You can tell I’m already in MDW vacation mode, Save Jerseyans, because I forgot to mention Anthony Wilkinson (R-NJ06) in this post, a prominent Central Jersey black attorney who is taking on Frank “Monkey Court” Pallone this cycle. I met him several weeks ago and he’s VERY impressive. We’ll be talking more about all three candidates in the coming months… you can bet on it…
There’s sooo much wrong with the New Jersey Republican Party right now, Save Jersey, not the least of which is the lack of ability (or will?) to transition to promoting candidates of tomorrow as the Christie years march/stumble/slide – depending on your perspective – to an inevitable conclusion.
Giving Cory Booker a de facto pass in 2014 is disgustingly wrong enough. The latest outrage? For all of the bellyaching we typically hear from GOP leadership-types about the need for “diversity” in our ranks, they’re completely ignoring the presence of both a female medical doctor AND a black sports/media star in the Republican column running in open seat districts this cycle.
Blue districts? You bet.
But if it’s a Republican wave year, folks, Dr. Alieta Eck and former Eagle Garry Cobb could outperform expectations and grow the party in the process. Eck is a smart woman with a great story to tell and a solid start to her campaign organization notwithstanding superficially long odds. She might be able to take advantage of the aftermath of a bruising Democrat primary. Cobb’s start has been admittedly much shakier but, for what it’s worth, he probably has at least $1 million worth of built-in name recognition from his years on the professional gridiron and Delaware Valley media outlets. No small thing! Even when you’re challenging a well-oiled machine.
Shame on our state’s GOP establishment should they choose, as I suspect, to squander these opportunities in favor of… what exactly is the alternative strategy again?
Assuming there ever was a Plan B?
Oh well. Let’s do what we always do, Save Jerseyans: do the best we can to spread the word with or without their help…
Alieta Eck (R-NJ12)
Garry Cobb (R-NJ01)