A gombeen man is the term that used to be employed in Ireland to describe rent collectors and other such dregs of humanity whose sole function in life was to act as agents of the wealthy (landlords, etc.) in their dealings with the poor. It is considered highly insulting to call someone a gombeen man. Thought it accurate to describe the unidentified policitian in my post. Grew up hearing any number of such phrases and words since my mother was born in Ireland. Strel (sic), for instance, is the word used to describe promiscuous, loose women. Used to know how to say the Hail Mary and the Our Father in Irish when I was child too, and had a grandfather who could play the bagpipes, accordian, tin whistle, bodhran and any number of other instruments. So such words have meaning to me. As far as Schlueter goes, think he would have been best for NJ because he expressed an interest in dismantling the present method of reliance on local property taxes to fund education and other important local functions. Certainly would mean a rise in other taxes which would not do me much good, but would improve funding for education which is sorely needed in NJ. On balance, I thought that best.