the day before it.  I will tell you more about those later.

Sometimes I cannot believe it was part of my life.  If this were a part of reality television, viewers would have been glued to their TVs each week.  I have many awesome stories, along with some scars.  I found it is in the scars where you find your true character, so it was an all around win for me.

In New Jersey politics, many who’ve been in it for a long time would say my story is all too common, and it is; but this story is uncommon in many ways.  This story unfolds the intriguing details of the dynamic team work put in by my opposition to keep me as an unknown.  They worked hard on a daily basis putting out fires, getting shows canceled, keeping articles of me from being published, making sure I was not invited places, and the list could go on and on.  I congratulate this machine of people in their success; they are really good at what they do.

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Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race | Tags: | 18 Comments »

MMM Predictions for Election 2012

By popular demand (from Matt Rooney and a Democratic operative who doesn’t want people to know he/she talks to me) your favorite blogger is shifting his focus away from the Sandy Aftermath and back to politics on this election eve.

Rooney said, “Let’s hear your projection, Gallagher.”  My response: “The power will be off at my house for the rest of the week.”

Here are my predictions:

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Posted: November 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Congressional Races, 2012 Predictions, 2012 Presidential Politics, 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Elections, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Menendez spokesperson denies boss stiffed Dominican hookers, calls story the product of a “right wing smear machine”

Kyrillos spends the day focus on supporting victims of Hurricane Sandy

US Senator Bob Menendez’s campaign manager told PolitickerNJ that his boss didn’t pay for sex while on a trip to the Dominican Republic last spring and that the story first reported by The Daily Caller is a product of the “right wing smear machine.”

The Menendez camp is blaming the Kyrillos camp for planting the story:

“It is disgusting that on a day when New Jerseyans are focused on responding to  one of the worst disasters to ever hit the state, Joe Kyrillos and the right  wing smear machine are peddling lies about Bob Menendez,” Soliman said.   “Let’s be clear: the accusations Kyrillos and his friends in the right wing  media are peddling are absolutely false.  This unsubstantiated, untrue  attack is a new low, and we hope that Kyrillos will pull his campaign out of the  gutter and join us and other leaders in helping get this state back on its feet.  Bob Menendez is going to continue to focus on helping New Jersey recover from  the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy and will not be distracted by  desperate smears from a flailing campaign in the final days before an election.”

Democrats are furious with Kyrillos for responding to The Daily Caller’s article by asking Menendez to release his schedule and travel documents, and for even trying to win the election in the face of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

“Kyrillos’s career is over,” a angry Democratic operative said on the condition of anonymity, “Obama and Christie did the right thing, and he’s (Kyrillos) talking about prostitutes.  While his legislative district is in shambles from the storm, he’s off campaigning in Bergen and Ocean Counties.  Even my Republican friends are disgusted with him.”

Kyrillos visted with residents and local officials in Middlesex, Bergen and Passaic counties today.  He stopped at the Peterpank Diner in Sayreville, the Police Athletic Leaue in Wayne where hot meals were served to those without power, and the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff.

“This infamous storm has caused more destruction and devastation among our residents than anything I’ve witnessed or care to see again,” Kyrillos said.“This process of physical and emotional mending will certainly be arduous. But as my meetings continue, I’m starting to notice a sense of ‘Jersey strong’ resilience coming out of residents and community leaders, saying we will get through this. We will rebuild and be stronger from it.”

 

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Hurricane Sandy, Joe Kyrillos, Menendez Sex Scandal | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

NJ Media considers Menendez sex scandal story “thin”

Kyrillos calls on Menendez to release his travel records

A prominent reporter with one of New Jersey’s largest media outlets told MMM that The Daily Caller’s story about US Senator Bob Menendez covorting with prositutes in the Dominican Republic and paying them $400 less than agreed is “extremely thin, our resources are spread thin.”  The reporter said that it will be the editors’ judgement about what to do with the story.

The Daily Caller story included video of the women who charged Menendez paid them less than agreed for sex,  and referred to aircraft records of a Menendez donor’s private airplane landing at Teterboro Airport, a short drive from Menendez’s Hudson County home, and flying to the Dominican Republic during the time last spring when the incident is alleged to have occurred.

State Senator Joe Kyrillos’s campaign spokeswoman called on the incumbent to release his schedule and travel documents for the time of the alleged incident.

