Friday, October 11, 2013
The Hoboken Producers
The 1968 comedy The Producers, written and directed by Mel Brooks, is one of my favorite movies. Have you seen it?
It's about a con man, Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), and his accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), who set out to produce the worst show ever, so bad it will close on opening night. Then the two plan to split to Rio with their investors' cash: 25,000% of the plays profits, mostly forked over by horny old ladies.
So, these two producers plot to enrich themselves by producing a FLOP.
Can the same be said for the producers of One Hoboken?
One Hoboken's campaign is so bad, it's become a national story. Floppity-FLOP.
The Peyton Letter attacking Eli Manning signed by Occhipinti, Raia, Biancamano and Montgomery has metastasized on the national stage; a tawdry bit of fluff at the nexus of sports and politics. Just like the Move Forward campaign's Nazi Truck, this Peyton Letter has made Hoboken political history. Can you think of another campaign to make national news by attacking a famous resident?
The striking thing to GA is that the producers don't seem to care.
No, in fact they are doubling down on a strategy which has only heaped them scorn; take today's Tweet by One Hoboken's campaign manager: The curse continues for Eli! #Say No To Politics!
Does that make sense?
A campaign that is 'in it to win it' would have fired the communications person and/or whomever wrote that idiotic letter. Immediately.
Not this campaign. In this campaign, there are no consequences for hurting your candidates. In this campaign the Communications Director (who has to take responsibility for such a PR disaster) is paid handsomely. Rumors abound that others in the campaign are being 'rewarded' as well.
While money flows like wine, the campaign sinks and stinks. Isn't that a curiosity?
Is millionaire developer /candidate Frank Raia being milked like a cow?
The scuttlebutt is that Raia has a chance, the only one on the ticket, to take a Council seat.
Is this true or is Frank being played?
On with the show.