GA got this note today:
Last night, I spoke to (redacted) and she said that she saw (Mason operative) taking photos of Jen's house. Apparently, they are launching an attack on Jen claiming that she doesn't live in town. Jen is living a couple of blocks away while her house has flood remediation, so I guess they are going the dbag route and say she lives out of town. Disgusting.Wow. 'd-bag' is right.
As you know, Jen Giattino is the 6th Ward Councilwoman-my ward. She lives with her husband and 3 little boys in a 7th Street garden level home wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. The damage to the Giattino family home was extensive and renovations are not complete. Until they can move back (by Christmas), Giattino family is living 4 blocks away on 11th Street.
Many families on GA's street were displaced for months. Some, like the Giattinos, are still displaced.
Displacement has a profound impact on small children who must process how a storm can take everything away so quickly, and Mom and Dad 'can't make it stop.' Parents must make life as 'normal' as possible for their little ones, while they themselves deal with enormous personal and financial loss. Everyone in Hoboken knows someone impacted in this way, who like the Giattino family have endured a long nightmare and all they want is to restore normality to their children's lives. And we, their neighbors, extend our hearts and hands to help these families, however we can; families who have gone through tragedy and made it out the other side, like the Giattinos.
Unless of course, you are a douchebag.
Here's how you know that you are a douchebag: you attack the residency of the flooded out Giattino family to steal Jen Giattino's City Council seat with lies that she's "moved away".
If you participate in an effort to do such a thing, then you Sir/Madam are a douche (bag).
THAT is the plan being coordinated by Mason-Ramos political operatives. Hence the Mason photographer lurking outside of Giattino's home last Saturday, furtively snapping shots most likely to appear on Hoboken411, and the Ramos ally appearing at the City Council to question Giattino publicly on her residency. This is a political operation against Sandy victims, the Giattinos.
Call it Operation Douchebag.
Democratic Committeeman Joe Branco rolled out Operation Douchebag on October 16, 2013 with these comments:
As the 6th Ward 2nd district committee-person, I have been going door to door to my constituents getting people signed up for voter registration and asking any concerns and issues they might have. We talked about Sandy tonight and we know our 6th ward councilwoman's home is devastated due to Hurricane Sandy and a lot of people asked about you, hows everything going and I said I haven't heard any communication from our 6th Ward councilwoman. A couple of people said that.. what are you looking like that for, I'm being honest with you... (exchange of words with Giattino, Branco looks down at his notes) Okay, a couple of people asked me when you were returning to your building I said I had no idea when your apartment or your building would be finished . They also said to me that you don't live in the 6th Ward anymore, you've moved to 11th and Grand. I says I don't know, I don't know where she's living at. Is that true? Is that a true statement that you've moved out of the ward?Jeez, what kind of person launches a political attack on a flood victim and her family?
This kind: the kind that would deprive a 10 year-old child of a bed to sleep in:
|What a douche.|
ANYONE considering voting for Ramos or Raia, know their operatives are behind Operation Douchebag.
Where will Operation Douchebag go next?
GA anticipates douchebaggery will surface on Hoboken411 using the photos of Giattino's home taken by the Mason operative followed by a Douchebag cameo appearance at the next Council meeting.
Jen Giattino is well-loved in the 6th Ward. 6-2 Democratic Committeeman Joe Branco is not. And he is not endearing himself to anyone by questioning a displaced family's residency for the sake of political opportunism.