View Full Version : Murray Sabrin Hit Piece

05-24-2008, 04:56 PM

05-25-2008, 07:54 PM
Here you go:

Get real, Murray
May 24, 2008

"Gannett Endorses Murray Sabrin for U.S. Senate," read the headline on the press release from Sabrin's campaign Thursday.

As with many of the claims he has made during his campaign for the Republican nomination, this one was totally bogus. Among other things, he has consistently maintained he is the front-runner in the primary and that one of his two opponents, former Rep. Dick Zimmer — consistently rated one of the most conservative members of the House during his three terms there — is a liberal. Sabrin apparently thinks that if you make false claims often enough, a gullible public will believe them.

The Gannett cited in the headline referred to Frank Gannett, the founder of the Gannett newspaper chain. He died 50 years ago. The press release explained that if he were alive today, he would support Sabrin's candidacy because of the "striking similarity" of their political philosophies.

When Sabrin was asked to explain at a Gannett New Jersey Newspapers candidates' forum this week why he insisted on being called the front-runner for the nomination when the available evidence suggested otherwise, he explained that the term "front-runner" simply meant he was "out front" on most of the important issues.

After the forum, a Sabrin aide, doubtless embarrassed by his boss' clumsy attempt to justify the claim, said a Monmouth University/Gannett poll that showed Sabrin was dead last among the three candidates, with only 4 percent of the respondents supporting him, was not valid. As the poll and accompanying story stated, the sampling error for the subset questioned about the GOP Senate primary was plus or minus 6.5 percentage points — a large range, to be sure.

But the poll was a far better indicator of his support than a PolitickerNJ.com online poll, easily subject to manipulation by partisans, that Sabrin initially used to back his front-runner assertion.

If Frank Gannett were alive today, it's hard to imagine him — or anyone else — endorsing someone who plays so fast and loose with the facts.

05-25-2008, 08:02 PM
It's a hit piece, but it's true too. If sabrin is putting out these misleading press releases he should expect this. I just wish the media would call the other candidates on their bullshit too.

05-25-2008, 08:12 PM
It's a hit piece, but it's true too. If sabrin is putting out these misleading press releases he should expect this. I just wish the media would call the other candidates on their bullshit too.
yeah - you have to admit it is true :p, but kind of satisfying to have someone on our side of things "spinning"

05-25-2008, 08:15 PM
in this one they call him a comic relief:

Murray Sabrin offers some comic relief

May 25, 2008

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Murray Sabrin certainly brings something to the three-man race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The question becomes, is it merely comic relief?

At a candidate forum last week sponsored by the Daily Record and other New Jersey newspapers in the Gannett chain, Sabrin was asked why he keeps calling himself the "front-runner" when a recent Gannett-Monmouth University poll showed him with 4 percent support. That put him far behind the other two candidates, Joseph Pennacchio of Montville and former U.S. Rep. Richard Zimmer.

Sabrin called the poll flawed, which was the response you would expect. Sabrin said only about 160 or 170 Republicans statewide were surveyed.

That brought a written defense of the poll from Gary Schoening, the managing editor of the Asbury Park Press.

"In our view, the poll had scientific validity and its intent was clear to those who participated," he said. "The sample size was 230, not the 160 or 170 the candidate cited in the debate. This sample has a margin of error of 6.5 percent. Sabrin was 20 points behind Zimmer in the poll, and even if we were at the edges of that margin, that makes the claim that he is the front-runner (which to any reasonable person's interpretation means he's winning the race) specious."

That, one figures, should end the matter.

Not with Sabrin involved. He sent out a statement on Thursday that again identified him as the "front-runner."

It made the startling suggestion that "Gannett" should be on his side. He meant Frank Gannett, the founder of the company. Here's part of what he said:

"Frank Gannett would whole-heartedly endorse my campaign to legalize freedom. Frank was one of the Founders of 'The National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government.' ... If the editorial pages of the Gannett newspapers follow their founder's lead, I fully expect the endorsement of the papers, too."

This makes you wonder if Sabrin is soon going to be announcing endorsements from William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer.

• • •

When Rep. Rodney P. Frelinhuysen, R-Harding, begged out of a League of Women Voters debate against primary challenger Kate Erber on Tuesday in Sussex County, a spokesman said it was because Congress was in session that day.

Some eyebrows were thus raised in League of Women Voters circles when press reports noted that on that very Tuesday, Frelinghuysen was selected for an honorary degree during commencement exercises at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Did the congressman get an honorary degree and just blow off the debate, they wondered?

Absolutely not. A spokesman said Frelinghuysen did not attend the FDU ceremonies.

Fred Snowflack is editorial page editor of the Daily Record. Contact him at fsnowfla@ganentt.com or (973) 428-6617.

05-25-2008, 08:18 PM