We are sad to report that Shiloh Borough’s Republican Mayor Harold Davis passed away on Friday, February 20th, Save Jerseyans, at age 65.
Mayor Davis reportedly suffered from a condition known as thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension which negatively affects blood flow through the lungs. He had served his tiny 500+ person community for over 30 years.
Davis’s 3rd term as mayor wasn’t set to expire until next December.
“We were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of Harold Davis. He always put his community first,” Cumberland GOP Chairman Bob Greco shared in a Saturday statement. “Serving Shiloh was not about politics to him, it was truly about community service.”
Assemblyman-elect Sam Fiocchi (R-1) was the NJ GOP’s silver-lining, Save Jerseyans, on an Election Night 2013 devoid of any other down-ballot legislative successes.
I recently visited South Jersey’s newest legislator to get an idea of what he plans to do next:
Sheppard: Sam, let me ask you, right off the bat, how did it feel to win?
Fiocchi:Well, it certainly was a bittersweet victory. It’s great to win, you know this was my second try. I was hoping, actually, I was pretty confident, I thought my running mate Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt on the Senate side and Kristine Gabor on the Assembly side, that they were going to win as well, but it just didn’t work out that way. But I was certainly elated, it feels great, and I’m looking forward to the job in Trenton.
I still don’t think he’s quite earned the right to refer to himself in the third person. I’m not sure anyone is sufficiently cool to get away with that! But state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) tried it anyway in a new interview with Shore News:
“But I don’t think he wants to work with Sen. Van Drew,” Van Drew said.
In South Jersey, the GOP has no one to blame but ourselves. Before the election of 2013 was over and right after the last vote was cast, it seemed everyone wanted to point a finger at Gov Christie for our losses. From his picture with Obama to the endless photo ops for all those sudden ground breakings in our area, everyone wanted to blame someone else for blowing a great opportunity to gain seats.
The reality is, when you run for office, the only person you better count on to get the job done is yourself. Of course a candidate cannot win any election without help from many, many others. All politics are local and local is where any election needs to start.
Running for office at the state level, as I and my running mates Niki Trunk and Bob Vanderslice just did, requires the type of money, volunteers and town by town, county by county coordination that fell short this year. This isn’t to place blame. I’m simply pointing out what’s painfully clear. We stated early on, publicly, that if we fail to win our seats, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Save Jerseyans, you might have noticed I have been quiet on the election front this cycle in my neck of the woods.
Some people have asked me if my silence was due to fear of the vindictive Democrats incumbents trying to hold onto their seats (Troopergate anyone?).
Please, I don’t fear bullies. Those who have read the few posts I have had time to write know that the real reason is that I unable to post is because I have been buried under the horrendous, job killing, money sucking, rights trampling, Democrat darling monstrosity known as Obamacare.
And those who have read my posts in the past know that I am a nerd who loves to dust off his double major from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and analyze the hell out of stuff. And this year, in the hotly contested LD1 race, where polling shows that JOBS are the number one concern in the District, I was looking forward to getting my nerd on by putting each ticket’s job plan through my Hoya Saxa inspired analysis then comparing and contrasting them.
Nerdvanna! I hit a snag, however. Only one ticket actually has a plan! Nerdvanna denied…
Governor Chris Christie is starting to appear in ads for politicians who aren’t him, Save Jerseyans. Check out what’s up on the air down in the hotly-contested First Legislative District:
There types of ads don’t get cut without the express consent of the Governor’s inner circle. The Governor will personally visit Vineland (Cumberland County) and Ocean City (Cape May County), two of LD1′s largest and most electorally critical towns, to campaign with the Republican candidates during the final week push as part of his dramatically-expansive 90 stop bus tour. Bottom line: his people think the LD1 assembly seats are very winnable or, if you prefer to look at things the other way around, that “Arrogant” Nelson Albano is extremely vulnerable.
Want to know more about Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi? I interviewed them earlier in October. Click here for the audio.
We’re continuing our whirlwind interview tour around the Garden State, Save Jerseyans, with Election 2013 less than two weeks away and Democrat special interests spending huge money to defeat legislative Republican challengers.
Here’s my interview with LD1 GOP Assembly candidate Kristine Gabor (R-Cape May) and Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland), the pair who is trying to retire Arrogant Albano:
Click here to watch our interview with their senatorial running mate, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt.
In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):
OK folks, obviously the biggest news from Wednesday night’s election results is that we are sending another unqualified Democrat to Washington DC. But since we have another election in a few weeks, its time to suck it up and play through the pain.
District 1 composes all of Cape May County, three towns from Atlantic County and most of Cumberland County. Unfortunately for us, only Cape May County currently provides election results broken down by town, so this analysis includes some guestimating…
Efforts by Sweeney’s caucus to hold up the Fenimore legislation has been a regular avenue of attack for this year’s LD3 Republican slate which includes Freeholders Larry Wallace (R-Gloucester) and Bob Vanderslice (R-Salem), candidates for Assembly.