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The Monmouth County Democratic Organization wants Eatontown Democrats to stop spreading misinformation about the county party’s role in the town’s elections.
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown said the county party concerned about Democrats seeking election in the borough of roughly 13,000 partly because of a fundraising email sent out by Eatontown Democrats that appears to break the state’s pay-to-play laws.
Four Democrats running for borough council sent a fundraising email to potential vendors this year that suggested vendors would be chosen based on the political support they provided the candidates.
The email appears to have been sent by Eatontown council members Al Baginsky and Tonya Rivera and their unelected running mates, James David and Renata Bodner.
Bodner and David are running for the unexpired terms of former councilmembers Jennifer Sherrod and Patti May Kelly, who resigned from the council earlier this year, citing continuous conflicts on the council.
Two other council members have resigned this year for separate reasons.
Eatontown Democrats have put up Christine Caruso as a replacement for one of the seats, but Brown refused to certify her candidacy as a Democrat, citing her recent record of voting as a Republican. She cast a ballot in the Republican primary and voted as a Republican in the general election last year.
She switched her party affiliation to run. Monmouth Democrats were not afforded the opportunity to meet with her ahead of time.
The borough isn’t the only one in Monmouth to see its ticket collapse this year.
Democrats in Middletown pulled support for township committee candidate Jeana Sager last month after she was caught on video saying police officers were criminals who should not be involved in combating the opioid crisis.
Brown pulled support for Sager’s candidacy too.