TOMS RIVER, NJ – Republicans across America are working overtime this year to support their local candidates for Congress in order to flip the House of Representatives and remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Pelosi has an ally in Ocean County in the name of Andy Kim. Kim, a radical, left-wing Congressman who operated a liberal revolutionary website, Rise Above prior to running for Congress is vulnerable in 2020. Kim barely defeated Republican Tom MacArthur two years ago and most national political pundits say the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District is a winnable race for the party.
Except, local county GOP Chairman Frank Holman has been sabotaging Republican David Richter’s campaign. Holman and his allies, New Jersey Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, Freeholder Virginia Haines, 74, and Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill have been making phone calls to party officials, committee members and holders of public patronage jobs to not attend any of Richter’s fundraisers.
Holman and the entire Ocean County Republican Committee executive staff, minus Barbara Lanuto boycotted the party’s own fundraiser for Richter. No county or state elected officials showed up to the event after being warned by Holman not to attend. In two subsequent fundraisers in which Richter was the honoree in Ocean County, the boycott continued. Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari was the lone Freeholder to attend a recent event in Berkeley. Vicari said he was told by Holman and Haines not to go, but he did anyway to show support for the Berkeley Republican Club, which has also been black-listed by Holman and for David Richter.
This week, Richter secured the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump. Richter said he hopes the Trump endorsement puts any problems in Ocean County to rest. The root of those problems is an ongoing feud between Holman and former Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore. Gilmore after losing power in 2019 has been a rising star once again in Republican circles. Many in the party view Gilmore as the chairman of the party when Holman leaves New Jersey for weeks at a time to hunt vermin out west.
Holman has forged a political alliance with Monmouth County GOP Chairman Shaun Golden which he hopes to use to control the governor’s race in 2021.
In a recent letter to Republicans, Holman omitted David Richter’s campaign when identifying the list of supported candidates by the county. Now with Trump’s endorsement, the ball is in Holman’s court. He can continue to whine on the playground and complain about his arch-nemesis, Gilmore or he can start being the county chairman and organize formal and effective support for Richter.
If Richter loses and the party loses Congress by one or two seats in November, the responsibility for the national loss could be on the head of the aging chairman here at the Jersey Shore who puts more time into hunting rabbits and other vermin than he does helping his party win critical elections. It’s probably why the RNC snubbed Holman as a delegate at the 2020 national convention, instead choosing Gilmore’s wife Joanne for the spot.