Until someone in the Move Forward campaign leadership takes 'credit' for and/or repudiates The Nazi Truck, everybody owns it.
Everybody means the candidates, the campaign managers (John Castellano, Joe Branco), the treasurer (Frank Raia) and the presumed financier (Beth Mason) and her political operatives.
Only one person on the Move Forward campaign has stepped forward publicly to discuss the Nazi Truck- here on GA. Joe Branco. He said, "I was never asked my opinion about making the videos or hiring the truck." That means: (1) he was excluded from discussions the campaign had about the making Nazi Truck video and hiring the Nazi-Truck or (2) he was there but no one asked for his opinion.
Either way, there's more he's not saying. Like, "I'm sorry."
So WHO should we refer our questions to about the Nazi Truck?
Frank Raia! Are you sure?
Okay, we won't make you repeat yourself.
Here are my thoughts. Nazi Trucks are not Frank's style. Frank is not a nasty son-of-a-bitch who would get off on such a low road stunt, one that was so offensive to the general public. Frank is a nice guy. I've heard the Raias quietly do charitable works around Hoboken, without press releases or marching bands. I don't believe Frank thought the Nazi Truck was a great idea.
No, this came from the Mason people. Mean-spirited, vindictive. Politically toxic.
That said, Raia owns it like everybody else on the Move Forward campaign. It's a stain on everyone until someone denounces it.
Thank Beth Mason.
Questions for the "campaign treasurer whose signature is on the ELEC reports":
Where on the Move Forward ELECs are:
- the expenses paid for the Nazi Truck?
- the expenses paid for the citywide midnight flier: design, production and distribution?
- Mason's videographer who made the Nazi Truck video?
- Mason's fishy political operative who orchestrated the Nazi Truck stunt?
- the $6,617 refund to Friends of Beth Mason?
- the in-kind contributions from Beth Mason for use of 1200 Washington Street?