Saturday, April 20, 2013
Yesterday's headline from Hudson Superior Court was that HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia was declared ineligible to appear on the June 4, 2013 Primary election ballot for 33rd District Assembly.
But Judge Bariso didn't stop there.
He made another ruling of consequence: that the HCDO can't replace Garcia-- the slot on the ballot stays empty. So anyone who thought Beth Mason or Frank Raia might slide into the spot... nope.
Oops. Not "legally cognizable". And furthermore:
Did Bariso make himself perfectly clear...
"Having done so knowing and at their peril, they cannot be heard to complain now." POW!
Which makes one wonder, what led Brian Stack to be this reckless? Who was advising him? Why take the risk?
Bariso ruled changes to the Hatch Act at the federal level don't trump the more stringent interpretation of the State's. Which was always a possible outcome. And neither Raia nor Mason who both wooed Stack, can replace Garcia. Which means he may end up with the guy he reportedly didn't want: you-know-who.
The kid with the beard.