|Sources close to Raia hold Mason chief operative 'Finboy' (a.k.a. 'James Anthony' on Facebook) responsible for "ruining the campaign", "effectively destroying Occhipinti" and for "pushing the Ravi-thing" which they believe helps Zimmer.|
GA's got some deep dish for you today, it comes from sources close to Frank Raia.
As you know, Raia is presumed to be the Dark Side's best shot at taking control of the City Council, which includes control of the Zoning Board (8 appointments) and HHA (replacement appointments for Jake Stuiver and Greg Lincoln). The Council is also the City's Redevelopment Agency. What hangs in the balance are several huge development projects including but not limited to Vision 20/20, NJ Transit railyards, and the Rockefeller Group property.
That is many millions of dollars in contracts and (dare I say... ) kickbacks. Allegedly.
And though various Dark Side politicos are feuding, one color unites them: GREEN. So you'd better believe that One Hoboken (Tim's slate) and Vision for Hoboken (Ruben's slate) will work hand-in-hand to wrest control of the City Council back from Reform. They already are; it's called the Giattino strategy (a.k.a. Operation Douchebag).
Yesterday, GA blogged how the 2 Dark Side factions are working to boot Giattino off the Council. Because Jen relocated her family out the 6th Ward during reconstruction of her home (damaged by Hurricane Sandy), Dark Siders see an opening to exploit her tragedy. Jen's residency was attacked at the City Council by Joe Branco, a Carmelo-Ramos guy and Beth Mason operatives were 'busted photographing Giattino's home last Saturday and filing OPRA requests for her new address, permits, etc.
Who thought that attacking a flood victim in a city of flood victims was smart politics?
It's that kind of stupidity that has those close to Frank Raia shaking their heads. They think he blew it.
Here are notes from speaking with these sources:
Raia lost another one. He had a chance. But his campaign was co-opted by Beth's people. They drove the campaign into the ground. Destroyed his chances of getting the seat. Beth Mason, Barracato and Cryan have taken over the campaign and Frank doesn't seem to care. Tim could have come in second, now he's coming in third. Ramos will be in second place.
Ramos is running a real campaign. A professional campaign. They issue press releases. Russo is the orchestrator of that. Russo is the real power behind Ramos, he's pushing the agenda - he at least knows what he's doing.
Frank isn't getting the seat because his campaign is run by amateurs. Barracato and Cryan have no idea what they are doing, they've got no strategy, they're out of their league.
Occhipinti, Barracato and Cryan are responsible for ruining the campaign. It's amateur hour. They've put out almost no press releases. What they put out is crap. They offended Manning. They have their own agenda, they're flat-out amateurs who don't have a political brain among them. Especially Barracato, he thinks he knows what he's talking about. Barracato is pushing the Ravi thing, which will get Zimmer voters to come out en masse....
Mason co-opted the campaign through her hatred of Ravi. Barracato is obsessed with Ravi. He thinks he knows what he's doing. that's a big mistake. The Ravi attacks have galvanized the Zimmer vote. The attacks on Ravi are helping Zimmer. The campaign has been effective at destroying Occhipinti, they have no clue as to what they're doing.
The whole campaign strategy is a shambles. The strategy attacking manning, the buttons, the flyer, lack of consistent press releases. They're paying a lot of money... they have a press person who is not issuing press releases.
The candidates are running off doing their own thing. Frank doesn't care. He just wants to win his seat. He doesn't understand his campaign's been fucked up by people who don't know what they're doing. He had a shot, but he blew it.
Well, that was interesting! Though GA doesn't believe in counting chickens before they vote, Raia's peeps are saying "it's over" for him, because those running the campaign are "out of their league" and thoroughly incompetent. I can't disagree.
First there was a Nazi Truck. Now a Peyton Letter, etc. Finboy has trashed another campaign.
Yet, foolish Dark Siders continue to take Mason's money (and they will again) though they understand it comes with an arrogant, incompetent operative who allows personal hatreds to hijack political campaigns.
Let me guess: Finboy is the 'brains' behind the Giattino Strategy?