If Inzerillo stays, look for McMorrow to bolt

There is much disarray among Democrats in Monmouth County, where the party organization has withdrawn their support of Freeholder candidate Leonard Inzerillo. Under pressure to drop out of the race so that Democrats can replace him on their ticket, local sources say that Inzerillo seems intent on running anyway — even without the backing of County Chairman Victor Scudiery. If he insists on remaining in the race, there is nothing Democrats can do to remove the winner of their primary. But if Inzerillo stays, it appears that Democrats will lose their other candidate, former Freehold Councilwoman Barbara McMorrow. McMorrow ran in 2005 and came within just 1,792 votes of winning in a race where the spoiler was a Green Party candidate who — with the support of the Asbury Park Press — won 18,698 votes. McMorrow seems to believe that she can not win if Inzerillo is on the ticket with her and has reportedly told party leaders that she will drop out if they can’t find a more suitable running mate for her. McMorrow could also emerge as a candidate for the State Assembly in the 12th district next year, running with Democratic incumbents Ellen Karcher and Michael Panter. Editor’s note: McMorrow told PoliticsNJ.com after the original post that she intends to remain in the race, with or without Inzerillo on the ticket.

“With 89 days remaining, I am committed to spending every one of them making sure the residents of Monmouth know that I will be their voice in county government come November 7th. To the contrary of the article that was posted on Inside Edge, I do not now nor have I ever believed that I cannot win if Lenny is on the ticket nor did I tell party leaders that I will drop out if they can’t find a more suitable running mate. In addition, I would like to make it clear that I have absolutely no intention or desire to seek or accept the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 12th district next year. This campaign, without Lenny, is well underway. Beverly and I have been actively campaigning for weeks and continue to do so at this moment. Our commitment to this campaign is nothing less than 110%.”

If Inzerillo stays, look for McMorrow to bolt