Patch Mail: 'Obituary' For Ocean County Democratic Leadership
Resident criticizes poor party leadership, lack of voter interest
To the editor:
Election Day has passed and once again we, the Democrats of Ocean County, had a pocketful of “no one” running at the county and state level. The county Democratic leadership continues to be dysfunctional and insists on putting up sacrificial lambs to run against the Republicans so as to ensure a Republican victory. That certainly is no way to run a county Democratic organization.
Please know that by these comments, I mean no disrespect to Dorothy Ryan, Carla Kearney or Bradley Billhimer, who ran for the State Senate and Assembly, but we all know they did not have support from the Ocean County Democratic (non)leadership, and thus did not have a chance at winning. I won’t even say anything about Michelle Rosen, because she had no business putting herself out there as a candidate.
We need change in Ocean County. No, let me rephrase that, since “change” is so overused in our current vernacular. We need a revolution. We need people to become passionate about supporting good, solid candidates for office, whether it is at the county committee level or the U.S. federal level.
We need to get excited about supporting real “contenders” to the Republicans in Ocean County. Democrats for Change of Ocean County is all about that “revolution.”
This brings me to my next pet peeve about elections down here: the fact that voter turnout in Ocean County is abominable and, even more than that, it is disgraceful. I analyzed Barnegat’s election results and my findings were not surprising. Barnegat has about seven retirement communities in residence. When I looked at the percentage of their voter turnout (more than 50 percent), it is more than double that of the rest of Barnegat (less than 20 percent).
One might say that they’re retired and have more time to vote, but that is no excuse in today’s environment. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and we now have the opportunity to vote by mail without having an excuse.
Theoretically, the retirees of Barnegat dictate the governance of our town. There is no reason for this lack of voting, and until the people of Barnegat and the rest of the country realize this, they cannot complain about any of the problems we are experiencing. Just take Barnegat as an example. We elected the same Republican candidate, Martin Lisella, who has voted for every unnecessary expense and salary increase this town put before the Township Committee and YOU still voted him back. Shame on you.
Please wake up and get involved in your government. We have a critical election coming up in 2012 and we will need your interest, concern, participation, enthusiasm, conviction and commitment. You will be hearing more about this from Democrats for Change of Ocean County.