Sunday, February 22, 2015

How To Primary Pallone - And Win (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here

By Ernesto Cullari

Be honest, your life couldn’t possibly get worse as a New Jersey resident if Frank Pallone Jr. weren’t your Congressman. It might even get better. The cost of living in Jersey is stifling. I don’t have to tell you that it’s hard to make ends meet. Most young Americans live paycheck to paycheck, just not our politicians in Washington. To make matters worse, we get back a measly 61 cents per tax dollar paid, while many red states get as much or more than what they’ve paid into the system. We get all the bang, but no buck.

If you’re a principled Democrat that thinks Obamacare is too costly a burden for Americans, if you think that Amnesty for Illegals is both suppressing wages and stealing jobs from able-bodied Americans and if you think that you can do better than who we have representing us in D.C. then you should consider a primary against Pallone. He’s been there more than 20 years and we have nothing to show for it. I have the expertise to help you win, but we have less than a year to put together a formidable political team.

Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone might be a nice guy, yet he is vulnerable to a primary because of his ineffectiveness as a representative and because of his corrupt behavior while in office. Democratic voters and New Jersey residents deserve a more honorable candidate.

At the height of the recession when most Americans were hurting financially because their hours were slashed, their incomes declined and the cost of their healthcare premiums rose, Pallone used his power to help his wife Sarah get a cushy six figure job at the EPA. After he helped himself he then helped the wealthy donor class. According to a recent NJ Advance Media analysis of Federal Election Commission reports, most of the money that went to Congressional candidates from New Jersey –a Blue state, came from individuals and political action committees outside of New Jersey. In fact almost $6 of every $10 in campaign cash of more than $200 went to lawmakers like Pallone.

Pallone claims that campaign cash doesn’t influence his votes. The New York Times disagrees with Democratic Congressman Pallone. Shortly after receiving thousands of dollars in campaign cash from ReGen Biologics, Inc., a medical device company, Pallone pressured the FDA to approve their technology. In 2009 the NYT reported that, “The Food and Drug Administration said… that four New Jersey congressmen and its own former commissioner unduly influenced the process that led to its decision last year to approve a patch for injured knees, an approval it is now revisiting.” The FDA described the pressure they received from Pallone as “extreme,” and “unusual.”

Frank Pallone is a politician that can be bought for cheap. He is the embodiment of corruption and as a result he’s politically weak. He can be beaten. He talks as if he represents the middle class, but the bounty of evidence suggests that he is in the pocket of out of state donors and not Jersey shore voters.

Defeating Pallone is a noble task that is more easily done by a Democrat. New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District is so gerrymandered that it simply favors a Democratic candidate. In order to win, a candidate will either need to come to the table with $500,000 or that much money will need to be raised to finance a formidable primary. After selecting the right campaign staff, a calendar and a ground game will need to be established, with a clear plan on how to contact voters. A door-to-door campaign will need to be drawn up and voters will need to be called, which should include a massive get out the vote drive –my expertise. Democratic committee people, Democratic voters who have voted in the last four elections and Independents who can switch to vote in a primary will need to be contacted. If you’re a Democrat, willing to step up for your country against Frank Pallone then I will help you do it - to win.

How to Primary Frank Pallone – And Win (Part 1)

By Ernesto Cullari

Dynamic job markets are healthy job markets, benefiting both employers and employees. If you can start at the bottom and work your way up in a company then you will create opportunities for the people below you and you will increase value and profitability for all those you serve professionally.

If this universal maxim of dynamic markets works in the private sector then it certainly works in the Federal Government, where a legislator like Frank Pallone has occupied the same job for over 25 years. He has brought little value back to our Congressional District. In fact, New Jersey ranks near the bottom of all 50 states when it comes to receiving our tax money back from Washington. The Garden State gets about sixty cents back for every $1 bill we send to D.C. A change in Congressional leadership would help NJ taxpayers where it matters most – the pocket book.

In contrast Red States like Alabama, which receives $1.66 per tax dollar paid, North Dakota which garners $1.68, West Virginia gets back $1.76, Louisiana, hauls in $1.78, Alaska, $1.84 and Mississippi with $2.02 - all far surpass NJ in value for tax dollars paid back to its citizens. Clearly the people of cash strapped Monmouth and Middlesex counties have much to gain by getting rid of Frank Pallone.

Hence, if you’re a Democrat with principles and ambition Pallone is vulnerable and can be defeated in a primary. I would be willing to help any Democrat challenger formulate a game plan and raise the money necessary to send Pallone into retirement.

Now before you succumb to the notion that I am being a strict Republican ideologue, let me remind you that I recently cautioned Republican Congressman Chris Smith that if he voted for the $1 trillion dollar CR bill that both partially funds Obama’s Executive Amnesty for illegal aliens and for a time funds Obamacare then I would support a primary challenger against him in 2016. I place principle before party. Congressman Smith was one of the sane lawmakers that fought the bloated spending bill. Pallone was not on the side of taxpayers. He voted for the bill.

While the election is just under two years away, you have less than one year to put a primary team in place. Aside from the legal things that must be handled, like forming a committee with the FEC and getting the required signatures to be on the ballot there are practical intraparty things that must be done behind the scenes as well. An important task to be performed is meeting the town chairs and committee people that would be voting for or against you in a convention.

