A friend who's involved in Hudson County politics told me, "This is the dirtiest election I've ever seen."
Wow, that's impressive.
GA can tell you this: 'Old Guard' tongues are wagging, rumors are flying, and Occhipinti's campaign is in chaos.
Some would believe this is all happening according to plan. Ruben's. Call it engineered-chaos. A plan to wreck Tim's campaign by distracting the candidate and sabotaging the campaign from within.
Is it true?
(1) What might be distracting the candidate? No idea, but One Hoboken's Communications Director has become Tim's roommate.
(2) The Peyton Letter was so ill-conceived it seems the work of a saboteur-- who wrote it? GA hears it was a collaboration between One Hoboken's Communications Director and Timmy released directly to the media without authorization from the campaign manager or candidates.
(3) Is anything in particular causing infighting between members of the campaign and/or candidates? Some members of the campaign believe that Timmy has gone 'rogue'-- collaborating with his roomie Communications Director and issuing unauthorized letters to the media. Raia and Cryan are furious about the Peyton Letter.
(4) Are there suspicions that someone from Ruben's camp is a 'mole' trying to sabotage the campaign from within? Yes.
Coincidence? Maybe. Or else...
The Peyton Letter strikes GA as sabotage from within- the letter is that awful and damaging to the campaign. Of course, Timmy thought it was magnificent, and that's why he's the City Council Dumbinatrix. The big horny doofus may or may not know better, but why wouldn't One Hoboken's Communications Director?
In any case, GA believes any plan (if there is one) to distract Timmy and disrupt One Hoboken's campaign is about stopping Frank Raia from becoming the all-powerful 5th vote.
Because the animus between Ramos and Raia is that deep.
In the mean time, both camps savage Ravi Bhalla thinking he's the one they can beat.