Did you read this in Augie Torres' last column:
After the Hoboken municipal election, look for Assemblyman Ruben Ramos to go after Tim Occhipinti's council seat and, unless Frank Raia gets on the City Council in November, look for Raia to then target Michael Russo's council seat. The animosity is getting that bad.Sources outside of Hoboken are telling GA the same thing. That Ruben is gunning for Occhipinti. In a big way.
How big? GA hears that Ramos wants to end Occhipinti's political career. Well, Timmy is up for re-election in 2015; that's two long years away. Has Ramos already begun to sow the seeds of Timmy's political downfall?
GA believes the answer is 'YES', and that you have to look no further than the 'One Hoboken' campaign.
Here's my theory.
Along with Timmy, WHO else's Council seat is up for grabs in 2015?
Wow! Of the Councilpersons whose terms are expiring, WHO among them is politically radioactive and considered unelectable in Hoboken? Only one name comes to mind...
Exactly. The attempted hospital-killer.
So, let's say you are her chief political operative and are looking at 2015, what would you do?
A fish in a drying river would swim to new waters. Lake Russo? Perhaps the fish had been diverting fish food from the river into the lake (like in last year's BoE race), so the lake would welcome the fishy in the future.
Smell something fishy? I do.
A fish might destroy Tim Occhipinti's political future by wrecking his campaign (with help) for oh, Ruben Ramos and his ally Mike Russo?
Oh c'mon GA, you're imagining things!
Did I imagine the notorious Peyton Letter? The lame flyer? The woeful "St. Patty's" Beer Cap button? No experienced political campaign veteran would have let a single one of those things into the public domain. Which means they could be getting out on purpose.
Clever fish. Tapping the river to ply the lake.
Meanwhile, Raia's chances are dimming, as the damage to his campaign piles up. Mason's wallet is being tapped while the 'help' undermines the Occhipinti campaign. She is too disconnected from reality to get the double-cross. Occhipinti is too dopey to figure it out.
That's a theory. Which is not actionable.
Ruben must be enjoying it all. Watching Occhipinti gutted (allegedly) by his own people. And Mason footing the bill.