Rising from the ashes: Patricia Waiters reborn, cites first hand account of vote buying but ignored by media
In Hoboken, partisanship can reach levels in its political circles making New York City officeholders and their kin look like absolute pikers. Paid political operatives take their work so seriously, long term unemployment is accepted if it means venting hatred to a political opponent and extends some happiness to their joyless life. The volume is amping up again with the elections in May nearing but in that toxic mix there’s some room for optimism.
Patricia Waiters a perennial candidate for various elected offices for some time was part of the old guard camp and a strong back of former mayor Peter Cammarano. For a while she defended the arrested and now convicted mayor but last year a change occurred.
A run for a volunteer position on the Hoboken Board of Education seat came up short and she was not too pleased about it. In the meeting after the BoE elections that saw a Kids First sweep, she voiced her displeasure about voting machine problems feeling it was the difference in her campaign.
But in the fall, something happened. Patricia Waiters turned on the old guard and decided she would back Lenz for Council. She appeared at a kickoff event speaking to various attendees. After that her life became more complicated.
While attending a Hoboken High School football game with her family on a Friday night, her car was vandalized with an anti-Lenz message. Waiters appeared publicly before the City Council and retold the story that was covered in the Jersey Journal saying she did not appreciate the attacks especially while she was with her family.
Two weeks ago Patricia Waiters spoke at the City Council in the public portion. Although the mayor was known to be scheduled to issue a proclamation, there was no seat set aside near the front of the room for her. Waiters noted mayors in other nearby towns were treated with more respect and asked why certain Council members talk about demonstrating it but fail to do so. Beth Mason interjected a lack of knowledge the mayor was coming although the proclamations issuance was known to all council attendees in advance.
This was merely a sidebar to what Patricia Waiters would say before the Council. She railed against the attacks on herself that evening noting an Old Guard political operative had attacked her in the City Council Chambers calling her “poor.”
Waiters goes on to say people of the 4th ward are being exploited and are vulnerable describing how an old Spanish woman showed her a $10 bill with the letters 9D written on it instructing her to vote.
Waiters also passionately states, “I would never sell my vote.” She railed against exploitation of “vulnerable people,” in the ward among other things.
Here’s part two of of that segment:
Did you see a mention of this in the Hudson Reporter? No, but they did cover another complaint by Margaret O’Brien, this on the public information policy. She made a warning that although she is employed as a crossing guard she wouldn’t be silenced. The Corporation Counsel stated earlier personal speech of city workers is not impacted in the policy. Still the HR felt it was a great quote overlooking Patricia Waiters who spoke previous.
“Someone else’s crime is not your defense,” Patricia Waiters said in pushing for an anti-wheeling measure. Sometimes you have to wonder if the local press will understand that too even as the crimes Ms. Waiters speaks of have reached the desk of the NJ Attorney General’s Office.
Oh and who was 9D on the ballot last November? Tim Occhipinti.
The more you know…