TOMS RIVER, NJ – Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman, one of New Jersey’s most notorious pay-to-play swamp creatures, earning over $6,000,000 annually in public contracts has once again snubbed U.S. Republican Congressional Candidate David Richter. Richter’s campaign is viewed by the RNC and even the DCCC as one of the most contested races in America, vital to the Republican Party taking back Congress this November.
Holman however has other plans, to show David Richter who the boss is in Ocean County. Richter, a Jewish Republican was given an ultimatum by Holman last week, pledge his allegiance to Holman, and do not attend any other Republican fundraisers in Ocean County. This came after Richter announced that he would accept an invitation to attend a fundraiser held in his honor by the Southern Ocean County Conservative Republican PAC, a PAC Holman claims is allied with former Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore.
Earlier this year, Holman, according to insiders was irate when the Republican National Committee chose Gilmore’s wife Joanne to be a delegate and not Holman, to represent the state of New Jersey at the Republican National Convention. Insiders at the RNC point towards Holman’s anti-Jewish underlings as the determining factor behind Holman’s omission. President Donald J. Trump has been a strong supporter of Israel and the American Jewish community. Holman and his political underlings, including Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, Jackson Township Committee Chairwoman Clara Glory and Jackson GOP President Todd Porter have been under fire from the RNC due to anti-Semitic comments made by Glory and Porter against Jews. Reina is also facing a Department of Justice investigation for his handling of Jewish civil rights in Jackson. Holman failed to take a leadership role with the local Jackson club which was condemned by the RNC and the NJ Republican Party.
Now, insiders say Holman is at odds with Jewish business owner David Richter, evidenced by Richter’s omission in an email letter Holman sent to party members today.
“With President Trump leading our ticket and our outstanding County candidates, Freeholder Joe Vicari and County Clerk Scott Calabella[sic] on the ballot, we are in an excellent position now that the campaign has started in earnest. Indeed, the Democrats are not even challenging us in 15 of 24 municipal races,” Holman wrote. “Only Ocean County could cause the national media to report on election night that Cory Booker is in danger of losing to Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate. Let’s get our ballots in early.”
Holman did not mention Richter or ask for his party members to support Richter. Richter is now running in a dead heat with his opponent Andy Kim, but with Holman abandoning his party’s candidate, a sold-out fundraiser is being held for Richter Saturday morning in Ocean County. Holman, Freeholder Virginia Haines and Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill have been making calls urging and even threatening Republican donors not to attend Richter’s fundraising breakfast. Holman and his upper echelon in the Republican Party is now, seemingly undermining the Congressional candidate.
Claiming the Southern Ocean County Conservative Republican PAC is undermining county GOP fundraising efforts, Holman said, “In the strongest possible terms, I implore you not to participate in his events or donate to the SOC-R PAC.”
According to campaign finance reports, the SOC-R PAC has donated to Ocean County Republican political campaigns. Last year, the PAC contributed to the victory campaign of New Jersey State Senator Michael Testa. The SOC-R PAC even donated $2,600 to Holman’s Ocean County Republican Organization, but Holman later returned the check. This year, the PAC attempted to buy a sponsorship at one of the chairman’s fundraising events, but Holman refused to sell the PAC a sponsorship opportunity.
With Holman’s snub of Richter and true conservative Republicans who are raising money for Richter, Holman has essentially just endorsed liberal Democrat Andy Kim for Congress in 2020.
Holman was unavailable for comment as he has left New Jersey for another one of his wild-west hunting trips in Kansas after send his party the message to boycott Richter’s fundraiser on Saturday.
A spokesman for the SOC-R PAC thanked Holman for the success of the event tomorrow because many in the party would like to come out and support David Richter for Congress, despite Holman’s threats and warnings.