By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal was once considered a real up-and-comer in state Democrat political circles.
Election 2014 demonstrated that he’s more accurately described as ambitious-and-possible? Certainly not down-and-out, granted, but the wheels have absolutely come off of his Democrat county insurgency. The GOP freeholder slate swept to victory with better than 8,000 votes separating second place finisher Lillian Burry and Democrat challenger Larry Luttrell.
Chairmen who want to win would spend December mending fences, recruiting candidate and raising money. Gopal? According to NJ.com’s The Auditor, Save Jerseyans, he’s plotting a second Assembly run in LD11. “Considering” it is the political equivalent of thirsty/hungry/striving for a bid.
“The Democratic freeholder candidates won the district by more than 3,000 votes,” Gopal told The Auditor. “It just shows that there is a lack of trust in Republican elected officials in that district.”
Gopal fell short of taking down Casagrande by better than 3,000 in 2011.
Similarly, in 2015, defeating either or both Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande will take more than playing off of alleged trust issues. Vin would need midterm (or maybe even presidential cycle) turnout in an off-cycle year without any big-ticket, up-ballot race to drive Democrat turnout in Asbury Park and Neptune.
Possible? Hell, Maryland just elected a Republican Governor. It’s an amazing world.
But I wouldn’t bet on it.
Were I walking in Vin’s shoes? I’d respect the math and focus on a more useful endeavor for his hobbled and humbled organization… like recruiting a county-wide candidate who doesn’t flip out on old ladies.