4 A.M. CAMPAIGN CALL PROMPTS INDICTMENT

dwayne hornerA Facebook image of Dwayne Horner, a Texas man indicted for alleged dirty politics in Monmouth County.  (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_02A predawn political robocall campaign intended to stir up voter ire against incumbent state Senator Joe Kyrillos during the 2013 Republican primary led to the indictment of a Texas man Monday.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni announced the indictment by grand jury of Dwayne Horner, 45, of Little Elm, Texas, who was the campaign manager for Leigh Ann Bellew, a Tea Party-backed challenger to Kyrillos.

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LEDGER LIVE TEAS UP HALL MANSION

Hedge Fund manager George Hall’s $12 million Rumson mansion – or more precisely, a federal tax loophole that grants people in Hall’s field of work a sweet income-tax bargain – is harshing the mellow for kayaker and Star-Ledger video commentator Brian Donohue.

In Monday’s edition of Ledger Live, host Donohue takes aim at the tax loophole, and finds a Tea Party leader who agrees with him that the break doesn’t make sense, even though the national Tea Party has been blocking closure of the loophole.

The clip also features video from the raucous Tea Party shoutdown of Congressman Frank Pallone – and a woman in a wheelchair – at a town hall meeting held at the Red Bank Middle School in September, 2009.

LITTLE: ‘SCARED’ PALLONE DODGES FACEOFF

pallone-082509Congressman Frank Pallone meets the press following his raucous town hall meeting on health insurance in Red Bank in August, 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Tea Party-backed GOP congressional hopeful Anna Little‘s camp is charging incumbent Frank Pallone with ducking a faceoff on healthcare scheduled for tonight in Red Bank, the Star-Ledger reports.

Both Pallone’s camp and the sponsor of the event claim, however, that there was to be no debate, and the Pallone had never committed to attend. He cites a scheduling conflict.

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HALFACRE REGRETS EARLY EXIT FROM 12TH

halfacre-for-congressWatching a poorly funded Tea Party-approved candidate throw a scare into an opponent this week, Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre kinda wishes he’d stayed in the GOP primary race in the Congressional 12th District, he tells PolitickerNJ.

Halfacre shut down his effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Rush Holt in late March, after he failed to gain endorsements from GOP leaders in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

But after seeing David Corsi of Oceanport garner 46 percent of the primary vote Tuesday on just $5,000 raised — versus venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle‘s $640,000 warchest — Halfacre rues not staying in the contest, writes Politicker’s Max Pizarro:

Asked if he regreted not running to the finish, particulalry after seeing Corsi’s victory by 768 votes in the Monmouth County portion of the district, Halfacre said, “Absolutely. I made a mistake. No one could have predicted this election result. If we had any idea the line would have been as weak as it was, we would have stayed in.”

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A SPOT OF SUNDAY TEA

chorney1Linda Chorney professed her love for Tea Party tweaker Jon Stewart Sunday during the making of a music video for her tune, “The Teabag Party.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank had a tea party of its own on Sunday, although it was far from the pot-banging, Palin-esque affairs of recent vintage.

This one was a retort to the Tea Party movement, and leading the party was Linda Chorney, a politically involved Bostonian who assembled some of her closest friends and strangers to shoot a video for her song, “The Teabag Party,” at NovelTeas on Bridge Avenue Sunday.

Rather than scathing political criticism, this party took a lighthearted tone, with song lyrics such as, “Socialist/Communist/ We’re gonna teabag you while we do the twist.” Read More »