Cracks in the base

Joseph Tomanelli, a conservative activist from Bergen County who heads the New Jersey Republican Assembly, has withdrawn his endorsement of GOP gubernatorial candidate Douglas Forrester, citing a TV commercial from former Governor Thomas Kean touting Forrester’s moderate, pro-choice credentials and a letter from former Governor Christine Todd Whitman criticizing conservative extremism in the Republican Party. Tomanelli, who backed Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan in the GOP primary, had originally asked conservatives to vote for Forrester. But Tomanelli surely does not speak for every conservative Republican: a less-than-thrilled Lonegan still has a Forrester for Governor lawn sign in front of his home. Editor’s Note: Tomanelli also criticizes Forrester for hiring Sherry Sylvester as his Campaign Director because she once worked for New York City Mayor David Dinkins. But Sylvester was also the spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party in 2004 — George W. Bush’s home state and among the reddest in the nation.

Cracks in the base