Ravi Bhalla: “We are non-partisan local officials”
“Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor”
The Hoboken mayoral election is over and the fallout from the nuke deployed has only begun to rain down on the victims and the victors. Councilman Ravi Bhalla was successful in bringing all the advantage of outside money, a shadowy union connected PAC and establishment influence but lacking confidence for reasons unknown, introduced the poison of party partisanship into Hoboken’s distinctly non-partisan municipal election.
With the mayor’s success and support waning, the ultimate in destruction was launched to smear and do harm to the superb contributions of a critical reform legislator who was not only a friend to Reform but also a personal friend to Ravi Bhalla for over six years: council member Jen Giattino.
Back in 2013, the concept of partisan politics in Hoboken was anathema to the Reform Movement, its Big Tent philosophy of principles first not party partisanship and the resulting hard fought progress since 2009.
Here’s an exchange of emails discussing a response to a Hoboken resident who wants to push a partisan resolution to expand Medicaid in the City Council in February 2013. Let the howls of hypocrisy ring in their jaded cynical ears.
This is a: Partisan (D’s v. R’s) subject in a resolution;Where we are non-partisan local officials;Being pushed by a Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor.Should Assemblyman Ramos be introducing this Resolution in the Assembly?I’m sure you can tell I’m a bit suspicious about the motives here, since the Resolution itself will have zero impact on the outcome of its substance. I understand we passed legislation urging more gun control at the last week, but that resolution was topical, did not specify a pending action to be taken but expressed a generic sentiment, and it was not aimed at a particular public official, but was sent to D’s and R’s at multiple levels of government.Let me know if you have any input as to how to address this matter.Thanks,
The complete chain of emails follows unedited in reverse chronological order among Council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Stan Grossbard.
From: stan grossbard <email@example.com>Subject: Re: Resolution to urge Gov. Christie to expand MedicaidDate: February 18, 2013 at 7:29:25 PM ESTTo: Peter Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org>Cc: Jen Giattino <email@example.com>, Ravinder Bhalla <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IMHO the provision in the CC rules re new business ought to be strictly enforced on all sides – ie in order to introduce non agenda items there must be a written statement setting out facts establishing exigent nature as defined in CC rules and the statement must either be accepted by the CC president or passed by a majority of the CC in order for a vote on the item to be permitted.It’s hard to see the exigent nature of this – there’s no such thing as a grandstanding emergency. It seems to me that if it missed the deadline it must, by the CC rules, wait for the next meeting.
On Feb 18, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Peter Cunningham wrote:I agree with All your comments. I shot it down on the basis that it missed te deadline, if they want to bring it up in NB – fine. Councilmembers can or do as they wish.
Peter H. Cunningham201-562-7071
On Feb 18, 2013, at 5:39 PM, Stan Grossbard <email@example.com> wrote:Think it may b time to say that its time for the cc to stop grandstanding on issues that have nothing to do with its job and start focusing on the jibs u were elected to do and then say you will be abstaining on all resolutions that involve national or statewide issues that involve matters over which the cc has no authority. Let it pass 4-0.Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Jen Giattino <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I know this is nothing more than a political game.Jen
Sent from my iPhone
Talking Ed Note: As stated during the election, the Reform Movement had worked through great effort and sacrifice under a Big Tent for years where all who adopted the principles were accepted no matter what party they were registered or Independents with no party.
The only aspect that changed was the cynical manipulation of voters for power in this last election. It worked seeing an election day victory with almost one-third of the vote last Tuesday. Thus is born, the new Hoboken political caste system.