Thursday, February 10, 2011

Greg Lincoln: I'll take on the 'rebranded' Mike Russo for the 3rd ward City Council seat

Greg Lincoln a third ward resident and a voice for intellectual honesty on issues and budget finance who has spoken at City Council meetings is throwing in his hat for the ward's council seat up for election in May.

Greg Lincoln - 3rd ward candidate for City Council seat

Apparently, Mr. Lincoln a family man himself is more than willing to take on the new cuddly, rebranded Mike Russo and his Daddy's Civic Association.

Release the hounds!

Talking Ed Note: Greg was also a contributor to the guest column at MSV, "Guest of the Stable." The link to his piece can be found below:

Mayor tosses kitchen sink to City Council with comprehensive ethics, campaign finance reform

City of Hoboken announces:

Calls on Council to vote on anti-wheeling and pay-to-play reforms

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced a series of ethics and campaign finance reform measures and called on the City Council to pass critical campaign finance reform legislation.

Hoboken is a great, vibrant city with a rich history and so much to be proud of, but we also bear a legacy that we are not so proud of,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We must take a proactive approach to address corruption. These common sense reforms hold our government to a higher standard and are necessary to continue to restore the public’s trust in government.”

Mayor Zimmer called on the City Council to vote on anti-wheeling and pay-to-play legislation to close loopholes in campaign finance laws and strengthening existing pay-to-play laws.

“We recently learned only as a result of former Mayor Cammarano’s plea agreement that in just last 11 days of his campaign, he raised $292,000 – more than $100,000 of it from outside money that flowed into our City through political committees,” added Mayor Zimmer. “And during the last election, a political committee was used to skirt individual campaign finance limits. I call on the Council to vote on this important anti-wheeling and pay-to-play legislation, which is modeled on laws in other New Jerseyjurisdictions, to close these loopholes and ensure that we have fair and transparent elections.

Mayor Zimmer also signed a series of executive orders today enacting ethics and campaign finance reforms in Hoboken and urged the City Council to pass legislation codifying the reforms.

The executive orders:

·        Mandate ethics and anti-sexual harassment training for all public employees

The executive orders take effect immediately, but future mayors could choose not to honor them. An ordinance mirroring these reforms will be introduced before the City Council.

“I call on the Council to make these reforms permanent by codifying them through the accompanying ordinance,” said Mayor Zimmer. “These reforms are important for building a positive and safe work environment, restoring trust in government, and protecting the City financially.”

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The rebranding of Mike Russo

After seeing this clip, whole chapters on how to rebrand your political image could be written and in this video, a slick production is looking to market a kinder, softer, and one can even say polite Mike Russo.  It doesn't hurt to use an expecting wife as a prop who describes your 'work' on the City Council as "passionate."  There are many descriptions of his work in City Council and that description is to put it nicely, incomplete.

This video features the sweet song of catharsis when covering the touchy aspect of Mike Russo's father.  Call it his Oprah moment.

One could say this is the political moment where the Russo family discovers the internet and the results of the census.  Although a dissertation can be written on this fine production, we'll let the audience weigh in first.

Some of the whoppers told in this one come incomplete; the sound of rolls of quarters plopping around is distinctly missing when Russo says, "You don't have to be the loudest person in the room."  He's trying to tone it down of late but in City Council he's infamous for talking over, sniping, and snuffing out the voices of others and that includes both people on the Council and the public.  Hey, if you loved John Edwards, you are going to love the new and improved Mike Russo. 

MSV loves the use of a council clip with no audio.  That's a classic technique although Councilman Dave Mello looks sickened by whatever Russo is saying.

Did you know that Mike Russo has a new hobby?  It's photography and he likes to take pictures of horses.  

Here's the new youtube sensation: