Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beth Mason and Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz come in with late money for Freeholder Romano

The election is over and a commenter earlier said Freeholder Stick Romano was outspent 10-1. Well, let's just say that's preposterous based on the campaigns run by both sides.

Each put out its message in multiple mailers and had people out working to engage the voters. The turnout was lower than many would like but that's besides the point now. Whoever has the most legal certified votes is declared the winner and that's not in doubt.

Full campaign reports will be available soon but but both sides spent in the tens of thousands on this pivotal Freeholder race.

On May 28th, the Mason money arrived and Beth Mason and Richard Mason gave the Romano campaign $5,000.

Of more interest is a certain Weehawken resident who gave the Romano campaign $2,600.
What possible reason would a Weehawken resident be maxing out in a contribution in a Hoboken-Jersey City election?

Well FinBoy works for Beth Mason and the legal maximum is $2,600 so you do the math. If a couple can contribute $5,200 maximum how do you get around the legal limits?

Would you have your political operative "contribute" the $2,600 for you?

James "FinBoy" Barracato (l) takes a photo of Da Horsey as Beth Mason attempts to cower on the return pic after Hurricane Sandy. 
This was more friendly than the repeated assault right there on Washington Street against Horsey in broad daylight among a group of witnesses minutes earlier. Thanks Beth!

Here's the Weehawken resident's fishy maximum contribution from NJ ELEC:

MSV is confident with almost 100% certainty you won't be reading about this latest possible Beth Mason major campaign violation on the Hudson Reporter. Evah!

Low turnout in Freeholder race hits incumbent Anthony "Stick" Romano

While the Old Guard managed to chalk up a win for Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano yesterday, the low turnout is evident in comparison to his unopposed race three years back.

Of course in that race, Stick was the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) candidate and even better he dueled solely against "personal choice" - out and out protest write in votes.

In that primary, he was able to generate nearly 4,000 votes himself. Yesterday, the turnout for the primary was less than 4,000 overall.

Stick Romano's drop off from the 2011 primary is more than 1,500 votes. It detracts nothing from his win and he will zoom along singularly to a win in November once again.

Here's the official tallies from June 2011:

DEM - Freeholder 5th District
56/56 100.00%
Vote CountPercent
Anthony L. ROMANO3,76897.36%
Personal Choice1022.64%



Talking Ed Note: MSV earlier described this election as a missed opportunity. If you are among those kicking yourselves today, well here's a good reason as any. This Freeholder race was winnable.

Several people Da Horsey encountered on the streets yesterday from both camps were surprised to hear of our generic findings on the far lower vote totals. This story with the exact vote totals however adds further perspective and gives a window into the failure of Reform to generate a better effort on behalf of a gallant and very worthy candidate in Phil Cohen.

We win on the streets. Failing to take the message to the streets engaging the voters means lower turnout and yesterday is Exhibit A.

Hudson County is going to be milking Hoboken now for all its worth: and then some.

Reform wilts in late afternoon rain and Old Guard Anthony "Stick" Romano coasts to primary win


Snap analysis on the Reform defeat in the Freeholder Democratic Primary

In a spring election battle the chance to take the Reform message of fiscal responsibility, accountability and lower taxes to Hudson County flopped.

Or did Reform wilt and die in the late afternoon rush hour rain?

Anthony "Stick" Romano, the "name brand" the Old Guard rallied around asked Old Hoboken to unite again under the banner of "Our Town." It worked to a rather predictable effect generating the solid 2,000 - 2,200 votes they typically muster in a spring election.

Someone must have forgotten to tell Stick Romano he also represents parts of Jersey City. The dog whistle however was heard loud and clear in Hoboken's subsidized group of buildings: Church Towers, the senior buildings and Marine View.

Reform showed the value in obtaining higher turnout November elections. That earlier enthusiastic endorsement by voters in a referendum revealed its downside; a spring primary is a real problem and engaging voters on the first summer like day of the year and late rush hour rain proved insurmountable.

All of this in the end was a detriment for Phil Cohen who worked very hard and got the message out with an active Mayor Dawn Zimmer campaigning. It proved not enough in a spring Democrat primary.

The final official tally:

DEM - Freeholder 5th District
55/55 100.00%
Vote CountPercent
Philip H. COHEN 4A1,53440.39%
Anthony L. ROMANO 4B2,15056.61%
Adela Rohena SANTIAGO 4C1112.92%
Personal Choice30.08%



As Grafix Avenger's one of a kind Old Guard soldier Deep Uvula said back in the spring of 2011 leading into the City Council ward elections:

For certain, every one of us will vote. You sure as shit can’t say that about “reformers”.  If it is a nice day, they’ll be too busy playing Frisbee at Pier A with their dogs and if it is raining, they’ll stay in their cardboard condos with a mocha frappy something that they had effing delivered. 

Yesterday, Reform saw a perfect storm of both. 

Celebratory balloons up at the Anthony "Stick" Romano HQ last night. His Freeholder win was celebrated
on his Facebook page not as a county win covering Hoboken and Jersey City but a "town" victory.
Romano embraced the Old Guard maxim "This is our town." 

Talking Ed Note: What's going to be felt most strongly today and for some time is the missed opportunity. Difference in this election was about 300 Vote by Mail votes and another 300 citywide.

The Old Guard showed they can still marshall the same base of votes which is not typically enough to take a November election but is reliable and competitive in spring.  As primaries are always held in the spring, educating the wider Hoboken public is a process.

The effectiveness of Reform is in the efforts of individuals. There was no sense of an election yesterday and the people who go out and actively engage others: friends, neighbors and other voters on the streets day of election was not there. Reform is complacent, sleeping without the fire in the belly when it's the comprehensive efforts toward and on election day that delivers victories.

Enjoy your annual Hudson County tax increases. Anthony "Stick" Romano will absolutely deliver on that one promise: he's not going to do anything that will end Hoboken's annual and often double digit percentage tax increases from Hudson County.

So when you see your next bill and marvel at the Hudson County portion being far and away the largest, yesterday is the reason why the song remains the same. They don't call it the HudCo Machine for nothing.

Romano faces one problem headed to a November victory. His supporters will be looking toward him for county jobs as he reportedly obtained recently for his son, a very nice young man.

He'll do his best and you'll be paying for it - all of it: three more years.

Sidebar: For those not familiar with the Old Guard refrain, "This is our town," let's dig up the Wiley Coyote classic from yesteryear of Mayor Anthony Russo vintage.

Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Roman blew that dog whistle and is laughing his ass off.