June 29, 2001

SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION EDITION

June 29, 2001

Names are listed in alphabetical order

Winners   Losers
     

ANONYMOUS

 

PAUL BANGIOLA

Bret Schundler’s opposition research director completely dissected Donnie D., piece by piece. And, did the same to Franks in rapid time. Internally, the campaign calls him “Darth Vader” and hasn’t publicly released his name.

 

The Morris County Democratic Chairman watches his handpicked candidate for Mayor of Morristown, one of the few Democratic bastions in a heavily Republican County, finish third in the primary.

ALAN ASHKINAZE

 

ED BLAKELY

The Bergen lawyer and FOB (Friend of Bret) spent years organizing Bergen and Morris Counties for Schundler.

 

Bob Franks’ media consultant is taking heat for a failed communications plan and advising Franks to run against McGreevey, not Schundler.

LARRY BATHGATE

 

COATTAILS

The GOP fundraiser was an early supporter of Schundler’s gubernatorial campaign and the godfather of his children.

 

Even though Bret Schundler upset the organizations, only his Middlesex running mates scored victories off the line.

PAUL CASTRONOVO

 

CWA LOCAL 1081

The Morris County lawyer and FOB is now a serious candidate for Congress after Schundler carried 39 of 39 towns despite Rod Frelinghuysen’s active support of Bob Franks.

 

The North Jersey labor union failed to stop Passaic County Democrats from nominating Jerry Speziale for Sheriff.

DICK CODEY

 

DALE FLORIO

The Senate Minority Leader bucks the Essex Democratic organization and gets two allies the nomination for State Assembly.

 

Bret Schundler, the GOP’s new standard bearer, doesn’t like party bosses or lobbyists.

DON DIFRANCESCO

 

BILL GORMLEY

The Acting Governor dropped out of a race which he clearly would have lost and saves himself the embarrassment of defeat.

 

The powerful Atlantic County Senator loses a key Freeholder race, and worries that the conservative trend in GOP primaries might deny him a U.S. Senate seat next year.

BILL DOWD

 

SHARPE JAMES

The Monmouth County GOP Chairman is the only party leader to publicly back Schundler for Governor.

 

The Newark Mayor/State Senator loses an intra-party battle when prot©g© Willie Brown is defeated for a State Senate seat by James rival Ron Rice.

STEVE FORBES

 

LOIS JOHNSON

The millionaire magazine publisher and possible ’02 Senate candidate serves as Schundler’s campaign chairman.

 

The Morris County GOP Chairwoman supports Franks, who gets 40% of the vote in Morris. Now the conservatives are gunning for her.

BILL GUHL

 

PETER KOTHARI

The onetime aide to Speaker Jack Collins scores major points as Schundler’s press secretary.

 

The Asian-Indian civic leader abandons his friend Jim McGreevey to run for Middlesex County Freeholder as a Republican, then loses the primary.

FRANK HOLMAN

 

JOE KYRILLOS (MAYBE)

The former Republican
State Chairman backed Schundler early and helped engineer an upset of the powerful Ocean GOP organization.

 

The Monmouth County State Senator became GOP State Chairman at the behest of DiFrancesco and Franks, but could lose his job if Schundler picks someone else.

EVAN KOZLOW

 

BILL MCCLINTOCK

The former DiFrancesco aide joined the Schundler campaign last summer and served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director.

 

The veteran political consultant moved direct mail for the Franks for Governor campaign.

MATT LEONARDO

 

BOB MCKERNAN

Schundler’s hands-on campaign consultant won rave reviews for his direct mail, TV and radio, and emerges as a political communications wunderkind.

 

Bob Franks’ media consultant couldn’t seem to produce a TV spot without the campaign staff re-writing it.

MOUNTAIN MEN

 

MODERATES

The group of conservative Republican legislators came aboard for Schundler and helped make a difference.

 

It seems that centrist Republicans are now at a disadvantage in GOP primaries as conservatives decide they’d rather win.

PAUL MULSHINE

 

ORGANIZATION

The Star-Ledger’s conservative columnist helped lay out the argument against Bob Franks, seemingly on a daily basis.

 

It’s not all about the line anymore. Now it’s message, message, message!

BILL PASCOE

 

DAVID SACKETT

The Washington political operative came to New Jersey as Schundler’s campaign manager and de facto Communications Director.

 

Bob Franks’ pollster was part of team that watched Franks blow a 22-point lead in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

RIGHT TO LIFE

 

GUY TALARICO

Pro-Life New Jerseyans became energized by Schundler’s campaign and worked non-stop to make him their nominee.

 

The GOP Assemblyman loses his seat after a nasty campaign against two colleagues.

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

WALTER TIMPONE

Supporters of the second amendment came out in full force to help Schundler win.

 

The Passaic County Election Monitor accused a Passaic police officer of ethnic slurs, but he mistakenly named a cop who wasn’t even on the scene.

CANDY STRAIGHT

 

JIM TREFFINGER

Bob Franks’ campaign finance chair raised $2.2 million in just eight weeks — an amazing feat.

 

He started with Schundler and after changing his mind nine times, he wound up with Franks.

     
June 29, 2001