Here's a gem from the archives featuring an exclusive interview with Frank "Pupie" Raia and naming Matt Calicchio for alleged voter fraud in 2010.
Last week, Calicchio pled guilty for his role involving voter fraud bribery schemes in the 2013 and 2015 Hoboken elections in federal court. Raia faces a federal criminal trial with sidekick Dio Braxton on June 11th.
Of note, the story didn't generate any interest from local media whatsoever. Only later, after further stories published here shed additional light to the scandalous Hoboken voter fraud "tradition" did the issue finally come out of the shadows.
Of course today, the latest guilty pleas in two Hoboken elections by Matt Calicchio, a decade-plus scourge in Hoboken employed as a political operative by former Councilwoman Beth Mason for much of it is making big headlines.
For these efforts pointing out the exploitation of the most vulnerable minority community, there was the typical lowbrow lying with the lowest denominator finger pointing as seen here and an appropriate response here. (Hat tip: former City Council President Carol Marsh.)
If you remain standing in the battle long enough; the circle loops back to the beginning as others in power seek to avoid transparency, being held accountable and hear constituents speak truth to power.
Almost ten years hence, the Boys of Summer, friends of ours at the FBI and DOJ are delivering justice.
Originally published October 28, 2010:
Matt Calicchio and Frank Raia named in vote buying scheme; Raia rejects charge
MILE SQUARE EXCLUSIVE
MSV can confirm affidavits filed in NJ Superior Court name two well known Hoboken individuals alleging their involvement in a suspected vote-buying scheme on behalf of Tim Occhipinti.
Two individuals are named in the affidavits: Matt Calichio, who was mentioned earlier as possibly having problematic ties to the Occhipinti campaign on vote by mail transactions in the Hudson Reporter debate.
The other is Frank Raia, the perennial candidate in Hoboken elections, most recently for Mayor last November as a suspect in another signed affidavit.
|Frank Raia denied any wrongdoing earlier today.|
In a ripping tirade, Raia complained, "You haven't seen me knock on one door. They are sore losers. They should blame it (the election) on themselves."
Raia continued in a blistering rebuke of the charge in the complaint saying he knew nothing about it, "Whatever I've done, I've done for Dawn Zimmer, whatever they are accusing me of," he stated. He then added ominously, "I will sue them all and drain all their money until they're homeless. Go after someone else."
Raia ended by saying, "There will be repercussions if they play with me. I put them (Mayor Zimmer and Mike Lenz) there. Without me, she wouldn't be in that chair (mayor's office.) They will pay. I will wipe them out. Go and pick on somebody else. They're desperate because they know they're going to lose."