Will Murphy build a big tent in Morris?

Morris County Republicans have only lost once in a countywide election — back in 1973 when Democrat Douglas Romaine won a Freeholder seat in the midst of the Watergate scandal. That gives them some room for optimism that they won’t have too much trouble holding the seats of two Freeholders who announced this week that they would not seek re-election in 2006. But one political pundit who does work for both parties had an interesting take that’s worth at least reprinting: that Freeholder John Murphy, a likely candidate for Governor in 2009, should use his political clout in Morris County to help the GOP, which has lost the last two gubernatorial elections and the last ten U.S. Senate races, to help expand the Republican base by promoting Black and Latino candidates for countywide office. New Jersey Republicans have only one minority county elected official: Aubrey Fenton, an African American who was elected Burlington County Freeholder in 2005.

Will Murphy build a big tent in Morris?