Wow, GA just got an earful!
Are you ready for a dish download that'll knock your socks off ? (Are you wearing socks?)
First, GA wants to thank all of you (including Dark Siders) for your interest in this blog; election traffic has nearly doubled so GA should hit the 1,000,000 served mark shortly. So thank you. And come to my cyber-party. Dress: formal attire, wigs, pants optional.
Onto the dish!
GA is the earwitness, from notes:
'Finboy'Barracato was meeting secretly at least weekly with Mark Albiez throughout the campaign.GA: Who is Mark Albiez?
Albiez is Mayor Stack's Chief of Staff and the architect of the Ramos campaign. Albiez is Ramos' top guy, he's the brain trust behind Ramos. Albiez convinced Ramos to run, and he put together the mayoral ticket for Ramos. Real smart guy. Albiez is the most important guy in the Ramos campaign. He designed it, made it happen. He is a hugely powerful and influential political player, the key, more important than any of the players, more than Russo. He built the Ramos campaign from the ground up.Wow! That was quite an earful. I asked about whether Tim had been persuaded to quit his job, but the source didn't know.
Finboy was meeting with Albiez and with Swibinski But he was meeting with Albiez regularly, at least once a week if not more. From the very beginning of the campaign. He tried to get Beth on board but she wouldn't go with Ramos, she wanted her pet Tim.
Frank was going to run independent. Beth insisted on putting together the third ticket so that Tim could run for mayor. That was all Beth. Otherwise Frank would have run alone.
Beth insisted on the third ticket. She insisted on running Timmy. So Finboy went along but continued to meet with Albiez, Swibinski and Russo.
Finboy did Russo's bidding and Ramos bidding with Beth's checkbook against her interest. He was playing both sides, but was on the Ramos side.
He was there to destroy the campaign. They hired a press person who didn't do press- what was done was destructive. They printed literature they didn't give away. The stuff they did give out is so terrible it doesn't tell basic voting information. I think there's 25 boxes of school board literature they didn't give away. They had innocuous twitters about the campaign, nothing serious. Did you know Tim is "amazing"? The midnight flyer got put out because they got heat for only attacking Ravi. Only whoever did it went over the top and attacked the old man. You don't do that.
Ramos people don't understand the TV ad that went after him. Why only him?
Finboy made sure that Raia got bled. They wasted tremendous amounts of money, all Raia's. Beth only contributed in-kind stuff.
This campaign was designed to fail. It was supposed to stop Raia and allow Occhipinti people to take heat for going after Ravi. And maybe damage Zimmer.
The campaign got enough to votes to stop Ramos, and Ramos came off looking better by default.
Cryan is going to be the fall guy- not Finboy. He's getting most of the blame for the Occhipinti campaign. He'll get blamed for it all, not Finboy. Cryan was a 'true believer' in Tim up to the end. He's simply not competent. But Cryan is protected by a number of very powerful people. And they want to run him in the future.
Finboy will escape blame. He'll pretend he was out-of-the-loop,he was only there part time. Finboy is a master at putting blame on other people. He convinced Beth that Bertoli gave her money to the Russos last year when it was him. Beth believed Finboy. Beth screwed over Fulop in Jersey City and now there is a blood feud between Fulop and Mason. As long as Finboy has control of the checkbook he will be around.
GA thinks that's a significant point because if the dummy was pumped up to quit his job, when he has no money and owes half a condo to his former roommate, then it proves to ME this plot was not just political but designed to grind him to powder.
As much as GA has criticized Tim, I believe convincing the dope to quit his job (if true) is the kind of evil that buys you a one-way ticket to Satan's Grill Room. Even dopes have to earn a living.