Friday, May 31, 2019

Sign of the Times: Pupie Power pales under Feds pincer pressure


Frank "Pupie" Raia's days as a free man may be numbered

In 2013, the "One Hoboken" slate with council candidate Frank "Pupie" Raia and his fellow
slate underwriter Beth Mason were all smiles. Several guilty pleas of co-conspirators
allegedly directed by Raia according to the Feds may leave his fate twisting in the wind.

The tide is turning in Hoboken on its alleged tradition of buying votes. The first of several dominoes to drop came last fall when Liz "Church Lady" Camis accepted responsibility for her role in what the Feds called a voter bribery scheme.

The next domino tumbled earlier this month when long-time thug Matt Calicchio, a years-long worker most of this decade for former Councilwoman Beth Mason followed suit.

Then yesterday, Raia sidekick Dio Braxton pled to his role in the alleged bribery scheme and flipped. He's pointing a ready finger in the direction of Frank "Pupie" Raia.

June 11th is the scheduled trial date if it makes it that far. If it does Pupie could see his defendant case drown in another crashing tidal wave of "Bluewater Operations."

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