Eli Manning teams up with Mayor Zimmer taking Reform to Super Bowl heights
In a decades long battle to leave Hoboken’s “On the Waterfront” past to the dustbin of history, NY Giants QB Eli Manning and his wife Abby joined Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her council slate at the Madison last night to a jubilant full house fundraiser at the Madison.
Some are already benchmarking the night calling it a watershed event and the Reform movement’s finest hour since Mayor Zimmer’s election in 2009. It’s no small marker since the City’s finances were dramatically improved especially in light of what most thought was impossible: saving Hoboken University Medical Center in the face of the ugliest partisan political sabotage led by Councilwoman Beth Mason who “represents” the same ward the Manning family calls home.
|Eli Manning and his wife Abby were the special
guests at at a blowout win for Mayor Zimmer
and her council slate at the Madison last night.
While the Ruben Ramos campaign smartly laid low awaiting the tsunami of good will to pass with one of the most popular statewide celebrities taking a step into the Hoboken election, the Frank Raia-Beth Mason slate issued a juvenile amateur hour rebuke yesterday earning it accolades – of laughter – for its utter tone deafness.
The positive feedback from the event started even before the sold out event saw all the arrivals. Eli Manning joined by his wife Abby made it clear their time and commitment to Hoboken as a community they call home to their family isn’t remotely close to over.
In one on one conversations with the attendees, the Mannings described by several in attendance as “classy” and “down to earth” made sure everyone had ample opportunity to interact with their famous neighbors conveying in no uncertain terms they are here for the long haul and “this is home.”
Billed as a Mayor Dawn Zimmer fundraiser with Eli and Abby Manning as special guests, the event’s success clearly pivoted on their participation. One attendee involved in reform events over years called it “the best ever,” saying the the NY Giants QB sent two kids “over the moon” when Eli agreed to take photos with them.
Another attendee was thrilled at Eli and Abby Manning’s hours long participation noting this was not some brief appearance as they stayed and worked the Madison for hours texting MSV they were engaged with people and it was evident “they do care” about Hoboken.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined by her council slate of Dave Mello, Ravi Bhalla and Jim Doyle gave brief remarks saying Eli Manning knew the value of team and she needed her team to get behind their campaign effort with the November election about a month out.
With the good will in the sold out wall to wall event at the Madison last night, she undoubtedly will.
|Hoboken’s beneficiaries of the fundraiser last night: Mayor Dawn Zimmer
joined by council slate mates: Jim Doyle, Councilman Ravi Bhalla
and Councilman Dave Mello.
Talking Ed Note: Although the Old Guard spin machine trotted out numerous rumors in an attempt to derail the event saying Eli Manning was being paid to appear (rubbish) to discouraging attendees by saying it was being cancelled, the night was an unqualified success.
Political observers of the Hoboken scene were stunned by the response in advance of the fundraiser last night. Some thought a letter released by the Raia-Mason slate attempting to poke in the eye Eli Manning for the NY Giants tough start appealing to his older brother Peyton to straighten out his “baby brother” was a prank.
It’s going to go down in the annals of modern day Hudson County politics as an utter act of buffoonery. When the Mannings see it, they are certain to look at the Hoboken political landscape further confident they made the right decision and went with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Perhaps they’ll be energized to offer additional support in advance of the November election. But that’s all looking ahead, the energy and vibe of good will last night can be expected to benefit all of Hoboken reform in the coming weeks.
Here’s the full, unedited letter whining on and on signed by the entire Raia-Mason slate but looking like the political effort of a bunch of ninth graders who reached out to some seventh and eighth graders for editorial aid who self-describe their Old Guard politics as coming from “dedicated servants” to Hoboken. At least they didn’t claim to represent “benevolence and humanitarianism,” – that came previously.
(Giant fans, Manning fans, and a team dedicated to a better Hoboken)