“Like the recent Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia, the allegations reported today are deeply disturbing and raise serious questions,” said Kyrillos Campaign Communications Director Meaghan Cronin. “Senator Menendez must do the right thing and help settle this matter by immediately releasing his schedule and travel documents from the time the alleged incidents occurred. The people of New Jersey deserve answers today.”

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Hookers: Menendez Stiffed Us

 

Two women charged that US Senator Bob Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex but they only received $100 in the end, according to a report on The Daily Caller.

The women say they met Menendez at the Dominican Republic resort Casa de Campo, an upscale 7000 acre resort described as “a grown up Disneyland, everything you want is right there,” by Robb Report contributor James Frank, last spring around Easter time.

Daily Caller said that Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright refused to answer questions on the subject.  “We’re not going to respond to a completely false accusation,” she wrote in an email.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments »

Hard hitting Kyrillos Ad

Joe Kyrillos released another TV ad today that ties Bob Menendez to Jon Corzine’s failed economic strategies.

 

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Can a nice guy finish first?

“My baseball career spanned almost five decades—from 1925 to 1973, count them—and in all that time I never had a boss call me upstairs so that he could congratulate me for losing like a gentleman. “How you play the game” is for college boys. When you’re playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters. Show me a good loser in professional sports, and I’ll show you an idiot. Show me a sportsman, and I’ll show you a player I’m looking to trade to Oakland so that he can discuss his salary with that other great sportsman, Charley Finley.”

~ Legendary Baseball Manager Leo Durocher, Nice Guys Finish Last

If Joe Kyrillos overcomes the double digit lead that several polls give Bob Menendez in the U.S. Senate race over the next two weeks without going negative, he not only will be making political history, he will have transcended human nature and rewritten the “how to win an election as a challenger” campaign books.

As much as people complain about negative political ads, they are the only ads that work for a challenger or candidate behind in the polls. 

Vice President George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign is probably the most memorable political ad of all time.  It is arguably the most negative…and effective…as it propelled Bush to overcome a 17% deficit in the national polls and win the White House.

Kyrillos’ campaign has been complaining that the mainstream NJ media has not been covering the campaign enough.  That changed this weekend as The Star Ledger/NJ.com featured  Monmouth County’s senior state senator and the U.S. Senate campaign three times in the last two days.  NJTV’s Reporters Roundtable dedicated a third of this weekend’s show to the Senate race.

Yesterday Matt Friedman profiled Kyrillos in Meet Joe Kyrillos, a nice guy trying to unseat powerful US Senator Menendez.  Today, Salvador Rizzo wrote about how tame the the Senate campaign has been and Mark Bonamo also wrote a candidate profile wherein Kyrillos describes his “duty to run.”

If Joe K’s objective was to introduce himself to New Jersey as the nice guy that he truly is, his campaign is working.  If he’s out to beat Menendez, it does not appear to be working.  The predicate of the campaign was if Obama wins New Jersey by less that 10%, Kyrillos could beat Menendez.  Yet, based upon recent polls, Menendez is outperforming Obama in New Jersey.  Put another way, Kyrillos is under-performing Romney in New Jersey.

Even the jabs Kyrillos threw at Menendez in their three debates were nice.  His press releases leave the harsh quotes to his campaign manager.  His TV ads are nice.

If nice gets voters’ attention and overcomes a double digit deficit in the current New Jersey race, it will be a first.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: , , | 8 Comments »

New Kyrillos ad

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Kyrillos releases hard hitting web ad

It’s about time. I hope its not too late.

Thus far the Kyrillos campaign has been mealy mouthed against a very beatable incumbent. 

Let’s hope we see a shortened version of this video on television.  Soon.

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Final Senatorial Debate Airs This Morning

The final debate of the race between U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and State Senator Joe Kyrillos for a 6 year term in the U.S. Senate was taped for television yesterday afternoon.  It will air at 9:30 this morning on ABC in Philadelphia and at 11 on ABC in New York.  NorthJersey.com reports on the debate here.

NJ.com has an excellent write-up contrasting Menendez and Kyrillos by Matt Friedman and Jarrett Renshaw.

Kyrillos will be attending the 14th Dushahra Celebration in Edison this afternoon at 3:50.  This morning he makes a South Jersey swing, appearing at the Southern Jersey Jewish Coalition Brunch at the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel at 10:30.  At 11:20 he will be attending the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival before heading to Atlantic County for the Smithville Irish Festival at 1:20.

Governor Chris Christie will be campaigning with Kyrillos in Princeton tomorrow, 10:30am at the Princetonian Diner on Route 1.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Menendez, Chris Christie, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »