Upper Township Committeeman Frank Conrad has dropped his bid for State Assembly in the first district – where Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland) are considered the most vulnerable incumbents in the Legislature. Conrad is citing business and person reasons, but sources strongly suggest that a key reason for ending his Assembly bid is that he could not get along with his running mate, Mike Donohue, or his campaign manager, Peg Emberger.
Donahue has endorsed Ocean City GOP Municipal Chairman John McCann, a former Cape May County Board of Realtors president, to replace Conrad on the GOP ticket. But McCann does not yet have a lock on a special GOP convention that must be held to pick a new candidate. Norris Clark, who ran with Donohue in 2007, is reportedly considering a run.