Partisan elections enter, and the fur flies
Hoboken is known as a non-partisan election environment and that’s actually allowed a historical bloodletting among the reform movement several times over many years. When the banner is raised over many heads, the old guard and more importantly the old practices have reigned far longer as a real result, pun intended.
The Hoboken Journal posted a story attempting to decipher the more modern conflict of a Democratic Committeeman, Ricky Mason, husband of Beth Mason donating to a partisan BoE election slate: Real Results. In this case he shows the checks from ELEC totaling $5700 in what must be considered a family donation. Is there any other kind?
Since Sen. Robert Menendez not long after attended a fundraiser on his behalf at the Mason household, we’re not sure what this says more about, Hudson County politics, Hoboken status chasing or just the nefarious sides of the same coin. Pretty sure Bob cashed the check. He cashes all the checks. Just ask the developers at Maxwell’s Place who got millions in taxpayer monies for their poor condo.
Regardless, MSV had seen this ELEC information a while back and it’s publicly available. It may arouse consternation among some Democrats in Hoboken. The bottom line is when you are chasing dreams of power, compromises are often made.
Hoboken is no better than anywhere else.
Talking Ed Note: Da Horsey differs with our colleague, the big green vegetable at The Hoboken Journal with the use of the term teabagger, a political perjorative taken from sexual practices among certain people.
It’s important to note that even in the Netherlands, voters recently rejected tax and spend policies, or the newer version here of spend and tax as unsustainable.
Soon enough we’ll all be Greece (and teabaggers).
This squirrel was not injured in the shooting of this picture. Later however he was made into a fine stew for a couple of dobermans. Moof, moof!
Related: MSV noted the moral support from Ricky Mason for Real Results in a letter to the Hudson Reporter in an earlier winners and losers column. Later MSV saw the ELEC report of the check for $5700 but that hardly came as a surprise. This may be the case of my enemy (or in this case family enemy) is my friend than anything else. Councilwoman Mason knew the mayor had again endorsed Kids First and may have simply sought to deal an electoral defeat to her of any kind.
Councilwoman’s political operatives at Hoboken411 got the message earlier and pushed hard for Mayor Zimmer’s endorsement to fail, pushing the Real Results slate hard. The group finished a distant third.
MSV is not sure there has been another ELEC report since. It may show additional and final contributions for the BoE campaigns.
Update: 12:30 – A source privy to the details says there is nothing major in a final TBD Real Results ELEC. Just a small donation and nothing notable.