Entries in Virginia Littell (2)

Friday
Jun082018

Is Freeholder Graham opposed to the First Amendment?

The Skylands blog is a sort of quasi-government mouthpiece for the Freeholder Board majority of Boss George Graham, Jonathan Rose, and Carl Lazzaro.  During the primary, Bergen County’s John McCann had the support of Graham, Rose, and Lazzaro.  Apparently, McCann paid Graham for services of some kind, as well as county lobbyist Virginia Newman Littell, who served as his campaign’s co-chair. 

These folks just concluded a primary campaign in which they described their fellow Republican, a woman, as everything from a “pole dancer” to a “terrorist” – and suggested she “belonged in a cage” like an “animal”.  Real gentlemen, this lot. 

Now these politicians are suggesting that the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America be abrogated because they don’t like the Sussex County Watchdog website.  As Graham, Rose, and Lazzaro constitute a clear majority of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders – and as they exercise control over the Skylands website – this could be construed as an act of county government.  More on this later… 

The McCann team (Graham, Rose, Lazzaro, and Littell) is suggesting that having won the Republican primary on June 5th, that their candidate be immune from any negative commentary from this website.  In reply to this we suggest that you look carefully at our name.  Where do you see the word “Republican”? 

Sussex County Watchdog is not an organ of any political party.  Unlike the Skylands blog, it is not under the control of any elected official or party.  We are an agency of reform.  Any member of the public may contribute an article to Watchdog and we will publish it.  We do not ask if they belong to the Republican Party or to indeed any party. 

We find it curious that these elected Republicans are making this point.  After last year’s primary for freeholder, these elected Republicans refused to support the Republican nominee, Herb Yardley.  Instead, they provided support to the liberal Democrat nominee, Dan Perez.  

At the time, John McCann was asked to assist Republican Herb Yardley in his campaign.  Unfortunately, McCann was employed by the Democrat Sheriff of Bergen County and he wasn’t allowed to help a Republican.  

Their blog, the Skylands blog, ran a vicious campaign of personal smearing against Assemblyman Parker Space, Republican State Committeewoman Jill Space, the Space family, and the employees of Space Farms.  For this, Watchdog dubbed them “the creatures from the toilet” and so they remain.  Did it never occur to these elected Republicans that their campaign against Assemblyman Space was conducted concurrently with the Democrat Party’s campaign to unseat him and replace him with a far-leftist?  If it did, they apparently didn’t care.

So we find it humorous that these politicians suggest that a non-partisan blog be more loyal to the Republican Party than they have ever been.  

Of course, if they would like to make their arguments in writing, we would be more than happy to furnish them space on this website to do so.  Again, we are open to all points of view, all opinions.  

John McCann, as a licensed attorney in several states, should know better than to try to muscle or muzzle or restrain in any way the exercise of constitutionally protected civil rights.  This is not his first attempt.  We caution him.

Monday
Apr302018

Democrat Menendez broke federal law. Star-Ledger asks Republican to quit race.

It's a severe case of payback for daring to ask a question. 

A day after the Senate Ethics Committee's "severe admonishment" of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Steve Lonegan, a conservative Republican congressional candidate in CD05 wrote to the Star-Ledger editorial board and asked when they might comment on the Senate Ethics Committee's action against Menendez. 

"The Senate Ethics Committee said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, who avoided conviction in a federal corruption trial last year, violated federal law and Senate rules in accepting unreported gifts from a friend and political ally." (Washington Post, April 26, 2018) 

It's now been five days, and the Star-Ledger has yet to comment on Senator Menendez.  Instead of making a statement about the corrupt Democrat , Star-Ledger editor Tom Moran quickly scratched around for a Republican to attack.  It's called deflection. 

Moran claimed that a 12-year-old unfounded allegation from a former Democrat candidate for mayor in Lonegan's hometown, long known as crank, and noted for his serial accusations of officials in Bergen County, amounted to  a "gay slur" even though the man alleging the slur isn't gay.  Despite there being no proof to the allegation, when Lonegan asked about Menendez, Moran replied in writing to Lonegan: 

"We are also writing about the accusation against you making a gay slur, as you know.  We believe that's grounds for you to step down from the race." 

Unfortunately, for the Star-Ledger, while editor Moran was writing these lines, a New Jersey court was confirming that the accuser Moran based his attack on had no veracity at all.  The case was dismissed.  When this was pointed out to Moran, he published anyway. 

It is no surprise to those who have been following Moran that the Star-Ledger editor doesn't believe in fairness or due process.  After all, in another Star-Ledger editorial (from 2013) Moran labeled the Constitution as a “source of our woes” and suggested that President Obama or a future President Clinton be given the power to appoint 10 senators and 50 congressmen to serve “at large”.  

This is the same Star-Ledger editor who accused Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose of being a pro-terrorist crazy in 2013.  Assemblywoman McHose is the daughter of John McCann's campaign co-chair, Virginia Littell, the former State GOP Chair. 

Five days on and still no word from the Star-Ledger demanding that corrupt Democrat Bob Menendez step down from the U.S. Senate.  Maybe they will never comment?  

You can read the Ethics Committee's full statement here:

https://www.ethics.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=49C12C75-7A26-4FE6-B070-19FCEF4D7532