Councilman Peter Cunningham, the Hoboken Reform movement's anti-corruption leader is the target of this political operation. He's been a years long opponent of the Russo faction and publicly pushed hard to take on the million dollar parking meters quarters swindle.
A private party to meet a candidate who declared himself independent much like the campaign in the fourth ward months earlier is the strategy being reapplied. The hope is to retain and grow a months long council majority of the Beth Russo two headed hydra. In the end, the strategy would fail as Councilman Cunningham won on the first ballot.
Of note here, the invite to meet the candidate is an emphasis that no campaign contribution is required. The candidate for the fifth ward being pushed is Scott Delea. (Dave Carty was a former at-large council candidate consideration for the Beth Mason for Mayor 2009 spring election. He would not be selected by Councilman Michael Russo who claimed in a FBI surveillance video to make all three selections for Beth Mason's council slate. Carty would however later act as a co-chair to Beth Mason's failed 2009 mayoral campaign that fall.)
A discussion between Lane Bajardi, Sara Stojkovic, Ines Garcia Keim, Robert Duval and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi shows concern if word of the meet and greet gets out to the public re: "the crazies," it will "go viral" exposing the Beth Mason political agenda that the candidate is actually not independent after all.
There's an additional fear. The Masonistas fear the "blogs." The ones the Masonistas fear (but not listed) are the anti-corruption pro-Reform websites often favorable to Mayor Zimmer: MSV, the Hoboken Journal and Grafix Avenger.
This is a complete and original email from May 4, 2011 with only home and phone information deleted:
|Scott Delea, the independent fifth ward candidate?|
He was backed in 2011 by Beth Mason's
hardcore political operatives.