|Councilwoman Beth Mason and employee Matt Calicchio, arm-in-arm on Jan 25, 2012. credit: MSV|
Folks, did I promise you this one was going to get weirder?
GA is fascinated by this story.
Not because of Calicchio's taste for pro-wrestling; millions of Americans are hooked on the sport. It's the countless online accounts of behavior which in my view, provide a more complete picture- not of what he does, but of WHO he is.
Because it explains what Calicchio actually does for Councilwoman Beth Mason.
She doesn't even need to give him instructions, she doesn't need to tell him who to provoke, she doesn't need to tell him to file a false complaint with the HPD. Mason simply lets her ape off his leash to just be himself.
Which means everything Calicchio does while on her payroll belongs to her. Her responsibility. She owns the ape, she hired him to be himself.
And he is the guy who danced menacingly around GA after a BoE meeting, the guy who followed a BoE member and her 5 year-old into a pizzeria to stare at them as the little girl ate her pizza, the guy who filed a harassment complaints against our future mayor, and... he's an elected official serving his Ward and District, 4-4.
Because that is WHO he is. Outside of a Hoboken primary school or in an St. Louis airport.
Therefore, the employment of Calicchio by a member of Hoboken's City Council, Beth Mason, tells you all you need to know about her motivation for hiring him.
And the picture emerging of Calicchio in the context of his reported behavior with others at pro-wrestling events is that he cannot control himself.
|Matt Calicchio (Gumby) with boss Councilwoman Beth Mason- 2011 Hoboken Halloween Parade|
As GA mentioned, wrestling discussion forums across lit up moments after the 'incident' and Calicchio's notoriety amongst hardcore fans became evident. (GA's still getting Google traffic)
Two posts on an 18-page wrestling forum discussion caught my attention. Make of them what you will. These are not GA's accounts but those posted on public internet forums.
Here's the first:
It's too small to read, so GA will break it down. It has an embedded Twitter series.
Start reading the embedded Twitter FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
Disturbing- if you believe Strycharz. That's up to you. Ask him on Twitter.
But here is Calicchio in his own words, in an exchange with a female WWE fan named Ashley Meyers. Again, read the Twitter from the bottom up.
|Matt Calicchio on duty for Councilwoman Beth Mason|
(Updated, 7:30 pm)This just came in:
Hmmmmm...... Matt took down his facebook page??? can't find it...facebook says page requested not found..Yup, took a look and it's gone.
Calicchio must have posted about 400 photos taken of himself with various WWE wrestlers and 'divas', WWE personalities and with all of the McMahons (owners Vince, Stephanie, Shane and CEO Linda). The pics appeared to have been taken in a variety of locales: bus terminals, garages, airports, hotel lobbies.
So it's down.
Permanently? Or just until this story cools off?
GA wonders if Calicchio has received an edict from on high to 'make it go away.'
Or has a representative from the WWE initiated contact following Sunday night's incident with wrestling superstar CM Punk?
Whatever it is, I'd call the removal of the 400 photos damage control.