Monday, December 15, 2014

Hudson Reporter: Mayor Dawn Zimmer to resign Reason: No reason

Hudson Reporter political column speculates on hearsay Mayor Dawn Zimmer to resign; offers no reason for it.

Analysis on the bizarre Hudson Reporter column last weekend 

The Hudson Reporter's political column, penned by Al Sullivan took Hoboken for a ride over the weekend. For those who read such tales, this one was a doozy. Speculating on a "rumor" of Mayor Dawn's Zimmer unannounced but upcoming resignation, Sully journeyed on an odyssey at length who would follow her.

Lots of sellers in that rumor market and Sully indulged them - all of them.

Al Sullivan in some downtime performing a reading in Jersey City.
His political column last weekend took Hoboken for a ride last weekend.


The short answer to the question posed by the Hudson Reporter comes with Betteridge's law of headlines in an adage that states, "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word NO."

A bemused mayor, used to hearing such tall tales about herself is said to have responded to the wild speculation inquiring what would be the reason this time for her resignation. None is offered in the column but at least one wannabe Old Guard mayoral candidate is said to be telling anyone who'll listen the mayor will be indicted before year's end.

Stop laughing. The Old Guard has sounded that alarm to anyone in Old Hoboken who'll listen more than once since the popular reform mayor took office. It's a rumor used only slightly less than the one about a former construction official which said on a bi-weekly basis, "Al's coming back next Monday."

The Sully column goes on to splash many more column inches with a "theory" to what follows in a hoped for mayor's resignation. The candidates benefitting being named under that wild scenario are Freeholder Anthony Romano and the current sitting Assemblyman Carmelo "Dead Man Walking" Garcia.

Romano just came off an unopposed re-election victory for Freeholder last month but he's been seen photobombing at light speed at every local event possible in recent months. His hunger to run for mayor may be stronger than the calendar's four year election cycle. Mayor Zimmer was re-elected easily in a three way race in 2013.

The other Old Guard named candidate is someone who fits convicted felon Peter Cammarano's roadmap to victory. The ex-mayor and disbarred attorney recorded on FBI surveillance tape at the Malibu with a campaign mantra starting with, "I could be indicted..." and win an election to be Hoboken mayor may have appeal for this Hudson Reporter named candidate-in-waiting who is fond of using recording devices himself.

 The divisive and controversial Carmelo Garcia, he of multiple civil lawsuits and "ethnic cleansing" fame who left the Hoboken Housing Authority a train wreck is the other favorite Old Guard son mentioned. Garcia however, is more likely to face really being indicted before elected in any imagined special election next November. (The federal investigation at the HHA is speeding along and not a word breathed about it by what many residents call the Hudson Distorter.)

Lots more column inches expended on a wild scenario on "behalf" of reform and who would replace the mayor. Some see all this noise as part of what's been described as "Team Jabberwock," a small insider group of disgruntled former reform supporters who have Sully's and likely Augie Torres' ear.

Before any retaking of the mayor's seat, their immediate requirement is to overthrow the existing working five seat reform majority on the City Council. A poison pill scenario could be hatched seizing one pivotal seat in the second ward while sabotaging reform's chances of anti-corruption champion Peter Cunningham in the fifth ward.

Anti-corruption champion Peter Cunningham may find himself
the target of a plan to upend the mayor's working five member majority.

Behind the scenes, a further step toward an Old Guard alliance in the fourth ward replacing Timmy Occhipinti with Ruben Ramos would make that swing seat influence instrumental and Councilman Michael Russo a very relevant voice again.

As MSV said recently, the election for the six City Council ward seats has begun. The recent Augie Torres and Al Sullivan columns shows you how much.

Happy Holidays!

Correction: The Hudson Reporter did finally get a mention in with a feature on the federal investigation at the HHA in this last issue. So hat tip to Carlo Davis for getting that in!

The story broke more than a month ago with a video report at the Hudson County View and featured on MSV.