Grist for the mill: What’s the matter with Maureen?
The Hoboken Journal posted a story with a graphic depicting this question and sadly it’s a fair one. We hate to agree with that HCDO political hack vegetable (and most often don’t). Da Horsey agrees in this and most instances the application of the term “hate” (along with racist) is almost always the empty vindictive argument of losers and certainly a losing media strategy just down the rung from the code of silence. And MSV has gotten plenty of the silent treatment from Maureen Sullivan, the BoE member who trumpeted her “resignation” from Kids First and complained her perspective was not heard before the jolly green giant let fly with a cartoon lampooning the new self-proclaimed goddess of reform.
But the big green vegetable did offer Maureen Sullivan opportunity for a full rebuttal and is still doing so. More than a week later after a half-dozen email and public invitations to chat from MSV, no luck arranging any conversation whatsoever either. Maureen appears completely tied up by a certain Red Elephant, the Hudson Reporter and a few unlucky souls on the end of her her wrath in dusk to dawn emails and blogging blasts noting her woeful victimization (at the hands of the those emailed of course) and their betrayal in not giving her an opportunity to weigh in. Are we beginning to see a pattern here? Maureen there was this device created a while back. It’s called a phone. Just dial D-A-H-O-R-S-E-Y but leave out the Y, as in why no horsey chat?
And now word on the street: Councilwoman Beth Mason was reportedly seen with Hoboken411’s hate merchant Perry Klaussen recently at an uptown coffee shop no doubt issuing instructions on how best to further serve the Masonite crown. (Did money also pass under the table ala Malibu Pete?) We doubt she was filing an in-person protest for the Hate411 diatribe using the holocaust in an ugly, demented and cheap political stunt against the mayor’s public call for the release of the State’s police audit. (Sorry Perry, you lose again!) Well Maureen Sullivan is probably just following the Masonite script, either by orders of the queen or just in a bad post election imitation – loudly proclaim your bonafides but answer no real questions, even on your own platform, I mean perspective.
The BoE election filing deadline for board candidates is this Monday. We’ll guess Maureen and her husband John of M&M First as in Maureen and Mason, or is it Mason and Maureen are working hard to meet it. We wish them luck, well sorta in the best phony frenemy kind of way. More evidence of the Masonite connection is the appearance of the political operative better known as Hudsonshark. His recent post out of the blue on the NJ.com Hoboken forum decrying Zimmer supporters with predicted personal attacks on Maureen Sullivan proved empty but he was obviously there in his Majesty’s service. Hey Sharkie did that check clear yet? Remember it’s retain before you defame, and the client best not complain. This political operative biz is like stolen goods, strictly cash and carry.
Does this meet any standard remotely close to the self-proclaimed banner “all about transparency”? Have you noticed there’s a lot of self-proclaimed stuff flying around in town of late? But there’s no “there” there.
Talking Ed Notes: Not even two days before the the Maureen First letter was published in the Hudson Reporter, MSV had its first ever phone conversation with Theresa Minutillo of Kids First but later that very evening a “surprise guest” bellied up to the bar at Moran’s – none other than Maureen’s husband John. He made clear the recruitment drive was well underway, notwithstanding her letter’s technically accurate claim she was not doing so in the Hudson Reporter letter. To that hit job we’d like to say Salud! Maureen for the record and since MSV can’t even get 10 minutes with you on the phone, Da Horsey might as well give you some free political advice here – when family goes out on a political operation, it’s good to buy a media person at least one beer. We know times are tough all over but gee this is Hudson County after all. A Guinness doesn’t guarantee good press but it can’t hurt good will. Dangling a carrot, even one that’s not organic in front of Da Horsey for more than a week to just chat on the other hand….
Now the out of box idea MSV offered on sorting out the so called “spending” differences within Kids First died a quick death upon Maureen Sullivan’s denouncing Kids First. (She still asks how Theresa’s list is going in reply to MSV’s numerous email requests to chat as if her Hudson Reporter letter never happened. Helloooooo.) To her credit, Theresa Minutillo, showed no hesitation in agreeing to the MSV’s Kids First spending reduction proposal in our first brief chat. Maureen Sullivan on the other hand has consistently refused to agree to any time to chat with Da Horsey in over nine days now. (MSV is still awaiting “I’ll have to get back to you on a time” to our last offer to speak on Sunday.) Meanwhile Theresa Minutillo and Kids First are pounding on the stable door, demanding, get this – to ANSWER QUESTIONS on the record to discuss just about everything, including ALL of Maureen Sullivan’s grievances.
The whispers in the stable is the Beth-Klausfuherer coffee chat will also yield a new BoE “voice” penning smooth stories about the Board race on Hate411 and a possible full slate with your usual Masonite retreads along with a possible Revolting Kids First reject. (On that point, all Da Horsey can say is there’s shopping and then there’s BoE slate shopping: loyalty and principles last!) Clearly Beth Mason has no problem being seen with the Hate411 owner if it serves, well, Beth Mason. (Does her rabbi know about this?) Will Maureen Sullivan be writing under her own name as an elected BoE official or will it be the typical underhanded Perry Klausfuher’s anonymous penmanship? On Monday at 4:00 pm, we’ll see what’s what, who’s who and how all this comes together in any potential Maureen-Mason Revenge First ticket. Whether they get it together or not with a full slate, we just have one last question. Which of the two is the true Queen of Reform? Their can be only one self-proclaimed Queen. And Hoboken just ain’t big enough for two reform Queens.
For the record, MSV has attempted to speak to Councilwoman Beth Mason too. There’s been no reply to interview requests outside of two impromptu chats in City Council Chambers on meeting breaks since the November election, the last request coming as recently as this morning.
Related: The Hoboken Journal just did a story showing the breakdown of all Superintendents compensation in Hudson County and also a recent Hoboken Superintendent. Doesn’t look so out of line in that light. Will Maureen Sullivan see that? More importantly, will she care?