Tuesday a bad day for folks who prefer b.s. to truth
Lots of Big Lies fell on Tuesday: "Hillary is inevitable," "Trump can't win," and so on. Among those Big Lies was the one fabricated by Bill Spadea about Ballot Question 2.
Over the past year, Bill Spadea has used the corporate resources of Townsquare Media and Oaktree Capital Management in an effort to make Spadea a major player in New Jersey politics. Those corporate resources are worth tens of millions of dollars and the airtime alone expended by Spadea and his agents would have cost the average political campaign millions to buy. All it took was a complacent board of directors and a greedy local management for Spadea to accomplish this enormous appropriation of resources and capital.
Spadea accomplished what some would have considered impossible. He took hold of wallflower Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and tore her away from the Governor who had mentored and promoted her. Spadea smirked as the Lt. Governor performed stunts for him, like opposing Governor Christie on Ballot Question 2. The Lt. Governor's Super PAC spent money to defeat Ballot Question 2 as she campaigned across the state on a platform that included advocating for a NO vote on both Question 2 and Donald Trump.
Guadagno was joined by the usual Christie-haters and by two Sussex County Assembly members who had temporarily (one hopes) lost their good sense. Spadea, who is a kind of patron saint for failed candidates for political office, attracted such ran-and-lost types as Mark Quick (lost for Congress and Assembly), Peter Vallorosi (lost for Congress), Michael Cino (lost for Congress twice), and Harvey Roseff (lost for township council and Freeholder).
None of these people did dick for Donald Trump or Congressman Scott Garrett. Vallorosi and Cino actually softened up Congressman Garrett in the primary -- something that enormously benefitted the eventual left liberal, Clintonista Democrat winner -- Josh Gottheimer. Mark Quick had ran an earlier campaign against Garrett , which also added to Garret's troubles. This trio and their friends claim to be "conservative" but what kind of conservatives pick a fight with someone they agree with 95% of the time, in order to elect a left liberal who they will almost never agree with?
Vallorosi, Cino, and Quick are idiots. Those who have anything to do with them are idiots. These three and those who give them material and emotional support now have what they wanted -- conservative Republican Scott Garrett has been defeated and left liberal, Clintonista Democrat Josh Gottheimer is now the member of Congress for Sussex County. Good job asswipes!
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is an idiot too. She followed the fluttering eyelashes of Billy "the hand" Spadea. Like those above, she bought the Big Lie and spent money pushing a NO vote on Ballot Question 2. For good measure, Guadagno chose to give Donald Trump a barbed wire enema -- telling the media that she wasn't going to vote for him (which was supporting Hillary Clinton by default). Lining up with Guadagno were Sussex County's two Assembly members, who inexplicably lent their names to this pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ, anti-Trump liberal's campaign to defeat Ballot Question 2. What happened to common sense?
Spadea has been a political loser his whole life. He thought he was part of an historic wave when he tried to split the RNC and start a far-right third party in the mid-1990's. That failed. Then he ran for Congress and lost. He started his "Red Shirt" movement, the "Building a New Majority" project, promoted a statewide GOP candidate who would transform the Republican Party to remake it in his vision. Failed, failed, and failed again. He even set his sights lower, ran for Assembly, and found himself blocked. Another failure. Bitterness followed.
Then he was rescued by FOX. Given a late-night "news of a kind" show. Then the popular host of NJ101.5 had an accident, and Spadea found himself with a lever of power that he quickly learned and used to pursue his personal ambitions.
But Spadea went too far. Having lost the gas tax vote he decided on the "Big Lie" approach and made up the myth that Ballot Question 2 was a vote on the gas tax. People like Kim Guadagno believed him, but groups like American for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) saw Spadea's bullshit for what it was. On Tuesday, voters saw through the b.s., rejected the Big Lie, and Spadea lost once again.