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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New Jersey Senate Race – Kean Leads Menendez

The latest Rasmussen poll, conducted on August 28, has Tom Kean leading Bob Menendez 44 percent to 39 percent. Last week’s Fairleigh Dickinson poll also favored Kean by a similar margin.

"New Jersey is considered a deeply blue state and this is a Democratic year. Menendez ought to be well ahead," said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, who is weighing whether to move the Kean-Menendez race from "leans Democratic" to "tossup" on his online political prediction site.

That is a move fellow handicapper Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report made several months ago.

"It's simply a combination of an appointed senator, a less-than-popular governor who appointed him, a Republican with a good name and a Republican who has one of the hot issues of the cycle, which is ethics," Rothenberg said.

"If this was simply a way for New Jersey voters to send a message about corruption, I would write Menendez off today," Sabato said.
Who knows, maybe New Jerseyans will want to send a multipart message - No to unethical politicians, no to tax increases, no to amnesty and government benefits for illegal aliens and no to surrendering to Islamic fascists.


At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't you read the news that Kean also favors surrendering to Islamofascists? Let's face it, Kean is a RINO. That makes him worse than a Democrat.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Look anonymous, if that IS your real name, but that is not true at all and you know it. You show me anything at any point in time that would even elude to such an accusation.

Sen. Kean acknowledges that there have been mistakes made in Iraq just as there have been in every war ever faught in our history. He firmly believes that defeating the Syrian and Iranian funded insurgents in Iraq is the most crucial battle in our ongoing war on terror. Unlike Bob Menendez who wants to adopt John Kerry's cut and run surrender plan in Iraq which would give Iran a free pass to invade and conquer Iraq, giving madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad carte blanche in the Middle East which would put Israel in grave danger.

If you are really a Republican,(which I seriously doubt) you would be willing to put certain differecnes aside and do what's best for New Jersey and the country as a whole by electing Tom Kean Jr. to the US Senate, If you are willing to cut off your nose to spite your face and allow a crooked Hudson County Party Boss like Bob Menendez to remain a Senator, that quite frankly it is YOU that is worse than a democrat!

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you know, Little Tom Kean has joined Bob Menendez, Howard Dean, and moveon.org in calling for Rumsfeld's ouster. When a "Republican" like Kean talks like that, it does far more harm than when it comes from a partisan Dem.

This, unfortunately, is typical of Little Tom Kean. Like his father, he is a RINO to the core. If you honestly feel that we need another Lincoln Chafee, then knock yourself out and vote for him. But don't kid yourself and think you are somehow advancing conservative principles while doing so.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

We are more concerned with advancing the United States and New Jersey. That's why we are supporting Kean.

As to conservative principles, which ones will Menendez be advancing? We've reviewed Kean's policy positions and his record - he's no Lincoln Chafee. Which positions has Kean taken that places him in the RINO category in your mind?

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that Sen. Kean has 85% of his Republican base in his corner. This means that of the 25% that supported John Ginty in the primary, 10% out of that 25 are in Sen. Kean's corner. Kean has a very solid Republican base as opposed to Menendez who has 70% of his base which is down from 77% in the last Rasmussen poll.

I am a conservative as well and I'll be damned if I'm going to just sit back and let Boss Bob be elected to a full six year Senate term.

Write in John Ginty if you wish Anonymous, at least it won't be a vote for Menendez....unless you're really a lib.

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dino: I can assure you that I am a conservative. I am pleased to hear that you are, too. Hopefully in future elections we'll have a conservative nominee we can all support.

Enlighten: To answer your question, a few of Kean's positions come immediately to mind:

1) His refusal to seriously address out-of-control federal spending, evidenced by his refusal to endorse the RSC budget.

2) His initial support for amnesty for illegals. He only reversed his position after coming under fire from John Ginty in the primary.

3) His support for abortion rights.

4) His enthusiastic support for taxpayer-financed embryonic stem-cell research, proving he is not only anti-life, he is no fiscal conservative either.

5) His call for Rumsfeld to step down, taking exception to the defense secretary's characterization of the anti-war left as modern-day appeasers.

6) His failure to differentiate himself from his liberal father, as well as his close association with other RINO politicians, at national and state levels.

7) His support for McCain-Feingold, which severely restricts freedom of political speech. National Review Online has referred to McCain-Feingold the "worst bill ever."

8) His opposition to off-shore drilling, as well as his opposition to opening up part of ANWR for drilling.

9) His support for Kyoto-style mandatory caps on "greenhouse" emmisions.

10) His refusal to be seen with Dick Cheney at his own fundraiser, followed by his lame, insulting excuse that he was "stuck in traffic."

I'm sure I could offer more examples, if I were to do a little Googling on him.

I remain convinced that Kean would only serve as the left's "useful idiot" in the U.S. Senate. Moreover, a Kean victory would appear to vindicate the RINO nostrum that only a "moderate" (read: liberal) can win in New Jersey. That would only solidify the RINO hold over our state party, and our state would continue its downward, leftward drift. Former Governors Kean and Whitman have done as much, if not more, harm to our state than Florio, McGreevey, and Corzine have. The RINO's have got to go. Our state party needs to start offering voters "a choice, not an echo." Until then, I'm done voting for Republicans who might as well be Democrats.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

All anybody would have to do is got to Sen Kean's Website to refute your accusations.

I'm sure that you also don't agree with everything that President Bush does either just as I don't. I am still however, more than proud to support our Commander In Chief.

Republicans, conservative or moderate, shouldn't take their ball and go home just because a Republican candidate is not in lockstep with every single Republican. We can't always agree on everything all of the time.

We had a Primary and New Jersey
Republicans made their choice unanimously. Now it's time to rally around Sen. Kean and see to it that we keep Bob Menendez as far away from Congress as possible.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...


Pardon our skepticism, but do you have links to backup the list of positions you claim Kean has taken or would take? In any event, we have always been more practical than partisan.

This senate race is between Kean and Menendez, why get your knickers in a knot over something you can’t control? There’s a huge difference between Kean and Menendez on a variety of major issues from supporting the GWOT to taxes.

Take a look at the big picture and tell us what nostrums will be validated if Menendez wins? For some reason we get the feeling you have and thus explains the purpose of your comments.

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some of the links you requested...


Kean, Menendez Think Alike On Immigration
May 9, 2006
Josh Golke, Trenton Bureau, The Record

"Illegal immigration seems like the sort of divisive issue that might underscore the substantial policy differences separating a pair of political candidates.

"But after Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Kean Jr. outlined his views on the subject Monday, the undramatic upshot was that he and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez more or less agree."


Kean Migrates to Bush's Right
May 18, 2006
Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger

"What happened to make Kean change his mind? Well, he's got a primary opponent, John Ginty, who has been hammering him on illegal immigration."






G.O.P. Hopeful Says Rumsfeld Should Resign
September 3, 2006
David Chen, New York Times

"State Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr., the Republican nominee for United States Senate in New Jersey, says he is so frustrated with the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq that he is pushing for something that few Republicans have supported: the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld."



Will Race Turn Into Referendum On Bush?
September 8, 2006
Jersey Journal

"New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. says he's pro-choice, favors embryonic stem cell research and is against drilling for oil in the Alaskan wilderness."



Off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
Kean for U.S. Senate Press Release

"Unlike President Bush, I don’t believe we need to drill our way to energy independence."



"Yes, he makes a clean break with Cheney on the environment. Kean opposes oil drilling in Alaska, and backs mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gases."

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