There’s nothing like an election In March.
Six CD-11 congressional candidates have spent the last month visiting GOP clubs all over Morris County seeking the coveted blessing of the county’s Republican committee.
This is a big deal.
Whoever secures the endorsement at the committee’s Friday night convention will be in line to carry the GOP’s banner against Mikie Sherrill this fall.
Here is a snapshot look at the six men (yes they are all men) running in alphabetical order.
Toby Anderson: He says he is an “outsider” and takes pride in that. The obvious problem is that county committee members are “insiders” by definition. Anderson has released the most detailed response to
the Russian invasion of Ukraine – a 13-point plan of action.
Larry Casha: This could be the “last dance” for Casha, a veteran activist who has sought a number of offices over the years without success. This time around, he is relying on his experience and contacts, noting an endorsement from Bill Palatucci, a national Republican committeeman from New Jersey.
Paul DeGroot: A retired prosecutor from Passaic County, he already has that county’s endorsement in the bank. As for trying to woo Morris, DeGroot has been more vocal than his competitors in issuing releases condemning Sherrill. We will see if looking ahead is a good strategy.
Larry Friscia: He has joked at candidates’ night that he doesn’t have a “wife or a life.” But what he’s proud of is his knowledge of complex issues. To that end, he always asked committee members to call him to discuss whatever was on their minds. Hopefully, some did. Issues are important, you know.
Robert Kovic: Probably a long shot. Kovic lives outside the district in Sussex County; he stayed in the CD-11 race despite being redistricted out of it. He has trumpeted an endorsement from Michael Flynn. Hard to see that doing much good.
Tayfun Selen: Talks about his “compelling” story; coming to the US from Turkey and getting a job pumping gas. He also has raised the most money, according to FEC reports. All is not rosy. Assemblyman Jay Webber has criticized him for a past campaign associate. Selen also is not universally popular in the Chathams, his home base.
As for Sherrill, she plans an official campaign kickoff next week.