New Jersey Veterans for McCain will hold a rally tonight in Carlstadt, but Bergen County GOP Chairman and U.S. Navy veteran Bob Yudin has been left off the guest list. Yudin seemed to annoy some Republicans last week when he named former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano, an Essex County resident, as the Bergen County campaign coordinator for the Republican ticket headed by John McCain. DiGaetano is in a bitter feud with State Sen. Kevin O’Toole, an early McCain supporter who represents part of Bergen County in the State Senate – and is also the Essex County Democratic Chairman. Yudin has unsuccessfully sought to get Douglas Doyle, a politically active Bergen County lawyer, named as the McCain county coordinator.
Yudin and DiGaetano have been discussing a possible primary challenge in the 40th district next year against incumbent Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana. Doyle is a possible candidate. Russo and Rumana, the Passaic County GOP Chairman, is closely allied with O’Toole.
O’Toole will be at the event tonight, along with Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan and U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer.