|Stuff him back in his hole, Frank. Please.|
Well folks, Punxsutawney Tim saw his shadow.
Which means 8 more weeks of Tim until election day!
Word has it Frank Raia, aspiring City Councilman, was searching for a spoiler to drive a stake through the heart of the Ramos campaign.
Rooting around in his (limited) garden of options, Raia noticed a large mound of dirt with a pair of beady, red-rimmed eyes glowing from beyond a large, filthy hole. Raia bent down, and found the creature was über-ambitious with the IQ of a turnip, social skills of a hyena, and most importantly, had a pulse.
Raia asked: "Would you like to be on my ticket?"
"I'd love to run for mayor!" it chirped.
Raia reached into the hole and pulled out the grinning rodent.
"Congratulations!" he said, "Now I'll clean you up!"
But hard as he tried, the filth wouldn't wash off.
"Out, damned spot!" Raia cried as he scrub-a-dub-dubbed the varmint's miserable record:
575 campaign workers in an election where 2,076 ballots were cast, opposing FEMA aid after Sandy because he claimed Hoboken didn't have the kind of "structural damage" other towns did while he lobbied for a parade, obstructing our citys operations at every turn: "Good luck passing the budget!", voting "NO" on replacing hurricane-damaged HOP buses , voting "NO" on repairing potholes to Washington Street and Observer Hwy, voting "NO" to bonding to repair Pier C park, voting "NO" to the Southwest park he campaigned on, the missing 5 tons of Lousiana's "Train of Hope" Sandy donations to Hoboken... there were too many to count, and none would wash off.So Frank buffed it instead, then held it aloft for all to see (photo-simulation above).
"Welcome to the race, Punxsutawney Tim!"
Yes, it is on the City Council and barks out of turn like a coked-up Chihuahua. Recently, Corporation Council Melissa Longo observed it was only good at bobbing it's head and put it on notice of a coming Affirmative Action complaint. Not just that- it's got opposable thumbs, a characteristic of many primates.
Timmy opened up his Occhipinti for Council Committee on April 20, 2012 for an election that's 43 months away, on November 12, 2015 and raised a total of $13,673.03! How much of that came from 'small' donors? $8098.03 or 60%.What's even MORE amazing than that? According to Timmy's ELEC, he has received $13,673.03 and spent $13,399.56- that's 98% of contributions received. Wow.
Well, Id say that Frank picked a winner there, wouldn't you?
Of course, this alleged third ticket is hear-say. But if it ain't true, at least I got to add to my portfolio of Tim graphics.
Now, GA checked to see if Raia's opened a committee with ELEC yet. Nope. Unless he gave it a tricky Boy Band name like, Frankie and The Opposable Thumbs.
So, what about Ruben?
Sadly, not only hasn't his campaign caught fire, but he appears to have his own rodent issue. But, Ramos is not giving up nor are the powers behind his candidacy.
GA hears the Ramos campaign is North-Bergen centric.
In fact, sources say that none other than North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco's strategist Paul Swibinski is "secretly"working for Ramos.
Witnesses told GA that Sacco gets on like gangbusters with our modest lady mayor. So, did Swibinski really break his promise to Sacco? Is it true Sacco's guy Swibinski is secretly working for Zimmer's opponent?
How does one keep a secret from Nick Sacco?
Rumor or not, that is the scuttlebutt coming from multiple sources.
Treachery, shifting alliances, empowering rodents... what else is new in Hudson County politics?