According to a report on InsiderNJ, Russo is actively negotiating with the pending Anthony "Stick" Romano for mayor campaign his list of demands not to run for mayor.
Earlier, MSV described Russo the heir to the Russo Clan as nominally behind Councilman Mike DeFusco's bid for mayor.
Old Guard Russo magic however sees the fairy dust spreading out over the land and is thinking why wait four mayor years to rehabilitate his image on FBI surveillance tape.
Some aren't sure the negotiations will reach an acceptable conclusion for him as in 2009 when he told FBI informant Solomon Dwek on video he had selected all there of Beth Mason's council at-large slate in her doomed campaign for mayor and would hold a veto proof "super majority" as he called it.
If negotiations fail to produce what Michael Russo demands, i.e., council picks, director selections and municipal jobs, expect to see Mike Russo for Mayor signs to quickly spring up all over Church Towers.
From the report:
"...on the same day that Romano people had talks with 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo, darling of the born and raised club, who evidently presented a long list of demands he wants met in exchange for staying out of the mayoral contest."
With Councilman Ravi Bhalla announcing he's running for mayor and receiving Mayor Dawn Zimmer's endorsement, most political observers including this one anticipated Stick Romano entering the race this week. Perhaps Romano will or he won't but Friday would seem to be a deadline for serious action. Lack of decisiveness is long past and Romano many believe must make his move with or without HudCo standing by his side.
Meanwhile, a blood feud erupted with a DeFusco fundraiser who once worked for Mayor Zimmer in a similar capacity and Romano earlier this week. The report says they were nose to nose at Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's fundraiser in a war of words over who has bigger cohones or some such fighting words.
According to the report, the showdown materialized like this: