Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jen Giattino: 'I stood up for Ravi'

Lots of people filled up the Steven Debaun Auditorium tonight to hear the six mayoral candidates.

City Council President Jen Giattino presented the most cogent response during the night in addressing the partisan hatchet job mailer directed against her by Ravi Bhalla assaulting Hoboken mailboxes everywhere.

Here's a sample of Ravi Bhalla's mailer today delivering his extreme partisanship in a desperate bid to win Hoboken's non-partisan municipal election for mayor.

A question was asked what is the most ridiculous idea raised by your opponent during the election? While some candidates criticized the Mike DeFusco floating pool i n the Hudson as ludicrous or being rid of cars, Giattino made one simple statement about an attack mailer directed at her by Ravi Bhalla:

"I have stood up for everyone including Ravi."
- Jen Giattino

It was part of her answer pointing to a verbal attack made on Ravi previously and she had defended him and thrown the offender out of a council meeting. Ravi Bhalla who Giattino has called a friend took the air out of his poison pill hate mailer with that one short statement about his cynical and partisan mailer.

Since the Ravi Bhalla hate mailer showed up, it's been a non-stop backlash at MSV of mostly Democrats upset with the clearly desperate attempt to nationalize Hoboken's non-partisan municipal election.

It's an utter fabrication saying "Giattino is funded and supported by Republicans."

Jen Giattino has the highest support of any of the candidates running for mayor by Hoboken residents. She literally has hundreds of residents who have contributed to her campaign, with the highest percentage of all candidates in the ballpark of 90% who live here.

Most of Jen Giattino's support being elected twice to the City Council and in this mayoral run comes from Democrats.

The mayoral candidate of hate: Ravi Bhalla. He put a hate mailer into
mailboxes of Hoboken residents attacking Jen Giattino along partisan lines.
She responded at the QLC mayoral forum by noting she had 'stood up for Ravi.'

Ravi Bhalla has stepped into the wading pool of going negative and decided he prefers to go all out and sink into the sewer below sea level. Sadly, this is the final cynical action destroying the remains of the Hoboken Reform Movement. The hyper partisanship of Ravi Bhalla along with the backroom deal he cut with Dawn Zimmer earlier this year leaves Hoboken Reform in ashes.

The use of the term "hate" as a catch all when people decline to agree with your policies is reaching epidemic proportions nationally. Now it's being used here in Hoboken in a desperate bid to defeat what the Bhalla campaign backers claim is a candidate who is in last (fourth) place.

In devoting a costly mailer at this point in the Hoboken mayor's race, the Bhalla campaign merely confirms what MSV has stated for weeks. Jen Giattino is surging and went to the top of the heap in Bhalla's own poll.

You don't blow all this money late in a race in order to stop a candidate who is no threat. It's the desperate bid of a cynical campaign which has already destroyed the big tent of the Hoboken Reform Movement. Now, they've set their eyes on shredding Hoboken's non-partisan mayoral election.

Ravi Bhalla wants the Hoboken voters to back him as he tries to leverage Hoboken to move up the ladder in the Democratic Party.


Talking Ed Note: Once again MSV can confirm this personal attack mailer against Jen Giattino is the latest in a series Ravi Bhalla sends to only Democrats.

All Libertarians, Republicans and Independents are second class citizens. On behalf of all the people who Ravi Bhalla wishes to put into a Hoboken caste system, thanks. How swell.

Shiny Penny Mike DeFusco goes all out in Big Lie attack

Many will have seen the latest mailer from Councilman Mike DeFusco in his last ditch bid to see the Big Lie technique fool voters against his mayoral rivals City Council President Jen Giattino and Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

A quick analysis of the attacks features a reference to debt. Councilman Mike DeFusco has supported bonding for infrastructure improvements in Hoboken and to date, those measure weren't considered controversial. He's voiced in bizarre fashion, payments for infrastructure need to be made from the budget. He of course doesn't suggest who he will tax to obtain immediate funding in such a proposal. No one pays for long term capital improvements out of an annual budget.

On the $8 million liability, a clear reference to the Suez water debacle, there's a glimmer of truth. The Big Lie deployed here is pointing the finger at other council members on the same body where he himself was kept in the dark by the administration. DeFusco even praised the City Council President Jen Giattino for her efforts to get the council members updates from the administration in a recent meeting on the emerging Suez liability. Politics being what it is in Hoboken, the truth goes right under the bus in short order. It's election time.

Hoboken's main thoroughfare is trudging along to nowhere. All work on the Washington St. "detonation" as one council candidate called it was stopped after a pedestrian was struck by a flying object. At the last council meeting, the administration stated work would commence this week. So far it hasn't. Some point to the election as the reason as Mayor Zimmer tries to get her anointed successor Councilman Bhalla across the finish line.

Mike DeFusco came up to the council on the good graces of the dying Reform Movement, detonated by the power play Hoboken witnessed last June at City Hall. He sought the support of Mayor Zimmer and was elected with her and the movement's goodwill. He's a dangerous package deposited as a Manchurian Candidate by the Old Guard.

DeFusco came up through the Maurice School of Old Guard candidates. In 2011, he worked for the council campaign of Perry Belfiore and opposed not only Councilman Peter Cunningham but publicly supported Terry Castellano against one of Hoboken Reform's most revered figures, Eric Kurta, the Wiley Coyote.

Kurta was the de facto leader of People for Open Government and worked to implement ordinances ending pay-to-play and wheeling in Hoboken. He came up short in the 2011 council race against Castellano. Later DeFusco would flip his support from Castellano to advance himself being elected in 2015. Many gave him every benefit of the doubt. He used the Reform Movement and Mayor Zimmer to do so.

To be blunt, this is a track record of a "say anything" stab anyone in the back Soprano State politician.
DeFusco carries the veneer of respectability, that he is "one of us" but he's one of them, Old Guard to the core.

Any questions?

Related: Tonight at 7:00, it's the last mayoral forum with the six candidates at Steven's Debaun Auditorium (fifth and Hudson St.). Mike DeFusco has shown serious preparation for these engagements. He comes with prepared attacks and lines of fire. Often, the truth is the first casualty.

Ambition drives some to extremes. Those extremes don't only surface with ambition but in tormented ideological division exhibited often in this non-partisan municipal election with four major campaigns. While some phony political attacks are expected in Hoboken, the exhibitions of the Big Lie, denunciations and conspiratorial personal attacks and refusal to reject political violence has reached epidemic proportions for Hoboken's local and would-be national candidates. Lessons are not being learned.

The latest fashion trend is to wrap oneself up as a victim while doing so. No doubt we'll see more of the same in some form tonight with the usual bomb throwing. Character has a way of marking the way and revealing itself.

You would think some would know better.

Jen Giattino: 'Join our Hoboken based movement to reach the finish line'

Official release:

Dear Friends:

We have accomplished so much together but I need your help to get over the finish line.  With just 13 days left and another campaign fundraising deadline coming up at midnight tonight, we're still short of our fundraising goal.  I am asking for your support once again.

Will you support us with a donation of $25 or more?  You can click here for an easy way to give now.

I am completely humbled that 220 donors have given approximately $147,000 to date to support Team Giattino and am proud that over 90% of this has come from Hoboken.  Every dollar that is spent goes to reaching voters – whether mailers, flyers, social media, or all the additional services and events.   And every future dollar raised will be spent the same way.

My running mates Jim Aibel, Jason Ellis and Sal Starace and I have all been working hard to meet our neighbors citywide - hearing about and discussing the issues that really matter every day to all of us.  Although we may not share all of the same views, I have found that we do all share a common goal of having the best quality of life in Hoboken.  I am looking forward to working even harder 
as your mayor to make your quality of life my priority.

I appreciate any additional support you can provide, and remain grateful for all that you have provided so far.  This election will be won by all of us.

Thank you for stepping up when it matters most.  Please vote for Team Giattino on November 7th.

– Jen