June 22, 2007

Thompson, Giuliani tie in Delaware GOP Presidential Straw Poll

Posted in Kent County Politics, National Politics, New Castle County Politics, State Politics, Sussex County Politics at 8:39 am by Paul Smith Jr

WILMINGTON, DE – According to a two-day survey of more than 500 registered voters, there is a tight race between Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson for the GOP Presidential nomination in Delaware.

“With the 2008 Delaware Presidetial Primary less than a year away, I thought it would be helpful to start getting a feel for where Delaware voters stand on the candidates,” said Thomas S. Ross, Chair of the Wilmington Republican Region. “We plan to continue tracking with similar surveys on a regular basis in the coming months.”

The Presidential Poll was conducted via e-mail between June 19, 2007 and June 21, 2007 with more than 500 respondents. The Majority of respondents are registered Republicans in Delaware, some Democrats, Independents, and those rigistered with other parties also participated.Respondents were given a choice of candidates in alphabetical order. The candidate list includes all registered Republicans who have announced their candidacy for the Presidency as well as those who have formed exploritory committees. Not included were those individuals who have publicly stated they will not run for President in the 2008 election.The following are the results of the first Delaware Presidential Primary Poll:All Respondents

Rudy Giuliani 25%
Fred Thompson 25%
Mitt Romney 13%
John McCain 10%
Newt Gingrich 6%
Mike Huckabee 3%
Duncan Hunter 2%
Ron Paul 2%
Tom Tancredo 2%
Sam Brownback 1%
Chuck Hagel 1%
Tommy Thompson 1%
Tom Coburn <1%
Jim Gilmore <1%
George Pataki <1%

New Castle County

Rudy Giuliani 29%
Fred Thompson 23%
Mitt Romney 12%
John McCain 11%
Newt Gingrich 7%
Mike Huckabee 3%
Ron Paul 2%
Tom Tancredo 2%
Sam Brownback 1%
Tom Coburn 1%
Chuck Hagel 1%
Duncan Hunter 1%
Tommy Thompson 1%
Jim Gilmore <1%
George Pataki <1%

Kent County

Fred Thompson 28%
Rudy Giuliani 27%
Mitt Romney 16%
Newt Gingrich 6%
Duncan Hunter 6%
John McCain 6%
Mike Huckabee 5%
Sam Brownback 2%
Ron Paul 1%
Tom Coburn <1%
Jim Gilmore <1%
Chuck Hagel <1%
George Pataki <1%
Tom Tancredo <1%
Tommy Thompson <1%

Sussex County

Fred Thompson 38%
Rudy Giuliani 17%
Mitt Romney 13%
John McCain 8%
Ron Paul 6%
Newt Gingrich 5%
Duncan Hunter 2%
Tom Tancredo 2%
Jim Gilmore 1%
Mike Huckabee 1%
Tommy Thompson 1%
Sam Brownback <1%
Tom Coburn <1%
Chuck Hagel <1%
George Pataki <1%

Anyone interested in participating in future polls should send their e-mail address to tomross_de@hotmail.com

Look for the next tracking poll on July 10, with results released July 13.

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May 7, 2007

Disgusting Attack on Charlie Copeland

Posted in State Politics, Sussex County Politics at 8:44 pm by Paul Smith Jr

I got the following anonymous postcard in the mail today:

Charles Lammot DuPont Copeland Is A Liar and A Fraud
                        Greetings From Sussex County

Did you know Greenville Charlie says he is pro life but was endorsed by Planned Parenthood in 2004? Did you know Greenville Charlie ran a very negative primary against one of our own Republican Senators because he felt entitled to that seat. Did you know he used homeless men from Sojourner’s Place in his 2002 race. Did you know he has never had a viable opponent in his Senate race. Did you know Terry Strine has guaranteed Greenville Charliethe Governor nomination because Charlie’s DuPont family friend gave the GOP state party almost $100,000 last year? Quid pro quo?? Did you know he has not passed any legislation as a state senator in four year? That’s right-nothing but he wants to make Prisoner health care better with our tax dollars while the rest of us struggle with paying for our health care.Did you know he endorsed Democrat State Sen Thurman Adamsfor Senate Pro tem this year? Yes, he supported a Democrat rather than stand up for the GOP. Did you know everyone is his family is a millionaire and he belongs to two Country Clubs? Yes, he has a lot in common with Delaware residents.

 We in Sussex County don’t need him and he should stay in Greenville.

I’m guessing this mailing was sent to delegates and alternates to the GOP state Convention on the 19th. I tried to reproduce this as best I could, typos and all.

Let’s take these points one by one.

First, it’s common practice in Delaware for PACs to endorse unopposed candidates regardless of their political/ideological affinity with said candidate. It gives them a chance to approach later with the “we did endorse you” card.

(I can’t comment on the primary Copeland ran. I wasn’t paying attention to it, but I’m much happier with Copeland than I was with his predecessor.)

We’re supposed to upset about Copeland giving homeless jobs and work? Aren’t we the party of opportunity?

Terry Strine many have his faults, but he’s not dumb enough to “guarantee” anyone a nomination, especially after Mike Protack’s near upset of Jan Ting last year. I call BS on this one.

I’m not going to do the research, but how many Republican Senators have passed legislation in the last four years. The Democrat majority in the house of the Legislature is pretty good at controlling what goes through. I don’t think many Republicans have had much success in seeing their legislation through, so Copeland shouldn’t be faulted for that. Besides, the Democrats are sure to keep him specifically from passing legislation since it would bolster his resume for his rumored gubernatorial run.

Despite all the wrong things they’ve done, we have a responsibility to the persons in our penitential system to care for them. Should we really just make their lives so miserable that we make them even angrier and more against society? That will reduce recidivism?

Leave the class warfare to the Democrats. They’re better at it, and we’re better than it.

 Is someone claiming Sussex County is being ignored in the State GOP? Last I looked (and this could be out of date), they had the most delegates of any Region to the Convention. The last two Governor nominees came out of Sussex and the State Chairman before Strine came from Sussex. And if they’re so devoted to Sussex County, why did they take the time to launch this anonymous and ad hominem attack on a Republican rather than spending their time being constructive trying to elect a Republican election this past weekend?

Finally, should a post card proclaiming to defend Sussex County really have a postmark of South Jersey?

I don’t know who the author of this card is and I don’t know who they’re supporting for Governor (although I can take a guess….), but attacks like this aren’t going to endear their candidate to the party. Even if they candidate were to win a primary next year, they’ll need party support if they’re to have a chance against either of the likely Democrat candidates. This isn’t a good start to winning next year and I wouldn’t support any candidate who wanted this done on their behalf.

April 10, 2007

Sussex County Republican Women’s Club Annual Banquet will be held May 4th

Posted in Sussex County Politics at 8:08 am by Paul Smith Jr

For a fun-filled evening of good food and auctions, you won’t want to miss the Annual Banquet of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club. Set for Friday evening, May 4, 2007, at the Baywood Club House in Long Neck, the gala party will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Republican Women’s Clubs have been helping Republican candidates since 1938.
 
According to Elaine Lupinetti, event co-chair, “We have a great menu, wonderful auction items, and I know that everyone will have an enjoyable evening.” She expects this years’ event to be one of the organization’s best ever, and said that the cost is only $45.00/person and that complimentary valet parking will be available.
Co-Chair Gale White said “This is our premier gala event of the year and everyone is welcome to attend, so reserve your seats early. We’ll be entertained by the Sounds of the GOP, and our auctioneer, Dave Wilson, does a wonderful job and everyone enjoys his style, wit, and talent”.
 
She also noted that the program booklet will list sponsors and patrons, and will include ads from local businesses. To purchase advertisement space, contact Bunny Parish at 945-4646.
 
To be included in the program booklet as a sponsor or patron or for ticket information, contact Co-Chairs Elaine Lupinetti at 945-1816 (elupinetti@hotmail.com) or Gale White at 644-0777 (galegwhite@erols.com).