Michael Russo deflects about his FBI bribe, showing up and being a cub scout
The end of a typical five hour council marathon was nearing completion when Councilman Michael Russo decided he would start his time in New Business by launching an attack on Council President Peter Cunningham.
Alleging “arrogance,” Russo began his soliloquy boasting how he has done so much for Hoboken as a cub scout and he’s been “showing up” for thirty years is looking to “show up” for thirty more and proudly references this as his “record.”
He’s been showing up.
Hoboken would of course be happy if Michael Russo and his grifting clan would show up and do nothing else as opposed to stealing everything that isn’t nailed down and using government to enrich themselves every step of the way.
Council President Cunningham retorts describing his behavior as an “embarrassment to a scout, being caught in a (FBI) video agreeing to accept a bribe. Thank you for teeing that one up.”
Russo follows with a tirade of attacks calling Cunningham a disgrace, but cites nothing remotely comparative to the disgrace seen here of his FBI surveillance tape with Solomon Dwek who would take down dozens in the biggest FBI sting in NJ history.
Russo of course stands alone among Hoboken elected officials as he actually agreed to a series of bribes and what transpired after he instructed a $5,000 check be made out to his bank account “Russo for Hoboken” has never been fully explained.
|Councilman Michael Russo as seen in 2009 FBI surveillance video agreeing
to accept bribes, cub scout gear courtesy Grafix Avenger.
Talking Ed Note: It’s not news that Michael Russo traded on the office of Hoboken City Councilman. That he sits in judgement of his council colleagues is unseemly and his slander of Councilman Ravi Bhalla earlier that evening alleging he profits off the City because he accepted an offer to work for a law firm which has performed work for Hoboken in the past was despicable.
Was Russo’s odd behavior a vain attempt to create “an incident” on a recording? Is this another similarity Michael Russo, Carmelo Garcia and Jose Munoz all share, albeit for different reasons?
In retrospect, Russo’s odd behavior late Tuesday night sure looks that way.