One week after losing two Freeholder seats, a group of county and state Democratic officials from Bergen County met last night to protect the status quo and unite – at least for now – behind the re-election of all incumbents in 2010, including Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian. Democrats are anxious to hold off discussions about a possible replacement for Kasparian, who is unlikely to run again, until they figure out who they have to replace him.
Publicly, elected officials want Bergen County Executive Dennis C. McNerney, Sheriff Leo McGuire, and Freeholders James Carroll, Tomas Padilla and Elizabeth Calabrese to seek re-election. But privately, Democrats sense that McNerney, a protégé of convicted former Democratic leader Joseph Ferriero, could lose his bid for re-election to a third term. And if McNerney loses, Democratic control of the Board of Freeholders could also be in jeopardy. McGuire is anxious to run for County Executive, but he won't do it unless McNerney steps down first.
Democrats want Republicans to go first and pick a candidate before they decide if they want to pull the incumbent.