While I’m not certain of the Democratic Party’s local convention or committee rules, any challenge waged against Pallone would first be screened by the members of Monmouth County’s Democratic Party and then the same process would have to happen in Middlesex County. A serious challenger would need to spend the next year meeting all the decision makers and kingmakers in each town of the 6th District.

When I ran for Congress, one of the first steps I took was to put together a competent team of campaign staffers. I chose all college kids with volunteer time spent with other campaigns under their belts, some experienced professional staffers from the state party and a few key consultants. It’s like putting together any other board or foundation: pick people of integrity and passion that have skill sets that fit both your long term and short-term goals. Once you select them, hold them accountable, but don’t micromanage them.

While we lost our race, my staffers have gone on to work behind the scenes on some of New Jersey’s most competitive races, with plenty of great results.

Read Part 2 here

Monday, April 21, 2014

Frank Pallone's campaign running on E

Congressman Frank Pallone's (NJ-6, Monmouth and Middlesex) once formidable campaign war chest of roughly $4 million is down to less than $1 million according hislatest report to the Federal Election Commission.

New Jersey's senior Democratic congressman, Pallone spent $3,778,155 in the Special U.S. Senate Primary last summer in his bid to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. He lost that primary to then Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Pallone reported $938,472 cash on hand in his congressional campaign account as of March 31, 2014.  He raised $200,449.64 in the first quarter of this year and disbursed #338,450.67.  $60, 645 remains in his senate campaign account.

The $938,472 that Pallone reports on hand may be inflated by illegal contributions. A cursory examination of his most recent quarterly report reveals $14,200 in contributions from individuals during the current election cycle that exceed the legal limit of $2600 per election.

Anthony Wilkinson, the presumptive GOP nominee to challenge Pallone this fall did not declare his candidacy with the FEC until April 4. As such he did not raise campaign funds in the first quarter.  His first campaign fundraising report will be due in July for the second quarter.

Of incumbent New Jersey Members of Congress, Pallone now ranks third in campaign cash on hand. Republican Scott Garrett of NJ-5 (Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren) reported $2,908,244 on hand.  Frank LoBiondo, R-NJ-2 (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties) has $1,276,930 on hand.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The real reason why Frank Pallone is mad

You probably saw the video of Congressman Frank Pallone ranting and raving like a lunatic at a House hearing this morning regarding the Affordable Care Act (a bill that he was the mastermind of) and the security of the private information of those enrolling.

I believe the whole incident was staged and this is why. Pallone recently had a failed bid for the Democratic primary regarding the open U.S. Senate seat here in New Jersey. For years Pallone has planned and dreamed of becoming a United States Senator During that time he built up a substantial warchest of about $4 million. When he announced his bid for United States Senate he transferred the majority of that money into his senatorial account.

Unfortunately for Pallone the battle was much more intense then he thought. After receiving a devastating blow from now US Sen. Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone only has one fourth of his once mighty warchest left. Compared to his other challenger Congressman Rush Holt who walked away with a net gain.

On that primary night in August both Pallone’s confidence in being undefeated and his war chest that bought him power and influence were blown away. Congressman Frank Pallone had to do something to quickly put himself back on the map in order to raise his much-needed campaign funds.

At 6:30 this morning prior to his outrageous outburst Frank Pallone sent an e-mail entitled “our next step” in which he proudly claims that he put an end to the “radical and extreme” Republican shut down. He ends the e-mail “...I promise you, I will stand up against them just like I did during the shutdown.” 

Shortly after his obscene outburst Frank Pallone sent out an e-mail asking for financial support in which he boasted about his brave actions in fending off attacks. He states that “...with every attack, my resolve grows stronger. At that hearing today, I called out the lies being told by my colleagues and when they tried to silence me, I refused to yield.”

My conclusion is that Pallone eloquently planned his outburst in order that he can raise the much-needed funds in an attempt to rebuild his once feared warchest.  If someone was wise they will use this incident to raise money in order to help defeat the mastermind of ObamaCare: Congressman Frank Pallone.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Generational Theft

America is broke and almost all economic data suggests that most of us are too, because there are currently too few economic opportunities to work one’s way out of this mess. If you’re between 50 and 60-years of age, it is likely that you’re too financially insecure to even contemplate retirement, unless of course you work for the federal government and will enjoy the security a government pension, like members of the House and Senate.

The outlook gets more sobering for America’s youth, however. A compilation of recent Pew Research shows that if you’re between 18 and 30-years old, you are more likely to

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Subsidizing the "riches" healthcare

As the President and Congress debate the pending “fiscal cliff” the waste in government programs designed for the needy are exploited by those who know how to work the system draining the tax dollars we put into it. A perfect example is given by Dr. Starner Jones. But yet our leaders argue over a meager $800 billion in proposed tax increases instead of dealing with the mass of problem of the unfunded liabilities, which is bringing a tidal wave of debt. Here is Dr. Starner Jones story. 

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive Shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. 

While glancing over her Patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Resist PalloneCare: No State Insurance Exchanges

By: Dick Morris

States have until December 12 of this year to decide if they will set up the insurance exchanges mandated by the Obamacare Law.  These exchanges will be the marketplace where health insurance is to be sold under the so-called Affordable Care Act.

But each state has the right to decide for itself if it wants to establish an exchange.  If a state refuses, the federal government will step in and do it for them and run the exchanges itself.

It will make a huge difference whether a state sets up its own exchanges.  The exchanges are likely to be an